The SMSA Board for 2016 with the Secretary
Standing: Paul Reid, Eugene Stawski, Denis Mockler, Tom Thorburn, Reinhard Ronnebeck (resigned), Carole O’Brien, Max Williams, Brian Johnston (Secretary.). Seated: Alister Wong, Winsome Allen, Cecile Cornford, Shirley Hunt, Geoff Webb.
Denis Mockler — President
Serving President (1st Term)
Denis is the principal of a small legal firm and is a former Acting District Court Judge, Arbitrator & Assessor for the Motor Accidents Authority. As a long-standing member of the SMSA and board member, Denis has held a number of positions including Treasurer and Vice President. Denis remains a strong advocate for the library and its staff , and for the provision of increased services for members of the SMSA.
Winsome Allen — Vice President
(Members Services Committee)
Re-elected 2016. Re-appointed VP 2016.
Winsome is a former Chairperson of the fundraising committees for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (formerly known as The Spastic Centre of NSW) and The Benevolent Society of NSW for whom she is also a Life Governor. She is Vice President of AMISA (Association of the Mechanics’ Institutes and Schools of Arts), a member of the NSW Justice of the Peace Association, and an active member of Toastmasters International, serving as Corporate Club Support Officer and Assistant Division Director. Winsome has owned several successful businesses which have provided her with opportunities for community involvement. A passionate supporter of the SMSA, Winsome promotes the School through talks to community groups about its history and significance.
Paul Reid — Vice President
Serving. Appointed VP 2016.
Paul is the father of three adult children, as well as the very proud grandfather of four grandchildren. Paul works as a Training and Educative Services Manager, delivering industrial relations-based training to people from diverse educational and employment backgrounds. He is a strong advocate of human rights and has been a past Secretary of an NGO. Paul has served on the Public Sector Industry Advisory Board as Director for around 10 years, and as a Trustee and member of the Finance and Governance Committee of Unions NSW for 2 years. Paul’s varied interests include theatre, cinema, art, cooking and travel. Paul served as President of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts for 4 years, where he was previously a Vice President and a Director. He is very proud of the history of the SMSA and strongly supports its Charter.
Geoff Webb — Vice President
Re-elected 2016. Re-appointed VP 2016.
Geoff has been a member of the SMSA for over 30 years and has served on the board since 2009. He is a professional engineer with broad experience in engineering work with particular emphasis on project management and documentation. Geoff is interested in family and local history and enjoys reading science fiction and mystery books. He also enjoys travelling.
Max Williams — Vice President
(Strategic Planning Committee)
Serving. Re-appointed VP 2016.
Max is semi-retired following a career in Public Health, Administration and Insurance. Max was Company Secretary and Financial Controller to a Computer Company servicing a major Insurance Provider and has brought financial and information technology experience to the SMSA. Max has a continuing interest in Information Technology and is currently the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Alister Wong — Treasurer
Re-elected 2016. Re-appointed Treasurer 2016.
Alister has been on the SMSA Board and its Treasurer since 2005. A member of the CPA (Certified Practising Accountants) Australia with IT qualifications from the UK, Alister works in the Department of Education as a Project Manager. He is a JP and was a Board member and Treasurer of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association as well as an independent member of the Finance and Audit Committee of ACON. Alister brings broad management and financial skills to the SMSA. His interests include reading, classical music, theatre, travel and good food.
Eugene Stawski — Assistant Treasurer
Elected 2016. Appointed Assistant Treasurer 2016
Before retiring, Eugene was the Financial Controller of Carpet Court Northern. Following his retirement, he held a part-time position with SMSA several years ago as Accounting Officer, making changes, contributions and suggestions for the improvement of the accounting system. His interests include tennis, skiing, canoeing, travelling, reading, family and friends. As director of the SMSA, Eugene focuses on continued success of the School financially.
Cecile Cornford— Director
A former SMSA Librarian, Cecile had previously been a member of the School for many years. Cecile has always worked in Customer Service and related roles in banking, as a medical secretary and an air hostess. Cecile is passionate about the School and, as an avid reader and lover of literature, she is interested in maintaining the quality of good reading that we now have in the Library. A new grandmother, Cecile enjoys travel, history, theatre, film, science, cooking and all things French, archaeology, cats and other animals.
Shirley Hunt — Director
Shirley has been a member of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts for over 15 years and was first elected to the Board in 2012. An avid reader, Shirley enjoys the ambience of the Library and is a staunch supporter. She enjoys meeting other members at SMSA events and regularly volunteers in the Tom Keneally Centre. Shirley’s interests include theatre, films, swimming, walking and volunteering.
Carole O’Brien — Director
Carole has been a member of the SMSA since 1982 , previously served on the Board from 1984-2005, and chaired several committees. Before retiring, Carole worked in a number of companies, mostly supervising record keeping, customer service and accounts. An avid reader, Carole belongs to several municipal libraries as well as the SMSA. Her favourite books are mystery and crime, and she has been a member of the School’s Reading Group since its inception. She has volunteered in the Tom Keneally Centre since its opening in 2011. Carole’s other interests are going to the theatre and trying to grow things — with moderate success.
Tom Thorburn — Director
Tom has been a member of the SMSA for over 50 years and a member of the Board for over 20 years. In 2010, he was made a Life Member for his services to the School. Before he retired he was the computer manager of a health fund. Tom keeps up with technology and was involved with the an upgrade to SMSA’s computer systems. He is webmaster for the St Marys & District Historical Society. A keen ballroom dancer, he and his wife have also enjoyed a number of cruises including a circumnavigation of Australia. Tom is an avid reader of Detective novels and Science Fiction and has both an iPad and a Kindle for reading eBooks. He has also written a collection of author reviews that are featured in the ‘Limelight Book Reviews’ section of the SMSA website.
Reinhard Ronnebeck— Director
Elected 2016 Resigned June 2016
Reinhard received his tertiary education in the U.S. completing his PhD in clinical psychology. He worked for over 30 years for various public and private health organisations, providing direct services and in management. He was the professional head of over 100 psychologists and has taught in three Sydney universities.