Our Board Members
The key aims of the Swim Australia Board will be to
Collectively the board brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as representatives of Swim Schools and the aquatic industry.
Gary Toner Chief Executive, Swim Australia expressed " this is an exciting time for Swim Australia, being part of the process of the first board for Swim Australia with such outstanding individuals. We all look forward to ensuring the highest quality of representation for Swim Schools around Australia and the World. With many topics on the table for Learn to Swim and Water Safety, the next 12 months will be a great opportunity for member input into the industry."
To support the board are the newly formed ACE's groups (Aquatic Community Experts) with over 25 industry and Swim Schools who will provide input in their specialty areas such as disability, inclusion, business, tots, small swim schools and others.
The Swim Australia board held its inaugural meeting September 21st 2015 to outline its strategic plan for its 600 plus Swim School members.
Gary Toner Executive Officer
Debby Tattoli5 Star Swim Schools
An accomplished and driven professional, Debby has a passion for all things swimming. As a business owner, head coach, active teacher and course presenter Debby has expertise across a broad range of Aquatic Industry issues.
Jonathon RussellCFO, Paul Sadler Swimland, VIC.
John has 24 years experience in banking and financial services, sales, accounting, taxation, management, mentoring, compliance and practice management. The past 7 years, Management of Swim Schools and experience in all facets of the 'learn to swim' industry has been added, and was appointed CFO at Sadler in 2012.
Narelle SimpsonNS Swim School, NSW
Narelle has been involved in the Aquatic Industry for over 37 years. Narelle has been a NSW Institute Coach for 7 years and over the past 6 years coached Olympic swimmers and major Australian teams. She is passionate about teaching swimming and water safety education.
Simon WatkinsDirector of Swimming, MLC School, NSW.
Simon comes from Wales where he had managed Swim Schools and was Swimming Development Office for wales before moving to Australia. Simon writes a regular journal article on Swimming for the ASCTA journal.
Nancy ShawOwner Holsworthy Aquatic Swim School, NSW.
Nancy has been a member of Swim Australia since 1997, presented at numerous conferences and part of many special interest groups. Nancy has been heavily involved with the Fitness Industry Award input for Swim Schools and an advocate for the industry.