LSV welcomes two new directors to board

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has two new members on its board of directors, Rebecca Schot-Guppy, elected by the Membership and Leadership Development Council and Aaron Green, elected by the Aquatic Sports Council. 

Rebecca Schot-Guppy is a new director at LSV, elected by the membership and leadership development council.

Ms Schot-Guppy, a trained lawyer is the current Director of Investment Leverage and Portfolio Management at Firemark Ventures and the former chief executive officer of FinTech Australia. She has demonstrated understanding of governance and strategic development, having been appointed on three government boards. 

She is a current member of Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), where she previously held a variety of leadership positions including South Barwon training and assessment officer, chief instructor, lifeguard, patrol captain and age manager.  

She has also served on the Membership and Leadership Development Council Executive for two seasons as the member wellbeing coordinator and, during this stint, developed a mental health and wellbeing strategy plan. 

“I believe we have the opportunity to strategically grow LSV’s capabilities to create better community outcomes and ensure more people benefit from the education opportunities available,” Ms Schot-Guppy said. 

“It is our role to ensure we continue to enable clubs to better serve their members and empower them to deliver better service and to grow.” 

LSV’s new director (elected by the aquatic sport council) Aaron Green with fellow Jan Juc SLSC members Charlie Papworth and Lulu Higgins.

Mr Green has been the president of Jan Juc SLSC for five years and is also the president of Geelong Try Boys Brigade, where he was been a director for 10 years and spent over six years as vice president of Basketball Geelong. 

He was also on the Aquatic Sports Council Executive from 2014-2018 and has volunteered his time as an official and area referee at junior, senior and pool lifesaving carnivals, giving him a strong understanding of LSV’s sport operations and structure. 

“I want to ensure all our sporting disciplines; lifesaving events, beach, water, pool, surf boats, inflatable rescue boat racing, high performance and coach development; are given the best opportunity to grow,” Mr Green said. 

Ms Schot-Guppy and Mr Green replaced outgoing directors Angela Malan and Rachael Rylance on 13 November, when they reached the end of their six-year tenure. 

Both Ms Malan and and Ms Rylance have contributed enormously to LSV’s board and membership and we wish them the best in their new ventures. We look forward to continuing to see them between the flags at their respective clubs, Inverloch SLSC and Elwood Life Saving Club. 

Angela Malan has reached the end of her six year tenure as director, elected by the membership and leadership development council.

“It has been a pleasure to serve on the LSV board alongside other dedicated and inspiring volunteers,” Ms Malan said. 

“During the past six years, the organisation has grown and expanded, allowing us to offer many fantastic opportunities for members and improving aquatic safety for the community. 

“It’s been an amazing opportunity to be part of that growth and contribute to the success and impact of LSV.” 

Rachael Rylance was an LSV director elected by the aquatic sport council for six years.

Ms Rylance thanked the volunteers and staff she worked with as she reflected on her six years of service. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and rewards during the past six years in my role as director,” she said. 

“I am very proud of what we were able to collectively achieve in sport, including completion of the sport review, implementation of the outcomes and an increase in senior carnival participation. 

“It has been my absolute pleasure to serve on the board of LSV and I look forward to seeing the new LSV Strategic Plan 2021-25 come to life in the coming years.” 

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