The Board of Directors consists of nine members of the Swimming Victoria community and seek to represent the views of our stakeholders.
- Courtney Ford - President
- Hayden Collins - Director
- Ella Keogh - Director
- David Nash - Director
- Heather O'Connor - Director
- Shayne Reese - Director
- Andrew Scott - Director
- Susan Smith - Director
- Rod Lawson - Director
Courtney is part of a swimming-obsessed family that includes swimmers, coaches, and swim teachers. Courtney competed as a national level swimmer for the Traralgon Swimming Club during her teen years and, after moving to Melbourne for university, swam at a number of Australian University Games. She remains a passionate country swimmer and continues to swim for Traralgon each year at the Victorian Country Championships.
Professionally, Courtney has tertiary qualifications in both Law and Arts (Media and Communications) and is a Senior Associate in the employment practice of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.
She is committed to ongoing education and excellence in governance, and in December 2016 she graduated from the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017 Courtney began sitting as an Integrity Commissioner on Cricket Victoria’s disciplinary panels (including as chair).
Since joining the board in 2014, Courtney has brought fresh perspectives to the Board, and used her insight into both country and metro swimming to support the positive development of our great sport. Her greatest hope is for as many people as possible to experience the unique learning, friendships and traditions that swimming can provide.
Courtney is an elected Director of Swimming Victoria
Hayden brings a strong data analysis and evaluation background to the Board with skills in consumer engagement, consultation and co-design, quality improvement and the ability to critically ascertain the value or effectiveness of programs.
He has been a member of a variety of different swimming clubs in both metropolitan centres, regional cities and rural towns across three different states. This has provided him with a unique, multi-faceted perspective on the challenges faced by local sporting organisations.
As a sport and a social activity, swimming has shaped the choices he has made both personally and professionally for over 22 years. He is passionate about representing the members on the Swimming Victoria Board and bringing value to our members, ensuring that our sport is best placed to moved forward into the challenging Australian sporting landscape.
Hayden is an elected Director of Swimming Victoria.
Ella is currently working towards her Law Degree at Monash University and has been involved in swimming since 2009, as a competitor and club administrator, working to improve inclusion and diversity policies and practices. In 2017, Ella was privileged to receive the Swimming Victoria Young Leader of the Year award for her work in this space, particularly for the development of a women’s only program for culturally and linguistically diverse women from refugee backgrounds.
Ella has been instrumental at Melbourne University in the development of a masters squad and the implementation of a water safety program for international students. She not only continues her advocacy for inclusion and diversity within swimming for community members of all ages but also to keep swimmers engaged in the sport from their junior to adult years.
Ella is still a keen swimmer and continues to compete in open water competitions.
Ella is an elected Director of Swimming Victoria
David is a father of two who have been actively involved in swimming since an early age. David's son is a National Champion at 16 and has ambitions to be involved in the sport for the long term future. Throughout the journey so far, David has realised how important parent involvement is to swimming as a sport at all levels, and also the vital role of Swimming Victoria.
David has been working in the Transport Industry for the last 30 years. He has a vast knowledge and skill base in all aspects of the industry and business in general. Throughout his career he has had experience in various areas with strong financial and people organisational focus the key ingredients.
David has also been a member of various industry groups and Government advisory organisations. David brings to the Board a business edge coupled with a love for the sport and a personal insight through his son. He will serve his role with energy, enthusiasm and integrity.
David is an elected Director of Swimming Victoria
Heather became involved with swimming through her family. Her children learnt to swim at Surrey Park. In 1994 when her daughter progressed into the Club, there was a need for parent volunteers and she became one.
Since that time, Heather has been actively involved in swimming at Club, District and State level in both management and administrative roles. She has been a member of Swimming Victoria’s Technical and Competitions Committees and held the position of SV’s Championship Officer from 2010 to 2015. She continues to work regularly as a technical official. Her commitment has been recognised through various awards including Swimming Victoria Administrator of the Year (2003), the Bill Slade Award (2016). She holds a Swimming Victoria Meritorious Service Award.
Heather joined the Board in October 2015. She brings to the Board a comprehensive understanding of the sport of swimming at all levels and from different perspectives.
Heather appreciates the significance of enjoyment and participation at Club and District levels as stepping stones to both achieving success at State and National level competition, and also for creating a community of “life-time” swimmers. Her vision is to provide a supportive and inclusive environment to enable all members of the Swimming Victoria community to achieve their swimming related goals.
Heather is an elected Director of Swimming Victoria
Shayne Reese OAM is a local Ballarat identity that has grown into one of Australia’s most exciting and consistent female performers, having been a member on the Australian Swimming Team since Athens Olympics 2004. Shayne is an articulate and professional athlete that has proven her great ability to perform on the world stage. She is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion and an Olympic, World and Commonwealth record holder. Shayne’s dedication and great character has been evident with her numerous awards and community spirit and has become a great role model for the Ballarat Community.
Retiring from professional sport in 2010, Shayne returned home to Ballarat with husband Luke, also a professional swimmer, to start their own “Learn to Swim” business, Shayne Reese Swimming. Now seven years running, the purpose-built facility provides over 2000 lessons a week to infant, preschool and school age children across Ballarat and surrounding areas. The centre provides swimming programs for Primary schools as well running multiple sessions for children that have completed all levels in the learn to swim program and have progressed into Mini Squad level.
Shayne now dedicates her life to educating students, staff and parents the fundamentals of swimming and water safety.
Shayne is an appointed Director of Swimming Victoria
Andrew is a highly experienced commercial lawyer and sports lawyer, as well as being a nationally accredited mediator.
Andrew brings to the board a combination of forty years' experience as a lawyer with an emphasis on business and sports law, numerous previous other board positions, and a deep interest in all things sport.
He is currently a director of YMCA Victoria, a tribunal chair for Basketball Victoria and a legal consultant to the Southern Football Netball League.
His history includes roles as president of the Law Institute of Victoria, as a director of Netball Australia and many years providing legal advice to the AFL Players' Association and North Melbourne Kangaroos.
His love of swimming has seen him complete well over one hundred open water swims. He describes himself as 'a slow swimmer who rapidly continues to lose even more speed'.
Andrew is filling a casual vacancy of an elected Director position until the SV AGM in 2019
Susan has a passion and interest in the development of Victorian swimming, as a former national swimmer and a former company director at a successful Victorian learn to swim business.
Susan has more than 35 years experience in general and executive management, with experience in risk management, policy and planning, team leadership and stakeholder engagement.
Susan also has experience on Boards and Governance Committees and has also been a Federal Government appointed member of international and domestic strategy committees and planning panels. Susan is also currently on the Board of Aspergers Victoria.
Susan is an elected Director of Swimming Victoria
Rod is a Victorian Olympian who represented Australia in the 1992 Olympics, and the 1986, 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games, achieving a Silver Medal in the 200m Breaststroke in 1990. Rod’s professional career spans over 20 years in the Telecommunication & Data sector, and includes program and project management, leading large scale transformational change, and providing strong leadership and considering tough ethical decisions.
Rod wants to help swimming in Victoria become the activity of choice, not just at the elite level but at all levels, because of the great mental and physical benefits derived from swimming at all ages. He is looking forward to the challenge the role provides, and helping to deliver the strategic plans for our members and the sport.
Rod is an appointed Director of Swimming Victoria