AMSA NSW Committee Members 

 

Bill Clifford - AFSM, JP
President AMSA - NSW
Gulgong Men's Shed
Zone 2, Slopes & Plains

Email: amsanswzone02@gmail.com
Phone: 02 6374 0322 Mobile: 0413 314 824

Elected to the Interim NSW Management Committee, November 2010,
Elected President New South Wales Men's Shed Branch, July 2011.

As Coordinator I have visited many Sheds, making friendships and gaining knowledge of other Sheds and their needs.

My background includes 40 years as a permanent Officer of the NSW Fire Brigade which included 10 years in Health and Welfare as Employee Assistance Co-ordinator writing and implementing programs to support the health and welfare of firefighters.

Since retirement I have-

  • Participated in the negotiation team in establishing Gulgong Men’s Shed 2008.

  • Attended meeting in 2010 at Lake Macquarie to establish NSW Association.

  • A good rapport with our Local, State and Federal politicians.

  • Attended many meetings with local State member at his office in Dubbo and Parliament House in Sydney.

  • Attended many meetings with Federal member Mr Mark Coulton MP in his office in Dubbo and in Canberra along with Mr Chris Hayes MP Friends of Men’s Sheds.

  •  Represented AMSA at a number of Mental Health Seminars.

  • Attended a number of meetings with the State Mental Health Minister.

  • Attended the Hobart, Brisbane, Ballarat and Newcastle Conferences.

  • Assisted organizing Men’s Shed Rural Expo in Wellington, 2010 and in Dubbo 2011, 2012 with 250 men attending from the Central West on each occasion.

  • Represented NSW in Canberra in 2016 at a meeting of all States and Territories Association Presidents.

  • I chair the meetings of the NSW State Committee representing 16 Zones and 340 Men’s Sheds across NSW.

I bring this expertise to the Shed movement and I believe I have a great deal to offer as a member of the State committee for AMSA NSW Men's Shed Association.

     
 

Alex Paton
Vice President / Treasurer AMSA - NSW
Sanctuary Point Shed
Zone 3, South Coast

Email: amsanswzone03@gmail.com
Phone: 02 4443 4281 Mobile: 0409 240 166

My aim has been to promote the philosophy of the AMSA’s objectives through knowledge and awareness of men’s needs by; supporting, mentoring and enhancing self-empowerment to members within our shed and others in the community.  
Men’s Shed experience;
•  2005 - Founding member of Bay and Basin Men’ Shed as a Team Leader and assisted in developing a new shed in our locality.
•  2007, 2009 and 2011 AMSA National conferences.
•  2010 AMSA State conference.                                            
•  Encouraged and provided information regarding AMSA to new Men’s Shed being formulated in the Zone 3.
•  Promoted, advised and visited three Men’s Shed being formulated in New Zealand.
•  Promoted the Men’s Shed objectives and needs with Local, State and Federal Government elected Representatives.
•  Visited Men’s Sheds whilst travelling in NSW, SA, NT and WA.
•  Assisted to promote and inform people at 3 Woodworking Shows over the past 2 years.
I am now retired after being in the RAN for 20 years - mostly in Submarines, have been an Accounts Bookkeeper, also a Train Driver and Instructor for 20 years, a Union Representative and completed a Cabinet Making. - TAFE Certificate.
Other, community volunteer activities that I am engaged with are; Shoalhaven District Commissioner Scouts, Veterans Pension Officer with Huskisson RSL, Director at Huskisson RSL Club LTD.
I believe that I have represented Zone 3 NSW Men’s Shed Association over the past 2 years. I have travelled from Wollongong in the north, south to Eden, across to Jindabyne and Canberra. During this time I have visited more than 20 Men’s Sheds and hopefully, have assisted them with their questions and promoted the AMSA objectives. This has totalled 3,00kms visiting all these Men’s Sheds.

     
 

John Sharples
Secretary AMSA - NSW
Cessnock Men's Shed & Community Garden
Zone 8, Central Coast/Western/Upper Hunter

Email: amsanswzone08@gmail.com
Mobile: 0423 147 326

Employed for 39 years with the NSW Department of School Education with 1-year teaching in New Zealand.
Trained as a teacher of Industrial Arts (Woodwork, Metalwork & Technical Drawing), gained a Diploma Industrial Arts (Education), Certificate of Personnel Management (Charles Sturt University Bathurst), Head Teacher of Industrial Arts in 2 schools, Inspector Schools (Industrial Arts) in the Hunter and North West Regions of NSW, Manager Recruitment Promotion & Transfer NSW Department of School Education, Manager Personnel in Metropolitan North Region and the first Deputy Principal, now a patron of, Tumbi Umbi High School.

