The ALFA Board is comprised of up to 2 representatives from each of the ALFA Alliance Regional Bodies and up to five Appointed Directors.
For the period 2016-2017 the ALFA Board of Directors are:
Regional Body Representatives
Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV)
Grant Connors – Chief Executive Officer, Aquatics & Recreation Victoria
Grant’s association with the aquatic industry began 17 years ago as a swimming teacher in regional Victoria. After then pursuing a career outside of the aquatic and recreation industry in finance and other management roles Grant returned to the industry where he has since managed multiple aquatic facilities in the private swim school sector across Victoria and Queensland. Stepping out of facility management Grant has since taken up the role of Chief Executive Officer at Aquatics & Recreation Victoria.
Alexia Morgan (Finance Director) – Consultant, Belgravia Leisure
ALFA Queensland (ALFAQ)
Dan Kwaczynski – Director, Maytronics
After graduating with two degrees – B Business and B Engineering (1st class hons), Dan initially worked in operations for the first 14 years of his career. This included:
- Plaster mill factory management in Australia (5 years),
- Operations management (6 years) – initially managing 3 quarries, and then 20+ concrete plants & a transport fleet in SE England – including large projects like Channel Tunnel Thames Tunnel.
- Operations Manager at Poolrite Equipment Australia (5 years)
The time at Poolrite marked the beginning of Dan’s time in the pool industry – which has been Dan’s focus the last 11 years. The first five years of this time were spent at Poolrite Equipment – initially as Operations Manager and then as General Manager (including a 6 month stint setting up a subsidiary in France).
In 2011, Dan started Maytronics Australia as a complete greenfield business, initially with 5 people – growing to 35 people over that time. Maytronics Australia now covers Southern Asia, Australia, NZ & southern Africa and focuses on Robotic Pool Cleaners and Computer Vision Drowning Detection Systems.
Aquatic & Recreation Institute (ARI)
Todd McHardy – Managing Director, BlueFit
After growing up in a country Victorian gym, Todd McHardy began working for Melbourne-based LMS in 1997, becoming involved in both the leisure facility management and Links software sides of the company. Leaving the family company in 2007, he established BlueFit, with the management of the Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre. BlueFit grew quickly to its peak of 32 leisure facilities under management in 2011, including 21 in south-east Queensland. Scaling back in 2012 to focus on the key Sydney facilities, significant increases in community usage were then achieved at both Lane Cove Aquatic and Hurstville Aquatic. The company opened a third major facility with the Australia Day 2017 opening of the new Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre in Bexley. Todd is married with six children, is based in Sydney however remains a true Victorian at heart. He has a passion for the leisure industry and loves the family-feel built at BlueFit, which has the goal of ‘Inspiring Community Activity’.
Mark Collins (Chair) – Group Manager Leisure & Recreation Services, City of Glen Eira
Mark Collins has worked in the leisure industry for the past 15 years and has worked in a number of different positions in leisure facility management and consulting. This extensive experience is complemented by formal qualifications in Sports Management, Business Administration and Project Management. Mark is currently employed with Glen Eira City Council as the Manager of the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre or GESAC as it is more commonly known, one of the premier community leisure facilities in Australia. GESAC was a greenfield site and Mark oversaw the establishment phase and the eventual opening of the facility in 2012. Throughout his career, Mark has been passionate about best practise, customer experience, staff development and improving the standards within the leisure industry. He is married with two children and is a passionate Hawthorn supporter in the AFL.
Graeme Stephenson – Business Development Manager, Nunawading Swimming Club
In 27 years in the leisure industry Graeme has been involved in aquatic facilities from a wide range of perspectives. As a Council employee Graeme managed a broad range of leisure facilities, capital developments and contracting processes at many different facilities. As a swim school owner Graeme recognised the need to build relationships that maintain a supply chain of new participants. As a consultant Graeme gained a detailed understanding of the dynamics around capital and operating costs for aquatic facilities. Currently Graeme holds the position of Busemployed with Swimming Australia, his role is to work across the many stakeholder groups involved in aquatic facilities. Graeme believes that a broad understanding of the motivations of each group or individual involved in an aquatic venue is crucial to achieving the desired outcomes.
Loren Bartley – Australian Leisure Facilities Association
Loren Bartley is the Executive Officer of ALFA and a life-long aquatics enthusiast. A former competitive swimmer and lifesaver, Loren has never been far from the pool. Loren’s employment history has included the roles of Lifeguard, Duty Manager, Swim Teacher, Aqua Instructor, Lifeguard Trainer, Aquatics Manager and even CEO of Masters Swimming Australia, not to mention all the other sports she has worked with. These days Loren has swapped her goggles for the gym, but still gets to the pool once a week to watch her three kids in swimming lessons.