NBSLSC Board of Management

North Bondi SLSC is a non-profit volunteer organization, run by it’s members for it’s members. The Board of Management are voted in at the club Annual General Meeting, and serve for that current season on the “Board”. The Club has other office bearers & sub committees that report through to the Board positions. The Board meets at least monthly and the minutes are available on the website.

Mark is second generation North Bondi,  his father Peter was an Australian Champion and life long member.  Mark first joined as a nipper in 1982, before gaining his QC and then Bronze Medallion in the 1985/86 season. He was given the honour of being elected a Life member of North Bondi SLSC in 2004.  He has been on the Board of Management in varying roles since 1989 when he assumed the role of Club Vice Captain for 4 years, and then Club Captain for a further 3 years. During his time as Club Captain Mark went on to manage the majority of the clubs sponsorship, and then held the position of Club Vice President for 18 years during this time he also held the position of Head of Sponsorship, Marketing and Events.
Some of the highlights of his time in the club have been,  being team manager for the World Life Saving Championships in Wales and England in 1994, organising the Centenary Dinner for 450 members and in his words “there are too many things to name, but the many great friends and good times had at the club are the most important” 

Since 2014, Mark has been President of North Bondi with a strong focus on the membership and inclusion, he also represents the club at several district and regional surf life saving delegations.

Mark Cotter

Ben is a Life Member of North Bondi SLSC and gained his bronze medallion in 1980. He successfully competed in the surf boat section of the club, rowing for 3 years as a junior and 2 years as a senior. He was awarded the Stan McDonald award for Most Outstanding Club official in the 2010/11 season, for his role in chairing the Rebuilding Committee.

Ben led the fundraising efforts for the new club construction project and was instrumental in the club being completed on time and on budget. In 2014 he joined the Board of Management in the capacity as director of fundraising, marketing and special events.

Ben Griffiths
Head of Sponsorship/Marketing Events

Andrew is a long service member of North Bondi, as well as the Head of Surf Sports and  Vice President of the club. He has held these roles for the past 5 seasons and has also been the club Masters captain and Nippers Executive Member in prior years. Andrew is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the club’s competition and surf sports activities, including coaching, carnival participation and developing Nippers into senior competitors. North Bondi has a longstanding and successful surf sports competition history going back to its foundation. Andrew feels very fortunate to be able to play a role in continuing this tradition. Andrew also has 4 children who are all active North Bondi SLSC competitors and actively participates in masters competition himself.

Andrew Christopher
Head of Surf Sports

As the Head of Finance, Serge is committed to securing the clubs financial sustainability for future generations as well as today’s members.

Serge joined the club as an U/5 Nipper in 1989 and has been a dedicated club member ever since! Serge was awarded his Bronze Medallion in 1999 and long service in 2009. Serge is an all-round member having previously held the position of Youth Director, previously a long term member of the Surf Ski team, IRB Driver and Patrol Captain.

Serge is currently a Bronze Medallion Assessor.

Serge Vegh
Head of Finance

Jim is a life member of North Bondi SLSC, having been an active member for 31 years! Prior to becoming a board member and Head of Youth, Jim was the club’s Nipper President for 6 seasons in a row. Jim looks after the day to day operations and events for Nippers, as well as the competition side of the Nippers. Currently North Bondi has just under 1000 participants in our Nippers program. Jim’s has been an active member of the club has been since 1987 when he joined North Bondi. Jim was an Olympian in his youth, and when not coaching our Youth competitors or running the Youth related activities of the club, Jim still likes to compete himself.

Jim Walker
Head of Youth

‘Aussie’ Deb* joined the club in 2002 and at this time had no idea what being a lifesaver really meant, and how much of her life was about to change, as the club would become family and a home away from home.

After getting her bronze, she realised that the best way to retain all the knowledge was to start teaching and she became a trainer and the assessor. Debbie has been Assistant Education Director, Education Director (twice) and also served as Waverley District Education Supervisor.

* still Pommie Deb during the ashes

Debbie Midwinter
Head of Administration

Michael joined North Bondi in 2013 having made the decision to move to Australia from Ireland. He has since embraced all things lifesaving and continues to follow a love for the beach albeit it a much sunnier place. Michael has progressed through the ranks of the education team from Trainer to Assessor, both of which he continues to be heavily involved in, and now leads one of the biggest Education Teams in Sydney. North Bondi’s Education team are responsible for training and assessing both existing and new members in their Surf Rescue Certificate, Bronze Medallion and further lifesaving awards. Michael is also an IRB and Jet Ski Driver and is regularly found down on the Beach on Patrol throughout the season. Interestingly Michael is an Identical Twin. 

Michael Boland
Head of Education

Peter Zieme joined North Bondi Surf Club in his teenage years, competing his bronze in 1977 at age 16. In his earlier years he competed in surf boats and IRB competition.

He has held a number of administrative positions over the years, with many years spent as Competition Director. With the completion of the new Clubhouse in 2013, Peter took on the role as Head of Operations.

In this role he is responsible for the overall upkeep and maintenance of our Clubhouse. He is constantly looking at ways to improve the building and ensure all the faculties keep up with our ever-changing and growing members.

Peter Zieme
Head of Operations

I joined the club in 2008 and obtained my Bronze Medallion in March. I wish I had done it earlier. After taking on some jobs around the club, I became club caption in August 2014. I am the IRB driver for patrol 7, and hold spinal, ARTC and Basic Beach Management awards.

I compete in Masters, mainly to improve my skills and fitness, but also because it is a lot of fun. Having grown up in the French countryside 300Km from the ocean, I count my blessings every morning when I see the bay at Bondi.

Thierry Forest
Head of Lifesaving