Board of Directors


Bill Shields

Bill Shields joined the Club in 1982 and has been a Forestville resident for 46 years.

He worked for the Commonwealth Bank/EDS for 40 years retiring in 2000. That career saw him progress to Senior Executive level within the Information Technology area. He was responsible for managing varied sections within IT Application Development and Operations. He has strong management skills including leadership, project management, planning, problem solving and budgeting.

He is a member of both the Mens Golf and Veterans Golf sections within the club receiving life membership of both sections. Bill is an affiliate member of the Sub-Branch.

He joined the Board as a Casual Director in 2015 and was re-appointed to the Board  in 2018 as a Director by the members. He was appointed President in 2019.

He currently is Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Executive Remuneration Committee and "ex officio" member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

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Vice president

Bill Hardman OAM

Bill Hardman joined the Forestville RSL Club Ltd in 1978 after being transferred from Perth to Sydney in the finance industry.

He is an experienced Director and was appointed by the HCF Board as an Elected Councillor in 2011, a position he still holds.  He was involved in the finance industry for 32 years with 20 years senior management experience at both the state and national level. He was a Financial Controller in the manufacturing industry and involved in the hospitality industry as a hotel owner for 8 years.

He completed his National Service commitment in Borneo and Malaysia and is currently involved in the veteran community as a Life Member of the RSL.Since 2002 he been a Sub-Branch President for 13 years, a District Council President for 8 years, a State Treasurer, State Councillor, Director of RSL Lifecare Ltd for 3 years and a founding member and Director of the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches for 8 years.


Howard Bull

Howard has been involved in the Club related gaming industry for 40 years.

Originally he managed Aristocrat gaming service on the central coast for 8 years. Missing the Manly Warringah area, he started his own business servicing clubs on the northern beaches and over the next 25-year period he became the largest service company in the area.  He then sold his business to Ainsworth Game Technology and still holds a managerial position with that company.  

He is a qualified electronic technician and holds a Diploma in Business Management. He grew up on the Northern Beaches and is married with three daughters. Community focused, he has been an active patrol member of Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club for the past 15 years and is an Affiliate member of Forestville RSL Sub-Branch.  

Howard brings experience and knowledge of the club industry and being local to Forestville RSL, has a keen interest in helping it move forward into the future.


John Finlay JP

John has been a member of the Club and Sub-Branch since 1991. John has lived in the local area for over 40 years. He has retired from his own business where he worked as an Electrical Contractor. During this time, he donated and installed power supply to both Seaforth Primary School Rotunda and Forestville Primary School Computer room.

He was a member of the RAN 1966–1978. (F.E.A.S.R. 1967-68; Vietnam 1967, 1969 and 1970 and Hon Secretary Forestville RSL Sub-Branch 2004-2016. This role also included being a qualified Welfare and Pension officer for the members.

He became a Life Member of RSL of Australia in 2015 and is the current Treasurer of the "Forestville War Memorial Playing Fields Community Committee". In addition, he is a member of the Manly Hospital Auxiliary who raise money, to buy equipment for our local hospital.

John was elected as a Director of Forestville RSL Club Ltd in 2017 and currently site on the Disciplinary sub-Committee.


Michelle Joosse

Michelle Joosse joined the Forestville RSL Club Ltd in 2002 when she and her husband moved into the Forestville area. Michelle has been an active Director of Forestville RSL since January 2019 and is a member of the Finance and Disciplinary Committee.

She is very community focused, being a member of the Forestville Primary School P&C Committee since 2011 and developed the Run Forest Run – Forestville Fun Run and Fair. Now also a member of Killarney Heights High School P & C Committee since the beginning of 2020.

Michelle is a purpose-driven, goal-focused executive with proven experience across all major business functions (Accounting, Marketing, HR, IT) spanning manufacturing, wholesale, professional services, Not-For-Profit, gaming & racing and hospitality.

Throughout her 25 plus year career, she has established a reputation as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to furthering standards of excellence. Known for her integrity and decision-making abilities, she is keen to expand her experience while making a lasting contribution to Forestville RSL Club and community.

Outside her voluntary commitments, Michelle has spent 16 years running her family owned IT Services company. With the introduction of external management into her family business Michelle is now helping those most vulnerable, working for a domestic and family violence charity.


Billy Law JP

Bill joined the Forestville RSL Club in 1970. He was playing member of the Mens Vets Golf Section for many years and served on the Mens Golf Committee in a variety of positions.

He was elected to the Forestville RSL Board in 2009 and has been the Chairman of the Sports Council of the RSL Club for the last 6 years.

His working life of some 38 years was with Qantas in the radio/electronics section where he was promoted to shift supervisor overseeing overhaul of auto pilots, radar and radio. That experience provided Bill with an appreciation of leadership and teamwork.

Bill is a keen rugby follower and enjoys watching Forest Rugby.


Philip Richardson

Philip Richardson has been a local resident of Forestville and a member of Forestville RSL since 1998. Recently accepted as an Associate Member of the Forestville RSL sub-Branch.

Philip has had extensive experience in senior Human Resource Manager and Director positions for a number of large multinational and national companies. He currently holds the position of Group Manager - Human Resources (ANZ) for Charles Parsons & Co Pty Ltd. He has demonstrated ability to provide leadership, people development and strong communications within a corporate environment.

He has also served on the Forest District Rugby Union Club's Management Committee between 2001 and 2017 and was an elected Board member on the NSW Suburban Rugby Board for 3 years between 2015 and 2017. Philip appreciates this opportunity to continue to serve the Forest community and the Forestville RSL membership on this Board.

He is a member of the Board's Finance and Audit sub-committee, the Compliance sub-committee and the Executive Remuneration committee. He assists the CEO and Board with any Human Resources, Employee and Industrial Relations matters as required.