Our Board

Jeff Crofts
Jeff CroftsChairman
Jeff Crofts was appointed Chairman of Australian Rotary Health in October 2014. He has been a Director since November 2012.

Jeff joined the Rotary Club of Cairns Mulgrave, Queensland, in 1988, is a Past President of the Club and a current member. He is a Past Governor of District 9550, and past District Youth Exchange Chair, Foundation Chair, District Trainer, PR Chair and Council on Legislation Representative.

Jeff is a past Secretary of Rotary Youth Exchange Australia, past member of the Australian New Generations Committee and past Director and Chairman of Australian Rotarians Corporate Alliance Program (ARCAP). He is the current District 9550 Timor-Leste Project Coordinator, District Vision Facilitation Chair, Master PRLS Trainer.

Jeff is a Civil Engineer, working previously in the fields of Water Supply and Sewerage.

Greg Ross
Greg RossVice Chairman
Greg Ross has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since November 2013.

Greg joined Rotary in 1976 in Berwick, then moved Districts, joining the Rotary Club of North Balwyn in 1986 – he is a current member. He is Past District Governor of District 9800, has worked as a literacy volunteer in Thailand, as a RAWCS volunteer in Vanuatu and led a GSE Team to California. Greg was also MC at the International Conventions in Taipei and Melbourne, and Song Leader/MC at the International Assembly in Anaheim.

Greg is a professional actor (TV, stage and music theatre) and, in recent years, has worked mainly as a funeral and marriage celebrant, including over 800 funerals.

Phil Armstrong
Phil Armstrong
Phil Armstrong joined Australian Rotary Health as a Director in October 2014.

Phil joined the Rotary Club of Moruya, NSW, in 2000 and is a current a member. He is a past “Peace” Governor of District 9710 serving on “Team Tanaka”. Phil’s ties to Rotary go back to his Father’s membership of both the Temora and Goulburn Mulwaree Clubs of NSW in the 1960’s, as well as his own membership of Rotaract in the 1970’s.

Phil and his wife Kim are Companion supporters of Australian Rotary Health.

Phil has worked as the CEO of Banksia Villages Ltd – a community based, not for profit organisation that runs a residential aged care facility and retirement village on the far south coast of NSW. He also serves on the Boards of Aged and Community Services Association of NSW & ACT (the peak body for the church and charitable sector), Campbell Page Group Ltd, Campbell Page UK Ltd and Campbell Page Ltd in the UK and the Management Committee for Yumaro Inc in Moruya.

Brian Beesley
Brian Beesley
Brian Beesley is a member of Gloucester Rotary Club in District 9650. Brian is a Past District Governor from the years 2012 / 2013. He led a Group Study Exchange team to Germany District 1860 in 2009 and has experience with most facets of Rotary at both District and Club level. Together with his wife Heather they have hosted 7 exchange students from around the world and both regard this as one of the most rewarding experiences a family can undertake.

After completing an Honours degree from the University of New England Brian spent 13 years involved in education specialising in student motivation and career advising. For the past 25 years he has been involved in the retail furniture industry with strong experience in product selection, importing, design, marketing and promotions. After selling the business jointly run with his brother and Heather he now contracts out his services specialising in Retail Promotions, team building and high level customer service.

Brian is a member of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians and has completed several international rides. He is also a supporter and participant in the Postie Bike Challenge.

Jane Cox
Jane Cox
Jane was born in Sydney and with the family moved to Geelong where she completed her schooling. A career path in banking led to management, following which Jane travelled to London and took up a position for five years working with the Australian Department of Immigration. Returning to Australia Jane was the Business Manager for a busy medical practice for a number of years, before taking a position as Executive Assistant and then senior National Travel Co-ordinator with a large national food services provider. Jane holds a Diploma of Business (Human resources).

