National Leadership College: Chris Perrott

In February this year, I was lucky enough to be selected as a participant at the 2020 Surf Lifesaving Australia National Leadership College. One of the highlights, was meeting 23 individuals from across Australia and New Zealand, all of whom are doing amazing things within lifesaving and their personal lives.

The aim of the week was to enhance leadership skills through a series of inspirational talks and team-based challenges. Each day was focused on a different theme, these included: the intra-personal and interpersonal components of leadership, leading small teams, leading organisations and finally focusing on our own style of leadership. Our mentors and facilitators worked closely with us over the week, delivering invaluable content about the leadership lessons they have learnt from their own workplace and lifesaving journeys. One of my favourite components of the week was the incredible guest speakers. These included the likes of Shane Dawe (General Manager Coastal Safety SLSA), Melanie Evans (Head of Retail Banking ING) and Rob McNeil (Assistant Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW). Listening to their stories and advice was highly motivating and inspiring for all of us at NLC and I’m sure it will drive us to achieve our best in our own lives.

The week also served as an excellent networking opportunity, as candidates were able to bounce ideas of each other about successful initiatives that have been implemented at their own clubs. Moving forward, I hope to implement some of the ideas learnt from NLC at my own surf lifesaving club.

I would like to thank all that were involved in my week away at NLC. In particular, I would like to give special mention to my facilitator Kate Burke (Broome SLSC) and our mentors Nancy Joseph (Fairhaven SLSC) and Michael White (Alexandra Headland SLSC) for giving us their time and knowledge over the week. I would also like to thank Portsea SLSC for sponsoring my experience and I would encourage other young members from our club to apply for NLC in future years to come.

Chris Perrott

Lifesaving Director