Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO John Brennan is stepping down from the role.
Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO John Brennan is stepping down from the role.

Surf Life Saving Queensland chief steps down

LONG-TIME Surf Life Saving Queensland chief executive officer John Brennan is stepping down, the state body's second boss to go within a few months.

SLSQ president Mark Fife announced Mr Brennan's departure in an email to clubs and members today.

Mr Fife said the decision had been made in "the best interests of his health and wellbeing and would allow him to focus back on some of his personal goals, while also spending time with family''.

Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO John Brennan is stepping down from the role.
Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO John Brennan is stepping down from the role.

"I would like to advise that after 25 years' employment with Surf Life Saving Queensland, CEO John Brennan OAM, has decided to call time on his professional lifesaving career,'' he said.

"Since coming on board with SLSQ in 1994, the organisation has grown substantially in stature, membership and governance and it has been both exciting and rewarding for 'JB' to be part of such a great humanitarian organisation and one that is dear to his heart.''

The departure follows the recent exit of SLSQ's chief operating officer George Hill in October last year. He, too, had spent decades with the state body.

Mr Fife said Mr Brennan wanted to thank the current board, previous boards and committees, and all staff members he had worked with over the past 25 years.

"The journey has been one filled with satisfaction and many challenges.

"Since joining the organisation in 1980, JB has always maintained his volunteer commitments in patrolling and has also had the pleasure of volunteering in many other areas, including taking on club, branch and state positions, coaching, officiating (club through to international level), Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service, fundraising, and everything in between.

"He wants everyone to note that this is not saying goodbye to Surf Life Saving, as his family has a very strong involvement and continues to be a part of the movement each and every day. This is simply hanging up his professional hat duties and allowing the organisation to be led by a new set of eyes. JB trusts you all understand the position he has taken.''

Mr Brennan's last day with SLSQ will be Friday, February 1. A recruitment process will soon be under way to find a new CEO.