Board and Committees

1. List of Board Members and Coordinators
2. Board Member Profiles
3. 2020 AGM Reports
PresidentRobert Fletcher
Vice President, Public OfficerKen Johns
TreasurerJim Wilson
SecretaryRaelene Wilsdon
Programme CoordinatorSue Garforth
Minute Secretary
Board MembersRoger Bills, Dorothy Heinrich, Alexandra Hayes, Alison Hodgetts, Juli Pullman, Micheline Barlow-Coard
Programme CommitteeSue Garforth; Roger Bills; Ruth Dunne; Charmaine Kitson; Dorothy Heinrich; Pauline McCreery; Raelene Wilsdon; Juli Pullman
Out and About CoordinatorDorothy Heinrich
Office ManagerAlison Hodgetts
Web Manager (observer)John Travers

President Robert Fletcher


Vice President Ken Johns

Ken has been a member of U3A Adelaide for the past 5 years and has been very active in the Philosophy Study Group.  His profes­sional life was in admin­is­tra­tion, business and marketing manage­ment, in some of SA’s leading busi­nesses in the elec­trical and other indus­tries. He has conducted training programs for Management Consultants, TAFE, WEA and other organ­iz­a­tions.  Ken has also served on several commit­tees, including the Rotary Club of Adelaide, Probus Club, and has been Past President of Rostrum Club, Adelaide Chapter.

Secretary Raelene Wilsdon

Raelene began her working life at the Electricity Trust, then moved to an Accountant’s office for the next  9 years until her first child arrived.  After 11 years at home with her family, doing volunteer work in the school library, she returned to the workforce as a site secretary on several large building sites around Adelaide and the last 20 working years as Office Manager and Human Resource Officer in a large civil engin­eering company.   Raelene enjoys trav­el­ling with her husband, reading, painting, theatre, cooking and the many history discus­sions held at the U3A.  She hopes that her enjoyment of life and ability to commu­nicate with people will be of use to the committee.

Minute Secretary Ann Clarke

Ann took good advice from her school friend Raelene and, on retire­ment, joined the U3A in 2010 and became an Office Volunteer.  Her working life included secret­arial roles in finance, menswear manu­fac­turing, the wine industry, retail and consulting both here and inter­state.  A working holiday overseas included time at a consulate in San Francisco and temp work in London.  Her last position was in the defence industry which she found chal­len­ging but rewarding.  Ann enjoys reading and walking and spending time with family and friends.

Alison Hodgetts

Alison joined U3A halfway through 2013.  Since then she has become very enthu­si­astic about the place.  She began by working in the office, one day a week and has gradually picked up other days. As a Board member she this is one other way she contrib­utes to U3A.  As a retired nurse, she feels she has a lot to offer in a practical way. 

Alexandra Hayes

Alexandra has been active in U3A, as a member of various groups, as a tutor for Philosophy, and now as a Board member. She has provided governance advice for over 30 years in her capacity as Chair, executive officer and volunteer. Examples include estab­lishing and managing a sub-committee for the Board of the then Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, providing inform­a­tion for the Board of Parkinson’s South Australia and volun­tarily chairing the Mitcham Kindergarten Parents’ committee and the Westbourne Park’s Primary School Council. She has extensive exper­i­ence in education, manage­ment and aged care while working in state govern­ment and the not for profit sector. She is ethically driven, has a strategic focus, is able to work inde­pend­ently and co-operatively on commit­tees and is used to dealing with complex and chal­len­ging situ­ations in a profes­sional manner. 

Dorothy Heinrich

Dorothy’s previous working life was as an academic, lecturing and tutoring in physiology and patho­physiology.  Her main interests are in people and other cultures, which have led her on journeys with her husband to diverse places.  An interest in genealogy led her to journeys of a different kind — voyages of discovery into the past.  Dorothy enjoys writing; her family history won South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society’s T. T. Reed Award in 2007, while a second book, ‘The Man Who Hunted Whales: A tale of Kangaroo Island and a doomed ship’ has also been published.


Programme Co-ordinator Sue Garforth

Pauline McCreery

Former President of U3A Adelaide and current Web Master for both U3A Adelaide and U3A SA.  She is also a Volunteer in the Office, a member of the Program Committee and tutors in computer-based fields.  Pauline had a 25 year teaching career in the Education Department, Catholic Education and TAFE, and is mainly inter­ested in computing, travel, croquet, theatre, reading, good food and wine, as well as being a grand­mother.

Ruth Dunn

Ruth joined the U3A in 1999, the committee in 2005 and has been Secretary and a member of the Program Committee for the last 6 years, with specific respons­ib­ility for Languages.  She comes from an Education back­ground as teacher of Humanities in a Catholic Secondary school, then Principal of a Girls’ Middle School.  She also headed the Catholic Education committee looking at the rational devel­op­ment of Catholic school. Immediate Past President of U3A Ad

Audio Visual Co-ordinator Roger Bills

Roger is a retired mech­an­ical engineer.  His interests, other than U3A, include Rostrum, a Public Speaking organ­isa­tion where he is espe­cially involved with the technical side of present­a­tions (usually PowerPoint) and the devel­op­ment of effective present­a­tion skills.  At the U3A he has been involved with obtaining and improving the AV (audio visual) equipment, including Data Presenters, screens, CD players and personal ampli­fic­a­tion equipment. So his back­ground is both technical and practical.

Adriaan van der Wyst

Adriaan takes the “For the Record” class with his co-presenter, Bob Rabbitt.  He also presents occa­sional lectures on topics in the science field. Adriaan taught maths and science in SA secondary schools for eight years before working in the Education Department in Research and Planning and in Personnel for thirty years.  His main interests are music, philo­sophy, history, religion and bush­walking and golf.

Web Manager John Travers

John spent most of his working life as a school principal. His final role in the Education Department was as Manager of the Technology School of the Future. He then worked for some years as a lecturer at Flinders University and for an educa­tional computing company.

2020 AGM Reports

Meeting held Aug 13 2020