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.

  • 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 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).
  • Annabelle Williams OAM - Director
  • Annie Williams

    Annabelle is a dual Paralympian and multiple Paralympic medal winner, an international motivational speaker, lawyer, director, sports commentator and diversity advocate. She graduated from Bond University with a degree in Law and International Relations.

    She was a member of the Australian Paralympic Swim Team for eight years, making her international debut at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

    During her swimming career, Annie captained the Australian swim team, broke five world records and won numerous medals for Australia, including gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. While still competing, she worked in Paris for the Australian Trade Commission, and in Washington D.C. for Perennial, an agency that represents NFL and NBA players.

    Following her retirement from the pool, Annie worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Allens Linklaters (2013 – 2015) and was the Legal Counsel for the Australian Olympic Committee (2012 – 2019).

    She has worked for the Court of Arbitration for Sport and held advisory roles with the Australian Swimmers’ Association and the Australian Sports Foundation and in 2019, graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where she was selected to deliver the valedictory speech.

    Annie is the Vice-President of the Board of Paralympics Australia, Chair of the Paralympics Australia Athletes’ Commission, and a member of the IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal.

    Annie is an ambassador for a number of organisations and has partnered with Flo Health, the world’s largest women’s health platform with over 100 million downloads, to develop an online course on empowerment.

    Her varied career has also encompassed working as Charlize Theron’s stunt double on Mad Max 4: Fury Road.

    Annabelle was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014 for service to sport.

    She is currently the Founder and CEO of Grit & Gold Pty Ltd, where she utilises her unique background and approach to empower people to become their best selves. 


  • Sally Howe - Director
  • Sally Howe

    Sally has over 35 years of experience in the Health Industry working in executive and senior management roles across private, public, community and primary health sectors. Her strengths include leadership, collaboration, culture, and the alignment of stakeholder interests through strong communication and partnership, which has enabled her to be a key driver in growing and developing business in line with strategy.

    With Non-Executive Director experience in largely consumer facing values based, complex and highly regulated Not-for-Profit commercial enterprises, Sally brings significant insights, governance experience and skills to the Board of Swimming Australia. She currently holds Board Directorships in Health and Aged Care, Disability and Primary health sectors.

    Sally has a lifelong love of sport, and as a Minerva Network mentor, is actively engaged in mentoring our athletes as they transfer into careers after sport, including Board careers. Sally’s networks also extend to US Ivy League and West Coast College sports.

    Her Board experience and executive career necessitated the ability to understand, connect and collaborate with a broad range of networks, key funders, and stakeholders, and how their engagement is satisfied and measured. Ensure they remain engaged, aligned and form part of the vison and strategic direction guided by a clearly articulated value proposition.

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