Brieanna Mercer

Chairperson

I am a Solicitor at Chapmans Barristers & Solicitors.

I hold a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 4 October 2013. At Chapmans I act for plaintiffs in workplace injury matters and regularly appear in conciliation and arbitration proceedings at WorkCover WA as well as the District Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

I have been a board member of Water Polo WA since July 2013 and have a keen interest in legal issues arising in the context of sports. During my previous term I completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Governance Foundations and Advanced Governance courses through the Department of Sport and Recreation and focussed on improving Water Polo WA’s governance policies and the board review.

Tom Hoad

Deputy Chairperson

Tom has been President of the Western Australian Sports Federation which recommended the building of the Superdrome (the present HBF Stadium). Tom was on the inaugural supervising committee with Wally Foreman and Professor John Bloomfield which lobbied the government to have it HBF Stadium built.

Tom was President of the Western Australian Olympians association for 4 years as well as being an inaugural member of the Western Australia Institute of Sport for many years and likewise of the Western Australian Sports Centre Trust.

Tom has also served as Vice President of the Board of Australian Water Polo and had to resign due to health issues.

Tom lobbied the State Government and led the bid committee to Fina for Perth to host the 1991 World Swimming Championships in Perth. Together with the then Minister for Sport in Western Australia, the Hon Graham Edwards, Tom went to Canberra and succeeded in convincing the Federal Minister for Sport , Mr Graham Richardson, to provide funding for the 2x 50 metre outdoor pools necessary to hold the 1991 World Swimming Championships.

Tom subsequently became the Executive Chairman of both the 1991 and the 1998 World Swimming Championships in Perth. Tom also lobbied Fina to have 4 separate Fina World Junior Water Polo Championships, Fina Masters World Swimming Championships at HBF Stadium and chaired the Organising Committee of all these events .

Tom is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and Patron of the University of WA Sports Committee. Until his appointment to Chairman of WPWAI, he has never been on a club or state water polo committee. Tom has a vast knowledge of International Water Polo and is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Sean Rose

Director

Sean is currently the Finance Manager at CSR Gyprock & Fibre Cement and a director of a plasterboard contracting company. Sean has been playing water polo since his early 20’s and started in Geraldton with the RATS water polo club.

Sean moved to Perth and joined the Phantoms WPC and has been on the committee of Phantoms for 6 years. Sean is married to a girl he met in primary school who also plays water polo, they have two young girls both who are also now playing water polo.

Pippa McIntosh

Director

Pippa McIntosh is a corporate communications, government affairs and public relations professional.

Following a career spanning both commercial and public affairs roles in the healthcare industry, she’s since gone on to consult in the oil and gas, racing, gaming, casino and entertainment industries, helping organisations build, grow and protect their external and internal reputations.

Currently, Pippa is an adviser in the Western Australian Government. Pippa’s love of waterpolo started at a young age, and continued throughout university where she played for the University of Western Australia. She’s also played for clubs in both NSW and Victoria.

Mark Oberman

Director

Mark has considerable knowledge and passion for water polo and is determined to benefit the sport in developing and growing communities across Western Australia. Mark has an extensive background and experience in water polo which extends to three generations of his family.

Being a health professional – and a former decorated national Water Polo player, proudly representing Australia for 15 years – Mark understands the importance of teamwork to forge strategies, participation and cohesiveness to achieve goals and success.

As a former sports coach and a business owner for the last 10 years, Mark has invaluable experience in people management and bringing the best out of individual personalities within a team.

This wealth of experience in governance, combined with an extensive history and success as a water polo player, makes Mark a valuable contributor to the WPWAI board. Mark is determined to see the sport as an enjoyable first choice for children to participate in and progress to adulthood.

Fiona Pixley

Director

I started playing water polo as a medical student at the University of Western Australia in 1976 and played for the now defunct University Club. WA water polo in those days was small enough that all games were played on Thursday evenings at Beatty Park, which was terrific as everybody knew each other. From 1978 through until 1981 I played for WA in the State women’s team and was eventually selected in an Australian Women’s B team in 1981 before I left Australia to go to Oxford University to do my DPhil after graduating from medical school. As there was no women’s team at Oxford, I coached the men’s team and played in that team for every game except the most important one against Cambridge, who objected to playing against a woman. The silver lining was that the widespread press coverage led to me captaining the England women’s team for a couple of years. As I did not have British citizenship, I coached the Great Britain women’s team to the first women’s world championships in Madrid in 1986, which was won by Australia.

With three young children and a move to the US, my water polo commitments took a back seat for several years until I began coaching Greenwich High School girls and some local age group girls’ teams to the Junior Olympics and the Speedo Cup before returning to Australia in 2007. I joined Dolphins before the World Masters came to Perth in 2008 and with a win in the women’s 40+ age group as a member of Dolphins Deja Blue, my masters career was born. I have since competed with the Pink Pointers in Sweden (2010, 40+), Riccione (2012, 45+) and Montreal (2014, 45+), each with pink wigs and gold medal outcomes. The Pinkies look forward to defending our world championship in Budapest in 2017.

