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). Winsome is an active member of Toastmasters International, and has previously served as Area Governor several times and Education Pathways Ambassador. Winsome has owned several successful businesses that have provided her with opportunities for community involvement. A passionate supporter of the SMSA, Winsome enjoys getting to know our members in the Library and at events, and coordinates the volunteer program. Winsome also promotes the School through Outreach talks to community groups about its history, current activities and future.
Mark Brandon OAM
Strategic Planning and Governance
Mark has held senior executive and CEO roles in government programs, private 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 Aged Care Industry Association, and was previously a director and chair of the audit committee at Macquarie Community College, a director of VETEA Ltd (a training organisation), board member of the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care at La Trobe University, Treasurer for West Pennant Hills Football Club and Chair of HCI Ltd. Mark has an adjunct appointment in the School of Business at Notre Dame University (Sydney). He is a member of the expert panels of the International Federation on Ageing and International Society for Quality in Healthcare and an elected member of the International Academy of Safety and Quality in Healthcare. Mark was CEO from 2002 – 2013 of the government’s Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency responsible for promoting quality, accreditation and education programs to all nursing homes in Australia. Mark is experienced working with diverse communities. He is a member of AICD, an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. He was a mentor in the ACHSM mentoring program from 2010 – 2015.
Cecile Cornford *
Library and Membership
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. Cecile enjoys travel, history, theatre, film, science, cooking and all things French, archaeology, cats and other animals. She has two grandchildren.
Vice President, Innovation and Programs
Lesley’s extensive knowledge of and interest in educational issues is drawn from over forty years’ experience teaching, researching and writing within and about schools, TAFE, colleges and universities. Lesley worked for nearly twenty years in teacher education at the University of Sydney from where she recently retired. As an honorary lecturer of the University, she continues to research and publish on a diverse range of contemporary educational topics. Lesley brings to the Board the knowledge and skills gleaned from extensive participation in committee work in the TAFE and university sectors as both a member and chair of academic and governance committees, and has a deep commitment to lifelong learning and education, and to ‘second chance’ education. Lesley is a keen participant in the SMSA Mystery and Crime reading group, reads widely in fiction and enjoys travel.
Geoff has been a member of the SMSA for over 30 years has served on the Board since 2009, and has been a Vice President for over eight years, being chair of the Building, Membership and Grants committees during that time. He is a professional engineer with broad experience in engineering work, with a 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 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. He has chaired the Building Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and is currently the Treasurer of SMSA. His outside interests revolve around a large family including many grandchildren who provide a very enjoyable distraction.
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 and works with its ephemera collection.
Paul Hinchey *
Paul initially did his apprenticeship as an aircraft maintenance engineer, joining Qantas in 1970. He served different posts in engineering to 1979, then moving into corporate and marketing, planning and managerial roles to 1989. In 1990, Paul resigned from Qantas and joined TAFE NSW teaching aircraft maintenance to engineering apprentices. His last 10 years at TAFE NSW was as the senior head teacher at the Aeroskills Division at Padstow TAFE. Paul served as an officer in the RAAF Active Reserves for 33 years to January 2017, rising to the rank of Squadron Leader.
Shirley has been a member of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts for over 16 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 has been a member of the SMSA since 1982. She previously served on the Board from 1984–2005, has chaired several committees and was President from 1997–2002. 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, and her re-homed cat Millie.
Steven R Warren
Steven’s background in long-term community development and experience in education, training and events management have given him the skills to make positive contributions to the SMSA in the areas of policy development, management and strategic planning. 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 long-standing commitment to equality in all these roles.