CLUB MEMBERS

We are your neighbours, successful people, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you in our team, we can accomplish even more. To register your interest in joining the Rotary Club of Kenmore contact us today.

Anne Maree Dowd

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Dr. Anne-Maree Dowd is the Executive Manager for Performance and Evaluation at the CSIRO. Applying her PhD in Organisational Behaviour, she manages investment planning, tracking and impact assessment.  Along with scientific research capabilities, Anne-Maree has strategic management, planning and performance expertise, with an international reputation on impact by design

Claylia Ward

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Claylia graduated from Dentistry in 1995 from the University of Western Australian. She spent 6 years in the Royal Australian Navy, including one year as the Fleet Dental Officer, deploying on HMAS Tobruk in South East Asia. During her naval service, Dr Ward also completed a Grad Dip in Public Health.  

In 2000 she moved to Brisbane to complete her Specialist qualification in Orthodontics at The University of Queensland.  Claylia then accompanied her husband, an Infantry Officer in 5/7 RAR, to Darwin. After spending the year in Darwin they returned to Brisbane to establish their private practice with their newborn son in tow.

Claylia is married with two teenage children and has lived in Fig Tree Pocket since 2004.  Her hobbies include baking and competing as a Masters athlete in Olympic Weightlifting.  

She is proud to join Rotary – an organisation that strives to make a difference on both a global and local level.   

Rob Mattern

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I was born and educated in a small industrial town west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, enjoying a wonderful childhood embracing all outdoor and sporting activities. In 1959            I accepted a dual sport scholarship in basketball and baseball from Bradley University           in Peoria, Illinois majoring in Mechanical Engineering and then Business Management.

In 1979 I migrated to Brisbane from Santa Monica, California with my Australian-born      wife and two young daughters, after becoming very disillusioned with the level of drugs    and violence that children are exposed to at such an early age there. 

Having worked in management positions during my business career, I worked here as         an Advertising & Marketing consultant, & operated my home renovation management   business for 12 years until my retirement 5 years ago.

Today, my lovely daughters and five grandchildren are an integral part of my life, particularly after my wife’s passing in 2015 after 45 wonderful years together.

I joined the Rotary Club of Kenmore after becoming aware of the good, charitable           work Rotary does within the community, especially for those less fortunate.

Monique Lowndes

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I have lived in Chapel Hill with my husband and two children for the many years.

My professional career began in the tax division of Arthur Andersen, which then became Ernst & Young.  I spent 20 years providing taxation compliance and advice services to a wide variety of clients.  Towards the end of my time at EY I specialised in SMSF work. 

Subsequently, I spent some time with smaller suburban firms and became registered as an SMSF Auditor.  Then I made the decision to establish my own accounting/tax/SMSF audit practice which enabled me the flexibility to pursue a social enterprise project which has now become eWaste Connection.

In October of 2016, with the support of my husband and a few friends, we established eWaste Connection in Kenmore.  It is an electrical waste recycling centre which is run to benefit people with a disability or other disadvantage.  It has become a joy and passion to see people of all abilities flourish in our workshop whilst helping the environment by recycling electrical waste. 

Greg Adermann

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I commenced my professional career as a journalist in regional newspapers and television newsrooms before moving to Brisbane to join the Queensland Government Media Relations Unit. I served two State Ministers as Press Secretary / Senior Media Advisor over an eight year period. I joined Telstra (then Telecom) as the State Media Manager and later Foxtel as State Marketing Manager to help launch the subscription television company in Queensland. My interest in sports and event management led to my appointment as Marketing Manager for IMG Motorsport which oversaw the former Gold Coast Indy and Bathurst 1,000 races. I was then engaged in 2002 by the leading venue management company in the Asian Pacific region, AEG Ogden as both its Group Communications Manager and Director of Communications and Marketing at Suncorp Stadium. In March 2020, I was elected as Councillor for the Pullenvale Ward in the Brisbane City Council. My interests are sport (Cricket, Rugby League and Soccer), politics, rock music and red wine.

Mike Taylor

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Mike was born in the UK and emigrated in 1963. He finished to Senior on the Gold Coast and studied Geology at UQ and Computer Science at QUT. Mike worked in mining utilising both domains, Geology and IT. He developed software products for the mining industry as well as consulting in mining, banking and government. He started his company MinVu Pty Ltd in 2000, implementing his mining production management system around the globe. Mike was responsible for HR, finance, marketing, consulting services and marketing around the world. He sold his company in 2018 to a global competitor and retired. Now he’s ready to bring his expertise to Kenmore Rotary.

