Brieanna Mercer

Chairperson

Brieanna is currently the Legal and Disputes Officer at Football West. Previous to this Brieanna was a Solicitor in Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Perth law firm Bennett + Co.

Brieanna holds a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 4 October 2013.  She has been a director of Water Polo WA since 2013 and has completed the Australian Instituted of Company Directors Governance Foundations and Advanced Governance courses through the Department of Sport and Recreation.

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. Her commercial and public affairs experience has been gained in the healthcare, racing and gaming and government sectors, helping organisations build, grow and protect their external and internal reputations.  Pippa currently leads Government Relations and Corporate Communication at Roy Hill.

Pippa’s love of water polo started at a young age, and continued throughout university where she played for Melville and the University of Western Australia. She’s also played for clubs in both NSW and Victoria.

Pippa has undergraduate and post graduate qualifications from UWA and she’s completed a MBA at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne.

Lorraine Donachie

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, including as 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.

John Hedges

Director

John Hedges joined the Board in July 2017 and was again elected for a two year term at the 2017 AGM.

John practices law from the Francis Burt chambers and specializes in Family law. He is an accredited mediator and has previously been a Councillor with the City of Fremantle.

John has a son and daughter involved in the sport playing at a National level.

BOARD SUMMARIES

2018-19

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY August 2018

2017-18

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY June 2018

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY May 2018

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY April 2018

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY March 2018

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY February 2018

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY December 2017

WPWAI BOARD SUMMARY November 2017

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 Advisory Group
Chairman: TBC – WPWAI Board
Tibor Seress – WPWAI Sport Development Manager

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Governance and Risk
Chairman: David Little- WPWAI Board
Lorraine Campbell – WPWAI Board
Ben Haywood  – General Manager WPWAI
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Referees Commission
Chairman: Mark Ridgwell
Russell McKinnon
Fiona Hiagh
Wayne Charles
Gabor Baros
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