About

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

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.

 

 

 

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

 

Alison Dixon, Chief Executive Officer:

With extensive leadership and management experience gained in both the public and private sectors, Alison was a founding member of the WLS team. Prior to joining WLS in 2014 as General Manager Corporate Services, Alison held management positions with Wyndham City Council, Lion Nathan, Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and Orica. She holds post-graduate qualifications in HR/IR and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

     Alison Dixon, Chief Executive Officer

 

Con O'Brien, General Manager Corporate Services:

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, General Manager Corporate Services   

 

Jeremy Johnson, Company Secretary:

Jeremy has senior management experience in risk management, corporate governance and occupational health and safety. Jeremy has had a career spanning more than 10 years in the leisure industry as well as previous experience in the legal sector. He holds a Bachelor of Criminology and Laws from Deakin University and post-graduate certificate in Practical Legal Training from the College of Law. Jeremy is a member of the Risk Management Institute of Australia.

 
     Jeremy Johnson, Company Secretary

 

Barry Harrison, General Manager AquaPulse and Werribee Outdoor Pool:

Barry has an extensive background in the Leisure and Recreation industry. He has managed centres in three states and two countries spanning over 20 years. Barry has managed large local government-owned facilities including leisure centres, stadiums, event centres, convention centres, theatres, an art gallery and a cinema. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the role having worked as a consultant, a teacher, and as an organisational coach in government, not-for-profit and commercial organisations. Barry has a Bachelor Degree in Education, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Service Management.

 
     Barry Harrison, General Manager AquaPulse and Werribee Outdoor Pool:

 

Rod Gaut, General Manager Eagle Stadium:

Rod is a founding member of the WLS team and has a background in stadium management, health club management and new facility start-ups within the public sector. Prior to starting with WLS in 2015 as Stadium Manager, Rod held positions with the City of Whitehorse and Maribyrnong City Council. Rod has over 15 years’ experience in the leisure industry and holds a Bachelor Degree in Recreation Management.

 
     Rod Gaut, General Manager Eagle Stadium

 

 

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:

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

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