Our people

People make Rainbow Club great

Rainbow Club would not be the success it is today without the efforts of all the people who bring their dedication, enthusiasm and hard work. To our Patrons and Ambassador, Board of Directors, staff, life members, Club Committees (managers, schedulers, treasurers), lead teachers and swim teachers, volunteers, fundraisers, organising committees, partners and supporters – thank you!

Our Patrons


Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC Governor of New South Wales and Mr Wilson


Her Excellency brings her deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice to the role in service of the people of New South Wales.

Our Ambassadors

Mark Speakman

Mark Speakman

Mark Speakman SC MP is the Member for Cronulla in the NSW Parliament. He is Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Party, a Senior Counsel and experienced parliamentarian. Mark continues the work of his predecessor Malcolm Kerr as an advocate for Rainbow Club.

Louise Sauvage

Louise Sauvage

Louise Sauvage OAM is a renowned Paralympian representing Australia in 2000 and 2004. Louise is a sportswoman with a disability, World Record holder, and winner of four Boston Marathons. Come and say hi to Louise at Rainbow Club events!

James Pittar

James Pittar

James Pittar is a blind marathon swimmer, is inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, and in 2001 became Rainbow Club’s first ambassador. A great believer in people with a disability achieving their goals, meet James at the Malabar Magic!

Our Board Members


President: Alexandra Finley joined the Board of Rainbow Club Australia in May 2009 and became President in June 2010. Alexandra is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Spark Infrastructure a specialist infrastructure investment fund listed on the ASX. She has many years of corporate governance, legal, and commercial experience gained in both private practice and the corporate environment. 

Vice President: Rob Lloyd joined the Board of Rainbow Club Australia in 2004 and was elected Vice President in 2010. He was involved in establishing the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim and is both the Event Director and the energy behind The Magic’s huge success. Rob is the Managing Director at The Breckenridge Property Group, is a Director of LBW Trust and has previously sat on the Board of the Australian Direct Property Institute and The Pathways Foundation.

Board Member since 2008: John Taplin is a retired business man with experience in the financial sector, most recently working for Goldman Sachs JB Were as a Futures Managing Director and Partner. John and his family have personal experience with Rainbow Club in action as his son attended Cronulla/Miranda Rainbow Club from an early age.

Board Member since 2010. Mark McCormack recently retired from the role of Australian Operations and Managing Director of Koppers International. He brings extensive business experience and contacts with Surf Life Savers to the Board.

Board Member since 2014: Bob McCotter is the Secretary to the Board of Rainbow Club and served on the fundraising committee for two years before joining the Board in 2014. Bob is a professional engineer and a founding partner of ERM Australia. He has had more than forty years commercial experience in the services sector, with particular experience in professional consulting, the environment, architecture, engineering and manufacturing in Australia and Asia.

Board Member since 2017. Dipen Dhruv is the Services Sales Director (APAC) at Salesforce. Dipen is a technology evangelist and his background covers a wide range of technology practices including technology assessment and implementation, outsourcing strategy development, vendor selection and management, and technology transformation.

Ernie Cirignano Rainbow Club Board MemberBoard Member since 2018. Ernie Cirignano is the Founder and Executive Coach of Prime Coaching, an organisation that develops people and grows business. With extensive experience in aviation in senior leadership roles and more recently working with a large global corporate entity, Ernie’s expertise includes: aircraft engineering, professional development and training, human resources, leadership development, executive coaching, change and transformation. Ernie is the Manager for Cronulla/Miranda Rainbow Club where his son  attends swimming lessons.

Board Member since 2018. Tracey Raso is the Regional Managing Director for Revlon Australia and New Zealand. She has extensive marketing, strategic planning and retail experience across various consumer packaged goods companies. Tracey is a member of the recently formed Rainbow Club Board Committee on People and Culture.

Steve Langan-Stark Rainbow Club Board MemberBoard Member since 2018. Steve Langan-Stark is a former investment banker from New York who has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt capital markets, and treasury. He has strong foundations in balance sheet management with an emphasis on liquidity and capital efficiency. Steve also serves on the Finance Committee of Rainbow Club and has a son that is a member of Maroubra Rainbow Club.

Board Member since 2022. Mathew Harper has been a member of Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club since the age of 5. Mat is involved in many different aspects of the community including surf lifesaving, water safety and community engagement. Outside of his life saving commitments, Mathew works as the Chief Operating Officer of a large business in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. .