Since retirement in 2005 I have:
•  Participated in the committee to establish The Entrance Men’s Shed and the Bateau Bay Men’s Shed.
•  Coordinated the opening operations and setting up of Bateau Bay Men’s Shed.
•  Elected first President of Bateau Bay Men’s Shed.
•  Established a good rapport with various Shed sponsors and government departments and politicians supporting the efforts of Bateau Bay Shed and Men’s Sheds Central Coast Inc.
•  Attended NSW Men’s Shed Association (NSWMSA) Committee meeting to finalise the State Shed Constitution.
•  NSWMSA Committee member representing the Central Coast with responsibility for Work Health & Safety and Website development.
•  Member of Central Coast Evangelical Church.

     
 

Tony Taylor
Management Committee AMSA - NSW
Berrigan Shed
Zone 1, Riverina

Email: zone1amsansw@gmail.com
Phone: 03 5885 1068

I was and still am the inaugural Secretary of the Berrigan Menshed Inc. which commenced in mid-2010.  I retired in 2009 to Berrigan from Karratha, WA, where for 6 years I was the Area Manager  - Pilbara  - Bush Fire, with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (now the Dept of Fire and Emergency Services).  Prior to that,  I was involved in law enforcement in one form or another, including 2 Police forces, Federal Bureau of Narcotics, retail security, Federal Government investigator for various departments and a country Ranger in a shire to the North East of Perth called Toodyay.
During my much-varied career, I have been involved in many committees of different types from Schools to Government, Local Government, and community.  I have dealt with people from all walks of life from the highly privileged to the socially disadvantaged.  I pride myself on being able to communicate with people of all levels and generally get a satisfactory result when problems have presented themselves.  The last 16 years of my working life saw me heavily involved with bushfire and bush fire brigades, including dealing with volunteers and endeavouring to solve the countless problems between Government, Local Government and volunteers.  My  position in the Pilbara, where I was responsible for 530,000 square kilometres of land, saw me dealing with large bushfires, bush fire brigades with little to no equipment and extremely isolated, training aboriginal prisoners in bush fire fighting, as well as dealing with the aftermath of cyclones, lost or injured tourists and serious or fatal collisions in isolated areas.
I am looking forward to interacting with the members of other sheds in Zone 1.  Also to be able to support and address any concerns, that the Sheds in Zone 1 may have, at a State level. If you have any issues feel free to contact me at any time.  

     
 

Len Keogh
Management Committee  AMSA - NSW
Taree/Manning River Shed
Zone 6, Mid North Coast

Email: amsanswzone06@gmail.com
Phone: 02 6556 7354 Mobile: 0457 247 794

Len has been a member of the Taree Manning River Men’s Shed Inc since it's inception and 8 years as Secretary. In the past, he has represented the Shed at Hunter Valley Shed Cluster meetings and helped establish a Mid-North Coast Cluster servicing about 12 sheds. 

During the lead up to the National Men’s Health policy, he attended meetings in Newcastle and the John Hunter hospital, meeting with the Hon. Warren Snowden to support the inclusion of the Men’s Shed movement in this policy. Len believes strongly in programs that promote men’s health and in particular Mental health initiatives. He enjoys Networking and forming partnerships for the mutual benefit of all. Part of his role is to link the shed with agencies offering services to men, deal with men’s issues or promote men’s activities. He has been involved with health seminars, Depression Awareness workshops and Mental Health week activities. His background is Youthwork and is keen to expand our movement’s role in Mentoring.

     

 

Ian Tooke
Management Committee AMSA - NSW
Blayney Shire Community Men's Shed
Zone 4 -
Central Tablelands/South West

