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 Mechanics’ Institutes and Schools of Arts), and an active member of Toastmasters International, serving as Education Pathways Ambassador. Winsome has owned several successful businesses which have provided her with opportunities for community involvement. A passionate supporter of the SMSA, Winsome enjoys getting to know our members at Cuthbert’s and at events, and coordinates the volunteer program. Winsome also promotes the School through talks to community groups about its history and significance.
Mark Brandon OAM
Mark has held senior executive and CEO roles in government programs, health insurance, accreditation and aged care. He has director and board experience in community and for profit organisations. For example, he is a director of VETEA Ltd (a training organisation), a director of Aged Care Industry Association; previously a director and chair of the audit committee at Macquarie Community College, board member Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care at La Trobe University, committee member West Pennant Hills Football Club. Mark has an appointment in the School of Business at Notre Dame University (Sydney). He chairs an international interest group ‘Quality in Social Care for Older Persons’.Mark’s most significant role (2002-13) was a CEO of the government’s Standards and Accreditation Agency responsible for promoting quality, accreditation and education programs to all nursing homes in Australia. As a result of his varied career roles, Mark is experienced working with diverse communities.He is a member of AICD, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a mentor in the ACHSM mentoring program 2010-15.
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.
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 over 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 vision.
Geoff Webb *
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 retired from corporate life after a career in financial services in both the public and private sectors. Prior to retiring he was engaged in financial management for a large General Insurer and also held the role of Company Secretary of a Computer Facilities Management Company. Max assisted the SMSA as Acting Secretary for a period in 2010 and joined the Board of the School in 2013. I have Chaired the Building Committee and more recently the Strategic Planning Committee. His outside interests revolve around a large family including many grandchildren who provide a very enjoyable distraction.
Eugene Stawski *
Before retiring a number of years ago, 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.
Anne has been a member of the School for 30 years and has previously served on the board. She has belonged to various organisations in community roles. Currently she is on the committee of the Blue Mountains Family History Society and Blacktown-Macquarie Trefoil Guild. Anne volunteers at the SMSA in the Tom Keneally Centre.
Shirley Hunt *
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.
Denis is the principal of a small legal firm and is a former Acting District Court Judge, Arbitrator in the District and Local Courts and 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 President, Treasurer and Vice President. Denis remains a strong advocate for the library and for the provision of increased services for members of the SMSA. He is also an advocate for strengthening our Governance and working with the board and staff to ensure that the SMSA can impact on and reach a greater number of people.
Carole O’Brien *
Carole has been a member of the SMSA since 1982. She previously served on the Board from 1984-2005 and has 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.
Lesley Scanlon *
Lesley began her working life in NSW public schools. From there, she spent twenty years inTAFE, coordinating programmes that encouraged women to re-enter the workforce, and disadvantaged students to re-engage in educational programmes aimed at further TAFE and university studies. These experiences instigated her interest in educational research and publication. Lastly, Lesley worked for nearly twenty years in teacher education at the University of Sydney from where she has recently retired. As an honorary lecturer of the University, she continues to research and publish on a diverse range of contemporary educational topics.
Steven R Warren
Steven has a range of skills from my background that can assist me to make positive contributions including policy development, management and strategic planning. He has a long term community development background as well as experience in education and training and events management. Steven has previously served on a university Board and Academic Senate, held National Secretary and Executive roles for the Australian postgraduate student body, as well as having served on a range of community based organisations. He has a longstanding commitment to equality in all these roles.