National president elected

SPASA Victoria

Thursday, 25 July, 2013

The board of the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Australia Ltd (SPASA Australia) recently held a two-day strategic planning forum. This report outlines some of the significant decisions made to consolidate its priorities and goals.

SPASA WA President Lynley Papineau, was unanimously elected as inaugural SPASA Australia president and SPASA Victoria Vice President Rob Kruber was elected national vice president.

As executive director of Aquatic Leisure Technologies, Lynley brings over 20 years’ industry experience. She was a recipient of the 2001 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award and was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth of Australia for her contribution to business.

Lynley also holds a Bachelor of Commerce, double majoring in Marketing and Public Relations and was invited onto the WA Building Commission, Building Act Working Committee and more recently the WA Building Commission Advisory Committee.

“I feel honoured by this appointment and look forward to working with other board members and SPASA Australia staff,” said Papineau. “Our industry faces some challenging times; rest assured your national association is making significant inroads, ranging from our ongoing representations with Standards Australia, hosting the recent DRED stakeholder forum with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, our constitution and governance review to finalising preparations for the National SPASA Awards of Excellence - we are all very busy looking after the national interests of our industry.

“Vice President Rob Kruber has been involved in the spa industry for 11 years and is currently the operations manager of Spa Industries and Just Spas Group. Rob brings significant manufacturing and retail experience and strengths - I’m extremely impressed with Rob’s strategic and commercial skill set. He’s served on the SPASA Victoria board for the past three years and currently holds the position of vice president,” Papineau added.

Newly elected Vice President Rob Kruber added, “I’m excited about my appointment as vice president of SPASA Australia and hope to be able to support Lynley and the dynamic board. Congratulations to recently appointed National Manager David Syme and CEO Brendan Watkins. We will deliver the highest level of national representation and promotion for our members and wider industry.”

“I’m personally delighted to see such capable industry leaders serving the national industry in this capacity,” said SPASA Australia CEO Brendan Watkins.

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