Email: amsanswzone04@gmail.com
Phone: 02 6368 2574 Mobile:0409 590 547

Ian trained in Sydney as an Industrial Arts teacher, with his first teaching position being in Blayney, where he established a suite of new classrooms for Woodwork, Metalwork and Technical Drawing. He also taught Engineering Science at this time and introduced the new Technics and Industrial Arts Design courses. Following 5 years in this position, he was seconded for 4 years to a Consultancy position within the Western Region of NSW, supporting mostly young and inexperienced teachers in the many schools in the west, as well as undertaking many Staff Development roles within the Region. He then worked a further 8 years as Head Teacher at Willyama High School, Broken Hill, before returning as Deputy Principal to Blayney High School in 1990. He held this position for 22 years until retiring in February 2012.
Ian has had a high profile in community organisations, being a member of Apex in his younger days, and the Blayney Rotary Club, holding many positions within his Club and Rotary District 9700, including District Governor in 2002-03, and being District Secretary twice. It was through Ian’s role as a Rotarian that he took on the Inaugural Chairman’s role of the Blayney Shire Community Mens Shed in 2007, a position he still holds. Through both Rotary and the Men's Shed organisation, Ian has established himself as a keen listener, thinker and leader.
Ian uses his current position in the Blayney Shed to mentor members undertaking projects of their own, as well as working on refurbished and saleable items that can be used to raise funds for a shed the group plans to build and furnish in the coming years. 
In his spare time, Ian and his wife Elizabeth run a small property on which they raise alpacas.
Ian is looking forward to working with Shedders on the wider front that is Zone 4 in the Central Tablelands and South West of NSW, while also moving into a role on the Board of Skillset – Bathurst, an employment and training group who are establishing a Senior College using the Alesco model for Years 10, 11 & 12, and starting in 2015.

     
 

Mick O'Bryan
Committee Member AMSA - NSW
Trundle Shed
Zone 5, Central West/North West

Email: nswmsazone5@gmail.com
Phone: 02 6892 1144 Mobile:0459 774 879

I have been the Secretary of Trundle Men’s Shed in the Central West of NSW since it’s inception in 2008. Following my retirement from various jobs across Australia which included shearing, drillers offsider, farm worker, builders labourer, truck driver and barman, I moved back to my hometown and became involved in community activities.  As a member of the SES, secretary of the Rugby League Club, secretary of the Trundle Hotel Social Club and other various committees I have had an active role in my community. 

While a member of the Trundle Multi-Purpose Service Health Committee I was involved in starting the Trundle Men’s Shed.  As the Shed developed I made contact with other Sheds in the area and arranged for the start of the Central West Cluster, which includes Sheds from Lake Cargelligo, Forbes, Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle, Tullamore and Tottenham.

I enjoy meeting with other Shed members, seeing what they are doing and discussing issues they may have.  I believe Sheds are great places for men to meet and enjoy the company of others and to find they are not alone with concerns they may have with life’s issues.

I hope to be in a position to visit all the Sheds in Zone 5 as I have a good rapport with the men I have already talked to many by phone or email.

     
 

Brian Durrant
Committee Member AMSA - NSW
2322 Shed
Zone 7, Hunter

Email: amsanswzone07@gmail.com
Phone: 02 4964 1310 Mobile:0418 251 981

My working career started in the elevator industry as an apprentice electrician in Sydney. During the following years, I experienced life in the construction industry on the low rise to high rise buildings and everything in between.
After being promoted to a Supervisory role I led several teams in various facets of the industry from servicing, repairing to installation.
In 1988 I was transferred to Newcastle with a brief to assist in expanding the Newcastle and Regional NSW Operations. At times this involved holding a managerial position for varying periods.
The role involved liaising with builders, developers, real estate agents, building managers, and institutions such as universities, hospitals and government departments.
One of the key tools in this strategy was communications, an important factor in relationship building.
For 25 years I have been a member of CREST NSW INC, an emergency communication group attached to the Volunteer Rescue Association.
Shortly after retiring, I joined the 2322 Men’s Shed and have been Secretary for the last few years.
I welcome the opportunity to assist Sheds in any way that I am able to. One area I believe is critical and that is communication. Without good communication, the growth of a Shed is, to a degree, inhibited. Efficient information gathering assists with a smoother process in day to day decision making.

     

 

Ron Langley
Committee Member AMSA - NSW
Nepean Men's Shed
Zone 9, Metropolitan North West

Email:  amsanswzone9@gmail.com
Mobile: 0419 243 752 

For most of my working life I have been involved in the food industry in an engineering capacity, initially as an apprentice and then as a Project/Maintenance Engineer. My work has involved everything from the construction of grain storage facilities across NSW to the processing of oilseeds, meat and dairy products. There have been a couple of diversions into clay brick, paper and steel manufacturing as well as fuel oil storage along the way. I first retired 'early' in 2001, being a bit of a 'workaholic', I have returned to the workforce a couple of times since. "Shedding" now satisfies my 'work-a-holism'. I am relatively new to the Shed environment, joining the Lower Mountains Men's Shed (now known as the Nepean Men's Shed) in February 2011, I have served as President and Vice President since joining and for the past 3 years edited our monthly newsletter. In the rare moments, I'm not involved in "Shedding business" I write short stories and on even rarer occasions, I paint in watercolours. I fully support the Vision & Mission Statements of the NSW Branch of the AMSA and will work diligently to promote them so that more men may have the opportunity to share the 'Shed' experience of mateship and support in a non-judgemental environment.  

