Club’s office holders and Board members

Club Patron & Office Holders

John Bagnall


John Bagnall can’t remember a time when he was not associated with the Balmoral Beach Club. The Club features in many of his earliest childhood memories. He was taught to swim in the famous Clem Morath School on the Club lawn, and then graduated to the rock pool. Since then he has always been a very active participant at the club. There are not many days that he not down at the Club for a swim. He was overall club champion seven times in the 1970s and 1980s, and athletics champion ten times during this period. He served as Club Captain from 1980 to 1985.

John likes to participate and volunteers to help with many things at the club, he is a member of the BBC Events Board and also on the Balmoral Swim committee and part of the Club a cappella choir that visits care homes in which some Club members reside.

Duncan Adams


Duncan’s initial introduction to the Club was when his sons did Nippers in the later 1990s and he joined the Club in 2004. Duncan is a regular swimmer in both the weekend races and during the week. Between 2105 and 2018 Duncan was a board member of the Club and in 2017 and 2018 he also acted as the Company Secretary. In 2018 Duncan joined the Board of Balmoral Beach Club Events until stepping down in 2021. Between 2018 and 2021 Duncan was also a member of the Membership Sub-Committee.

Duncan’s professional background is as a Chartered Accountant and later an Investment Banker. Most recently Duncan is an owner and operator of several businesses in the corporate accommodation sector. Duncan is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and is graduate of the University of New England. Duncan also is on the board of SpinalCure Australia.

Garry O'Sullivan


Garry has been an active participant in the Clubs’ activities for almost 50 years, having joined after leaving school. Garry served on the Club’s Committee in the late ‘70s, before heading overseas to work. He is a regular morning swimmer and is a member of the Club’s IT Committee. For Garry, the Club has a very special character, worth preserving and developing – a welcoming, family-friendly club, blending a sporting orientation with the opportunity for a range of non-sporting activities. Garry’s professional background is in telecommunications, IT and supply chain management. He is actively involved in Scouting in the Mosman district.

James (Jimmy) Arnold

Club Captain

Jimmy has been a member of the club since 2007. He grew up on the Mid North coast and was involved in surf lifesaving and swimming, competing in both National and International Surf Lifesaving.

Jimmy has a Business Degree and Masters in Emergency Management and for over three decades he has worked in government organisations specialising in Emergency Management and facilitating the needs of the community.

Jimmy values the friendships and spirit of the Club and looks forward to working with the Board and members to provide a fun and competitive sporting programme with a family friendly atmosphere and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Nicola Boustred


Nicky has been a member of the Club since 2009. She is a regular morning swimmer with the B-team and enjoys participating in weekly races, as well as the social aspects of the club. Nicky was a member of the finance subcommittee before becoming Treasurer of the Club. She is trained as a Chartered Accountant, is a Certified Financial Planner and currently Principal and Private Wealth Adviser at Stanford Brown Private Wealth.

Board Members

Andy Bremner

Andy joined the Club in 2003 and is an active participant in the swimming competitions. As a member, Andy continues to enjoy the terrific Club benefits including Club values, health and fitness, as well as relationships with members.As background, Andy owns and manages a risk consulting and insurance business.Andy has a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, and a member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie Coates

Julie has been a member of the club since 2009 and is a regular swimmer. She has also been a member of the BBC Events Board at its inception in 2015. Julie is currently the Managing Director & CEO of CSR Limited. Julie enjoys getting involved and participating in Club activities and values the friendship she has with many of the members.

Ian Phillipps

Having grown up in a country town in Western NSW, I moved to Sydney and studied Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. I have spent my career in the water and environmental sectors, initially in technical sales and then broader business roles. I lived in Asia and led businesses across South East Asia, India, Japan and Australia, focussing on water management, sustainability, health, hygiene, and also hazardous waste management. I have also built and operated manufacturing operations in a couple of countries. My aim is to bring a logical, problem-solving attitude and collaborative approach to supporting the BBC Board. I will leverage the excellent working relationships already established and hopefully support the Committee operationally, and from a broader business perspective.

Stephen Ryan

Stephen has been a BBC Member since 1997, involved as a Nipper age manager for six seasons from 1998 whilst his children were small and since 2014, a member of The Finance Committee. He swims year round enjoying the great friendship and bonhomie of many club members. A Chartered Accountant who lives and works locally, Stephen finds that his morning swim regardless of the weather, and afterward, a hot shower and cup of tea a great start to any day.

Liz Swinburn

I have been an member of the club for 4 years, initially introduced by Rob Angus. I have always loved the water and swimming. Originally I was more a pool swimmer I have now come to appreciate how good swimming is at Balmoral. Work wise I am an Emergency physician at RNSH. I have 3 children, one in Perth who I hope to see before 2023.