Tony started his working life as a trainee with Woolworths becoming a store manager before a change of direction into sports administration in 1969. He was appointed Executive Director for Sailing with Yachting Australia in 1980 after first spending time with the NSW branch. Tony had previously spent almost 20 years of voluntary service in yachting at Club and Association level, including the positions of Secretary and President.
His technical knowledge of sailing resulted in him being appointed to the Sailing International Jury for 3 Olympic Games, as well as many world championships and other major international events. He served on many State, National and International Committees from 1960 to 2004, including the International Committees responsible for the RacingRules of Sailing and the Safety Regulations that govern the sport worldwide.
He was Hon. Treasurer of the NSW Olympic Council from 1974 to 1980 surviving the pressure placed on sports and athletes to boycott the 1980 Moscow games due to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. He has served on a number of Standards Australia Committees 1969 – 2009 dealing with construction and safety equipment for pleasure boats.
In 2000 he was awarded theAustralian Sports Medal by the Australian Government for services to sport, and in 2003 he received a Sport Fellowship Award of Distinction by Sport Industry Australia for services to sailing. Tony also received a Gold Medal for service to International Sailing Federation in 2004, a life achievement award fromYachting Australia in 2010, and a Meritorious Service Award for his contribution to the Sydney – Hobart race in 2019.
He served in the Navy as a National Serviceman in 1956and joined the Forestville RSL Club in 1982 having moved to the area with wife Myra the previous year. He joined the sub-Branch in 2008 serving on the Committee from 2014 and as Hon. Secretary from 2015 – 2020. He remains available to assist the sub-Branch with IT and whatever else is required.
Geoff Green spent 22 years in the NSW Police Force, mainly in the area of Criminal Investigation. He was also a Law Lecturer at the Detective’s Training Course at the Police Academy.
His time in the Police included nine years as the Head of the Legal Division of the PoliceAssociation of NSW.
Geoff has also acted as a Conciliator and Arbitrator for the Worker’s Compensation Commission of NSW.
He served for two years in the Royal Australian Army, which included service in South Vietnam.
Geoff’s education includes Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Hons)) at UTS Sydney, admission as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia, and three years of the Commerce (Accounting Procedures) Course. He has also completed the Institute of Company Directors Course.
Board and Committee roles
· 12 years – Executive Member, Trustee and Vice President of the Police Association of NSW
· Member of the Police Superannuation Advisory Committee
· 28 years – Director of the Police Credit Union/Police Bank
· Service member and Trustee of Forestville RSL sub-Branch
· Director, Forestville RSL Club Ltd
· Completed Institute of Company Directors Course
· Bachelor of Laws degree LLB (Hons)
· Admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia
· Completed 3 years of Commerce (Accounting Procedures) Course.
John is married to Carol and they have 5 children, and 9 grandchildren. He has been a member of Forestville RSL Club for 28 years.
John attended North Sydney Boys High School and then completed his apprenticeship in smash repairs at J N Caldwell GMH Dealership, where he eventually moved into the role of panel shop Manager. After 25 years of service the Dealership closed and John started his own business, J A United Smash Repairs, based in Artarmon, in 1990. He successfully ran this business for 17 years, before retiring in 2007.
John has always been competitive in sport, playing cricket, and rugby union at NSBH School, then, after starting work, playing rugby league at Crows Nest RLFC from where he was selected to play for the North Sydney Presidents Cup Team, in 1969. Later, he went on to play in the Sydney-wide 2nd division competition for Asquith RLFC.
After retirement, John joined Forestville RSL Veterans Golf, Men’s Bowls and the Flying Bowlers. John has served on the Committees of both bowls sections and is a past President of Men’s Bowls. He was also a member of the victorious Zone 9 Mens Grade 6 Pennants Team in 2017. At present, John is the President of Forestville RSL Club Flying Bowlers section.
John is a current member of the Forestville RSL Sub Branch and a past member of Killarney Probus Club.
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 held a service management position at Ainsworth Game Technology for 12 years. Currently an area service manager for International Game Technology.
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 since 2004 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.
Philip Richardson has been a local resident of Forestville and became a member of Forestville RSL in 1998. He was also accepted as an Associate Member of the Forestville RSL sub-Branch in 2020.
Philip has had extensive experience in senior Human Resource Manager and Director positions for a number of large multinational and national companies. Now retired (in 2021), but during the course of his career, Philip 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.
Olivier Starck is a digital specialist who is passionate about new technologies and creating new and innovative digital experiences. He is the Director and co-founder of “Thundercloud”, an automation platform for the media industry which simplifies and automates the media process.
Olivier has worked internationally and has been presented with a number of international, business awards. He has strong commercial acumen, has managed strategic relationships with C Level executives and has experience in delivering and presenting data led strategic collaterals to help sell digitalled solutions to clients.
Olivier has lived in Australia for 15 years and was educated in his homeland, France, later gaining an MBA through Coventry University (England).
Olivier is married with two children who both attend local schools and joins the Board excited at the prospect of strengthening the existing links between the club and the wonderful French nationals living in the Forest/Killarney area.
Michael is a Forestville local and chartered accountant with over 35 years of commercial business experience developed in chief financial officer, company secretary and senior executive roles in a wide range of industries including Medical Devices, SaaS, Retail, FMCG, Manufacturing, Distribution, Education, and Professional accounting firms, both in Australia and Internationally.
Michael is currently a partner in a business consulting practice, CFO Strategic, and has proven experience in increasing the value of businesses through well managed change, acquisition, investment, and restructuring. He also creates well run finance functions utilising his strong systems, financial and interpersonal skills. Michael is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and hold a master’s degree in management.
Michael has lived in Forestville since the mid 90’s and has been a long-time member of the Forestville RSL Club and has been involved with the community through the Forestville Public School, when his daughter was in primary school, and Surf Lifesaving as a current active patrol member and patrol captain on the Northern Beaches.
Michael’s objective in joining the board is a desire to give back to his local community and help the club to continue to be sustainable to support the community into the future.