     

 

 

Ray Minniecon

Committee Member AMSA NSW

Babana Aboriginal Men's Group

Zone 10 Metropolitan South

email raymin@me.com

Mobile 0417 929 701

 

Pastor. Ray Minniecon.

Pastor Ray Minniecon is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation and the Gurang Gurang nation of South-East Queensland. Ray is also a descendant of the South Sea Islander people with deep and abiding connections to the people of Ambrym Island.

Current Work:

Resource Worker. Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress;

Honorary Pastor: St. John’s Scarred Tree Ministry. Glebe

Director of Bunji Consultancies, a production company that supports the development of Aboriginal film and documentaries. 

Community Chaplain and Board member: Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group which operates in the Inner City Community in Sydney, working on Aboriginal disadvantage in Inner city suburbs of Sydney. Marriage celebrant. Funeral Officiant.

Board Member: Red Dust Role Models, which takes elite athletes and professional role models to remote Aboriginal communities to inspire young Aboriginal children to make healthy life choices and stay in school. 

Council Member; St Andrews Cathedral School.

Founding Member: Gawura Aboriginal Christian School.

Consultant and Senior Policy Advisor: Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home. This was the home that Aboriginal children were forcibly removed to under past Government policies.

Founding Member: Coloured Digger Project: The Coloured Digger Project seeks to give recognition, honour and respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contributions to the defence of Australia.

Founding Member and Consultant: Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation. Which was where many of the Aboriginal male children were taken under the Native Welfare Act of NSW during from1920’s-early 1970’

Founding Member and Senior Policy Advisor: Children of the Bomaderry Aboriginal children’s Home Corporation. Which was where many of the Aboriginal babies and children were taken and placed under the Native Welfare Act of NSW during from1920’s-early 1970’

Founding Member and Program Elder. NAIITS Down Under. This is an Aboriginal university program in partnership with NAIITS Canada. It is a Post Graduate program with a specific on theology through Indigenous eyes. The partnership in Australia is with the University of Divinity in Melbourne.

Vision Keeper of the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous Peoples.”  Which connects Indigenous Christians globally, to encourage dialogue and friendships with Indigenous nation groups globally.

Public Speaker: He has spoken about Indigenous issues at local, national and international forums. In 1995 he made an intervention at the UN in Geneva, on behalf of Indigenous Peoples at the first hearing of the Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 2001 he spoke in Italy at a Global Forum on Ethics and Economics, where he also had a private audience with and received a blessing from the Pope. In Italy, he spoke about Globalization and its Impact on Local Cultures, specifically indigenous cultures. 

Bible Preacher and Educator: Ray encourages the development of Indigenous theology, in Australia and globally.

 

Former and Ongoing Work.

Former Board member of the Kanyini Foundation for which was responsible for developing an online repository of Stolen Generation stories. 

Former Director: Ray has worked with the Anglican Diocese of Sydney as Pastor and Director of Crossroads Aboriginal Ministries. 

Former Inaugural Chairperson of the Sydney Anglican Indigenous Peoples Committee. For the past several years, Ray has facilitated the development of four Aboriginal church congregations within the Diocese of Sydney.

Former National Director: World Vision Australia. Which encouraged and supported the establishment of health prevention programs, community capacity and development programs, leadership development programs and micro-enterprise initiatives especially through Aboriginal art programs.

Former Editor-in-Chief of the National Indigenous Leadership Journal which focused on strong advocacy issues relating to poverty and injustice, especially for Indigenous people.

Other Activities.

Pastor Ray has a BA in Theology from Murdoch University in Western Australia.  At Murdoch, Ray helped establish the Aboriginal Education Unit where he assisted in the founding of a graduate degree program in Aboriginal Studies.  Ray assisted in developing the Aboriginal Employment Strategy for Murdoch University and assisted in developing the first Veterinary Studies for Aboriginal people. Ray is the father of three children he has two grandchildren. Ray loves writing, singing and songwriting. He also loves music, sport, public speaking and travel.

     

 

John Davis

Committee Member AMSA NSW

Appin Men's Shed

Zone 11

Email amsanswzone11@gmail.com

Mobile 0411 543 748

After 38 years with the NSW Fire Brigade, I decided the time was right for retirement. Currently living at Picton and am a Foundation Member of the Appin Men's Shed which we started 5 years ago. We have recently purchased a caravan and hope to do some trips in the near future.

