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AMSA welcomes four fresh faces to the Board of Directors

The Australian Men’s Shed Association Board of Directors welcomed four new faces at a recent Board meeting – adding deep experience in Men’s Sheds, external relations and fundraising to further strengthen AMSA’s ability to deliver on key pillars of Men’s Shed support, advocacy, men’s health and community development.

Appointed to the Board of one of Australia’s largest male-focussed community organisations are fundraising expert Helen Barker and award-winning journalist and broadcaster Aaron Kearney.

“I am extremely pleased to announce these appointments, who will complement our member elected Directors,” said Chairman Paul Sladdin.

“Following an exhaustive selection process which saw high calibre applications from across Australia, Helen and Aaron will each bring valuable skills and experience to strengthen our Board Governance.”

These appointments represent the Board’s desire to ensure the organisation is steered by a diverse set of skills, expertise and experience to ensure continued success supporting the Australian Men’s Shed movement and retains its position as a world-leader in its field.

“Historically, the AMSA Board has been comprised of Men’s Shed members, ‘Shedders’ as we fondly refer to them,” said Mr Sladdin.

“As the role and position of our organisation has evolved, we have sought to build a Board that reflects both the Men’s Shed movement and meets the increasing demands on organisations operating in the Australian, and global, not-for-profit sector.”

Helen’s background includes fundraising, partnerships and marketing in the UK, New Zealand and Australia where she has worked with organisations including The Fire Fighters Charity (UK),  TEDx Sydney, JDRF Australia and Many Rivers.

Helen is passionate about making fundraising easy for both an organisation to execute but most importantly for an organisation’s supporters to participate in.

“With my father in the UK, I saw first hand how important it was after he retired to be active within the community where he created a wood-workshop similar to a Men’s Shed with a few friends.

“I’m excited to join the ASMA Board here in Australia and contribute to the next phase of ASMA’s growth and support the Men’s Shed movement,” said Mrs Barker.

Aaron Kearney is a multi-award-winning broadcaster, photo-journalist, sports commentator, and Managing Director of AKS International, with his career spanning newspapers, television, radio and social with Fairfax, Channel Seven Australia, and the ABC (just to name a few) across Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

“I have had a long relationship with the Men’s Shed movement and admired the good that it does,” said Mr Kearney.

“I am really thrilled to have a small role in shaping the future of the iconic Australian institution.”

Member-elected Directors Bill Clifford (NSW/ACT) and Barry Laubsch (SA) also took office following the 2019 AMSA AGM.

Bill and Barry bring insights and experience from rich professional backgrounds as well as long-time members of Men’s Sheds and Men’s Shed Committees.

BELOW | BACK L TO R: Barry Laubsch, Bob Jenkins, Bill Clifford, Aaron Kearney, Len Thomson.  FRONT L TO R: Stuart Eustice, Helen Barker, John Sharples (Vice Chairman), Charlie Trafford, Paul Sladdin (Chairman)

AMSA Board of Directors