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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.


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 and one of his tasks is to provide qualified financial support  and advice to AMSA Member Sheds  on their requirements to meet statutory obligations.

staff-melMelissa 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.


staff-garyGary Green Community Engagement Coordinator

Gary is a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) and has been involved in Men’s Sheds and Men’s Health for the past 14 years. Employed as the Community Health Nurse in Orbost for 10 years Gary was responsible for the Orbost Men’s Shed and later the Cabbage Tree Creek Men’s Shed as well as other Men’s Health initiatives. In 2005, with a team of helpers, Gary organised the First Men’s Shed Conference held in Lakes Entrance Victoria where 180 attendees attended. At this Conference the idea of forming the Australian Men’s Shed Association was raised and decided on by those attending. Gary was also part of the original Steering Committee for AMSA and has also held positions with the Victorian Men’s Shed Association since it’s inception in 2007.

These experiences have provided Gary with wide ranging knowledge about men and Men’s Sheds and he is proud to be part of the men’s health and Men’s Shed movement.



emma BREDENHANN communications & Relationship manager

Emma has a varied background across communications, marketing and human resources. With a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Human Resource Management, Emma brings experience from a varied background in communications, marketing, human resources, and education and training.

Emma is responsible for AMSA’s communications, events 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.

becwRebecca 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.