On a more serious note, I was a board member of the UWA Torpedoes from 2007 until 2012 and was assistant coach to Tibor Seress and the Comets/Torpedoes women’s team for most of that time. When short of players on road trips, I was also roped in to play so am on record as the oldest national league player in the country! Since stepping down from Torpedoes board, I have coached junior girls teams at Dolphins with an occasional stint as coach of the Dolphins women’s Premier League team.

I joined the WPWAI board in October 2014 and am particularly passionate about 1) women’s water polo and 2) ensuring that all players have appropriate access to all levels of this wonderful sport, irrespective of their local club.

David Liddle

Director

David Liddle has been involved in Water Polo in Western Australia since 1977. He started with Flotsam, and was a committee member of that club when they joined with Rangers to form CBWPC in 1979.

David has been a player, junior coach, and Office bearer for the club over the years since, and currently has 2 daughters playing Senior Water Polo.

He is currently Secretary for UWA CBWPC, is a Club sponsor and plays Master’s Water Polo. He has degrees in Engineering and Business Administration and has retired from full time work as a Control Systems Engineer.

He owns an Optometry Practice in partnership with his wife in East Victoria Park. His interest in being on the board is to participate in the administration of Water Polo, and in the development of the sport to the benefit of all Clubs and especially the Players.

Lorraine Campbell

Director

Lorraine is a self-driven, highly motivated individual with a strong professional work ethic and a passion for detail. Lorraine thrives in both team environments with likeminded peers as well as when working autonomously. As a passionate individual, Lorraine goes all-out to achieve success and consciously aims to bring out the best in those around me. Lorraine recently had a career break whilst having a third child. Lorraine was educated at the University of Glasgow and graduated with a BSc. Hons Sports Medicine.

Lorraine has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as a Sport Consultant – Industry Development, Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR). Lorraine contributes to strategic reviews and initiatives of the Sports Consultancy Team within the Industry Development Unit, is the project lead on Women in Sport and Recreation Project for the People Development Team (one day per week).

Lorraine’s aquatic background lie in her previous roles at the WA Business Centre Coordinator, AUSTSWIM: Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety and the National Education Manager, Scottish Amateur Swimming Association Ltd (Scottish Swimming) and also Youth Development Manager, Scottish Amateur Swimming Association Ltd (Scottish Swimming).

Rod Brown

Director

I have been involved in water polo in the State in various capacities since 1976 when I started as a junior player for Melville Water Polo Club. Further background related to my involvement in water polo is provided as follows:

  • Playing career included state representation at junior level, as well as senior club participation through all grades at one stage or another.
  • Served on the Melville Water Polo Club committee for approximately 10 years  Club President before stepping down approximately 3 years ago.
  • Involved in the committees running the club National League teams and organisation of the Tom Hoad Cup over many years.
  • Coached junior teams within the club, including taking teams to National Championships
  • Managed the Club Flippa Ball competition for a number of years.
  • My three children have all played for the club at various levels.

I hold a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA, and currently work as a Project Manager for BHP in their Major Projects group. My career has exposed me to a broad range of professional challenges, with a focus on management of projects and organisations for the last 15 years. I have always seen the value in fostering the sport as a game that can be played well into adult hood and catering to different skill levels. I think that I can bring a broad experience base to the Board, both from a long association with grass roots water polo as a player, coach and senior administration role within one of the largest clubs in Australia, as well as from the lessons learnt during a 30 year career in industry.

BOARD SUMMARIES

2017-18

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY October 2017

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY August 2017

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY July 2017

2016-17

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY June 2017

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY March 2017

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY February 2017
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY December 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY November 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY October 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY August 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY July 2016

2015-16

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY June 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY May 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY April 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY March 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY February 2016
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY December 2015
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY November 2015
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY October 2015
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY September 2015
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY August 2015

2014-15

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY June 2015
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY May 2015
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY April 2015
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY March 2015
WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY February 2015

 

Committees

Audit and Finance
Chairman: Sean Rose – WPWAI Board
Board Member – TBC
Ben Haywood  – General Manager WPWAI
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Competition Committee
Chairman: Mark Oberman – WPWAI Board
Tibor Seress – WPWAI Competition and Development Manager
One representative from each metropolitan club
Click here for the Competition Committee Terms of Reference

Governance and Risk
Chairman: David Little- WPWAI Board
Lorraine Campbell – WPWAI Board
Ben Haywood  – General Manager WPWAI
Click here for the Governance & Risk Terms of Reference

Referees Commission
Chairman: Mark Ridgwell
Russell McKinnon
Fiona Hiagh
Wayne Charles
Colin Wedd
Gabor Baros
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