Board of Directors

Led by President John Bertrand, Swimming Australia's Board of Directors consists of eight passionate, dedicated and committed members who all bring different strengths to the table.

  • Mr John Bertrand AO - President
  • John Bertrand

    BE (Hons) Monash University, MSc Ocean Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • Dual Olympian – Munich 1972, Montreal 1976 (Bronze medallist)
    • Skippered Australia II to victory in the 1983 America's Cup
    • Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of services to yachting (1985)
    • Awarded Australian Sports Medal for outstanding achievement in the America's Cup (2000)
    • Awarded Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through sport (2001)
    • Chairman of the Prime Minister's Alannah and Madeline Foundation (2001 - current)
    • Chairman of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame (2005 - current)
    • Named Melbournian of the Year (2008)
    • Received Monash University's Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)
    • Vice Chancellor Professorial Fellow of Monash University (2013)
  • Ms Abi Cleland - Director
  • BA (Monash University), BCom (Monash University), MBA (Melbourne University), GAICD

    Managing Director Absolute Partners (Current)
    Non-Executive Director Orora
    Chair Planwise (fintech start-up)
    Advisory Committee Member Lazards PE Fund 2
    Non-Executive Director AIBM (Business Spectator) (2010 - 2012)
    Prior Appointments: MD 333 Management, GM Direct Channels ANZ, GM Strategy/Corporate Development (ANZ, IPL, Amcor)

  • Mr Bruce Havilah - Director
  • SAB (Dip Law at Sydney Uni & Uni of WA)

    • Principal, Havilah Legal (1997 - current)
    • Admitted to Supreme Court WA (1995), Bar in NSW (1995) and High Court of Australia (1995)
    • President of Swimming WA (2003 - 2005)
    • Pro-bono services to State Swimming bodies
    • NSW State Swimming Finalist Swimmer (1971/1972)
    • Member Sans Souci Swimming Club (NSW) (1967 - 1978)
    • Member Central Aquatic Swimming Club (WA) (2001 - current)
  • Mr Graeme Johnson - Director
  • B Comm - M App Fin - FCA

    • Chief Financial Officer, Clayton Utz (Current)
    • Chief Financial Officer, Oaks Hotels and Resorts Limited (2009 - 2011)
    • Chief Financial Officer, Macquarie Airports (2007- 2008)
    • Divisional Chief Financial Officer, Westpac (1995 - 2006) - BT Financial Group; Australian Business and Consumer Banking; Westpac New Zealand
    • Manager, KPMG Australia (1987 - 1995)
    • Former President, Kawana Waters Swimming Club
    • Former President, Northern Suburbs Swimming Association
    • Former Director and Treasurer, The Humpty Dumpty Foundation
    • Chairman, Swimming Australia Foundation


    • Ms Nicole Livingstone OAM - Director
    • Head of Women’s Football at Australian Football League

      • Managing Director Momentum Consultancy Group (Current)
      • Television host and sports broadcaster (1993 – current)
      • Triple Olympic Swimmer (1988, 1992, 1996 Olympic Games)
      • Olympic Silver & Dual Olympic Bronze Medallist
      • Member of the Australian Swimming Team (1985 - 1996)
      • Executive Board Member Australian Olympic Committee
      • Vice President, Victorian Olympic Council
      • Life Member Swimming Victoria, Melbourne Vicentre and Cheltenham Swimming Clubs
      • Board member VicHealth (Victorian Health Promotion)
      • Trust member, State Sports Centre Trust
      • Member of the AOC Athlete’s commission (1992 - 2000)
      • Co-Founder and Patron Ovarian Cancer Australia
      • Medal of the Order of Australia 1997; Australian Sports Medal, 2000; Victorian Women’s Honour Roll, 2006
      • International Olympic Committee (OBS) Television Commentator, 2012 Olympic Games


    • Ms Tracy Stockwell OAM - Director
    • Tracey Stockwell
      BJrnl, University of Florida, 1985
      • Director, Stockwell (1995 - current)
      • Director, Stockwell Foundation (2000 - current)
      • Dual Olympic Swimmer (1980, 1984)
      • Triple Olympic Gold Medallist (1984)
      • Five-time World Champion Gold Medallist (1978)
      • Five World and 63 American Records
      • United States Congressional Medal of Honour
      • Member of United States National Team (1977- 1984)
      • Director, Queensland Academy of Sport (2000 - 2012) (Chair 2007 - 2012)
      • Founding Member and Board Member of Womensport Queensland Association (1993 - 2007)
      • Director, Queensland Events Corporation (1999 - 2008)
      • Executive Officer, Queensland Academy of Sport (1992 - 1995)



    • Andrew Baildon - Director
    • Bachelor of Communication (Marketing), Bond University

      •             Managing Director of The Baildon Group which owns and operates a number of Superfish Swim Schools and Jetts 24x7 Gyms in Queensland

      •             Member of the Australian Swimming team (1987-1994); team captain 1993-94

      •             Dual Olympian (1998, 1992)

      •             Andrew was a multiple medallist at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, where he became the first swimmer in the Commonwealth to break the 50 second barrier for the 100m freestyle, and the 1994 Commonwealth Games

      •             Medallist in 4 Pan Pacific Championship Games

      •             Member of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games bid and organising committees

      •             Team Attaché, 2018 Australian Commonwealth Games team.

      •             Developer, trainer and campaigner of Learn to Swim and Drowning Prevention programs since 1996.


    • Kieren Perkins OAM - Director
    • Kieren Perkins

      Post his athletic career Kieren was a Director of Performance Global Pty Ltd and former Partner of RogenSi, a global consulting and training company.
      In 2009 Kieren joined NAB and was appointed Head of Private Clients and Business Development for NAB Private Wealth in Queensland.

      In August 2012 Kieren was appointed Head of NAB Private Wealth QLD. In 2016, General Manager NAB Private, Client Experience. In 2017, General Manager NAB Private Direct and in 2018 Kieren was appointed GM B&PB Enablement.

      Kieren has also had the honour of serving on multiple Boards in corporate, Government and Not for Profit capacities including The Australian Sports Commission, Swimming Australia Ltd, the ANZCA Foundation, NFP Online, and Starlight Children’s Foundation.  He is currently a board member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

      Kieren was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1992 for services to sport, Young Australian of the Year in 1993 and made an honorary Doctor of Philosophy by Queensland University in 2001.

    • Melissa Fein - Director
    • Melissa Fein Board Member

      Melissa Fein’s 20-year career has been focused on building brands. She is currently the CEO of Initiative Australia, a global communications agency aimed at building brands through culture. Initiative was awarded Campaign Asia’s ‘Australian Media Agency of the Year’ in 2019.


      Mel started her career at NewsCorp in sport, then moved into integrated marketing for MTV in the US and Australia before launching MindShare’s ESP in Australia (the global entertainment and sports partnerships group). She later led Network Ten’s strategic, creative content, digital and social integration division “Generate”, before becoming CEO at Ensemble Australia, a content and creative agency.


      Melissa is on the board of the Media Federation of Australia and she is a member of Advertising Week’s Advisory Council.

      She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from RMIT University and a Leadership and Strategy Certificate from Harvard University.


      She is an avid recreational swimmer competing in open water swimming events and has a passion for high performance sport.


      Personal recognition:

      • APAC Campaign ‘Women Leading Change’ Business Leader for 2020
      • Featured on the ‘B&T Women in Power’ list in 2018 & 2019 
      • Named in AdNews ‘Top 10 Media Agency CEOs’ in 2018

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