John is a highly regarded leisure and recreation industry leader who places a strong emphasis on collaboration, community outcomes and sustainability. John has over 17 years of industry experience across a variety of roles with YMCA Victoria, Virgin Active UK, RACV, Belgravia Leisure and has spent the last 5 years working in local government.
Prior to joining South East Leisure, John led signiﬁcant change across Sunshine and St Albans Leisure Centres, ultimately improving the operations and outcomes for the Brimbank community. John also played a major role in the design and planning for the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre. John has experience with successfully establishing new facilities, which has included the One Lifestyle Fitness Centre at the RACV Torquay Resort and the Tobruk Memorial Pool, Cairns.
John has a successful track record and several industry awards to his name, including the 2019 Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) Facility Management of the Year award and the ARV 2019 Sustainability Award. More uniquely, during 2011-12 John cycled over 24,000km from London to Melbourne, to increase awareness of, and to raise funds to help fight Child Trafficking.
Jake brings a range of experiences from roles with YMCA Victoria, local government and most notably as part of the startup Leadership Team at Western Leisure Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wyndham City Council.
Jake has been responsible for establishing the commercial viability of three newly redeveloped Leisure Centres (Brunswick Baths, AquaPulse and Eagle Stadium) as well as making significant improvements to the commercial sustainability of established facilities within the local government environment. He has a strong record and passion for providing community focused outcomes and will continue to bring this approach to South East Leisure.
On a personal note, since 2017 Jake has embarked on his own fitness journey and losing a staggering 40kg. Jake continues to find new fitness challenges and is always looking to achieve new fitness goals.
Travis brings considerable exposure and experience in leadership, operational excellence, stakeholder engagement and human resource management. Across his 20-year career in the Aquatics and Recreation Industry Travis has held a variety of senior management positions with YMCA Victoria and in the commercial sector with Beach House Fitness.
Prior to joining South East Leisure Travis spent five years leading the Greater Dandenong Leisure Facilities (Dandenong Oasis, Noble Park Aquatic Centre and Springers Leisure Centre). Most recently, Travis has successfully guided and supported numerous facilities through the complexities of Covid-19 business interruptions. He joins the team with a wealth of knowledge on the health and wellbeing needs of the local Greater Dandenong community.
Travis is always seeking opportunities to assist people to be more active and takes great joy from his role as a volunteer junior football coach over the last 4 years.
Mel is a finance industry professional and brings a wealth of knowledge from a wide range of industries including Banking, Not-For-Profit, Manufacturing, Automobile, Advertising and Logistics. Mel is a result oriented individual and highly motivated team player.
Mel is a member of CPA Australia and CIMA UK. She has over 20 years of experience in finance including over 15 years of managerial experience. Mel excels in budgeting, analytics, and continuous improvement.
Mel is passionate about team building, company culture and community wellbeing.
Ian has worked in the leisure industry for over 20 years, most notably with YMCA Victoria at venues across the south-east of Victoria. During his tenure with the Y, Ian established strong relationships with several local governments across the south-east, most notably in the City of Casey. This included overseeing Casey Stadium’s $25 million redevelopment, with Ian’s leadership and expertise being instrumental in the project’s success.
Prior to joining South East Leisure, Ian worked as a Venue Manager at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatics Centre (MSAC), which is part of the State Sports Centres Trust. During this time, he faced the unique challenges of operating a state facility during the Covid-19 pandemic, managing the challenges of operations in a heavily restricted environment.
Ian’s passion for the leisure industry extends beyond his professional career, having spent time as a participant, coach, and administration including eight years on a state sporting association board. This personal involvement demonstrates his deep connection and understanding of the industry from various perspectives.