Scott Vanderheyden was recruited as the Venue Manager of Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in May 2017. Scott then moved into the Area Operations Manager role in August 2018 and at various stages over the next six months was the Venue Manager at each of the City of Sydney venues while in the Area Manager role.
In June 2019, Scott moved out to the Liverpool contract as the Workplace Health and Safety Project Manager for a body of work improving WHS and aquatic supervision.
In September 2019, Scott was successful in obtaining the Area Manager role for the Liverpool contract. In August 2020, Scott expanded his role to incorporate Auburn Ruth Everuss and then Wentworthville in February 2021.
What are your magic moments working with Belgravia Leisure?
“Some magic moments for me include some wins including winning the Royal Life Saving National Award for excellence in supervision in 2018 at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre. As well as winning a personal NSW award at our state conference for Leadership.”
“Winning the National Belgravia WHS Award for ITAC in 2018. Winning contract extensions with Liverpool Council during COVID, and picking up Wentworthville without a tender or external process. As well as the successful transition in Wentworthville with many operational and timeline challenges,” Scott explained.
Tell us about the people you work with
“My team are amazing! I have done a lot of work in the people space since moving into the Liverpool/Cumberland contracts ensuring I have the right people in the right role, at the right venue.”
“I really enjoy seeing my team develop and move into larger roles, and seeing them succeed. Our Southern NSW Leadership team of Katherine, Christian, Alex and Goran work really well together, and the success of our region couldn’t be achieved without us all moving in the same direction,” Scott explained.
What is your favourite thing about your career?
“Continually learning and seeing my team be successful. As someone that started as a casual Lifeguard almost 20 years ago! Going through the various levels of leadership, I feel I have a lot of experience and have learnt from mistakes that I can pass onto my team to ensure they are set up for success,” Scott said proudly.
What are three things you’re most passionate about in life and why?
- My little family. They have changed my whole approach to life, work/life balance, taught me patience and picking my battles!
- Sport. Very rarely can I go a weekend without locking myself into some footy, cricket, soccer, NBA – whatever is on!
- Being happy! Life is too short, and anything can happen at short notice to change that so I live in the moment.