 

     
 

Tony Heeson
Committee member AMSA - NSW
Bangalow Men's Shed
Zone 12, Far North Coast / Northern Tablelands

Email: wallaby@nor.com.au
Mobile 0419 715 098

Tony Heeson – married to Peta  Heeson ( 48years ) three children, nine grandchildren.
Macadamia Farmer (plus business interests )  living in the  Byron Bay hinterland, Northern Rivers NSW.
Telephone Engineer by profession, but held many Senior Sales and Management positions before entering the Macadamia industry.   Developed a Macadamia Processing and Manufacturing Export Factory selling Health Products worldwide.  This business was sold a few years ago.
Other interests include elected as a Councillor on Byron Shire Council.   Ex-player and  President of several  Rugby Union  Clubs, ( Melbourne, Mullumbimby and  Bangalow )  also President of the  Far North Coast Rugby Union Zone ( Coffs to Tweed).
Strong interest in the Community, President of The Bangalow Lions Club and very strong interest in the new   ‘ Bangalow Men’s Shed ‘ which is almost completed.   It includes 24 additional car parks for the community.

     
 

Jim Thornton MACS (Snr) CP
Committee member AMSA - NSW
Tuggeranong Men's Shed
Zone 13, Central South

Email: NSWMSA.zone13.rep@gmail.com
Mobile 0422 933 433

My Background:
Previous employment and jobs I have done 45 years in IT industry specialising in quality management, change management, business processing and program management.     20 year as an independent consultant on projects up to $600M.                                          
5 years industrial engineering making fasteners such as Buildex screws.                
Volunteer roles (Just some over last 50 years)                                                              
Treasurer for Australian Computer Society                                                         
Treasurer Federation of Australian Movie Makers
Foundation member ACT Project Management Institute                            
Editor ACT Video Camera Club monthly newsletter                                        
Multi-cultural festival organiser with over 140 countries participating                 
President Tuggeranong Men’s Shed
Skills and experience I have collected along the way - Accounting, business process design, governance, risk management.
My current interests (Besides Men’s Sheds):
•    Grandchildren
•    Photography
•    Science
•    Food

     
 

Ian Joynson
Committee member AMSA - NSW
Frenches Forest Baptist Church Men's Shed
Zone 14, Sydney North East

Email fjoynson@optusnet.com.au

Career-  1954 Worksop clerk Ford dealership Albury

              1955-57 Service adviser GMH Dealership Albury

              1957-62 Wages and despatch clerk Concrete Pipe Company Wodonga, thence 5 years sales liaison officer/ sales supervisor Melbourne, thence 5 years Branch Manager Bathurst, 5 years Sales Manager/Assistant State Manager NSW.

              1982 onwards until retirement, self-employed Newsagent Harbord & Harbord West Newsagencies.

For the past 5 years, I have been involved with the Forestville Men's Shed

 

 

 

     

 

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Michael Hansen
Committee member AMSA - NSW
Dareton Men's Shed
Zone 15, Far South West

Email amsanswzone15@gmail.com

Mobile 0400 098 698

     

 

 

 

 

Max Maughan

Committee Member AMSA NSW

Manilla Men's Shed

Zone 16 New England/North West

Email amsanswzone16@gmail.com

Mobile 0408 430 628

Currently, Manilla Men’s Shed President and have been since August 2016. The Manilla shed opened on 21st January 2016.

I moved to Manilla in March 2014 after retiring and spending 40 years in Gosford. I was a member of the Gosford Men’s for three years before moving to Manilla. In Gosford, I run my own Computer Business “MacroMax Computers” from 1991 for 23 years. Before running my own business, I worked for 9 years, 1982 to 1990 as Engineering Manager for MicroBee Computers, an Australian computer manufacturer at that time.

Thirteen years before MicroBee, I worked as a service technician for Remington Office Machines repairing and servicing everything from Typewriters to modern word processors (as they were in the early 80’s). From 1969 to 1982 with Remington, I worked from Tamworth, Gosford, Sydney and Newcastle. Before Remington, left school at 15 and worked on the NSW government railway for 6 years

Woodwork, Metalwork and Technical Drawing were my top subjects in high school in the early 60’s. A major part of my after work activities has been a DIY project around the house over the last 50 years, using woodwork and metalwork etc. Other hobbies over the years have been Electronics, Model Railways, Miniature Railway, taking video and editing it, computer-controlled devices, gardening and native plants. Current interest when time allows is caravanning.