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.
Steve ‘Bluey’ Larnach
Steve is a second-generation Bondi local – growing up in Ramsgate Avenue, and attending Bondi Beach Public School and Dover Heights Boys High. Steve has always lived and worked in Bondi, starting his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic in 1982 and then opening STL Automotive in 1993. He joined North Bondi in 1980 at age 15, in 1981 was awarded Junior Member of the Year. He was made a Patrol Captain in 1989 and was granted Long Service in 1991. Steve previously served on the Board of Management from 2005-2015, where held the positions of Head of Finance, Vice President and Public Officer. Steve was made a Life Member of North Bondi SLSC in 2017 and is also a Wally Weeks benefactor. North Bondi is a family affair for Steve with his wife Tara, and his daughters Katie and Ellie, all being members. Steve has a passion for surf boats and competed in surf boat rowing from 1980-86. He started sweeping surf boats in 2004, has been Boat Captain since 2014 and has coached and mentored both male and female athletes to a very high level. Steve and his crews have medalled in State and Aussie finals and have represented NSW on three occasions. Steve is also an SLSA Coaching Assessor.
Vice President & Head of Sponsorship, Marketing and Special Events
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.
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.
Head of Finance
Scott completed his Bronze Medallion in 2013 and since that time has been actively involved in many aspects of the club. He undertook his IRB Crew course before ever doing a patrol, went on to complete the IRB Drivers course and was then IRB Captain for 2 years. He has also assisted with IRB training and was a Patrol Captain for 5 years.
He has been a member of the Finance Committee for 4 years, and as Head of Finance is responsible for the clubs overall financial well-being.
Scott is a fairly average ski paddler, but enjoys training with the NB Surf Sports squad.
Head of Administration
Megan completed her Bronze Medallion in 2009 at Swanny Surf Club in Perth, Western Australia. After completing 5 years at Swanny (and a few years travelling and working abroad), Megan relocated to Sydney and took a gamble in transferring to North Bondi SLSC in the 2019/20 season. Since joining North Bondi, Megan has undertaken a variety of roles including Patrol Captain, Bronze Medallion Coordinator/Trainer, Club Vice Captain, and has served on the Membership Committee. Megan was awarded Most Outstanding Club Official in 2021 and Most Outstanding Club Member in 2023. Megan has a passion for Surf Sports, is a keen ski paddler and a regular Masters competitor.
Head of Life Saving
Since joining the club Nick has been involved in the Education section, is an IRB driver, a Jet Ski Operator and is a Patrol Vice Captain. He held the position of Club Vice Captain for 2 seasons and is also a Masters competitor. Nick 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, prevent drownings, save lives and ultimately enjoy all that the Australian way of life and surf lifesaving offers as a movement.
Head of Education
Joining the club in 2018, Anna jumped straight into the education department, teaching Bronze Medallion, SRC and ART as well as helping to coordinate the Higher Awards section.
As Head of Education, Anna is responsible for making sure that all our patrollers are proficient for the season in all their awards, plus helping to identify and coordinate the patrollers that would like to upskill.
Outside of education, Anna is the Patrol Captain of P16 and is known for always having numerous baked treats for her team.
Head of Operations
Raille was elected Head of Operations in August 2022., having first attained the status of Life Membership at North Bondi for his many contributions to the Club and its members. Raille has been a member for 32 years starting out by looking after 35 nippers from the age of 5 to 13 and then again with his daughter for another 3 years. Both his children, Kiva and Yael are active members of the surf club. Raille still does patrols so that he can be with his family. His brother and son in Law are also active members of the club. Raille was IRB captain for 26 years and has trained so many drivers and crew. Raille still drives, assists the IRB captain, helps with IRB education and provides water safety to all major North Bindi events. When he’s also not fixing the outboard motors, Raille enjoys nothing more than getting out on the IRB and showing the next generation of drivers how it’s done! Raille runs the Sunday Surf Swims as well as the weekly Biathlons.
The Surf club plays a large part of Raille’s life and he loves starting his days with either a run on the soft sand or joining a swim session.
Head of Surf Sports
After moving to Sydney in 2005 John joined North Bondi first competing a master and then as an age manager as all three kids went through nippers. He still has twins competing in the under 17s and enjoys getting active himself. He is head of the surf sports and loves every aspect of seeing North Bondi going head to head with the best in our sport. John and his family live locally and love being in and around the club and what it offers. Outside of surf lifesaving he works in the financial services industry. He has been on the Board since 2017.