Board of Directors

President - Mr Vaughan Davies (2017 – Present)

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Having grown up the regional WA towns of Esperance and Kalgoorlie and starting his working life as a casual pool lifeguard, Vaughan has developed an extensive career in the public sector. He spent 10 years in local government working in community services and overseeing the management and construction of swimming pools across regional Australia, before moving into a role as regional manager of Tourism WA based in Broome. From there he joined the Department of Aboriginal Affairs where he became the Director General of the Department in 2016. Vaughan currently works at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage as the Assistant Director General of the Heritage and Property Division - responsible for the management, protection and promotion of Western Australia’s Aboriginal and Historic heritage assets as well as the Western Australia Planning Commission’s property portfolio .

A keen long-distance open water swimmer, with a few Rottnest Channel solo swims to his name, Vaughan spends as much time in or on the water as possible as a keen boaty and fisherman. Impressed by the work RLSSWA does through the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools program in regional WA, he joined the board’s Aboriginal Reference Group in 2017. Seeing RLSSWA as a well-established, solid brand steeped in history and filled with talented, professional and committed staff, he saw a position on the board as an opportunity to work with like-minded people, while also giving back to a cause that has been a part of his entire life.

Vaughan believes swimming is a life skill that every Western Australian should enjoy 100% water safety across all parts of the community is a goal he would like to see the organisation achieve - from infant aquatics, swim & survive, seniors water safety through to working with non-English speaking and remote Aboriginal communities. He sees this as an achievable aim through good governance, strategic thinking and creating partnerships with government and corporate organisations.

Mr David Cummins (2007 – Present)

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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. He was appointed to the board of Royal Life Saving Society WA in 2007.

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 10 Years Continuous Service Award and in 2007 Life Membership to Masters Swimming Australia. David was named a Life Member of Royal Life Saving WA in 2018.

Mrs Carol Harper (October 2015 – Present)

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Carol has worked in the Swimming Pool industry for over 25 years. She currently works 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.

Carol has extensive knowledge and networks in relation to outdoor living in WA, and has won more than 50 industry awards with Exclusive Pools for individually designed swimming pools. Along with her experience in running small businesses she is in a good position to make a positive impact through her work with Royal Life Saving WA as the Society aims to prevent drowning across the Western Australian community.

Coming from the swimming industry Carol believes it is vitally important to learn First Aid and resuscitation skills so that everyone can be a lifesaver. Since becoming a member of the Royal Life Saving WA board in 2015 she has found her involvement with the Society to be extremely rewarding as she sees the impact being made right across Western Australia. Looking ahead Carol is keen to see this impact expanded into more communities in the future.

Ms Justine Leavy (2018 – Present)

Image of Justine LeavyJustine completed a PhD, from UWA in 2014, holds a Masters in Public Health, UWA and Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) from Curtin University. She currently works at Curtin University as a Teaching and Research Academic in the School of Public Health and is the Discipline Lead, for Health Promotion and Sexology.

In 2019 she was awarded the Aspire Curtin University Professional Development Award and launched the Western Australian Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Evaluation and Research Network (WADER-n). Justine is an active drowning prevention researcher, evaluating Royal Life Saving WA’s drowning prevention programmes Keep Watch and Don’t Drink and Drown. Widely published in peer-reviewed journals, Justine in an expert in the field and is a member of the International Drowning Research Alliance (IDRA) which allows her to connect with drowning researchers from around the world including Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the World Health Organization.

Also a board member of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®), Chair of the AHPA Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation Committee, and Sector Advisory Panel Member U.S. National Physical Activity Plan for the Mass Media sector, Justine joined the board of RLSSWA in 2018 to bring her expertise and provide strategic advice to the Directors about research, evaluation and evidence translation matters pertinent to drowning prevention and the public health profession. She sees the opportunity to be part of the RLSSWA Board as a chance to build aquatic safety capacity and give back to the community.

Justine’s vision is for RLSSWA to be recognised as a leader in knowledge translation for drowning prevention in Australia, and internationally. She’s excited about the way RLSSWA has been very progressive in working together with researchers to develop and implement evidence-informed drowning prevention programs, and wants to help the organisation to ensure evidence informed strategies are communicated to all West Australians, enabling them to be safe when in and around waterways, and reduce deaths from drowning in WA.

 Mr Aaron Brinkworth (2020 - Present)

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Aaron has worked in the bio-pharmaceutical industry for the past 25 years, with experience establishing sales, marketing & distribution networks across the Asia Pacific region. Some of this work has focussed on solving complex problems and advancing public health for underserved and at-risk populations globally. He has also been an active Surf Lifesaver since 1983, has experience teaching VacSwim and was also employed as a City of Stirling Lifeguard in the late 1980s.

Having always lived around water and been involved in aquatic activity, Aaron has a strong understanding of the significant risk water can pose to many within our diverse population across Western Australia. His role as part of Royal Life Saving WA’s board of directors enables Aaron to fulfil his desire to contribute to the broader community in our state and to the strategic direction and effective governance of the organisation.

Aaron believes the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is very clear regarding Royal Life Saving WA’s vision and purpose – a vision that he shares. He is keen to ensure that no one misses out on swimming and water safety skills and hopes that through his strong interest in corporate governance, risk and strategy, he can assist the organisation to effectively lead efforts towards achieving this ambitious and essential goal. 

Ms Lisa Lilleyman (2021 - Present)Lisa Lilleyman

Lisa has been involved with Royal Life Saving in various capacities since 1999. These include the Department of Education’s Vacswim program and the Honours and Award Committee. She possesses a detailed understanding of aquatics, the multi-facetted nature of Royal Life Saving and importantly opportunities for growth and development.

Promoting water safety within the WA community is a genuine passion and Lisa offers extensive experience in delivering strategic advice, collaboration with stakeholders and working with not-forprofit organisations and Government. Lisa was the State Manager of the Australian Olympic Committee and is currently performing a national role as the Relationship Manager. In these leadership roles she has achieved many strategic outcomes, engaged with a wide range of stakeholders and works with all tiers of government including Ministers.

Leading people in program implementation, organisational change and ensuring everyone feels part of the evolution process is important to Lisa.

Jonathan SethMr Jonathan Seth (2021 - Present)

Jonathan is the General Manager of JLT Public Sector operations in Western Australia and CEO of LGIS. JLT Public Sector is a division of JLT Risk Solutions and is a business of Marsh & McLennan Companies.
Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in risk management, insurance, reinsurance and account stewardship across a broad range of industries and professions including corporate, not-for-profit,
local, state and federal government as well as managed self-insurance funds. In 2013, Jonathan was appointed CEO of LGIS Western Australia, a member-owned mutual for WA Local Governments. He leads with a strong focus on governance practices and systems and is passionate about providing an innovative service and working together to deliver tailored risk solutions for LGIS members.
He holds Fellowship Membership with ANZIIF, an MBA from Deakin University, QPIB and has completed the AICD Directors program (GAICD). In 2011, he was recognised by the National Insurance Brokers Association, as the WA Qualified Practising Insurance Broker of the year.

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