AMSA NSW Committee Members 


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

Phone: 02 6374 0322 Mobile: 0413 314 824

Elected to 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 NSW Fire Brigade Officer which included 10 years in Health and Welfare as Employee Assistance Co-ordinator writing and implementing programs to support the health and welfare of fire fighters.

Since retirement I have:-
• Participated on the negotiation team establishing our Shed
• Assisted in “Save Gulgong Hospital” campaign
• A good rapport with our Local, State and Federal politicians
• Attended the Hobart and Brisbane 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.

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 the NSW Men's Shed Association.


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

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 traveling in NSW, SA, NT and WA.
•  Assisted to promote and inform people at 3 Wood working 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

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

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 bush fire and bush fire brigades, including dealing with volunteers and endeavoring to solve the countless problems between Government, Local Government  and volunteers.  My  position in the Pilbara, where I was responsible for 530,000 square kilometers 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 look forward to interacting with the members of other sheds in Zone 1.  Also to being 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 Shed
Zone 6, Mid North Coast

Phone: 02 6556 7354 Mobile: 0437 759 814

Len has been a member of the Taree Manning River Men’s Shed Inc for over 8 years and is currently 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
Committee member AMSA - NSW
Blayney Shire Community Men's Shed
Zone 4 -
Central Tablelands/South West

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 Mens 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

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

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 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, Metropoliton North West

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 oil seeds, 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 work force a couple of times since. "Shedding" now satisfies my 'work-a-holicism'. 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 water colours. 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.  



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Brian Turner
Committee member AMSA - NSW
St. George Men's Shed
Zone 10, Metropolitan South 

Mobile: 0402 283 596







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

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 world-wide.  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

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





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