About

Western Leisure Services Pty Ltd (WLS) manages three leisure facilities in Wyndham City: 

  • AquaPulse - Indoor Aquatics & Gym - 80-82 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing

  • Eagle Stadium - Indoor/Outdoor Courts & Gym - 35 Ballan Rd, Werribee

  • Werribee Outdoor Pool - Seasonal Pool - 220 Watton St, Werribee

Strategic Plan

Over the four-year period, our plan will lay the foundation for our organisation to work as a collective. It will inspire us to recognise we are in control of our destiny, that we are a team in pursuit of one common cause: to build healthy lives through recreation and aquatics. At the forefront, the overarching purpose of this plan is to deliver successful outcomes to our shareholder, Wyndham City Council, while always adhering to our values and culture. Our plan is focused on delivering consistent and sustainable outcomes aligned to our shareholder’s objectives.

Our plan is underpinned by eight strategic pillars which provide the fundamental framework and delivery of the Company’s objectives.

View Strategic Pillars PDF 

 

Meet The Board

 

Kay Rundle, Chair & Director:

Kay is an experienced executive coach and leader with 15 years' experience heading three local government organisations - the Cities of Maribyrnong, Greater Geelong and Port Phillip.  Kay is also Chair of cohealth and of the Public Transport Ombudsman. She brings a strong focus to the community health outcomes that can be achieved through leisure facilities.

 

 

 

Eugene Arocca, Director:

Eugene Arocca brings 25 years of experience in management and the law and has served on a number of boards including the Board of the Collingwood Football Club. He is a former Director of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and current CEO of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Busch, Director & Member, Finance , Audit & Risk Management Committee:

Julie Busch is the Chairperson of Dandenong Market, among a range of other boards, and was General Manager of Prahran Market. She currently manages her own consulting firm and brings experience in market, retail property and business operations.

 

 

 

 

 

Philippa Taylor, Director & Member, Finance , Audit & Risk Management Committee:

Philippa Taylor was previously General Manager of the largest privately owned multi-facility sports complex in Canberra and specialises in supporting Boards and CEOs with strategic change management and people-related initiatives. She is the current CEO of The Ducendi Group and participates on a number of boards.

 

Philippa Taylor, Director & Member, Finance , Audit & Risk Management Committee

 

  

Andrew Dix, Director & Chair, Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee

Andrew is an experienced non-executive director with deep experience in finance, internal and external audit, risk, and governance. His focus is on practical solutions to assist businesses achieve their strategic objectives. Previously at Telstra, his current non-executive roles include Swinburne University of Technology, Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Human Services, and City of Boroondara.

 

Meet The Executive

 

Bruce Mackay, Chief Executive Officer:

Bruce is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive experience operating in senior roles in the recreation and aquatics field. Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science, Bruce’s career to date has included launching two start-up companies as the inaugural CEO, establishing three major sites in Melbourne totalling over $150M in asset value and delivering on strategic and business objectives.                 

 

      Bruce Mackay, Chief Executive Officer

 

Carson Brooks, Chief Operating Officer:

With a career spanning more than two decades and more than three continents, Carson has extensive experience holding senior roles in the leisure industry. He is renowned for his expertise in private sector start-ups, specialising in finance and business operating systems, having held roles with Virgin Active, Westpac and Bunnings Trade. In 2008, he returned to Australia as part of the Virgin Active start-up team, successfully launching the business and two sites in Sydney and Melbourne within twelve months.

    Carson Brooks, Chief Operations Officer

 

Alison Dixon, General Manager Corporate Services:

Alison has executive experience in human resources/industrial relations, occupational health and safety, risk management, finance and IT and has led multi-disciplinary teams in the private and public sectors.  She holds post-graduate qualifications in HR/IR and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to joining WLS, she held management positions with Orica, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Lion Nathan and Wyndham City Council.

 

      Alison Dixon, General Manager Corporate Services:

 

Con O'Brien, Company Secretary:

Con has a background in management consulting, specialising in organisational strategy, corporate finance and governance, having advised clients in commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors. He holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees from the Universities of Western Australia and Sydney respectively. Con is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive Board and corporate governance experience.

 
     Con O'Brien, Company Secretary

Safeguarding Children and Young People

Background:

On 1 July 2016, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released the Creating Child Safe Institutions research report which outlines the Elements of a Child Safe Institution. On 15 December 2017, the Royal Commission released its Final Report which reaffirmed these elements and called them Child Safe Standards

The aim of the Child Safe Standards is to drive continuous improvement so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of leaders, staff, and volunteers. The focus of the standards is on raising awareness and helping organisations to create and maintain child safe environments through education and training.

Western Leisure Services as an organisation is aiming to systematically build our capacity to keep children and young people safe from abuse and exploitation by any persons and we recognise the vital role we play in the health, wellbeing, care, and education of children and young people.

 

Our Commitment:

Western Leisure Services Pty Ltd (WLS) is committed to providing an environment which protects the health, safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We are committed to ensuring the protection of children and young people from any form of abuse or conduct that puts them at risk.

WLS is meeting this challenge, in part, through our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy which provides the framework to help us continually embed a child-safe culture into our organisation.

WLS believes that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility and we will consciously act to be a child-safe organisation which supports children to flourish.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

 

Further Information: 

For more information about WLS’ commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People, or to raise a concern please email safeguardingchildren@westernleisureservices.com.au

For more information about the Child Safe Standards, please visit the Victorian Department of education website below:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/regulation/Pages/childsafe.aspx