LAYNE BEACHLEY - CHAIR
Layne Beachley AO is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history. The only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998- 2003). Layne then went on to win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008. On Australia Day 2015, Layne was awarded with an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the community through support for a wide range of charitable organisations, as a mentor for women in sport and as a world champion surfer.
Layne achieved yet another first in Australian sport by becoming Surfing Australia’s new Chairperson in the latter part of 2015. She is the first former female World Champion of any sport to take on the role in a National Sporting Organisation,2004 Laureus Alternative Sports Person of the year, 2006 Surfing Hall of Fame inductee, 2011 Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee, 2 time ISA World Masters Champion, Athlete Liaison Officer at the 2012 Olympic Games, Layne’s unwavering commitment to success has seen her awarded on the world stage. In 2013 Layne was recognised and awarded 3rd Greatest Australian Female Athlete of all time, behind Dawn Fraser and Betty Cuthbert.
Layne is also the proud Founder and Director of her own charity, the Layne Beachley Foundation, Aim For The Stars, cultivating courage and fostering self-belief in young girls and women across Australia through a broad range of pursuits.
Layne currently serves on the board of Sport Australia Hall Of Fame, is a mentor for their scholarship program, is a spokesperson for numerous charities and long-time ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.
ROB COOMBE - DEPUTY CHAIR
Rob was appointed Executive Chairman of the Generation Development Group on 18 July 2017. He is also Chairman of Craveable Brands, the largest Australian owned Quick Service Restaurant business. He was the CEO of Craveable Brands between August 2013 and April 2017. Craveable Brands is substantially owned by Archer Capital, one of Australia’s leading private equity firms.
Before joining Craveable Brands, Rob was responsible for all of Westpac's Retail, Business and Agri banking operations throughout Australia. Prior to this role, Rob spent 6 years as 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. In total, he has over 35 years corporate experience in both Australia and Asia, primarily in financial services.
Rob is a founding Director and Deputy Chair of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), Deputy Chairman of Surfing Australia, a member of the Advisory Board of 5V Capital Investors and a main board Director of CIMB Group, one of the largest universal banks in the ASEAN region.
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.
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!
Carly is a marketing professional with over 17 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.
Brett is a proven CEO in both public and private companies, specialising in media, with particular expertise in digital businesses and international operations. He is a former CEO 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 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., Chairman of Canberra Data Centres (CDC), Chairman of Creative Enterprises Australia (CEA) and a Principal of the Bombora Group.
Adrian is a two-time World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Champion and 12- year veteran on the WSL Men’s World Tour. His career highlights include wins at Teahupoo and Hossegor. He’s a World Pro Surfers (WPS) Athlete Representative to the WSL and a WSL Board Member.
Adrian is the President and co-founder of Surfaway.com and an ambassador for youth mental health charity Reach Out Foundation, WSL Pure Foundation, the Take 3 For The Sea (Ocean stewardess) Foundation and Waves For Change Foundation. He’s also a published children’s author with his book “Macka’s Barrel Into The Dreamtime."