National Lifesaving Committee and Chief Examiners

The National Lifesaving Committee (NLC) is responsible for providing positive leadership and direction for lifesaving delivery and development, providing SLSNZ staff with advice, feedback and support.

The NLC consists of volunteer representatives and staff members. The four SLSNZ regions provide one representative each and there are three appointed positions available the committee is managed by the Lifesaving Manager.

The NLC meet face to face three times and have a number of teleconferences each year. The scope of activities includes;

  • Evolution of National Lifesaving Plan - in context to the SLSNZ strategic plan developed by the SLSNZ Board at the time.
  • Lifesaving Standards and Operating Procedures
  • National Lifesaving Policies
  • Rescue Assets
  • Development of new or evolution of existing drowning prevention initiatives
  • Related review cycle activity
  • Lifesaving related member recognition

National Lifesaving Committee

Adam Fraser - Chairperson
Brendan Hamilton-Gibbs - Central Region Representative
TBC - Northern Region Representative
Mike Smith - Southern Region Representative
Dani Shepard - Eastern Region Representative
David Clarke - Appointed
Seth McPhee - Appointed

Support Team
Allan Mundy - SLSNZ Lifesaving Manager
Belinda Slement - SLSNZ Education Development Lead
Gary Payinda - SLSNZ Appointed Medical Director
Michael Bassett-Foss - ILS
Graeme Cullen - ILS Board
Nick Mulcahy - ILS Rescue Commission

Available Documents


Chief Examiners

Chief Examiners are critical to the effective delivery of exams throughout New Zealand. This voluntary role is essential in maintaining the integrity of our awards framework, in developing examiners and influencing the effectiveness of our instructors.

Applications are now open for Chief Examiner roles for the coming season (2020/2021).

Please refer to the Terms of Reference at the link below for further details of roles, responsibilities and assess your suitability for the role.

To apply complete the following application form available at the link below and return to the National Education Manager, Brad O’Leary ( by Friday 12 June.

2020/2021 Available Documents

Jim Coe- SLA Northern (West/South)
Jackie Grant - SLA Northern (East/North)
Faron Turner - IRB Northern
Danielle Shepherd - SLA Bay of Plenty
Stu Lowth - IRB Bay of Plenty
James Lloyd - SLA Coromandel
Matt Kerr - IRB Coromandel
Jeremy Lockwood - SLA & IRB Gisborne
Brian Quirk - SLA Hawke's Bay
Jared Fritchley - IRB Hawke's Bay
Jim Warwick - SLA Capital Coast
Mike Taylor - IRB Capital Coast
Adam Fraser - SLA Taranaki
Scott Nelson - IRB Taranaki
Kate Suter - SLA Canterbury
Scotty Roberts - IRB Canterbury
Richard Murray - SLA Otago
Peter Gibbons - IRB Otago
Dave Robb - SLA Tasman
John Menzies - IRB Tasman