Notice of Annual General Meeting: Monday 10 May, 2021 - 7pm. View our 2020 Annual Report.

Board of Directors


William (Bill) Hardman OAM


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

Bill was appointed to the Club Board as President in August 2020. In January 2019 he filled a casual vacancy and appointed as Vice President,Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee, Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Executive Remuneration Committee.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also has a Diploma in Law with the Legal Profession Admission Board in New South Wales.

Bill 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 30 years with 18 years senior management experience at both the state and national level.

He completed his National Service commitment in Borneo and Malaysia. He is a Life Member of the RSL with appointments since 2002 at sub-Branch, District, State Treasurer and a Director of RSL LifeCare Ltd.

Vice President

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 was appointed Vice President in 2020. He currently sits on the Disciplinary sub-Committee.


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. In February 2019 he was appointed President until August 2020. He was then elected to the Board as a Director.

He currently is Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee.


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.


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.


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 Anstiss

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.