We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Volcom AU/NZ General Manager, Alison Thomas as the newest SBIA Board Member.

Alison has a long history in the boardsports industry, dating back to when she was a Sponsored Freestyle Snowboarder and Snowboard Instructor.   Over the past 13 years Alison has been a part of the Volcom Family where she’s had the unique opportunity to manage all departments from Production, Product Development & Merchandising, Ecommerce and Retail until her recent appointment in 2017 as General Manager.

Alison is now looking forward to working with the SBIA as one of our Brand Representative Board Members “I am excited and very humbled to be included on the SBIA Board and to have the opportunity work closer with such an inspiring group of industry leaders” says Alison.    Similarly, the SBIA are pleased to have Alison and her wealth of industry knowledge join the board, President Anthony ‘Macka’ Wilson says “we are extremely fortunate to have someone with Alison’s diverse industry experience join the SBIA board, we’re looking forward to having Alison contribute to our organisation, which will no doubt immensely support the continual promotion of our industry”.

And in more exciting news for the Board, existing Board Member and Head of our Awards Process sub-committee, Mark Hudson (Director – Dragon / Retail) has been appointment SBIA Vice President.  Mark ‘Huddo’ Hudson has been an integral part of the SBIA as a board member and sub-committee contributor since 2016.    “Mark will no doubt take on this role with enthusiasm, over the last couple of years Huddo’s contribution has played a crucial role in providing the resources and expertise required for our Awards to be a success” says Anthony.    “The SBIA Board are excited with the addition of Alison and the appointment of Mark as VP.   Both Alison and Huddo bring valuable experience and insight to help ensure that the services and resources we provide remain accessible to our members”.

Following is the current SBIA Board of Management:

President: Anthony “Macka” Wilson – Saltwater Wine | Stormriders, NSW

Vice President: Mark Hudson – Director – Dragon Retail

Secretary /Treasurer: Damian Campbell – Head of Sales, Boardriders

Board Member: Andy Ireland – Saltbush Surf, SA

Board Member: Alison Thomas, Volcom – General Mananger AU/NZ

Board Member: Neil Ritchie- Alto Sports

Independent Board Member: Russell Zimmerman – Executive Director, Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

Executive Officer: Lyndall Browning