BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2021/2022 BOARD MEMBERS

Gavin is a senior manager in Fonterra’s global ingredients business (NZMP) and has held senior in-house legal roles in Fonterra as well as in the finance and forestry sectors as well as working as a corporate/commercial lawyer in NZ, UK and Australia.

Gavin, through his two sons Eddie and Patrick, has over the last 9 years been involved in the club’s nippers, rookies, lifeguard and surf sports programs. He re-qualified as a lifeguard himself in 2019 and has been part of volunteer patrols since then. His two uncles are founding members of Bungan Beach SLSC on Sydney’s Northern beaches, so he feels getting involved in the club at a governance level was in some ways inevitable.

Lisa has been involved with the Whangamata surf club for the past 16 years with her husband Rod and daughters, Jess, Lucy and Charli. They spend as much time as possible in Whangamata and love their WhangaFam and life at the beach. Lisa is a qualified accountant and for the past 4 years has been Finance Director on the Board of Directors. She has been Chair of the Junior Surf Committee since 2019 and has a special interest in enhancing social and family connections within the club.

Our Club Captain, Matt has been involved with WSLSC since the summer of 15/16 when he qualified as a lifeguard. Since then Matt has been involved in recruitment, development and lifeguarding operations throughout his 7 seasons as a guard. Matt has been a regional lifeguard on the Whanga team for 4 seasons; being appointed Deputy Head Guard for the 2020/2021 season and Head Guard for the 2021/2022 season.

Mandy has been coming to Whangamata regularly for over 10 years and she and her family have been actively involved with the Club as her 3 children move through its junior surf, surf sports and lifeguard programs.   

Mandy worked as a litigation and commercial lawyer for 15 years in NZ and the UK.  More recently she studied and now practices as an artist. She served on the board of Grey Lynn primary school for 6 years, through a major rebuild and the appointment of new leadership.  Mandy places a high value on sport, fitness and recreation where everyone can have fun and grow their sense of self and community. 

Mike is a Registered Pharmacist, Pharmacy Owner and Company Director, who has multiple pharmacy operations in Taupo and Napier. Residing in Tauranga he oversees the operation of these companies remotely in primarily a governance and guidance role. He currently holds a role as a  board member of CDC Pharmaceuticals, New Zealand’s largest co-operative pharmaceutical wholesaler.

He has three sons, Ben, Max and Luke who have all been involved with  WSLC from the time they were old enough to be nippers, and are now Oceans and pre-oceans athletes. Mike and his wife Nicki have been actively involved in the club and junior surf over that time, and Mike is also a qualified Surf official. He is excited about continuing to be a board member of WSLC and be part of a great legacy that is the Whangamata Surf Lifesaving Club and its governance.

Jono has been a Whangamata Clubbie since 2003. During this time he has been a Professional Lifeguard, a Director of Recruitment all the while continuing with volunteer activity, forming many long-lasting and deep friendships.

In 2011, Jono and his family moved to Australia, where he worked in the Telecommunications and I.T industries in roles across APAC. Now based in Auckland with his family, Anna and Olivia have started to show an interest in Junior Surf. 

Jono is looking forward to being part of the board and contribute to the legacy of this outstanding organisation and the people involved.

A Life Member, Bryan qualified as a lifeguard over 50 years ago and has been an integral part of the surf club ever since. Still very active assisting the club with patrols, swim coaching and running the iconic event the Harbour Swim held annually on 28 December that sees over 100 people swim from the northern point of main beach to Hauturu island and then in to shore.