Paddle Australia announces new Safety Advisory Group

Kayaker fighting the rapids of a river.

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the seven members of the new Paddle Australia Safety Advisory Group (SAG).

The SAG has been established to provide advice and support to the CEO and Managers of PA regarding safety issues relevant to the paddling community.

Composed of seven members all with varying roles and experience, and from states and territories right across Australia, the SAG will work across Paddle Australia’s competitions, community and paddling industry to ensure that safety of PA’s members remains of utmost importance.

PA would like to congratulate the following seven candidates on their election, and look forward to working closely together over the coming months.

Name State Comments
Craig Elliott ACT
  • 30 years of paddling experience across multiple disciplines
  • Works for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as a Senior Advisor Vessel Safety.
  • Works on various Australian Standards (for life jackets as an example) and ISO standards. Recuse and coordination, trend in alert devices both nationally and internationally etc.
Jade Kerber VIC
  • Past experience in state government
  • Previously held positions on club and state level paddling strategic committees.
  • Experienced in canoe polo and safety issues in the paddle discipline.
Barry Peach QLD
  • Risk Management Professional who runs own Risk and Governance advisory company (
  • Extensive experience spanning 35 years managing and advising risk and safety function in corporate, industrial and large complex project environments.
  • Extensive experience in a corporate environment leading, chairing and being a member of risk/safety committees.
Kate Martin WA
  • Experienced Health Safety Manager within the field of transport/ warehousing/mining type industries 
  • Assists committees in WA with events from a safety perspective and gaining knowledge in this area.
  • Prior experience on an industry body safety committee tasked with developing resources for the broader industry community.
Shaun Smith VIC
  • Outdoor Risk Management Teacher
  • Paddle Australia White Water Assessor
Andrew  Sing NSW
  • 17 years experience as a police officer – Detective Superintendent 
  • 10 years as leadership facilitator specialising in decision making, public safety, complexity, and cultural change.
  • 28 years’ experience working with State, National and international government agencies.
Jack Slykhuis VIC
  • Full time Applications Specialist and LiDAR operator at Altavec with a strong passion in aquatic safety and training. 
  • Extensive experience in both paid and volunteer roles with Lifesaving Victoria, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Victorian Westpac Rescue Lifesaver Helicopter Service
  • Served on the Lifesaving Operations Council
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