Our Staff



Phil Kinney oversees the day to day operations of Rainbow Club and reports to the Board.

Finance Manager

Wilson Leung is responsible for the Finance across the Rainbow Club network.

Information & Technology Manager

Heather Nadilo is responsible for all matters relating to Rainbow Clubs CRM, website, online portals, communications and social media.

Aquatics Programs & Quality Manager

Michelle Houghton is responsible for ensuring quality across our programs and clubs and for leading, managing and resourcing a workforce that is motivated to provide a quality service.

Development Manager, West

Robyn Bayliss is responsible for the expansion of Rainbow Club into the area west of Sydney to the Central West of NSW and manages the following clubs: Castle Hill, Denistone East, Glenmore Park, Lithgow, Norwest, Orange, Penrith, Seven Hills, Seven Hills North, Springwood and The Ponds.

Development Manager, Northern NSW Region

Dannii Cagney is responsible for the expansion of Rainbow Club into the NSW Northern region and manages the following locations: Active Moves Newcastle, Kurri Kurri, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Toronto, Tuggerah and Valentine.

Development Manager, South Coast

Carla Barnes is responsible for the expansion of Rainbow Club into the NSW South Coast and manages the following locations: Batemans Bay, Bexley, Caringbah (Active Moves), Cronulla/Miranda, Hurstville, Revesby, Sans Souci, Sutherland and Wollongong. .

Regional Development Manager, NSW South West

Amelia Stanislas is responsible for the expansion of Rainbow Club into the NSW South West and manages the following locations: Auburn, Campbelltown, Gregory Hills, Mt Annan, Mt Pritchard, Narellan and Southern Highlands.

Regional Development Manager, NSW Sydney Metro

Mark is responsible for the expansion of Rainbow Club in the NSW Sydney Metro area and manages the following clubs: Bondi, Cherrybrook, Five Dock, Freshwater, Lane Cove, Lane Cove West, Maroubra, Newington College, Wahroonga, Warringah and Warriewood.

Regional Development Manager, South East QLD

Craig is responsible for the expansion of Rainbow Club into South East QLD and manages the following locations: Acacia Ridge and North Lakes.

Events Manager

Emma Baldwin coordinates all Rainbow Club events and promotions including the Family Carnival, Malabar Magic, Rainbow Connect, as well as other training and fundraising events.

Club Resources Manager

Natalie Dillenbeck is responsible for providing resources to help and support all Rainbow Clubs.

Recruitment & HR Coordinator

Sidra Khan is responsible for providing help and support with the recruitment of Swim Teachers, In Pool Volunteers and our Train to Teach program

Programs Administration Coordinator

Dominic is responsible for providing help and support with the recruitment of Swim Teachers, In Pool Volunteers and our Train to Teach program

Accounts Office

My Hoang is responsible for Rainbow Club’s payroll and accounts payable.

Swimming Officer

Nicola Davies-Cooke is responsible for ensuring that Swim the Rainbow program is embedded in all our Clubs and our teachers are supported to deliver this program to all children with a disability.

Finance Officer

Juanita Mullane is responsible for all accounts receivable including NDIS claims and invoicing Plan Managers.

Member Services Coordinator

Lauren Marler provides support for existing and potential Rainbow Club members and families.

Our Life Members


 Gary Bradshaw was always enthusiastic, the one with the plan, running, golf, and “Bertha”. Gary is a man of action.

Tony Williams is renowned for his tireless ‘collection’ skills and provided our fundraising events with lots of ‘goodies’.

Philip Holt is the man who gave Rainbow Club direction and guidance from day one. Ask Philip and he says “yes”. His generosity is legendary. He has asked all the hard questions and found the answers.

Malcolm Kerr arranges what needs to be arranged. He loaned Rainbow Club his people, his meeting rooms and his valuable time. Malcolm is a quiet achiever who works towards finding solutions. 

Suzanne Stanton has the history of Rainbow Club at her finger tips from her ten years as President. Suzanne was tireless in her passion to make Rainbow Club a success through her breadth of experience, network of friends and colleagues, fundraising, and her heart for volunteering.

Margaret Taplin raised funds for Rainbow Club over 20 years with the annual fundraiser now running like a well oiled machine. Her enthusiasm, energy and efficiency never waivered. From numerous events, Margaret has contributed in excess of a quarter of a million dollars to Rainbow Club.

