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Darrin Bragg

Darrin Bragg - Chairman

Darrin has been part of the surf lifesaving movement since he joined as a nipper more than 42 years ago. Having spent most of his life in North Queensland, the respected Townsville-based accountant has been a member of the Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club for more than 20 years. He is now their President.  Prior to that, Mr Bragg had held positions as Treasurer and Club Captain with both the Mackay and Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs. Darrin is a Life Member of both Surf Life Saving Queensland and the North Barrier Surf Life Saving Branches. He has also previously served as a Board Member for Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Adam Hodge Surf Life Saving Foundation

Adam Hodge AAICD

Adam has 20 years’ experience in the marketing industry having worked extensively in Australia, Europe and Asia and is an Associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is Head of Strategy and Planning for global Sports and Entertainment agency Octagon and has worked in the not for profit sector as National Brand Manager for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. His association with Surf Life Saving began at a young age at Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast where he competed as a nipper, cadet and surf boat rower. He also patrolled for several years before work commitments took him away from the beach for a period. Adam is once again involved with the movement as a member of Long Reef SLSC, a proud Nipper Dad and Safety Swimmer.

Christine Hopton, Surf Life Saving Foundation Investment Committee Member

Christine Hopton OAM

Christine has an extensive media background having worked in the newspaper and television industries, public relations, marketing and communications for more than 30 years. Christine has been involved in Surf Life Saving for over 15 years, joining as a Nipper parent and holding positions on the Avalon Beach SLSC junior committee before gaining her Bronze Medallion in 2000. Christine received an OAM as part of the Governor-General’s Australia Day Honours List in 2017 and is currently in her eighth term as President of Avalon Beach SLSC.

Graham Ford, Surf Life Saving

Graham Ford AM

Graham was elected as President of SLSA in 2010. He brings to this role a wealth of Surf Life Saving knowledge, coupled with a strong business background. Graham is a life member of Bronte SLSC and President of the International Life Saving Federation and has held many senior roles at club, branch and national levels. In 2016 Graham was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to Surf Life Saving. Graham is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.