Board of Directors

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

  • Kieren Perkins OAM - President
  • Kieren Perkins

    Kieren Perkins OAM is a four-time Olympic medalist and former world record-holder in three events. He is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest long-distance swimmers. 

     

    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 2020, Kieren was appointed Executive Direct, Personal Bank managing 1200 staff looking after NAB’s retail customer contact centres.

     

    Kieren has served on multiple Boards in corporate, Government and Not for Profit capacities including The Australian Sports Commission, the ANZCA Foundation, NFP Online, and the 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.

  • Ms Abi Cleland - Director
  • Abi Cleland

    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)
  • 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.

     

  • 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
  • Mr Greg Hartung AO – Director
  • Greg Hartung AO has played a central role in the development of Australian sports policy over several decades.  He was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Australian Sports Commission and later a Commissioner and Chair of the ASC.  He was instrumental in the development of the Australian Sports Foundation and in the evolution of successful programs and entities such as Aussie Sports and the Australian Coaching Council.  He led the Confederation of Australian Sport in its role as the key advocacy group for sport based in Canberra, and separately supported a number of individual sporting organisations in representations to Government.    

     

    Most recently Greg served as President of the Australian Paralympic Committee for 13 years through its most successful period before and after the Sydney 2000 Games.  He also served as Vice President of the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee. He was a Governing Board member of the International Paralympic Committee and Vice-President for four years and served on a number of Commissions of the International Olympic Committee.

    A graduate of the Universities of Sydney and Queensland, Greg is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. Outside of sport, Greg pursued a successful career as both a Political Correspondent and sports Journalist in Australia, the UK and New Zealand.  In business, he owned and operated a political information and publishing business across Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

  • Mr Michael Cox – Director
  • Michael Cox - Board Member
    • President Swimming Queensland 2014 – 2020
    • Treasurer Swimming Queensland 2010–2014 
    • President North End Aquatic 2007-2008
    • President Super Centre Aquatic 2005-2007
    • Treasurer Gold Coast Swimming 2002–2005
    • President Surfers Paradise Swimming Club 1999–2002:
    • Attained Level 3 Starter 2012
    • Attained Level 2 Referee 2011
    • Attained Level 2 Assessor 2015
    • Commenced officiating 1998
    • Bachelor Business (Accounting) USQ.
  • Mr Tony Shaw - Director
  • Tony Shaw
    • Performance accredited Coach
    • President Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association: Nov 2013 to Nov 2020
    • Life Member ASCTA
    • Board member: Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association: 39 years
    • ASCTA Australian representative Coaching ring #93
    • Board member: ASCTA NSW (former Chairman), former Board Member Swimming NSW
    • Coaching experience: 41 years (since 1978)
    • Have placed swimmers on all major Senior (Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Championships {Long and Short}, Pan Pacific Championships and Junior Teams
    • Australian Sports Medal Sydney 2000
    • Member SOPAC Swimming Club and former Head Coach
    • Private Swim School owner since 1978 (Tony Shaw’s Swim School, Toongabbie NSW).
    • Director of Holsworthy Aquatic Centre (NSW).

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