Board of Directors

Mr Colin Hassell (1999–Present)

Colin has worked in both the UK and Australia for over 50 years and is highly respected within the aquatics industry. He has a specific interest in activities for people with disabilities and has done considerable work to reduce toddler drowning. Colin was awarded Life Membership in 2014.


Mr David Cummins (2007–Present)

With over 40 years’ involvement in the aquatics industry David has served as President of Masters Swimming WA from 1987-1992. In addition, has been a member of Masters Swimming Australia’s Board for 20 years over two terms. Served as Chairman of the 1999 Pan Pacific Masters Swimming Championships and has also chaired many State, National and Masters Games Championships and held many club positions with both The Cottesloe Crabs Winter Swimming Club Inc and Claremont Masters Swimming Club Inc. David was an instigator of the annual open water Swim Thru Rottnest after 1976 and has been the event coordinator for 40 years, retiring from the position at the end of 2017.

Acknowledgements that David has received, include; in 1989 - Life Membership to the Winter Swimming Assoc of Australia, 1990 Life Membership to the Cottesloe Crabs Winter Swimming Club Inc. 1993 Life Membership to Claremont Masters Swimming Club Inc, WA Citizen of the Year – Sport and Life Membership to Masters Swimming WA. In 1996, 21st Masters Swimming Australia Anniversary Service Award, 2000 Australian Sports Medal, 2003 the Australian Centenary Medal. In 2005 Masters Swimming Australia 10Years Continuous Service Award and in 2007 Life Membership to Masters Swimming Australia.


Mr Mark Gubanyi (October 2014–Present)

Mark has been an ambassador for the Keep Watch program since 1999.  He has been dedicated and instrumental in educating parents of young children to think about ways in which they can reduce the risk of drowning in and around their home.


Mrs Carol Harper (October 2015 – Present)

Carol has worked in the Swimming Pool industry for over 25 years. Currently working as an Independent Consultant and Project Manager in the residential aquatic industry drawing from her experience as owner/manager of the Pool Spa & Outdoor Living Expo and prior to that being co-owner/manager of Exclusive Pools for ten years winning over 50 industry awards for individually designed swimming pools Carol has extensive knowledge and networks in relation to outdoor living in WA


Ms Kathleen Lowry MBA (2017 – Present)

Kathleen holds a Masters of Business in Sport and HR and is currently the Principal Policy Officer within the Office of the Director General at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. She is responsible for the provision of policy advice to the Director General on current government priorities and assists with strategic development of the department. Kathleen commenced her career as a RLSS swimming instructor both in Sydney and in the USA. Kathleen previously worked in Human Resources in the corporate sector and the sport and recreation industry both in Sydney and Perth. Kathleen previously managed the recreation branch at the former Department of Sport and Recreation and worked with LIWA Aquatics and RLSSWA on strategic development and funding opportunities. Kathleen has led State strategic planning processes for communities to access recreation facilities for mountain biking, tracks and trails etc and is currently working with traditional owners in the Kimberley on joint management initiatives. Kathleen is a keen surf ski paddler and active Surf Life Saving member.


Mr Vaughan Davies (2017 – Present)

Currently Assistant Director General at the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage, Vaughan manages the business and corporate services division. Prior to this, Vaughan spent six years at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, beginning as a regional manager based in Kununurra before moving to Perth in 2013 to take up an executive role in the department, culminating in the Director General role. 

Vaughan has also held positions at Tourism WA as well as 10 years in local government authorities where he worked in the community services field and was responsible for the management of a number of aquatic facilities in the Pilbara, Far North Queensland and the Kimberley.


Ms Justine Leavy (2018 – Present)

Senior Lecturer and Researcher, School of Public Health; Collaboration for Evidence Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH), Curtin University. Professional expertise in the evaluation of public health prevention programs (physical activity and injury prevention) and the design and delivery of education in the tertiary sector. 

Published research and evaluation work in drowning prevention and aquatic safety. In 2017 was invited to update the Drowning chapter in The International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd edition. Currently a Board member for the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA), and Chair, Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation Committee (REET) for the AHPA. 



Mark's Story

Keep Watch Ambassador Mark Gubanyi has a very personal story of toddler drowning

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