Chair – Michael Kirkham
I started lifesaving with my local swim teaching club, LASG, then went on to join the club at the University of Warwick in 2009 where I first began to compete at BULSCA events. Whilst I was a part of Warwick, I was on the committee for two years. When I started my PhD in Sheffield in 2013, I was introduced to Helen Morris and helped set up a university lifesaving club there. Since helping to found the club, I’ve also held two committee positions there.
I’ve been involved in organising and delivering training, become an RLSS Survive and Save instructor and a BULSCA judge. I’ve loved being involved with lifesaving, especially helping to create a club and then going on to win competitions with my team mates.
I look forward to my year as BULSCA Chair. I want to help and support the rest of the committee in their roles and aid clubs as they work with the committee and develop over the year.
Treasurer – Stéphanie Panagi
I started university with 1 year of lifeguarding experience. Next thing you know, I discovered the world that is BULSCA and ended up competing for Bristol for 4 amazing years! My highlights include Bristol B’s performance at Birmingham competition 2017 and coming 3rd in the women’s medley relay at the BULSCA Student Championships 2017.
I now work for an auditing company (rather appropriate for treasurer, right?) though I still aim to maintain my student spirit by staying involved in BULSCA both as a committee member and as a judge.
Secretary – Jared Wray
Lifesaving has played a massive role in my life for the past 8 years, being a part of a community club before getting involved in university lifesaving. At Bovey Tracey Lifesaving Club I have been teaching for several years and have competed in the RLSS Lifesaving Championships, getting through to the national finals 6 times so far.
Since coming to the University of Bristol two years ago, I have been actively competing in every BULSCA competition I have been able to (captaining the club’s A team) and I have been President of the University of Bristol Lifesaving Club for the past year. Alongside the delivery of training for competitions for our club, I am also a Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor so I spend time teaching the NPLQ and first aid qualifications.
I am a very organised person with a wide range of skills which I hope will be useful in the administration tasks required of me within my role in BULSCA and helping support the rest of the committee.
Club Development – Josh Hale
I have been involved in lifesaving for a decade and have been involved with BULSCA and University lifesaving for the past eight years. I am leaving Swansea University Lifesaving Team this year along with Mumbles and will be looking for a new local club.
My background experience that I consider to be relevant to this role has been spending 7 years with a student volunteering charity supporting and developing projects and 8 years with my university club. I am also the RLSS Ambassador for Wales so work regularly with multiple Branches and CDPC’s.
Data Manager – Luke Peel
I have been lifesaving from the age of thirteen, when I joined as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Since then, I have been a long-time member of Crawley Town Lifesaving Club and have been the Chair of the club since 2013.
I joined the University of Birmingham in 2009 and graduated with a BSc and MSc in 2013. I took on various roles at the club, including Captain, Training Officer, Web Officer and NPLQ TA, among others. I’m now a Senior BULSCA Official and RLSS Official.
While on the University of Birmingham A-Team, I won the A-League three times and B-League once. I was also European SERC Champion as part of a Crawley Town Lifesaving Club team.
By day, I’m a Senior Software Engineer – making me a suitable a candidate to update the website and manage BULSCA’s data. I’m good at solving technical issues and I can give advice to anyone seeking information about setting up websites and emails for their club.
Communications – Holly Willing
I have been involved with lifesaving since I was 11 as a member of Bovey Tracey Lifesaving Club. I joined the University of Birmingham Lifesaving Club in 2012 where I have competed on the A team for all five years and have been lucky enough to win the A league four times over the course of my degree as well as placing 5th in the SERC event at the World Lifesaving Championships in 2016.
Whilst at Birmingham I have held the committee positions of Assistant Training Officer, Training Officer and Away Competition Secretary. I had a fantastic time as a member of the Birmingham team and now that I have graduated I would like to contribute more to BULSCA by raising awareness of lifesaving as both a sport and a necessary life skill as well as ensuring that current members of BULSCA have the same access to competitions, training courses and events that I did during my time as a student.
Championships Coordinator – Helen Morris
I’ve been involved in lifesaving since I was 12 at Keynsham Lifesaving Club and once I attended Sheffield university I co-founded the university lifesaving club there. I have been involved with Sheffield University Lifesaving Club for four years with notable achievements being placing third at the BULSCA Student Championships in 2015, in the clubs’ first season. We have also achieved a third place at the RLSS National SERC competition.
I have been involved in numerous committees throughout my time at university and have also held the position of BULSCA treasurer. Currently, I’m a student living in London studying the Legal Practise Course to become a solicitor. In my spart time (when I am not lifesaving), I also enjoy netball and keeping fit.
I believe these experiences, along with my enthusiasm for lifesaving will ensure that I fulfil this role to the best of my ability this year.
Tom Winter and Hannah Smallwood
The welfare officer handles any concerns raised by BULSCA members relating to young people and vulnerable adults as and when they are raised.