Luke loves everything about the ocean and spreads his time between stand-up paddle boarding and surfing. He is known for being just as stoked on 30 knots of wind as he is for 6ft of swell. He works as a personal trainer who specialises in training people with disabilities, in particular Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Luke also has an obsession for any dog he sees and will often stop mid-conversation to pet it.
Sam spends more time in the ocean than on dry land. Some say he’s even developed a sneaky set of gills behind the ears, complementing his passions for surfing, freediving and all things marine. He’s been involved in many not-for-profits over the years, and has found his passion in sharing the surf stoke with kids on the spectrum.
When he’s not working as a marine biologist, you’ll find him at the local patisserie stuffing his face with a ham & cheese croissant.
Tom Johnston is the owner/operator of Go Surf Perth, a locally run surf school based in Scarborough.
In his previous life he could be found wandering St. Georges Terrace in a suit and tie however decided to swap his suit for a wet one. Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Certificate in Project Management as well as all relevant first aid and coaching accreditations for the sport of surfing.
He enjoys the challenge of running his small business and in his down time loves to head to Rottnest for surfing and fishing.
Andrew Whitehouse is the Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism Research at the Telethon Kids Institute and Professor of Autism Research, at The University of Western Australia. He is also Chief Research Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.
At the Telethon Kids Institute he leads a large team that use a wide range of methodologies to investigate the early identification and intervention of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Andrew has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and attracted over $35 million in competitive research grants.
He is an advisor to State and Commonwealth Governments on policies relating to children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, and he is currently the Chair of the committee that is generating Australia’s first national guideline for autism diagnosis.
He has also been awarded Australia’s most prestigious scientific award, the Eureka Prize.
Nando Zappavigna C.A. is an advisor and auditor for the charity with over 20 years’ experience on not-for-profit organisations. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant Tax Institute of Australia.
We've tried asking him whether we can cash in all those sand dollars the kids find on the beach, but Nando has yet to find a bank that will accept them.
We will be updating this page with information on Andrew soon!
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