President of the SPASA
Following the appointment of Robert Guthrie to the position of President of the Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance (SPASA), three new directors have joined the SPASA Board. The new directors are Lindsay McGrath, Commercial Director of Bio-Lab Australia, Paul Simons, Managing Director of Lo-Chlor Chemicals Australia, and Brad Baxter, proprietor of pool building company Award Pools.
Robert Guthrie said the addition of the three new directors has bolstered the already strong experience and diversity of the SPASA Board.
“Lindsay, Paul and Brad bring immense experience and expertise to the Board from both an industry and consumer perspective,” says Guthrie.
McGrath has vast commercial experience in his role with Bio-Lab Australia and Chemtura New Zealand, which owns brands such as BioGuard and BioGuard Poolside. In addition, he is a past director and President of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of South Australia (SPASA SA) and a current serving board member of the Swimming Pool Retail Association Australia (SPRAA).
Lindsay Mac Grath
of Bio-Lab Australia
“Lindsay’s industry experience means he has a specific understanding of and vision for the retail, technician and pool builder sectors,” Guthrie says. “His passion and dedication to improving the industry through education is widely regarded and respected.”
Paul Simons has more than 18 years’ experience in the industry, and heads Lo-Chlor Chemicals, a leading manufacturer and wholesaler of specialty pool and spa chemicals in Australia.
“Paul plays a vital role in this industry, and he’s committed to
of Lo-Chlor Chemicals
innovation – as proven by his diverse company which has offices in Australia, USA and the UK,” adds Guthrie. “He works closely with pool builders, retailers and technicians to provide solutions that meet different needs.”
Brad Baxter has been in the swimming pool industry for more than 25 years, and owns Sydney pool building company Award Pools.
“Brad is certainly no newcomer to SPASA, having previously served as a director and also as President between 2002 and 2004,” Guthrie says. “He also understands about the importance of building relationships with associated industries and, as such, was also previously President of the Landscape Contractors Association between 1994 and 1996."
proprietor of Award Pools
They all bring diverse skillsets across retail, construction, manufacturing and supply.
SPASA Board members are:
- Robert GUTHRIE Tru Pool President
- Janine BELLIFEMINE NADA Manufacturing Vice President
- Denis BAXTER Niagara Pool Supplies Treasure
- Brad BAXTER Award Pools Group
- Malcolm BROWN Zodiac
- Jonathan HATFIELD Waterco
- Brian JAMIESON Lifestyle Spas & Leisure
- Lindsay MCGRATH Bio-Lab Australia and Chemtura New Zealand
- Peter MOORE Sunrise Pools
- Paul SIMONS Lo-Chlor Chemicals Australia
- Mervyn SMITH Sunbather Pool Technologies
- Manfred WIESEMES Australian Pools & Spas