Most importantly, Mike is a soccer fan. He played and coached soccer at the UQ Soccer Club – of which he is a Life Member. He played many roles in the club – President, Secretary etc. Mike went to the World Cups in Brazil 2014 and Russia in 2018.

Martin Grabert

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Martin was born in Berlin and is the CEO of Montroix Pty Ltd

He has experience in the research sector, having worked with the Go8 office as Director for International and Business Relations.

Before coming to Australia, he headed the COST Office in Brussels; a research networking program, bringing together many researchers worldwide. More recently, his focus shifted to the Pacific island’s cooperation. He supports the development of a common science strategy in the Pacific. He has a PhD in aeronautical engineering.

He has travelled the world and met many different people. Now he’s arrived in Kenmore and enjoys his family and the Kenmore Rotary Club

Ross Thomas

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Ross has been an active member of Rotary for the last 19 years, commencing in Pittsworth on the Darling Downs.

He has been involved in many areas of Rotary but his passion is with Youth and meeting like- minded people serving those less fortunate. He fully embraces the high ethics and ideals of Rotary.

He and wife Sue have hosted several International Exchange Students, which has been most rewarding to their family.

Ross comes from a retail background having owned successful retail stores in Country Queensland.

He was a Board Member of a National Buying Group as the representative for Queensland.

Ricky Haberfield

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After leaving school Ricky worked in a variety of administration jobs in the field of Television, School Settings and Finance Companies. She then undertook studies in Education specialising in secondary teaching where she gained a Diploma of Teaching, and Bachelor of Education.

Ricky spread her wings many years later and spent 4 ½ years in Port Moresby where she taught both expatriate and national primary school children in the International Education System.

Returning to Brisbane she continued further studies and gained a Certificate11 in Fashion Studies returning to Secondary teaching. Now retired, Ricky enjoys her family and the sense of community that Kenmore Rotary Club provides.

Patrick Cook

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Patrick has over 30 years’ experience in business development, partnering and distributor establishment & management (Australia & Asia) in areas as diverse as clinical research, medical biotechnology, workplace health & safety, classroom & eLearning training, plant pathogens, medical devices & diagnostics.

 

Established and operated own business since 1995. He is a competent trainer, presenter & speaker. Holds formal university qualifications and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He understands the issues of SME's including growth & exit strategies. Patrick is currently a board member of an industry peak body. Patrick has been a Rotarian for 8 years.

Brian Becconsall

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Brian was born in Brisbane, studied electrical engineering at UQ on an SEAQ cadetship. Early in his career, he married Merilyn and travelled overseas on the Cornwall Memorial Scholarship for 2 years to gain work experience in USA and Canada on High Voltage transmission Systems. He has worked in Brisbane through several industry reorganisations, finally to Powerlink where he finished his career in Transmission networks in Project Coordination. His work stretched from an isolated SEQld network in the 1950’s to a full state wide 275 kv grid with major 330 kv interconnections to NSW and the National Grid in 2001.

He continues involvement in Engineers Australia Qld. and enjoys family history and photography.  After 25 years in RCK, his most rewarding Rotary activities involve working with exchange students, international ambassadorial scholars and local schools on the RYDA and Solar Buddy Programs. He and Merilyn have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Nick Slow

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Nick arrived in Australia in 1984 after completing a Dip Phys Ed at Otago University. He  was then involved in outdoor education, led camps and tours for both the private and government sector, and taught environmental education.  He completed two further Graduate Diplomas and began teaching in primary schools. His interests include beekeeping, travel, tennis and photography. He joined Rotary to involve himself in valuable community projects and  also to reconnect with friends in Rotary.

Paul Thompson

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I graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1993 and had worked for a number of consultancy practices in the UK before a temporary assignment to assist with the design and construction of what was to become the ‘Go-between Bridge’ in 2008.  My family and I felt very lucky to have made our home in Kenmore, after the six-week secondment quickly turned into 10 years.

My wife and I, together with our two sons became actively involved in the local scouts and Kenmore Bears Rugby Union Club.  I am now looking forward to becoming more engaged with the wider community through Kenmore Rotary.

Urvi Shah

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I moved to Port Moresby from Mumbai, India with my husband Sanjay and 2 children Shreya and Prajin in 1993 where we ran our family business.  My husband Sanjay is a Rotarian and President of the Port Moresby Rotary Club.  The Shah family are all Australian Citizens.

I gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Science majoring in Nutrition in 1989. Since obtaining this degree from S.V.T (Sir Vithaloas Thackery) College in Mumbai, I have achieved many more qualifications.  Recently, I has been appointed a Justice of the Peace.

I have been engaged in the workforce and now with free time on my hands am engaged in voluntary work within the community.  I have spread my wings into further service within the wider community by joining the Rotary Club of Kenmore.

Graham Rice

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Graham is married to Dorte, with whom he has three children, three children-in-law and six grandchildren.

He was born, raised and educated in England. He graduated in medicine from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London. There he met Dorte who was studying nursing, marrying in her native Denmark.

He migrated to Australia in 1974, initially to Townsville, before moving to Brisbane in 1977.

Subsequently he completed training in Anaesthesia. A career which was cut short by a stroke. He then trained in Psychiatry, before obtaining a further qualification in Pain Medicine.

Currently working in a solo practice , he has previously worked for Queensland Health.

Community service:He was a member of Round Table in Scotland, and then Apex in Townsville. Further involvement with community organisations had been limited by health, work and family responsibilities until he joined Kenmore Rotary.

Ken Gilbert

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Ken is an educator who has worked in Schools for 25 years (including Principal in two State High Schools), in Leadership and Development in Open Cut Coal Mines and Australian airlines and for the last 25 years as a consultant in private practice in Leadership and Strategy with private and public enterprises in ANZ.

Ken and Clare have lived in the older part of Chapel Hill for 39 years. They have two daughters and one son. All three are making a difference in the organisations and communities in which they live and work.

Ken is committed in his personal and professional life to “Service above Self”. He’s been a Rotarian since 1978. In 3 clubs he held all positions imaginable in Rotary, including Group Study Exchanges to the US. He’s a sapphire PHF.

Ken works for others now as a probono volunteer and enjoys life in general and fishing in particular.

Morgan Johnson

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Rotary has provided me with the opportunity to significantly expand my personal network, take on leadership roles and run various community projects.  I joined the organisation shortly after settling in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane with my young family in 2011.  Since then I have enjoyed getting involved in projects and activities that make our great community even better.  I get to share the experience with my kids who also enjoy volunteering and being involved in the planning and execution of our activities.  

 

Working in Financial Services as a Risk and Succession specialist, I spend the majority of my time dealing with Life Insurance matters for clients and their businesses to make sure the right funds are in the right hands at the right time.  Having personally managed and delivered millions of dollars in insurance claim benefits to clients over the last few years, I realise that time is finite and that your legacy is made today, not tomorrow.

 

Thanks to my fond memories of youth as a proud DeMolay, Rotary provides me with access to great minds of great people so that I can be a part of some great things.

Sanjoti Parekh

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Being a daughter of a Rotarian, I always dreamt of being part of the Worldwide Rotary family. As my children grew up, I decided to join local a Rotary Club, Kenmore Rotary.

 

As an epidemiologist I enjoy leading various population health and health service related programs, whilst as an Ayurveda Doctor I enjoy consulting for chronic illness related therapies. In my busy schedule, I look forward to Rotary meetings every fortnight. Rotary allows me to share my knowledge and understand fields from other modalities. I have been a part of the local community for the past 18 years and being a part of Kenmore Rotary seems like the path that have allowed me to engage with the community even more.   

 

I am hoping that my children see value in volunteering for a cause and learn to be good/ compassionate human beings. 

Ian Cameron

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Professionally graduated as a Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor from RMIT, and in Photogrammetric Engineering at ITC in The Netherlands (1966). 

Retired in 2008, after primarily working with aerial mapping companies before starting my own consultancy, Pike & Partners in 1979. Sold off in 1979, and started up Technical Solutions which carried me through to retirement. As Technical Solutions sold mapping hardware and software, civil design software, and computer hardware products. For the last 9years I became the Qld Distributor for 12d Model from 12d Solutions, an Australian Software Company located in Sydney: proved a winner in the Civil Design and Surveying fields.

Joined Brisbane North Rotary Club in 1976.

Jim Dalton

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As a finance professional, I was involved in the early start up days of the Esso-BHP Bass Strait joint venture and then switched to Information Technology (IT) involved in the initial planning for the Rundle Shale Oil Project.

