Break Out #1

by Aquatic Recreation Institute on May 17, 2022

Alex Watt

Venue Manager - Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre - Belgravia Leisure

Alex is an experienced aquatic industry professional and has been employed by Belgravia Leisure for 14 years. He has a high level of knowledge in aquatic spaces including supervision planning, workplace health and safety, asset management, water quality and pool operations. 

Alex is an experienced Venue operator with sound knowledge of sales, health club, learn to swim, HR and is a strong implementer of Belgravia Leisure policies, procedures and projects. 


David Burns

Founder + CEO - Collectives Leisure 

David has worked in the sport, leisure and well-being industry in England and Australia for 21 years, in roles spanning Local Government, peak bodies, private sector and the social economy. Operating from two platforms - DB Consulting works with government, peak bodies and universities on specific commissions, and Collective Leisure co-creates programs that work for communities through a 'systems' approach.

Collective Leisure is Australia's first social enterprise leisure management company. Their work is focused on providing education, services, and opportunities to those most in need. With a why to reduce physical inactivity and improve population health, whilst providing access to training and employment for people from marginalised communities. 

This is summarised in their purpose statement of "enabling well-being without boundaries". David is a Non-Executive Direct at Social Enterpise Council of NSW & ACT (SECNA). 


Michelle Nolland 

Managing Director - Larcan 

Michelle has worked in executive positions across the Not-for-profit, Local Government and Commercial sectors for close to twenty years. Her recent roles have included CEO within the Aged Care industry and Executive Leader of Operations at the Y NSW where she led the operational portfolio including 28 recreation facilities, 2 camps and 60 children services sites.

Her experience across the leisure, aquatics, recreation, community, aged-care, and not-for-profit sectors has led to a passion for connecting the dots in these critical areas to improve the lives of individuals and communities, particularly for those living regionally.