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Former SPASA presidents join Alliance board

July 10th, 2013
Lindsay McGrath, new board member of the Swimming Pool & Spa Alliance

Three new directors have joined the Swimming Pool & Spa Alliance board: 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.

Recently appointed President Robert Guthrie says these three directors will bolster both the experience and the diversity of the SPASA Board.

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.

He is a past president of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of South Australia (SPASA SA) and a current board member and past CEO of the Swimming Pool Retail Association Australia (SPRAA).

“Lindsay’s industry experience means he has a specific understanding of and vision for the retail, technician and pool builder sectors,” says Guthrie. “His passion and deducation 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 innovation – as proven by his diverse company which has offices in Australia, USA and the UK,” says 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. In that time, Award has built more than 1500 concrete pools and won a raft of industry excellence awards.

“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.”

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By Chris Maher
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