As a senior finance consultant, I worked with a company that provides computer software to mining, public infrastructure and defence organisations. My clients were mainly mining companies here and overseas. My two most interesting and challenging assignments were in Zambia and Iran. I am now retired.

Rosemary and I love travelling both overseas and here. I have been a Rotarian for nearly 20 years.

Paul McLaughlin

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Paul was born in Gladstone and spent a blissful childhood there in the pre-industrial era.

He graduated as a primary teacher in 1969 and commenced a 36 year career with Education Queensland which included 10 years as a principal in rural schools. Retiring from teaching in 2005 at Chapel Hill State School, Paul then worked in local real estate sales and later as an administrator for Anglicare and the Anglican Diocese.

Paul joined Kenmore Rotary in 1998 and has served the club in a variety of leadership roles including two terms as president. He has a particular interest in Youth Service. He and wife Mary-Anne have been host parents to four exchange students and acted as counsellors to an Ambassadorial Scholar and a Peace Fellow.

Paul has a consuming passion for long distance walking and since 2013 he has completed four camino walks in Spain and Portugal. He and Mary-Anne have two adult sons.

Colin Melvin

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Colin has been a member of Rotary for almost 29 years joining the Rotary Club of Kenmore in 1992.  He has served in many Club roles including Club Foundation Chair since 2014.  Colin was Club President in 1999-2000.  He has also performed a number of District functions including Chair of the National Youth Science Forum Committee and a member of the District Rotary Foundation Committee in several roles.  He is currently the District Foundation Committee Stewardship Chair.

 

Colin was born in Ingham in North Queensland but the family eventually moved to Townsville where he completed all his schooling.  He joined the Australia Army in 1970 attending the Army Apprentices School at Balcombe on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Peace time operations included 7 weeks supporting the clean-up after Cyclone Tracey in Darwin.

 

Following his Army career Colin went back to University where he completed a Bachelor of Business – (Management) with Distinction at QUT and a Masters of Business Administration (UQ). 

Colin started employment with the Queensland University of Technology (then Queensland Institute of Technology) in January 1986 firstly as a School Administration Office in the School of Health Science.  His boss was Professor Tony Webber who was his sponsor into Kenmore Rotary 6 years later.  Colin’s career at QUT has lasted for 34 years.  His main role during that time was Director Commercial Services which supported the University’s industry sponsored research, consultancy and international developmental aid activities.  This latter work facilitated many opportunities to work in a number of locations in Asia and the South Pacific.

 

Colin’s partner is Karen and he has three children.  The two older children live in Brisbane and have careers of their own.  The youngest is just about to start year 12 at Stuartholme School.  Colin has been a Scout leader for 25 years.

 

He has been a Scout Leader at Kenmore Scouts for more than 25 years.  Colin’s other “hobbies” include camping and four-wheel driving in this great country of ours.

Brian Duddington AM

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Brian joined the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga in 1994 and has remained an active Rotarian since that time having been a member of Canberra Sunrise and Indooroopilly clubs (Past President) prior to joining Kenmore in 2004. He has held most committee appointments, with a focus on Community Service. For his efforts, he has been awarded three PHFs.

 

Brian spent most of his life in the RAAF serving as an Aeronautical Engineer in the Aircraft Maintenance, Logistics and Training environments. His career saw him posted to several in-country and overseas locations including Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, London and Christchurch and he spent considerable time in the US regional countries. He also was a member of the International Logistics Team which served to support regional developing nations achieve their defence objectives. His posting to Singapore was an example of such support to the RSAF in developing its C130 Hercules Capability. In 1996 Brian was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his service in developing training and maintenance programs for the RAAF and ADF.

 

Group Captain Duddington left the RAAF in 1997 to settle in his home town of Brisbane. Initially, he worked as a consultant in the aerospace industry where he spent most of his time in Canberra. But, in 2001, he shunned the cold climate and joined Australian Aerospace as a member of the team charged with the production of the Army’s new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH Tiger) fleet and subsequently, production of the fleet of Blackhawk replacement (MRH90) aircraft. These were the two most advanced helicopters in the world at that time.

 

After leaving AA at the completion of those contracts, Brian joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, (DFAT) where he remains today. He had previously served as Honorary ADC to the Governor General of Australia for 18 years. Brian currently is a member of Rotary, Legacy, RSL, Engineers Society, and other volunteer organisations.

Brian and his lovely wife Genise live in Toowong with sons, Nathan and Ashley, domiciled in Melbourne and Perth respectively..

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