Applications open for 2015 BP Leaders for Life

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Surf Life Saving New Zealand is now accepting applications for the 2015 BP Leaders for Life Programme.

This follows on from a successful programme in 2014 which saw 32 candidates from all over New Zealand take part in two different workshops.

As an outcome of the programme, the participants gained a great understanding of why leadership is important for Surf Life Saving, what sort of leadership is needed, the expected challenges over thecoming years and the key skills we are looking for in our young, emerging leaders.

Applications for the 2015 BP Leaders for Life open today.

SLSNZ Member Development Manager Belinda Slement says participants on the 2015 BP Leaders for Life programme will be current or emerging leaders at club or regional level.

"They will have aspirations to make a real difference and recognise their need to develop as leaders. In our environment, we know that leaders are effective when they are collaborative in their approach, are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and have a strong desire to improve," she says.

Candidates can register in one of two groups which will cover the Northern/Eastern Regions and the Central/Southern Regions.

There will be approximately 15 participants in each group and each will focus particularly on leading improvement and change, and working with others. Participants will take part in two 2-day workshops and one 3-day workshop.

BP Communications and External Affairs Manager Jonty Mills says "This is our second year of partnering with Surf Life Saving and the BP Leaders for Life Programme. In simple terms, the principles of Leadership are generic, regardless of organisation, business or sector. The programme is about development opportunities and we're delighted to be able to offer our experience and expertise in the field of Leadership to help develop the next generation of New Zealand leaders, both within Surf Life Saving and throughout the wider community.

"We believe we can help make a tangible difference with this programme by sharing some of our own learnings and experiences from within BP and that's why we think this is a great programme for emerging leaders," he says.

To apply, or for more information on workshop dates and locations, click here. Applications close on Monday April 20.

To read about the experiences of some of last year's candidates, click here. 

About BP Leaders for Life:

The 2015 BP Leaders for Life is part of a national strategy to support a wide range of development opportunities for Surf Life Saving members.

The purpose of the BP Leaders for Life is to enhance the abilities of current and emerging leaders to make a real difference to their clubs and across the wider Surf Life Saving community.


For more information please contact

Belinda Slement, SLSNZ Member Development Manager
(04) 560-0371 or email