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Kevin Callinan AMSA 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.
As initiator of Ku-ring-gai Community Workshop ‘The Shed’, dating from 2005, he set up a small Shed at Turramurra in a disused sports building (50sqm) in 2009 and pursued the longer term ambition to establish a larger purpose built building for The Shed.
After several false starts approval was given for a purpose built building at St Ives Showground (273sqm). This was achieved through funding totalling $132,000 provided under the NSW Government Community Builders Programme and a matching grant from Ku-ring-gai Council as well as cash and ‘in-kind’ support from a wide range of business and community organisations.
The Shed has been successful in securing grants from Government, Council and community organisations to outfit ‘The Shed’ with good quality new machinery.
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.


Ted Donnelly Immediate Past Chairman

Ted was born in Yorkshire and in his working life had a number of positions in Research & Development, Production, Marketing and General Management both in the UK and Australia. For the last 18 years before retirement he was a Technical/Marketing Consultant, based in the UK, but operating worldwide on new materials for electronic components, particularly printed circuits.
Ted was a founder member of the Lane Cove Community Men’s Shed when it started in 1998 and is still responsible for its day to day operation.
He has also helped with the start-up of several other Sheds.He is the co-author of the original manual ‘Setting Up A Men’s Shed’, developed the website in 2005 which became the current AMSA site and, in 2010, set up the initial sites for the State Associations.
Ted was a founder member of AMSA in 2007, administered the Association for the first 18 months and has been involved in running it since then. He was Secretary up to 2011 and became Chairman in October 2011.


Graeme Curnow

Graeme took early retirement in 2007 after a career which embraced a diverse range of industries, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics and Household Goods manufacture, Heavy Engineering and Gambling (not gamboling). He had worked as a Chemist, next in Production Management and then within the whole spectrum Personnel Management.
Shortly after retiring Graeme became involved in the establishment of a Men’s Shed in the western Brisbane suburb of Kenmore under the auspicing of Brisbane City Council. ‘Shed West’ had functioned with weekly gatherings in a former Scout Hall, prone to flooding, and over 120 men expressed interest in participating at a Shed Workshop.
Shed West opened a new workshop on a former Council Depot Site where it provides access to woodworking machines, metal working machines, welders and computer terminals.
Graeme became involved with AMSA when the Brisbane City Council contact person asked him to take over this liaison from her.
With the formation of the Queensland Men’s Shed Association, Graeme became the inaugural President.


Bryce Routley

Bryce started work with the South Australian State Government in 1975 as a Chemist in a water testing laboratory in Adelaide then progressed into industrial wastewater treatment, water catchment management and finally as an educator of businesses in becoming more energy and water efficient.
He has now left the State Government to continue this work as a private consultant and have more time to devote to men’s sheds.
Growing up on the family farm, sheds and woodwork have been a part of his life, teaching his 4 children the basics of carpentry and running a part time cabinetmaking business at one stage to supplement his income. This has resulted in 2 of his sons being involved in the cabinetmaking industry, one of them operating a large shopfitting business.
He was the Chair of the Pooraka Farm Community Centre and has been the driving force in establishing a local Men’s Shed through the centre, resulting in being chosen as a ‘Living Legend’ for 2012 by the local Council for his work.
His passion for supporting Men’s Sheds is borne out of a belief that the explosive development of Men’s Sheds will be a major force in shaping the future of Australian society in the near future.


John Sharples

John trained as a teacher of Industrial Arts (Woodwork, Metalwork & Technical Drawing) and was employed with the NSW Department of School Education for 39 years with 1 year teaching in New Zealand. John was promoted to Head of Department status then Inspector of Schools in the Hunter and North West regions of NSW.
He also has a Certificate in Personnel Management (Charles Sturt University Bathurst).
John moved into educational administration as Manager Recruitment Promotion & Transfer with the NSW Department of School Education then Manager of Personnel in Metropolitan North Region. After 7 years he moved back into schools as the first Deputy Principal and now patron of, Tumbi Umbi High School.
Since retirement in 2005 John has led committees to establish The Entrance Men’s Shed and the Bateau Bay Men’s Shed. He managed the opening and setting up of Bateau Bay Men’s Shed where he served as President until relocating to Cessnock where he now enjoys membership at the Cessnock Men’s Shed & Community Garden Inc.
John has held the role of President of the Men’s Sheds Central Coast Inc. for 3 years and was elected Zone Representative for Central Coast Sheds now expanded to Western and Upper Hunter Sheds.
He has developed training programmes to support carers seeking to bring men with special needs to sheds and participated in the development of the inaugural and revised Constitutions of the NSW Branch of AMSA.


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.


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 Vice President of the Australian Men’s Shed Association.