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.

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. 

Stuart Stoddart

Stuart is currently a crisis worker and counsellor.  His passion is working in and contributing to building a better community.  For much of his career Stuart was an Information Technology Specialist working at different levels of levels of executive and line management.  He has worked and lived in Africa, Canada and Australia and travelled extensively.  After having built, run and then sold an information technology company Stuart then specialized in the delivery of technology projects.  Stuart is a Rotarian which fits his passion for serving community.

Richard Walton

Richard was born & raised in Sydney. He left school after year 10 and joined the RAAF as an apprentice. For 9 years Richard fixed F111, Iroquois, Chinook, Hercules, Caribou and Canberra aircraft; mostly at Amberley. While fixing planes, he completed his senior years 11/12 part-time at night through TAFE. Then started an engineering degree part-time at what was then QIT. He left the RAAF and finished an Agricultural Engineering degree full time in Toowoomba. Richard then completed a PhD at James Cook University and CSIRO in Townsville in December 1994. Since then he has worked as a Water Resource Engineer/Catchment Hydrologist. Initially he worked in research with the Queensland Government for about five years before moving into consulting. He formed and grew his own company in 2004; moving on in mid-2008. Richard has also been a part-time lecturer at The University of Queensland since 2002 in catchment hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, soil erosion and environmental management. He has two daughters in their late twenties/early thirties; living in Toowoomba, Qld and Manjimup, WA. Richard’s passion is bushwalking and he prefers earl grey tea.

Greg Adermann

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 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 - roles I have held now for the past 16 years. My interests are sport (Cricket, Rugby League and Soccer), politics, rock music and red wine.

Mike Taylor

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.

Carol Koser

Carol was born in New Jersey but has been a long-time resident and citizen in Australia. She has a BA, BEdSt, MEdSt, and a Grad Dip in intercultural education.  She has worked in the education sector for many years, in private and state school systems, as teacher and guidance officer, at primary, secondary and TAFE levels.  Since 2015 she has her own small business teaching parenting skills and baby massage to new parents.  She belongs to the CWA, Toastmasters, Schoolhouse Quilters and the Qld Photography Group.

Carol is a past member of Kenmore Rotary. During that time, she was involved with Interact, the Youth Driver Awareness Program, Group Study Exchange and Ambassadorial Scholarships. She looks forward to supporting the club’s current projects, helping develop new projects, and working together with friends old and new in Rotary.

 

Martin Grabert

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

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

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

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 4 years.

Peter Horn

Peter grew up in England on a 630 ha mixed farm. In 1970 he took up a position at the University of New England working in agricultural soil erosion research.  In 1992 he undertook a M. Agric Sci at the University of Queensland and subsequently was offered a contract managing an extensive mine site rehabilitation project. In recent years he and his wife Lyn have owned Early Childhood Education centres, utilising the Montessori philosophy and advocating strongly for children. Peter has been associated with three Rotary clubs since his induction in 1987, holding Board positions in two. He enjoys travel, gardening, reading, discussion groups and writing.

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Paul Thompson

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

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

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.

Nick Slow

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.

Morgan Johnson

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

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

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

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

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.

Brian Becconsall

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.

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