LAYNE BEACHLEY - CHAIR
Layne Beachley is the most successful female surfer in history. As a member of the Surfing Australia board she brings an undisputed level of credibility as both a competitive surfer and a social entrepreneur. With seven ASP World Titles and a total of 29 tour victories her competitive record is unmatched. She has also given so much back to the sport of surfing through her public profile, 15 years of active service on the ASP board and staging the richest ASP Women’s World Tour event for seven consecutive years. Outside of surfing through her own charity the Aim for the Stars Foundation, girls across Australia have received over $500,000 in financial grants to assist them with pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals. Layne is also an ambassador for The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, Planet Ark and Sunnyfield. She also sits on the board of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
ROB COOMBE - DEPUTY CHAIR
Rob has over 30 years’ of corporate experience in Australia and Asia including over 10 years in a CEO capacity. Rob is currently the CEO of QSRH Ltd (“QERH”). QSRH owns and operates three iconic brands in the Quick Service Restaurant Sector with 18,000 people employed throughout 600 restaurants in Australia and overseas. Prior to joining QSRH, Rob was responsible for Westpac's Retail, Business and Agri banking operations throughout Australia. For the six years before that he was the CEO of BT Financial Group, responsible for all of Westpac’s funds management, financial planning, insurance, private banking, broking, platform and superannuation businesses in Australia. Rob is also a founding Director and Deputy Chair of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), a member of the Advisory Board to the UTS Faculty of Law and a Director of CIMB Group, the largest investment bank in the ASEAN region and one of the largest banks in Malaysia. In 2011 Rob was awarded the prestigious UTS Alumni of the Year for Excellence in recognition of his achievements in the business community and social sector. Rob is a passionate surfer who learnt to surf on the NSW South Coast, an area that he still visits and surfs as often as possible.
FIONA DE JONG
A former triathlete, lawyer and CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), Fiona de Jong joins the Surfing Australia Board in it's quest to win Australia's first Olympic Surfing medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Fiona is praised as one of Australia's great sports administrators, having led the strategic direction of the Olympic movement in Australia and chief responsibility for sending Australian Olympic Teams to summer, winter and youth Olympic Games.
In her 12 years at the AOC, Fiona assumed leadership roles in 10 Australian Olympic Teams - 3 summer, 3 winter and 4 youth Olympic Teams.
Prior to her appointment as CEO, Fiona was the AOC Director of Sport (COO), overseeing the successful selection and preparation of the Australian Teams for Olympic Games. In this role Fiona also managed the delivery of 5 Australian Youth Olympic Festivals, the AOC Athletes' Commission and Medical Commission.
Fiona has worked closely with all 33 summer and 7 winter Olympic sporting federations and engaged with the most senior leaders of sport in Australia and internationally.
Prior to the AOC, Fiona was a lawyer with Blake Dawson Waldron specialising in IT before managing legal aspects of large eCommece projects at Colonial First State Investments.
Fiona holds degrees in Law (with Hons) and Information Technology and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Fiona is a Board member of the Centennial and Moore Park Trust, Governor of the Centennial Parklands Foundation and member of various Sport Advisory Boards.
An avid runner and outdoors enthusiast, Fiona regularly body surfs at Sydney's Bronte beach. Fiona is married with a young son, Alessandro, an aspiring 'grommet' as soon as he's old enough to swim!
As co-founder and sole shareholder of Consolidated Properties, Don has overseen more than 200 projects nationally, ranging from master-planned residential communities through to retail, industrial and commercial developments. Don is a former National Chair of the Property Council of Australia's Urban, Planning and Sustainability Committee and former President of the Queensland Division, having served on the Council for 10 years. He is also a former Director of listed national property group Trinity, former Director of Brisbane Marketing, and former Deputy Chairman of the Wesley Medical Research Institute. Don currently sits on the Reserve Bank's Small Business Finance Advisory Panel and is a Board Member of Surfing Australia. Don is a passionate surfer who can regularly be seen in the lineup at Casuarina Beach, NSW.
Carly Loder is a marketing professional with over 16 years corporate marketing experience and has held senior roles covering all disciplines in marketing and communications with deep experience across the brand, digital and innovation disciplines. Carly currently is the Director of Marketing and Communications for FOX SPORTS Australia – Australia’s leading sports broadcaster. Prior to joining FOX SPORTS, Carly was the Chief Marketing Officer for BT Financial Group for 3 years. Carly holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Newcastle University and is currently studying to complete an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Marketing at North Western University. Carly is a Certified Practicing Marketer, awarded by the Australian Institute of Marketing.
Brett is a proven Chief Executive Officer in both public and private companies, specialising in media, with particular expertise in digital businesses and international operations. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of APN News and Media and has held senior executive roles at the Silverfern Group, Telecom New Zealand, Publishing & Broadcasting Limited, ecorp, ninemsn and Village Roadshow Pictures. Brett has also held Board and Chairman positions on a number of private and public companies over the past 15 years in the media, telecommunications, technology and entertainment sectors, in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Asia. He is currently Chairman of Madman Entertainment, Chairman of Yellow Pages Group, Chairman of The Advisory Board of HRL Morrison & Co., Managing Director of HJB Limited and a Principal of the Bombora Group.
Adrian “Ace” Buchan grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales where he began surfing at a very young age. Eventually honing his natural talent to become a 2x Australian Pro Junior and World Junior Champion, Ace then graduated to the World Championship Tour where his world class tube riding ability and incredible backhand attack saw him win elite level events at both Teahupo'o in Tahiti and Hossegor, France. While his personal style is more understated, Ace's community involvement is incredibly noteworthy. He plays an active role in various non-profit organizations including Reach Out, Waves for Water, WSL PURE and Waves for Change. Ace has published a children’s book titled “Macka’s Barrel into the Dreamtime.” He is well-liked and admired both in and out of the water by his peers and has made it abundantly clear that his positive influence on the sport will continue well into the future.