WPV Board

Water Polo Victoria is governed by a Board, which consists of 10 members.

President - John Perrott - E: john3p@bigpond.com   

John is a procurement specialist whose speciality is developing best practice procurement pathways along with knowledge and process management. John also brings great business management experience and knowledge to the board. John’s interest in Water Polo has come from his children being involved in the sport at various levels which has also encouraged John to take up the sport also as a participant. Having been a member of the board since September 2009 and President of the association since 2011 John continues to lead the sport through an exciting growth period.


Vice President Benjamin Yeo - E: ben.yeo1@gmail.com

Benjamin is an equity capital markets specialist with extensive experience in the small to medium enterprise sector, actively engaging in implementing strategic business initiatives including Mergers and Acquisitions, private and public equity capital raising's. Ben's interest in water polo began when he was introduced to the sport at school in 1995. Since then Ben has played at various levels within the state, represented the University of Melbourne at five Australian University Games, and continues to play in the Victorian based competition. Stepping onto the Board in 2014, Ben brings a wealth of financial and management experience to the Board, gained after being the President of the Melbourne University Water Polo Club for 8 years and the President of the Melbourne University Sports Association for 3 years. Ben also holds a number of both paid and other voluntary board positions in a variety of organisations including the RACV Club, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian NWPL Club.


Finance Director - Dan Arber - E: send2da@gmail.com


Director - Peter Evans (co-opted) - E: peter_evans@netspace.net.au

Peter has over 30 years of experience in the information and communications technology sector in a range of roles and organisations, including general management and consulting.  He brings to the Board experience in strategic planning, operational processes, commercial governance and risk management.  Peter is interested in most sports and sport management and his connection to Water Polo derives from working with a former member of the Australian men’s team.  He has postgraduate sport management qualifications from Deakin University, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was co-opted to the Board in September 2015.


Director - Matt Lea - E: matthewlea@ymail.com 

Matt continues to be an active member of the waterpolo community, bringing over 25 years experience as a player/coach/referee, almost 20 years as a Monash University Waterpolo Club board member (including 10 as President/Vice President) and most recently as WPV board member since 2014. Professionally, Matt brings with him experience in strategy execution, process improvement and operations management with various large multinational corporates. Having experienced all levels of waterpolo between National championships and lower State league, Matt is motivated to focus on driving respect for referees and improving the clarity/communication of our strategic direction during his time on the Board.


Director - Vivek Merchant - E: vivekmerchant@gmail.com


Director - Darren Waters E: drwaters@gmail.com

Darren is a highly skilled forecaster, modeller and analyst working in the energy industry. He started playing water polo in 2000 with the Melbourne University Water Polo Club and was a member of the executive committee for 5 years. Darren brings a wealth of knowledge in exposing and using data to drive strategic and operational decisions to the Board. Darren is motivated to develop a broader understanding of water polo in the community to enable the sport to be exposed to a wider player base (across all ages and experience).


Director - Bryan Wee - E: bcjwee@gmail.com


Director - Rachel Winterton Erachel@winterton.com

Rachel is a research fellow at La Trobe University, with specific expertise in the areas of community and program development for ageing populations. For the past seven years, she has held various Executive roles within Essendon and Sharks (Albury) Water Polo Clubs, and has been involved in club and district governance of competitive swimming within the western region of Melbourne. Rachel has played water polo for over 10 years, and is currently playing in both the Melbourne metropolitan and Victorian country competition. In particular, she has a keen interest in improving development pathways for rural and regional participants within the sport.