Board of Management

2020-2021 Sandringham Life Saving Club Board of Management

“We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our young members and strive to communicate honestly and openly with parents and carers about their wellbeing and safety”- taken from SLSA 6.5 Surf Life Saving Australia Member Protection Policy 6.05

• President – Vicky McKay

• Vice President – Karen Pennie

• Treasurer – Tomas Dedek

• Administration Officer – Samantha Turner

• Lifesaving Officer – Orlando Buttié

• Training Officer – Bianca Pardo

• Junior Activities Coordinator (Nippers) – Hamish McKay

• Sponsorship Coordinator – Ross Lavender

• General Committee – Estelle Gaillard and Natalie O’Brien

• Admin Support Worker (for Membership Enquiries) – Karen Harnett

Vicky McKay

I’ve worked in Marketing, fundraising and community relations for local not-for-profit Family Life for the last eight years. Prior to that, I volunteered for six years at the Bayside Toy Library, writing their grant applications and helping to rejuvenate that invaluable community service. Having grown up by the water, I have a love of the outdoors, all sports and health & fitness. Joining the SLSC Board in September 2018, I’m excited to bring my commercial and community experience to this vibrant community organisation. I was elected as Club President in August 2021 and I am proud to be entrusted with the honour of leading this terrific community club.

Karen Pennie
Vice President

I live locally in Sandringham and have been an active member of Sandy LSC for about 5 years.  My two young girls are Nippers and I have joined them in the fun on the beach as an Age Manager and keeping a watchful eye as part of the Water Safety team.  I completed my bronze at Sandy and since doing this I have been part of the weekend patrols for a few seasons. I feel fortunate to be able to play my part in supporting this great club.

Tomas Dedek

I live locally in Sandringham and joined the lifesaving club back in 2016 due to my family being actively involved. I got my Bronze and was lucky enough to do my first (and only) rescue on my first day on patrol on New Years Day 2017. I since became an Age Manager and signed up for Treasurer position in 2019. It’s great to be part of a friendly and committed crew and community.


Samantha Turner 
Administration Officer


Orlando Buttié
Lifesaving Operations Manager (Club Captain)

I have been lifesaving at the club since I could get my Surf Rescue Certificate at 13, the positive environment and opportunities keep bringing me back. I love giving back to the community and helping others, whether that be through mentoring and personal development or first aid. I have also been fortunate enough to develop my aquatic rescue skills as a pool lifeguard at Glen Eira Leisure as well as my first aid and customer service skills through volunteering as a St John Ambulance member. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a club in the near future through our public safety service and helping members reach their personal goals through lifesaving.


Bianca Pardo
Chief Instructor

My lifesaving journey began when I was 9 and our whole family joined Sandy for Nippers. From there, my passion for our beach and water safety has only grown. When I was 14, I completed my Surf Rescue Certificate and started patrolling. At 15, I completed my Bronze Medallion and at 16 became a Patrol Captain and Bronze trainer.  I completed four years as Club Captain in 2020 and have since made the transition to Chief Instructor.  My aim is to facilitate a cohesive patrolling team who are well trained, skilled and a true asset to our community. I am so blessed to be a part of such a family focused and community orientated club. It is my second home and I only hope it can be the same for others.


Hamish McKay
Nippers Co-Ordinator

As a local resident, the Sandringham beach has always been important to me as I love all things water related. So it was an easy decision to get involved in the SLSC with my family and we have loved the community environment and the fun times spent at the beach through all seasons.

Recently participating at SLSC as an age group manager and coaching kids in other sports has shown me the joy of developing young peoples skills, abilities and confidence. I am really excited to see how we can continue evolving the nipper program to teach our children such valuable life skills.


Ross Lavender
Sponsorship & Grants Officer


Natalie O’Brien 
General Committee 

My family and I joined Sandringham Lifesaving Club back in 2016 when my oldest daughter started Nippers. I come from a competitive swimming background and my husband was part of the Victorian Surf Lifesaving State Team back in his teens, therefore joining the local life saving club was always something we wanted for our family. Involvement in Nippers has been great for our kids; promoting a healthy outdoor lifestyle while fostering a sense of community and providing essential water safety and life saving skills. I hope to be part of a committee that oversees the continued growth of the club and help elevate its profile within the broader Sandringham and Bayside community. 


Estelle Gaillard 
General Committee

I have been an active member of Sandy LSC since when my oldest daughter started Nippers in 2019. I became an Age Manager to help facilitate beach and water activities for her Age Group. I just love seeing kids learning and having fun in a safe beach environment. I also completed my Bronze Medallion to be part of the water safety team and do weekend patrols when I can. Being part of this club is a great way for us as a family to spend our summers on the bay.