Jane has been a member of the Rotary Club of Geelong Central since 2001. As President she initiated and took part in the building of a school for an Indigenous Community in outback Australia. Jane is a Facilitator with the Rotary Leadership Institute and was appointed the District Governor’s Special representative for, and established, a vibrant new club. Jane is also a member of the District Club Visioning Team assisting clubs with planning a vision for their future/s.

In the 2015-2016 Rotary year Jane served as District Governor for District 9780.

Graeme Davies
Graeme Davies
Graeme Davies has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since October 2014.

Graeme joined the Rotary Club of Griffith, NSW, in 1991 and is Past President of the Club. He is a current member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Kincumber, NSW in 1999.

Graeme and his wife Lyn were long term members of District 9670’s Rotary Youth Exchange Committee. He is a past member of the District 9685 Australian Rotary Health Committee and is Past District Governor for D9685. He is currently District 9685 Club Extension officer, and a Paul Harris Society member.

Graeme was Principal of Griffith High School (1990 – 98) and Kincumber High School (1999 – 2008). He is a Life Member of the NSW Secondary Principal Council.

Des Lawson
Des Lawson
Des Lawson has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since October 2015.

Des was raised in Geelong but calls Brisbane very much his home. Educated in Mechanical Engineering, working in Machine Designer for several years but his true passion was in flying and yachting and it was in yachting that led him to design and build his own yacht and later establish a multi capacity yacht and powerboat manufacturing operation.

Des first joined Rotary in 1982 and has twice been President of different Rotary Clubs. Des played the major role in establishing the Club to which he now belongs (Port of Brisbane). Des played roles in the Mental Health Safari and the Great Australian Bike Ride. In 2007, Des joined the Board of Rotary Down Under and became Chairman in July 2010 and was reelected in 2011 and 2012. In 2015 Des received the ‘Service Above Self’ award for his work with Rotary and the community.

Kevin Shadbolt
Kevin Shadbolt
Kevin Shadbolt has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since October 2014.

Kevin joined the Rotary Club of Latrobe, Tasmania, in 1985, he is a Past President and current member. He is Past District Governor of D9830 in both 2003-04 and 2007-08. Kevin is a Foundation Chairman, District Trainer and Group Study Chairman. He initiated District involvement in Fiji low-cost Shelters, was the Chairman of International Project Development as well as serving on a wide variety of club and District committees.

Kevin has been involved in agriculture all his working life and a director of R & K Shadbolt Pty Ltd a family business specialising in horticultural crops and seed production.

Colin Thorniley
Colin Thorniley
Colin Thorniley has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since October 2014.

He joined the Rotary Club Heirisson, WA in 1977 after being a Group Study Exchange team member in 1975, and is a current member. He is a Benefactor of the Rotary Foundation.

Colin is currently an Assistant Coordinator for part of Rotary Zone 8, a Past District 9455 Governor, past Group Study Exchange Team Leader to San Francisco in 1992. He has been the District Chair of many district Committees.

Colin was State President of the YMCA and served on the National Board during the 1970’s. Colin owned several Perth businesses, namely, Quick Cup Australia Pty Ltd, Perth Stationary Supplies Pty Ltd and Hotel and Café Supplies Pty Ltd. Prior to retirement he was an FCIM, CPA, AFAIM. Currently he is a Justice of the Peace for Western Australia.

Barbara Wheatcroft
Barbara Wheatcroft
Barbara has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since October 2014.

Barbara joined the Rotary Club of Hindmarsh, SA, in 2004 is Past President and Past Treasurer. She joined the Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks, SA in 2010 when the Rotary Club of Hindmarsh returned it’s Charter. Barabara was Secretary of the District GSE Committee from 2007 to 2009 and Chair from 2009 to 2010. Barbara is Past District Secretary in and Past District Governor.

Barbara joined the Apple & Pear Growers Association of SA Inc in 1988 and worked with the Association for almost 20 years in the roles of Finance Manager, Personal Assistant to the General Manager and Promotions Manager.

Barbara currently works in Administration at Flinders University of South Australia in the Medical Biochemistry Department.