Committee of Management 2023

The 2023 Committee of Management consists of the following members.

Gillian Wood

I am a retired doctor and have three children and 5 grandchildren. I have lived in Port Melbourne for 6 years. I was a dual trained infectious disease physician and medical microbiologist. I have worked for over 30 years in these fields.  As an infectious disease physician, I treated patients in the public hospitals. As a medical microbiologist I worked in pathology laboratories in both private and public including as medical microbiology director at Dorevitch Pathology. I do yoga and have a passion for bridge. I also wish to be of service to my community and be involved in it.

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John Hawker

My corporate career of 36 years essentially in Sales for two French, one American and one ASX-listed Top 100 Australian company. The roles included Sales Director and Managing Director. In my last career role, I was accountable for sales of $3.3 billion, a budget of $750 million pa; and managed 15,000 team members and 850 managers through my 8 direct reports. I have served on four boards, in two paid Non Executive Director roles and two pro bono boards in a Chair and Director capacity. In 2022 I finalised the sale of my consulting company after 9 years post corporate.

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William Logan

I have been an active member of U3A Port Phillip for three years taking classes across a range of topics and volunteering briefly in the Marie Kehoe Centre Office. I have seen first-hand how very important U3A is to older members of the local community, intellectually, socially and physically. I was honoured to be appointed to the Committee of Management in June 2022 where I hope to make a contribution to growing U3A Port Phillip. By way of personal background, my wife Denise (also an active U3A member) and I have lived in St Kilda since 1987. We have raised

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Sheila Quairney

I joined U3APP shortly after moving to Australia from the UK in late 2018. During my working life I’ve run government recruitment centres and undertaken business development. My last full time job was supporting University students and graduates to start their own ventures and I’ve also spent several years in project management. I’ve served on and chaired numerous boards and committees over the years, always with a focus on making things happen. In the very dim and distant past I got a degree in Politics, but I know that like many of us, I’ve learned most from the University of

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Margo Anderson

Margo has been part of U3A PP for 8 years and enjoyed a variety of courses through that time. She is currently enjoying playing with the Beaut Ukes and is looking forward to seeing what extra possibilities will be found in the 2023 course guide. Work history includes Children, Families and Community Aged Care/social work. Travel history includes Europe, Britain, Tibet, Antartica, country Victoria and New Zealand. Personal history includes “millions of people” and Vera the cat-ask me for photos. In the past Margo’s U3A involvement includes working collaboratively in the office at a time of change (computers), being the

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Gaye Mason

I have been a member of U3APP since at least 2017 and have very much enjoyed learning from the wonderful volunteers who give their time so generously.  Being mostly retired now gives me the opportunity to contribute to the management committee as my way of saying thank you and giving back in a meaningful way. Albert Park has been home for the last 25 years, but I have lived in the city of Port Phillip for 40 years. I am a member of two local tennis clubs and have been on both management committees, play Bridge with my husband Bob

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Rosalind Christie

I first heard of U3A through an English work colleague in 1995. He sang its praises and filled me in about its value when retired, so in 2019 when I did retire I joined U3A Port Phillip. I have been on the Office Management Team for a couple of years and have been enjoying some of the many courses offered by U3APP. When I came to Australia in 1968 I initially worked in a country accountant’s office which was instrumental to my future knowledge of accounting and my administration career. I worked as Executive Assistant /Executive Administrator with accountants, construction

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Branko Colavizza

I have spent my working life in the Victorian energy industry in various careers ranging from Survey Drafting, Engineering Surveying, Civil Engineering and finally Quality Assurance. In these careers I have hammered many pegs into the ground, traversed many paddocks and streets selecting and designing asset route’s, spent months on construction sites and finally in the Quality Assurance role managed the development and implementation of companywide HSEQ management systems with certifications to national and international standards. During this time, I also spent a lot of time working with IT professionals implementing systems to support the management systems. After all that

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Allan Aberdeen

U3A is a wonderful institution, of which I’ve been a member for many years and hopefully will be for many more. In the past at U3A Port Phillip, I have attended various subjects and tutored travel planning courses, but I look forward to contributing further through the management committee, which I have been a member of since 2022. Since retiring as an electrical engineer I served ten years on the council of the Genealogical Society of Victoria, much of that as secretary. Thus I am aware of the issues and regulations affecting not-for-profit organizations that depend heavily on volunteers; also

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Hannah Len

Strangely, it’s taken joining U3APP and seeing how much pleasure I derive from my classes, to make me aware of my passion for ongoing learning.  This probably explains my various tertiary courses over the years. As an undergraduate, I completed a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University.  Some years later, I completed a Graduate Diploma of Computing at Monash University.  A few years later again, I completed a Graduate Diploma of Education at Deakin University. Then in 2017 at the age of 61, I complete a Masters of Human Service (Counselling) at Swinburne University. So I now have four very

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How to Enrol

On-line: after bookings have opened

On-line enrolments are preferred as this significantly reduces the amount of back-office work for our volunteers.

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  • Go to the Courses & Enrolling page.
  • Scroll down to find the course that you are interested in.
  • Does the course have spaces available?
    • Click on the course name to go to the booking page.
    • Click on “Book for this course or event”.
    • You will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.
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Paper Enrolment Form: before bookings open for First Semester

  • Obtain a paper Enrolment Form either from the Office or by printing an online copy available here.
  • Complete the paper Enrolment Form and submit it to the Office.

The start date for acceptance of paper Enrolment Forms for first semester is published on the U3APP website and in the e-Bulletin. Enrolment Forms received before this date are treated as though they had been received on the start date (ie there is no advantage to be gained by submitting early). On the start date and thereafter, paper Enrolment Forms are numbered in order of receipt.  Paper Enrolment forms are processed by U3APP volunteers on the same day as on-line bookings.

If your enrolment is successful, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.

If your enrolment is unsuccessful,  you will receive an email telling you that you have been waitlisted.

Via the Office: after bookings have opened

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