ARH Board 2018-05-28T11:39:03+00:00

Our Board

Gregory Ross
Gregory RossChairman
Gregory Ross has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since November 2013.

Greg joined Rotary in Berwick in 1976, aged 28, then moved Districts and has been a member of the Rotary Club of North Balwyn since 1986. He served as Governor of District 9800 in 1991/92, has worked as a TRF literacy volunteer in Thailand, helped build an eye clinic in Vanuatu as a RAWCS volunteer and led a GSE team to California. Greg has been a President’s Special Rep five times, was MC at RI Conventions in Melbourne and Taiwan and was Song Leader/MC at the International Assembly in Anaheim.

Greg has been a professional actor since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1967 and has worked extensively on television and stage (including leading roles in music theatre). Greg has three children who are professional performers (two musicians and an actress). He is a keen tennis player, and also works as a funeral celebrant.

Kevin Shadbolt
Kevin ShadboltVice Chairman
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 is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Devonport. He is Past District Governor of D9830 in both 2003-04 and 2007-08. Kevin was a Foundation Chairman, District Trainer and Group Study Exchange Chairman. He initiated District involvement in Fiji low-cost Shelters as well as leading the project work the District has undertaken in Nepal since 2011. Kevin has served 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. Kevin is a former President of the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania and chairman of a number of sporting and community groups in the local area.

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.

Mark Lean
Mark Lean
Mark Lean has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since September 2017.

Mark was born in Townsville and spent 42 years of his working life (including managerial roles) at OneSteel, before retiring in 2011. Since 2012, Mark has been General Manager and Board Member of a small Not-For-Profit organisation.

Mark joined the Rotary Club of Gladstone in 1987, and in 1989 joined the Rotary Club of North Mackay. During his time in Rotary, Mark has held several positions within the Club including President, Club Service Director, Secretary, three International Service Directorships and Sergeant and TRF/International Service Director. There have also been many District roles. Mark is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow recipient and was District 9570 Governor from 2013-2014. Since July 2014 Mark has been the District 9570 ARH Chairman and is a recently anointed District RLI Trainer (2017).

Mark and wife Karen live in Mackay, North Queensland.

Jerry Pilcher
Jerry Pilcher
Jerry Pilcher has been a Director of Australian Rotary Health since September 2017.

Jerry was born in 1950 in Peterborough in the UK, where he attended Bedford School. He also met his wife Kerry, a West Australian girl, in London where they married.

Jerry and Kerry moved to Perth in 1974, and in 1988 he joined the Rotary Club of Scarborough, where he was Treasurer for 5 years. Jerry was Club President in 2008 – 2009 and District Governor for District 9455 in 2015 – 2016.

Most of Jerry’s working career was with Snap Printing – for 10 years with the company, including 4 years in Victoria as State Manager. Jerry was employed as a Franchising manager – opening new outlets in national and international cities. He also owned a Snap Franchise from 1986 – 2014.

Jerry enjoyed sailing competitively and was part of a State Championship crew in his last year. He then took up field Hockey at the age of 50. Some of Jerry’s hobbies include sport, reading, crosswords, and Rotary.

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

Barbara joined the Rotary Club of Hindmarsh, SA (D9500), in 2004 and was President and Treasurer of the club. She joined the Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks in 2010 when the Rotary Club of Hindmarsh returned it’s Charter. Barbara was Secretary of the District Group Study Exchange Committee from 2007 to 2009 and Chair from 2009 to 2010. Barbara was District Secretary in 2010-11 and District Governor in 2013-14.
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 retired from Flinders University in 2014 after 4 years in the Medical Biochemistry Department