Paul Malcolm - President
Paul’s involvement in swimming started as a child, it was a hobby which quickly became a passion. As a father of 3 children, his involvement with swimming has evolved over the years, from watching his three children learn how to swim, to the children progressing to National Squad level. Paul has over 25 years of experience in senior management in the banking and government sectors, specialising in the delivery of large scale change programs and strategy implementation across the business.
Paul was appointed to the Swimming Victoria Board in February 2014 and elected as president later the same year.
As the President of Swimming Victoria, Paul is responsible for overseeing the running and development of Swimming Victoria to ensure members, clubs and volunteers have a sport that they can take part in and be proud of. In the last 4 years, Paul has utilised his expertise and leadership to help Swimming Victoria to develop the right strategy for future growth and overseen changes that have helped SV to be more transparent with its members, increased its membership up take and reduced the cost of swimming for all members.
Paul is looking forward to the next 12-24 months as the change and innovation continues for the better for all in the sport.
Robyn Miller - Director
Robyn’s background in swimming commenced as a competitor at national level, followed by a career in coaching, firstly with Harry Gallagher, then Forbes Carlisle. She was the inaugural team manager of the then ACI Vicentre. Running parallel with her involvement in swimming, Robyn pursued a career in education, including a number of appointments as school principal and President of Victorian Primary Schools Sports Association. With the merger of the two largest school sport associations in Victoria to form School Sport Victoria, an organisation of 2,400 primary and secondary schools, Robyn has brought strong change management, governance and marketing skills to the Swimming Victoria Board.
Robyn works for the Department of Education & Training as Special Projects Officer for School Sport Victoria. A director of Swimming Victoria since 2009, Robyn has driven a strong partnership between school sport and the sport of swimming, including upskilling school teachers in teaching swimming, coaching at a grass roots level, conducting local school swimming carnivals, engaging with local swimming clubs and engaging with Life Saving Victoria and the Department of Education & Training to increase participation in school learn to swim and water safety programs for all Victorian primary school students. Robyn's vision for the sport of swimming is to build a strong and sustainable structure that meets the aspirations of the community from grass roots and recreation swimmers through to competition swimmers.
Damian Van De Berg - Director
Damian’s involvement with swimming began as a parent to three swimmers, but rapidly expanded to include Technical Official roles, Club & District administration, State Selector duties and finally a Directorship on the Swimming Victoria Board in 2008. Damian combines all these volunteer roles with his management of a family-owned business which currently focuses on residential property development. Based in regional Victoria, Damian brings a unique combination of skills to the Board. His vision for our sport is to provide a supportive framework to allow members to enjoy swimming over their lifetime.
Courtney Ford - 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.
Lawrie Cox - Director
Lawrie began swimming involvement at Leisure City Dolphins with his two daughters. Always held the view that you should not be critical unless you are prepared to do the job yourself. Has served at Club committee, District President and State President 2001 -2006.
Moved to the SAL board 2006-2012 including Foundation chair and Finance committees.
An active Technical official throughout at District, State, National and currently an international FINA Referee on list 17. Attended as Australian delegate to FINA congresses and the Secretary of the Oceania Swimming Association which is the FINA continental body covering Australia.
My focus is to ensure that we are inclusive of all the parts that make up swimming our clubs and districts are important to delivery of the of future Australian National Team members but also for an active involvement in our sport.
The task is to include everyone to provide the best outcome and opportunities for our membership.
I look forward to working with our Board members and staff with new ideas but providing the knowledge not to repeat errors.
Always happy to take comment/question positive or negative and I acknowledge that I am elected to represent the members that are Swimming Victoria.
Heather O'Connor - Director
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.
Susan Smith - Director
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.
Duncan Webster - Director
Duncan has been involved in the sport of swimming for many years, and has contributed to the organisation through being the chair of the Finance and Risk Management Committee since 2013. Having grown up in the world of professional sport, Duncan realises the value it can create, and the challenges that need to be addressed, and how to move the organisation and the sport forward.
Duncan's career has seen him spend a large portion of his working life with the global business MARS, he is a commercially focussed Chief Financial Officer , has experience across multiple geographies, and segments within the Mars Corporation, and has a passion for delivering results and developing talent. Outside of work Duncan enjoys spending time with his family and his 4 children, which more often than not centres around his love of cooking.
Having spent a considerable time in regional Victoria due to MARS, Duncan has seen the value that swimming brings to communities, families and individuals throughout the entire State. With Swimming Victoria entering a new phase of development with a focus on improving our service and value to members and growing our relevance to the broader swimming community Duncan's professional skills and swimming insights are a timely addition to the Swimming Victoria Board.
Rod Lawson - Director
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.