Meet The Team

Independent Board

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Julie Busch

Chair and Non-Executive Director

Ms Busch is a highly experienced Board Chair and independent Non-Executive Director across a range of sectors. She was previously Non-Executive Director with Western Leisure managing a wide range of aquatic and recreational facilities on behalf of the City of Wyndham.

Ms Busch was inaugural Board Chair and maintained the Chair role for Dandenong Market Pty Ltd from its inception in 2012 until her resignation in May 2020. Her extensive qualifications include Graduate Australian Institute Company Directors (GAICD) and Graduate Certificate Business.

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Marlene Elliott

Non-Executive Director

Ms Elliott has had an extensive career in marketing and communications, strategy, governance and sport. A 15 year career at KPMG includes six years as Director of National Client and Market Insights. In March 2019, she joined VUCA Trusted Advisors as a Consulting Associate Director.

Her current board roles include Commonwealth Games Australia, Triathlon Australia and Workways Australia. Her qualifications also include Graduate Australian Institute Company Directors (GAICD).

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David Fraser

Non-Executive Director

Mr Fraser is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor with over 30 years’ commercial and government experience including the role of Audit and Risk Delivery Partner at Oakton Limited and Audit Manager at Ernst & Young. Mr Fraser has been an independent member on Frankston City Council’s Audit and Risk Committee for the past nine years.

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Tom Mollenkopf

Non-Executive Director

Mr Mollenkopf is a Senior Associate with consultants, Aither, advising on policy, strategy and governance and an experienced Non-Executive Director. He has a background in law, first in private practice and then as corporate counsel, prior to undertaking a series of executive and CEO roles in the water and environment sector.

He is a Director (President-elect) of the International Water Association and has served on numerous Boards including six years as President and Chairman of Life Saving Victoria. Mr Mollenkopf is qualified BJuris LLB MBA and is a Fellow of the AICD and the Governance Institute.

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Kim Jaensch

Non-Executive Director

Ms Jaensch commenced her career in Local Government in 1997 and joined Frankston City Council in 2010 as Manager Financial Services. As a Certified Practicing Accountant and experienced leader, she has played a pivotal role in ensuring Council’s long-term economic sustainability and strong financial position.

Ms Jaensch holds a Master of Business Administration and has also undertaken the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. In April 2020, she was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer, forming part of Council’s new Executive.

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Kath Thom

Peninsula Leisure CEO

Katherine Thom is an experienced and senior leader who has made significant contributions within the Aquatics, Recreation and Leisure Sector for the past 20 years. She has successfully managed very large teams, facilities and programming in both NSW and Victoria and has a strong track record of delivering positive outcomes for Councils, Communities and not-for-profit organisations. Some of the organisations Kath has previously worked for include; City of Yarra (Yarra Leisure), Life Saving Victoria, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia and Leichhardt Municipal Council.

Kath has a wealth of experience leading multi-disciplinary workforces within complex and fast-paced environments. Kath has a strong passion and dedication for creating, building and maintaining a constructive workplace culture coupled with investing in individual and the overall teams personal and professional growth.

Kath has been a Non-Executive Director for AUSTSWIM, is Chair of the AUSTSWIM Advisory Committee in Victoria and was a key member of the Victorian Aquatic Industry Alliance (VAIA), advocating for the safe re-opening of our industry.  Throughout her career, Kath has contributed to panels, workshops and working groups within Aquatics, Recreation, Lifesaving and local government, and has grown a strong professional network that connects to the grass roots of our Sector.