Following on from the recent LSV Annual General Meeting, a new LSV President has been elected – Paul James from Hampton Life Saving Club.
“I’m most looking forward to the people – I think we have a great range of volunteers and paid staff who love LSV as much as I do,” says Paul. “They all have many skills and abilities and stories – all of which I am in awe of and I’m really looking forward to working with them.”
Paul has been involved in lifesaving with both Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving for approximately 40 years, making him the perfect fit for LSV having worked with both organisations after joining the Hampton Life Saving Club as a voluntary patrolling member.
“We’re pleased to have Paul on board as LSV President and believe his past and present volunteer and employment careers mean he will bring a wealth of relevant knowledge to the position – whether of the aquatic industry, lifesaving volunteer engagement or the broader emergency services,” says LSV CEO Dr Nigel Taylor.
Paul continues to be involved at Hampton LSC, where he was President from 1988-1990 and again from 2013-2016. Other positions held by Paul during his years of involvement at Hampton LSC include as Life Member, Patrol Captain, Instructor/Examiner, Special Events Coordinator, Chief Instructor/Examiner, Boating Officer and Radio Officer.
“I believe my lifesaving involvement has given me many opportunities and skills that have no doubt impacted in a positive way on my family, friends, career, achievements and life experiences,” says Paul. “Hopefully, we keep developing opportunities for our volunteers and staff, who will embrace them and have similar successes and experiences through their own involvement in LSV.”
He was also employed by RLSSA – Victoria Branch as its first Programs Manager from 1987 – 1989, setting up corporate training, before working for Laerdal (the company who make Rescusci Anne – among other things).
A career change saw him move into the emergency services, working for Ambulance Victoria, where he has stayed for the past 22 years, working mainly throughout Gippsland as a paramedic, a team manager and currently as group manager looking after the operational aspects of the ambulance branches between Moe and Yarram – the central part of Gippsland.
As a result of his work, he has been recognised with a National Emergency Medal and an ASM (Ambulance Service Medal), as well as a Merit Certificate as part of the 125th Anniversary celebrations of RLSS from Prince Michael of Kent.
He still actively patrols on the beach and has been involved in South Australia with Semaphore SLSC, where he patrolled and helped with training, as well as Woodside SLSC for a short time as a patroller and Wonthaggi LSC as a patroller.
Please welcome Paul as he attends Life Saving Victoria events and carnivals. Congratulations Paul on your new role!