Rob Lloyd exudes energy and enthusiasm and his commitment to the growth and future of Rainbow Club never varies. His passion for the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim makes it the successful annual event that has become a corner stone of Rainbow Club fundraising.

Alexandra came to Rainbow Club in 2010 so is now 9 years as President. She took over this role from Suzanne Stanton and has been leading the organisation through a period of change and growth ever since. She is organised and flexible and has introduced networks that have become major supporters of Rainbow Club’s fundraising events.

Bob McCotter joined the Rainbow Club Board in 2013 and as Board Secretary and member of the Finance Committee has been a major influence on compliance across the organisation. He leads the Rainbow Club charge on grant applications and has been responsible for approximately $1million income from various sources over the last decade. His generosity with his time led to him setting up the Northern NSW Regional Board. Rainbow Club is fortunate to have his guidance and perseverance to meet the highest standards.

Our Teachers

Our supportive teachers ensure our Club members feel safe both in and out of the water. Our teachers are qualified, passionate, dedicated and each Club is led by teachers with AUSTSWIM Access and Inclusion or Swim Australia Learners with a Disability accreditation.

When building rapport with a child, our swim teachers work out what does/doesn’t work to achieve good outcomes. Our teachers follow our unique Swim the Rainbow program and use specially designed visual aids when needed to reinforce important goals and instructions.

If you love what Rainbow Club does, you may be interested in being an inpool volunteer or becoming a Rainbow Club swim teacher via our Train to Teach program. If you already are a qualified swim teacher – apply to teach and enjoy the rewards of teaching children with a disability how to swim.

Our Volunteers

To all our volunteers, thank you. Thank you to our Committee members, inpool volunteers, fundraisers and event volunteers. With your dedication and support, you have helped make Rainbow Club a successful network of social swimming clubs throughout Sydney and NSW. Our many children with a disability and their families are grateful beyond words.

Every second year, Rainbow Club presents the prestigious Aqua Awards which include the Aqua Committee Volunteer and Aqua Inpool Volunteer Awards to recognise and honour outstanding people and their achievements. We look forward to seeing you nominated!

Member stories

At Rainbow Club we encourage each child at their own pace, to best of their ability. Discover the Rainbow Club community.

Our people news

Rainbow Club appoints Phil Kinney new CEO

Rainbow Club appoints Phil Kinney new CEO

The Board of Rainbow Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Philip Kinney as CEO of Rainbow Club commencing on 3 July 2023.

The appointment comes after a thorough executive search process undertaken by the Board Chair and Chair of the People and Culture Committee to identify a new CEO following the retirement of Catriona Barry on 30 June 2023. 

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Rainbow Club CEO Retires

Rainbow Club CEO Retires

The Board of Rainbow Club Australia has announced that CEO Catriona Barry will be retiring after serving a distinguished ten-year term in the role.

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Meet Lily

Meet Lily

Rainbow Club Australia is excited to have opened it’s very first club outside of NSW! North Lakes Rainbow Club opened at the North Lakes Aquatic Centre in September.

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Acacia Ridge (QLD), Armidale, Auburn, Batemans Bay, Baulkham Hills, Bexley, Blaney, Bondi, Bruce (ACT), Calwell (ACT), Campbelltown, Caringbah (Active Moves), Castle Hill, Cherrybrook, Cronulla/Miranda, Deagon (QLD), Denistone East, Dubbo, Erina, Five Dock, Forster, Freshwater, Glenmore Park, Gregory Hills, Gumdale (QLD)Hurstville, Jindalee (QLD), Kensington, Kurri Kurri, Lane Cove, Lane Cove West, Lithgow, Liverpool CBD, Liverpool, Maroubra, Mt Annan, Mt Pritchard, Muswellbrook, Narellan, Newcastle City, Newcastle City (Active Moves), Newington/Stanmore, North Lakes (QLD), North Sydney, Norwest, Orange, Penrith, Queanbeyan, Revesby, Roma( QLD), Sans Souci, Seven Hills, Seven Hills North, Southern Highlands, Springwood, Strathfield, Sutherland, Taree, Tamworth, The Ponds, Toronto, Tuggerah, Ulladulla, Valentine, Wahroonga, Warriewood, Warringah, Warwick Farm, West Pymble, Windsor, Wollongong, Woolooware. See details


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