Team Surfrider Australia

We are hiring! Ready to join the team?

We are looking for a new team member who is a gun digital story teller. Help us tell the stories of our campaigns, the amazing work of our volunteer branches, and the story of who Surfrider are and what we do by creating amazing content and digital campaigns. Click here for the job description: Digital Storyteller Surfrider Foundation Australia

ANNIE FORD

Marine Biologist 

Annie is a Marine Biologist, with over 8 years experience as a Marine Environmental Consultant. She formerly worked in the offshore oil and gas industry, and now campaigns against new fossil fuel projects. She has spent time working in Antarctica and sailing around the world, exposing her to anthropogenic impacts, including climate change and pollution. She enjoys projects that centre on positive climate action, and brings these values to surfing, mountain biking, and volunteering.

 

ANGUS CORMICK

Operations Manager

Angus is a passionate believer in the ability of the ocean to heal individuals and communities. He believes that knowledge is a powerful tool to transform perspectives and ignite political change. He hopes to connect environmental advocacy with interwoven social movements in First Nations and LGBTQIA+ spheres.

 

 

DREW McPHERSON 

National Campaign Manager

Drew has been immersed in the ocean from an early age. His experiences in nature motivate him to passionately protect his surrounding environment. His dedication to protecting our marine environment and community was evident in campaigns such as Save The Kimberley, Fight The Bight and more recently the Stop Pepp11 campaign. Drew has been involved in the Surf Therapy scene for many years, co-founding & working with Surfing The Spectrum an organization that introduces young children on the Autism Spectrum to the wonderful world of the ocean. He spends his time surfing the coastlines of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

 

DAPHNE YEO

Director of Marketing and Partnerships

Daphne’s passion for surf and sea has led her to a long career within the surf industry working with brands such as Rip Curl, Dragon, Quiksilver and ROXY. Leading teams over 4 consecutive WSL Gold Coast events, she has extensive experience at events and consumer activations. Brand and audience is at the heart of every initiative and she’s now excited to win hearts to protect the coast.

SEAN DOHERTY

National Chair Person

Sean Doherty has written about surfing for 25 years. Editor of Tracks magazine for 10 years, a senior writer at both Surfing World and Surfer magazines, author of best-selling surfing biographies and producer of several award winning surf/conservation movies. Sean lives between Bells Beach and Byron.

SCOTT MCCLELLAND

Creative Director / Board Member

Scott McClelland is a self confessed kook who has spent a career working with brands and athletes around the world. He now works with not-for-profits and helps brands to do more good for the world from Byron Bay.

NICK CHADWICK

Board Member

Nick is Head of the Australian Ethical Foundation and has worked in the philanthropic sector for over 10 years. He holds an MBA (Social Impact) from UNSW, previously working at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and as an architect prior to that. Nick’s a keen surfer, environmentalist and photographer and is inspired by communities standing up for what they believe in.

 

LAURA WELLS

Board Member

Laura Wells is an Environmentalist, presenter and one of Australia’s top curvy models. Holding degrees in both Biology and Law, qualifications in Environmental management systems and currently studying a Diploma of Paramedical Science; Laura’s passion for the environment, love for the ocean and interest in facilitating climate change action has led her to become a positive role model, advocate and ambassador for change. 

JOE WALSH

Finance / Board Member

Joe Walsh supports the national team in the areas of finance and accountancy. From his home in the Gold Coast, he keeps the foundation compliant through good governance and transparency, liaising with our auditors and lodging documentation with authorities to keep our charity status and maintain our not-for-profit status.

JOSH BULL

Legal / Board Member

Josh Bull is a Lawyer specialising in Commercial Law. He has represented Australia in international surfing and continues to be active in the surf community on the North Coast of NSW, engaging with local board riders associations and competing in charity surf events, such as SURF AID.

 

TERRY FITZGERALD

Board Member

Long term participant and contributor to surfing administration including North Narrabeen Boardriders Club, vice-president Australian Professional Surfers Association, president Surfing NSW, event director Coca-Cola Surf Classic, sponsor Pro-Junior Surfing Championships and multiple pro-surfers. Founder / managing director Hot Buttered International P/L (1971 – ). Globally recognised surfboard shaper, designer / innovator. Winner Australian Title and APSA International Ratings 1975. Foundation member of the World Professional Surfing Tour. Involved with ocean related activism for over 30 years beginning with the North Beaches Council’s Beach Management Committee, alongside mentor Tom Kirsop.

STEPH CURLEY

Board Member

Steph is the Activism Manager for Ben & Jerrys Australia where she focuses on stopiing new fossil fuels and fighting for climate justice. She has worked across both business and not-for-profit sectors, with a background in law. Steph is a keen surfer and ocean woman who bases her life around living as close as possible to her favourite surf breaks.