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 members area of this website.

Andrew Christopher
Andrew was elected Club President in 2019 after serving as Vice President for the past 4 years and as Head of Surf Sports for the past 6 years. Andrew is a long service member. His 4 children are active members and competitors and wife Angela is a community member. Andrew is a regular keen masters competitor and closely involved in the local Bondi community as a member of the Icebergs for 25 years and a life member of Ben Buckler Amateur Fishing Club.
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Matt Hamilton
Head of Youth
Matt is second generation North Bondi, his father Tony being a long time life member. Matt has always been involved in the club first as a nipper himself, then as a junior doing his Bronze in 1988 and into the senior ranks, He has had an active involvement in competition side of the club throughout his youth and recently got back involved as a masters competitor. He is North Bondi’s longest serving swimmer in the Stan & Bas McDonald relay. Matt has three children all coming through the nippers. In this time he has been involved in nippers as an Age Manager, Nippers coach and is currently Nippers President.
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Phil Suriano
Head of Sponsorship
Phil is a long service member of North Bondi having joined when he enrolled his daughter Jess in Nippers. He was actively involved in the nipper program as an age manager and later as head of water safety. He remains an active patrolling member being part of the IRB team and is on the clubs gym committee. As a current board member of North Bondi he is Head of Sponsorship & Marketing responsible for managing the clubs sponsorships and fund raising events. The surf club plays a big part in Phil’s life with the club and its members being the start of his daily routine. He and his family continue to be involved in surf club activities.
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Danny Ekins
Head of Finance
Danny is a long service member who re-entered Surf Life Saving joining North Bondi in 2005 when his three children started Nippers. He did his bonze medallion in 1980 with Southport Surf Life Saving Club (South Australia). He is a masters competitor, regular surf ski paddler and a lover of ocean and surf. He has done water safety and bus driving, and assisted with documenting club financial procedures. Danny’s three children James, Luca and Charlotte are patrolling and competing members at North Bondi. His wife Tina is part of the Clubs merchandise team, a beach official and club competition administrator. Danny’s professional background is in finance and commercial real estate. He is responsible for oversight of the Club’s finances.
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David Freedman
Assistant Head of Administration
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Eloise Starr
Head of Lifesaving
Having grown up as part of the Lifesaving community Eloise joined North Bondi SLSC in 2014, coming out of “retirement” from her Nipper and Youth competition days on the Central Coast to recomplete her bronze medallion and join patrol. Since joining the club Eloise has been involved in the Education section, is a Patrol Captain, held the position of Club Vice Captain for 2 seasons and also a Masters competitor (with a few cheeky Australian titles to her name too). Eloise is responsible for all Lifesaving activities, including the management of Patrol operations, equipment and membership compliance to ensure our North Bondi volunteers can keep the beach safe and prevent drownings, saves lives but ultimately enjoy all that the Australian way of life and surf lifesaving offers as a movement. Eloise is now in her 2nd year in the role as Head of Lifesaving.
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Brennan Bastyovansky
Head of Education
Originally from Canada, Brennan was drawn to North Bondi for its distinct lack of snow - preferring to sweep sand out of his apartment over risking frostbite in the frozen north. He first did his Bronze Medallion with North Bondi in 2009 and has remained an active member with the club taking on the further awards ART, IRB Driver and JetSki, along with joining the Education team as a trainer in 2015. Braving the cold, he was a competitive pool swimmer in his younger days in Canada and only recently took up competitive ocean swimming in 2019, overcoming a sensible fear of sharks. Being content not having to cut a hole in the ice to get in, he swims all through winter at Icerbergs and across the bay. Proudly the slowest IRB driver in the club, Brennan takes health and safety seriously. As a trainer, he helps new IRB driver and crew to unlearn what Lexi teaches them about getting height off waves and maximizing speed. Appointed Head of Education during Covid, Brennan has played a high profile role in the community to take the risks of the disease seriously and considering the safety of others. The Surf Club is an important part of Brennan’s life and you often find him down there with his dog Nala.
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Alexander Merkur
Head of Operations
Growing up in the Blacktown and living an hour away from the beach was not Lexi's idea of fun. Being a natural outdoorsman, Lex decided that if he volunteered to Patrol, he'd be forced to find a way of getting me to the beach on a regular basis. The travel times to and from the beach were quite long, but definitely worth it for this budding lifesaver! Becoming a lifesaver also allowed Lex to become part of an Aussie tradition and iconic club, all the while helping others while doing so! Lexi is an IRB Driver and Trainer, Bronze Trainer, Jet Ski Operator, Patrol 18 and IRB Team Vice Captain, Club Electrician. Lexi's favourite things, which he absolutely loves about the club are the community and team aspects. The club is a team effort from Jim walker's One Club motto, to Will Hauserman's Energy through to Nish being everywhere and always willing to help. No one can do it on their own and for that Team based approach Lexi loves the Club. Winter training on IRB brings out some amazing situations. Lexi's most memorable moment was when he and Dan Murphy punched through a wave on the IRB without a working engine! That was tough! But the best is having more airtime on Bondi Rescue than Julian Peterson (and more time physically in the air on the IRB than anyone else in recorded history)! Lex brings his impressive experience as a lifesaver and a dedication to efficient operations to the role of Head of Operations.
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John Clothier
Head of Surf Sports
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