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Cliff Cooke (President)

Cliff is an enduring figure of the pool and spa industry, having established Cookes Pools & Spas in 1978 and continually expanded the business to include concrete and fibreglass pools, servicing and retail. Upon developing the Water Witch in the 1990’s, Cliff also established Cooke Industries to support trade clients throughout Australasia. Cliff has served on the SPASA Victoria board from 2001-2003 and again from 2007-2010. He is passionate about the pool and spa industry and believes innovation is essential to meeting future client expectations.

Grant Symes (Vice President)

Grant is the General Manager of Protector Aluminium, having 20 years in the corporate retail business and now 11 years in manufacturing and importing. Protector Aluminium supply across Australia and New Zealand.

Lindsay Hartshorne (Treasurer)

Lindsay is the owner and CEO of Lincoln Pool Equipment, a trade supplier of swimming pool equipment. He has served on the SPASA board since November 2006 and is the current Treasurer of the association.

John D’Arcy

John is the founder of a specialist swimming pool and spa construction business, which has operated for over 37 years. He is a long standing member of the SPASA Board and is involved with the current SPASA Industry Training program.

Gary Kilworth

Gary has been a SPASA Board member for 12 years and was President for 3 of them. He is the Managing Director of Out From The Blue, an industry-leading design and construction enterprise, focused on high-end concrete pools and surrounds, it was established in 1995. Gary’s current responsibilities include government liaison, Australian Standards, and facilitating meetings with members and committees

Ted Martin

Ted is the Company Director at Compass Pools Melbourne, sellers and installers of quality fibreglass swimming pools. Ted established Compass Pools Melbourne over 35 years ago and brings extensive knowledge about the overall fibreglass pool building process.

Brendan Nelissen

Brendan is the Victorian State Manager for Waterco Ltd. With over 10 years in the swimming pool industry, specifically in the manufacturer/supplier sector, Brendan has extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of customer service. With the constant evolution of technology in the swimming pool industry it is important to maintain focus on the future as well as being grounded in what is affecting us today. Brendan is committed to the future of the Victorian swimming pool industry and is looking to ensure a positive experience for all consumers.

Gary Young

With over 30 years of experience in construction, Gary has a thorough understanding of the building industry. As former Director of Multiplex Constructions, his early years in various roles at Lend Lease gave him the excellent grounding to his current knowledge and expertise. Gary purchased the well-known pool company ‘Natural Pools’ in 2009. Natural Pools specialises in both residential and commercial projects and has a team of dedicated staff and sub-contractors delivering diverse projects.

Joel Kean

Joel Kean is the director of a small boutique family business specialising in concrete pool constructions and renovations with over 14 years of experience. Known for his attention to detail, excellent communication skills and quality craftsmanship, Joel takes great pride in his work and has established lasting relationships with clients and industry associates throughout his many years in the pool and spa industry.