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Board Members

The AMSA Board has overall responsibility for the management of AMSA; endorsing strategic direction, monitoring organisation performance and ensuring that the organisation has effective structures and governance mechanisms in place to succeed. The Board is committed to proper and effective governance to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in our operations.

The AMSA Board recognises its role in overseeing the determination and implementation of policies and processes that reflect good corporate governance which is aligned with the five pillars of governance standards recommended by the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission, our contractual commitments and stakeholder expectations.

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PAUL SLADDIN CHAIRMAN

Paul’s background and qualifications are in community education and community development and he has held a variety of Executive Management positions in the Victorian Not for Profit sector. He is currently the Networker for the Goulburn North East Association of Community Centres being responsible for the professional development and Governance training for 24 Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres in North East Victoria.

Paul has been involved in numerous community and sporting groups and is a Councillor (and previous Mayor) with Mansfield Shire Council; a current Board member of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria and a volunteer firefighter with the Bonnie Doon Country Fire Authority.

Paul has been actively involved the Men’s Shed movement since 2001 as a founding member of the Mansfield Men’s Shed; a past President of the Victorian Men’s Shed Association and currently Chairman of the Australian Men’s Shed Association.


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Kevin Callinan IMMEDIATE PAST Chairman

Kevin retired in 1999 after a long career as a senior manager in the government and the private sector. In 1988 he was appointed to a small team that set-up Australian Defence Industries Pty Ltd (ADI) where he was responsible for all human resources issues including employer/employee relations, managing change, quality management and Occupational Health and Safety. He holds tertiary qualifications in Management of organisations, Public Administration and Economics. He has been active in community organisations holding leadership positions.

Kevin has been Zone representative for the Sydney region and Secretary and Treasurer of the NSW Branch of AMSA. As New South Wales representative and member of the AMSA Board throughout 2011 and 2012 he was active in developing Board governance and By-laws documents and acted as Treasurer to the Board.


JOHN SHARPLES vice chairman

John was a secondary school teacher of Industrial Arts (Woodwork, Metalwork & Technical Drawing) with the NSW Department of School Education for 39 years with one year teaching in New Zealand. He has a Diploma Industrial Arts (Education) and a Certificate in Personnel Management (Charles Stuart University Bathurst).

Promoted to Head of Department status then Inspector of Schools in the Hunter and North West regions of NSW. John was then appointed as Manager Recruitment Promotion & Transfer with the NSW Department of School Education and then Manager of Personnel in Metropolitan North Region. After 7 years in educational administration he moved back into schools as the first Deputy Principal at Tumbi Umbi High School on the NSW Central Coast.

John has been involved in the Men’s Shed movement since 2005 as a founding member of 2 sheds, past President of the Central Coast Men’s Sheds. Currently Zone Coordinator of 26 Central Coast, Western & Upper Hunter men’s sheds, Secretary of the NSW Men’s Shed Association and Vice Chairman of the Australian Men’s Shed Association.


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Tass Mousaferiadis 

Tass Mousaferiadis has been a policy strategist with the Victorian government and public health sector for over 30 years.
He has worked across a range of management and policy areas in government, advised Victorian Government ministers and served on the boards of community and metropolitan health service boards.
More recently he led the national men’s health, suicide prevention and other population health programs at beyondblue: the national depression and anxiety initiative.
Tass currently operates his own consulting practice specialising in policy, strategy, governance and management in the community, health and government sectors. He is also a non-executive director on the Boards of Eastern Health Service, Inner South Community Health Services and Foodbank Victoria, and chairs the Board of the Parenting Research Center.


NEIL SPERRING

Neil was born in Sydney and after completing his secondary education was a primary school teacher until he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Radio Technician. He worked on many aircraft including all RAAF helicopters during his 31 year career– his roles included Aircraft and Avionics Maintenance, Workshop Management, Aircraft Radio/Radar Engineering Management, operational Squadron line management, Instructional duties and Project Management.

After retiring from the RAAF he completed a further eight (8) years in Defence in Project Management, Auditing, Configuration and Compliance Management roles in a Maintenance Management software application Project.

Neil has been a AMSA Shed member since 2010. Now retired from full time employment Neil founded the South Canberra Veterans Shed (a shed for Veterans both male and female) in 2016 and is its current President.


CHARLIE TRAFFORD

Charles Trafford was born in Nottingham, UK. He left school and joined the Royal Navy. During his naval service he had an introduction to Australia when stationed in Sydney for two years in the RN Submarine Squadron. This opportunity to see the country and experience the lifestyle and culture resulted in the decision to migrate to Australia in 1972.

Initially serving in the Tasmania Police on the West Coast of Tasmania he then worked for a number of years as a Public Servant in various roles including Probation and Parole and Education Department Welfare. He also worked with ABC Radio.

Since arriving in Australia he has been involved in Lions and then Rotary Clubs. In 2011 he initiated the Somerset Community Shed and since then has been actively involved in the establishment of a further five Men’s Sheds in the North West of Tasmania.

Other interests include beekeeping, theatre, classical music, writing, cooking, leatherwork.


STUART EUSTICE

Stuart holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Science and Law, enabling him to further his interests in medical and legal disputes as an insurance litigation specialist. Stuart has formerly held a position as Board member of a National law firm. He is otherwise a keen fitness participant having completed long course triathlons in Hawaii and around Australia, as well more recently enjoying motorsport racing. Through his appointment with the AMSA he wishes to continually improve education and delivery of Men’s Health initiatives, as well as maintain a safe work environment within Sheds themselves.


MATT PLUMRIDGE

Matt has over 15 years experience as an Executive and Senior Manager in Finance and Accounting roles across public practice, multinationals, education and health industries. For the past 10 years Matt has worked in the not for profit sector and has additional responsibilities in HR, Payroll, Risk Management, IT, Contract Management, Facilities Management and Corporate Governance.

Matt is passionate about the not-for-profit sector and has a long track record in consulting with the sector to improve accountability and efficiencies that provide members, clients and the public with improved services and security. Matt is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.