Paul Reid — President
Serving (re-elected President 2013)
Paul is the father of two adult sons and a high-school aged daughter, as well as the very proud grandfather of three grandchildren. Paul is a Training and Educative Services Manager for the United Services Union. He develops and delivers a range of 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 Training Advisory Board as Director for around 10 years. Paul’s varied interests include theatre, cinema, art, cooking, travel and, more recently, archery.
Winsome Allen — Vice President *
Chair of Library Committee
Re-elected 2014. Re-appointed VP 2014.
Winsome is a former Chairperson of the fundraising committees for The Spastic Centre of NSW and The Benevolent Society of NSW for whom she is also a Life Governor. Winsome is Vice President of AMISA (Association of the Mechanics’ Institutes and Schools of Arts), a member of the NSW Justice of the Peace Association (Sydney Branch), Central Division Club Development and Promotions Officer Toastmasters. She is also a Justice of the Peace. Winsome has owned several successful businesses which have provided her with opportunities for community entrepreneurship and involvement.
Denis Mockler — Vice President
Chair of Grants and Governance Committees
Serving (re-elected 2013). Re-appointed VP March 2014.
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 & Vice President. He is currently the Chair of the Governance Committee. Denis remains a strong advocate for the library and its staff, and for the provision of increased services for members of the SMSA.
Carole O’Brien — Vice President *
Re-elected 2014. Re-appointed VP 2014.
Carole has been a member of the SMSA since 1982. She has previously served on the Board for 21 years and chaired several committees. Before retiring, Carole worked in a number of companies, mostly supervising record keeping, customer service and accounts. She is an avid reader and belongs to several municipal libraries as well as SMSA. Carole’s favourite books are mystery and crime, and she has been a member of the School’s Reading Group since its inception. Carole’s interests outside of the SMSA are going to the theatre and trying to grow things — with moderate success. She is the sole support of a rather large cat.
Max Williams — Vice President
Chair of Building Committee
Serving (elected 2013). Appointed VP 2014.
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 is a family man who also has an interest in theatre.
Alister Wong — Treasurer *
Re-elected 2014. Re-appointed Treasurer 2014.
Alister has been on the SMSA Board and its Treasurer since 2005. A member of the Australian Society Practising Accountants with IT qualifications from the UK, Alister works in the Department of Education and Community Services as the Manager of the Capital Planning Accounting and Reporting team. He is a JP and a Board member and Treasurer of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association. Alister brings broad management and financial skills to the SMSA. His interests include reading, classical music, theatre, travel and good food.
Alan Creighton — Assistant Treasurer
Serving (re-elected 2013). Appointed Assistant Treasurer 2014.
Alan has retired as a consulting Actuary however he remains a member of the Institute of Actuaries and attends an occasional meeting or conference to keep up with the profession. During his career he advised many large superannuation funds and after his retirement joined the Board of one of his clients. Other interests include travel and reading.
Shirley Hunt — Director *
Shirley has been a member of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts for over 12 years and was elected to the Board in 2014. 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.
Win Ramdas — Director *
Win, a lawyer by training, mother of two and grandmother, served and chaired a number of committees in the British Association (Singapore) before moving to Sydney more than a decade ago. She has participated in a number of organisations in Sydney. She has found her niche broadcasting on 2RPH (Reading for the Print Handicapped). Her hobbies include, in no particular order, golf, bridge, walking, reading, theatre, travel, opera, classical music and gourmet food.
Phil Reed — Director
Serving (elected 2013).
Phil has been a member of the SMSA for a number of years and is passionate about the School’s future direction in keeping with the Charter. Prior to his retirement, Phil was a manager in the insurance industry. Phil is an active member of Toastmasters and has held several committee and executive positions including Area Governor and Club President. Phil enjoys coaching people who wish to learn communication and leadership skills, computers, cooking, reading and listening to ‘audio books’ while walking.
John Robinson — Director *
John has assisted staff with talks and events and, in 2013, chaired the 180th Birthday Committee. John volunteers at the Powerhouse Museum’s Discovery Centre, assisting with the registration and cataloguing of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt. He has served on the boards of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation inc. and PLWH/A (NSW) inc. His interests include travel, theatre, music, opera, reading, walking, swimming and continuing education.
Tom Thorburn — Director
Serving (re-elected 2013).
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 recent 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.
Geoff Webb — Director *
Geoff has been a member of the SMSA for over 30 years. He was appointed to the Board to fill a casual vacancy in 2009 and then elected to the Board in 2010 and again in 2014. He is a professional engineer with broad experience in engineering work with particular emphasis on project management and documentation. He is interested in family and local history and enjoys reading science fiction and mystery books. He also enjoys travelling.
On Tuesday, 11 March 2014, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts held its Annual General Meeting.
The members elected seven directors to the board, who join the serving directors to form the Board of Directors for 2014.
The elected directors are indicated with * below.
About the Board
The Board of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts is made up of thirteen Directors elected by the members.
Directors are appointed for a term of two years, with six Directors up for re-election every second year. The election of the President occurs every odd-numbered year, ie. 2005, 2007, 2009 etc. The President is also elected by the members but no person may hold the office for more than two consecutive terms.
Vice Presidents are appointed by the Board in fulfilment of Article 6 of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Incorporation Act of 1886.