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AMSA employees have a wealth of experience and knowledge about the Men’s Shed movement and are recognised as experts in their field. Men’s Sheds are encouraged to utilise the expertise they bring to AMSA.

All AMSA employees can be contacted on 1300 550 009 or at

staff-davidDavid Helmers Executive Officer

In 2006 David was originally employed by CatholicCare Newcastle as the Coordinator for the Shed at Windale. From 2008-2010 he was provided the latitude to concentrate on the development of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. The idea of creating an Association to collectively represent Men’s Sheds nationally and to freely share information between sheds was conceived at the 2nd National Conference in Manly 2007.

Since then AMSA has grown from strength to strength to what is now regarded as the largest Men’s Association in the country. David has represented AMSA at the Senate Hearing into Men’s Health, the National Roundtable Meeting on the Men’s Health Policy as well as continuously lobbying for the Association and its members at all levels of Government.
Prior to this position David was the General Manager of a large Association, providing an insight into the potential opportunities for AMSA. With experience in administration, marketing and     tertiary studies, David also has over 17 years experience in a medium sized family business.

Melissa White Membership / Insurance Manager

Melissa has over 30 years experience in the Customer Service industry, from working behind a bar to managing a motel and she brings a wealth of knowledge in dealing with people.
Mel was employed with Centacare Newcastle for 5 years where she was introduced to the Men’s Shed concept. Within her role she provided administrative support to AMSA from its earliest days.

She has been employed with AMSA since 2010 and enjoys the challenges of working within such a fast paced, quick growing organisation. Mel is the first point of contact for the general public, members and many developing sheds. She brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the Men’s Shed culture.

staff-lizLiz MacDonald Shed Development Manager

Liz spent 20 years with the NSW Department of Education as a secondary teacher within the Social Services faculty- Geography Economics. During this time she also held numerous welfare related positions. Up until 2011, she worked for a national NGO as a Community Development Manager, project managing a variety of government funded programmes. Whilst in this role, Liz was actively involved in men’s shed development since 2004 and managed the establishment of both Windale and Maitland Men’s Sheds.

Liz has also been successful in submitting grant applications and securing substantial funding from government departments and other funding sources such as the Federal Jobs and Innovations Funds as well as charitable foundations.Liz came to AMSA in July 2011 and currently oversees the Australian Government National Shed Development Grants Programme, the development of resources, supporting existing Men’s Sheds and assisting communities with new shed development.She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding men’s shed development and their sustainability, grant writing and project management.

emma BREDENHANN communications & Relationship manager

Emma has a varied background across communications, marketing and human resources. Emma brings experience from a varied background in communications, marketing, human resources, and education and training.Emma is responsible for AMSA’s communications and marketing, as well as looking after partners and supporters of AMSA and Men’s Sheds.Despite only a short time in ‘shed world’, Emma is a passionate advocate of Men’s Sheds as a means to create positive outcomes for men and strengthen communities.


A former builder, Marty is not afraid of hard work or getting his hands dirty, but his passion for people led him off the tools and toward more charitable and rewarding causes such as running “Work for the Dole” programs, trade training and eventually marketing/promotion and business development for training companies.

He entered the Men’s Shed world taking over from David Helmers as Coordinator of the Windale Men’s Shed but soon gravitated to a more pivotal role with AMSA helping to promote Men’s Sheds and supporting the establishment of Sheds throughout Australia, through events such as The “Blokes BBQ” at Parliament House and various Men’s Shed Expos.

After a two year hiatus, Marty has returned to AMSA to support the promotion of sheds at a corporate level, as well as support individual sheds to promote themselves within their communities.

Rebecca Whipper  Administrative Support

Bec provides administrative support to staff and addresses enquiries through the AMSA 1300 number. Bec has spent the past 15 years in customer service working in retail, a national Call Centre, hospitality and reception. She originally started with AMSA as a volunteer but is now employed part time as Administrative Support – managing the 1300 AMSA number, responding to enquiries from Men’s Sheds and the general public as well as supporting AMSA staff.  Bec loves the interaction and challenge of working with such a diverse Men’s Shed community and always has a great story to tell. She finds it very rewarding being part of the Australian Men’s Shed movement.


Mark Lilly Finance Manager

Mark is a Chartered Accountant and registered tax agent with over 35 years experience in the accounting profession. He has worked as an auditor in an international auditing firm, a manager in a suburban accounting practice and the business manager for a government environmental agency.

He is proud to be working with the team at AMSA. Mark  finds it very rewarding working in such a respected community based organisation striving to enhance men’s health in such a practical manner. He looks forward to assisting you with your financial inquiries. Mark also enjoys cycling to work,observing a good garden and playing golf.



Stuart Torrance  Men’s Health project Officer

Stuart started off his working life as a mechanic, a position far removed from life today in social services with a focus on men’s health. Working on a Men’s Shed programme back in 2009 in the Hunter Valley, NSW, the social engagement and wellbeing attributes of this Australian innovation captured his imagination.

He went to work with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to connect men impacted by dementia with their local Shed. The ‘Every Bloke Needs A Shed’ programme and the resource ‘Your Shed and Dementia….a Manual’ allowed Sheds across Australia to open up and discuss, welcome and engage others impacted by dementia.

Now joining AMSA as the Men’s Health Project Coordinator, he aims to focus his attentions on Spanner in the Works? programmes and other health initiatives.