Swimming Australia Adds Two New Board Members

BELCONNEN, Australia, January 22. SWIMMING Australia is proud to announce two new appointments to the Swimming Australia Board.

On behalf of the swimming community, President Mr John Bertrand AM would like to congratulate Mr Simon Rothery and Mr Bevan Slattery on their appointment to the Swimming Australia Board from January 31, 2014.

Partner Managing Director, CEO of Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand, and head of the Australian and New Zealand Securities Division, Mr Simon Rothery will bring with him a wealth of international business acumen, corporate knowledge and fiscal skills to the sport, with which he is involved at club level with Knox Pymble Swimming Club in Sydney.

While IT Company Founder, Director and the CEO of Megaport, Mr Bevan Slattery, who is also the President of St Peters Western Amateur Swimming Club in Queensland, will be a valuable asset in the corporate, strategic and technology space.

Swimming Australia President John Bertrand said these latest appointments complete a strong team at Board level to deliver on a new strategic direction and highlight a further transformation for the sport of swimming.

“This is a positive step for swimming and an excellent start to the year with an announcement of this calibre,” said Bertrand.

“Our vision is to be the number one nation in the world by 2020 and to do that we must establish a world’s best team, both in and out of the water,” said Bertrand.

“The business acumen, skills and corporate knowledge that both Simon and Bevan will add to the Swimming Australia Board will be a further asset for the sport at both the national and state level.”

“They are passionate about this country, and passionate about swimming, and to have business professionals of such standing and success, commit to our sport, is excellent for Swimming Australia.”

The addition of Mr Rothery and Mr Slattery alongside current Board Members, Mr Clem Doherty, Dr Chloe Flutter, Ms Nicole Livingstone, Mr Graeme Johnson, Mr Tom Picton-Warlow, Mr Jeremy Turner and President Mr John Bertrand completes the Swimming Australia Board for 2014.

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said with the Board appointments complete, and a new strategic plan and direction in place, 2014 promises to be a strong year for the sport of swimming.

“We start the year in Perth at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series before our Trials in Brisbane in April. The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July is a huge focus for us and the nation, and then we’re looking forward to welcoming the USA, Japan, and Canada and opening a new venue on the Gold Coast at the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships in August,” said Anderson.

“As well as an emphasis on developing a world’s best program in high performance, our new Strategic plan will also see the organisation look to access and build a relationship with the broader swimming audience.”

“Research tells us that 6.2million Australians swam in the last 12 months. We know that there are 2.4million recreational swimmers who swim for health and fitness benefits, and 1.2 million children who learn to swim annually.”

“Swimming is a sport, and a skill for life, and as the national governing body for swimming we will be looking to increase our engagement with all swimmers on a more regular basis.”

Mr Simon Rothery and Mr Bevan Slattery will join the Swimming Australia Board officially from January 31 2014, with the Australian Swim Team taking on Brazil, China, Japan and South Africa in Perth that weekend as part of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series.

Mr Simon Rothery
BE, Macquarie University Sydney
· Director, Swimming Australia
· Goldman Sachs Partner Managing Director CEO, Australia and New Zealand
· Head of Securities, Australia and New Zealand Securities Division
· Co-Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs and Partners (formerly Goldman Sachs JBWere) from 2009 to 2001
· Serves on the Asia Pacific Management Committee
· Named partner in 2011 and managing director in 2004
· Joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 and was head of the Capital Markets and Derivative Sales businesses in Asia Pacific Ex-Japan from 1998 to 2001

Mr Bevan Slattery
· Director, Swimming Australia
· Founder and CEO of Megaport
· Non-Executive Director of Asia Pacific Data Centre Trust
· Co-Founder and CEO of SubPartners
· President of St Peters Western Amateur Swimming Club
· Founder and former Deputy Chairman NEXTDC
· Co-Founder and former CEO of PIPE Networks
· Co-Founder and former CTO of iSeek Ltd

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