Management Committee

The 2023/204 Committee was elected at the AGM on 17 March 2023.  Committee meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month.  U3A Members are welcome to attend Committee Meetings by prior arrangement.

President  Diane Cuthbert – Diane and her husband Lloyd moved to the north coast in 2016.  Diane’s background is as a Town Planner and prior to her retirement was the Planning Director of a large Western Sydney council.

Vice President, Greg Unwin – Over the last 50 years I have been a Member &/or on the Management Team for numerous community and sporting associations.

Secretary (Web Admin) Sue Bell – I have worked with non-profit organisations for over 20 years and I have a business background. A member of U3A Ballina/Byron for 8 years during which I have served as Vice President and continue as a volunteer Tutor for Creative Craft and Chat. Treasurer Antoinette Richter – Was born in Holland and grew up in Canberra, lived in Alice Springs, Gold Coast and then happily settled in Ballina about 4 years ago. Retired and married with many children and grandchildren.

Studied multiple courses at TAFE and post-grad at Monash University in Management.

Her working background has largely been financial and administrative operations in Government. She also had her own bookkeeping business and a retail outlet prior to 9 years as a government service officer.

Committee Members Barb McCall – Former Treasurer. I have lived most of my life in the Ballina and Lismore areas. I taught at Dunoon, The Channon and Wardell until I retired in 2012. I run the Exploring Books Group and the Monday and Tuesday Walking Groups.

Committee Member (Promotions & Public Officer) Warren Hastings Harris. A Sydneysider by birth, Warren’s principal career was as a 22-year service officer with the Immigration Department in various of its incarnations.  He also has earlier experience in public relations and promotions in a show business context.

Committee Member (Social Committee Chair) Ann Neal – Member since 2013 after relocating from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  Background in primary teaching and interior design.  Past tutor of creative writing group. Social Committee Co-chair for the past 3 years.

Committee Member – Julie Stephan

After a long career teaching English in high school,  I moved north in 2011 from Canberra with my husband, Peter, to settle back into his hometown of Ballina. Initially I continued working part-time, but also enrolled in U3A where my mother-in-law, Eve Stephan, had been a foundation member. I immediately joined the Tuesday walking group and have since tried my hand at photography and Weights for Women. Currently I’m involved in belly dancing, mahjong, French, bird watching, and of course, the walking group. I think that U3A is a wonderful organisation which provides friendship, interesting hobbies and opportunities for social interactions, all of which are so important for us as we grow older. I’m pleased to be able to contribute to the organisation by producing the Newsletter.

 

Committee Member (Class and Venue Co-Ordinator and Newsletter Editor) Heather Munro – Heather is a retired primary school teacher who has lived and worked in the area since 1988. Within U3A, she enjoys playing, and tutoring Mahjong, bird watching, walking groups and providing individual technology support.

Committee Member Jill Gibbons – I moved to Ballina 18 months ago and joined U3A 12 months ago. In U3A I joined the walking group and Mahjong. Before retiring to Ballina I worked as a Physiotherapist in Palliative Care in Sydney.

Committee Member Ross Glover

Ross has been a Committee Member for 2 years. He moved to the North Coast in 1980 from Sydney, and have been in Wollongbar for the last 11 years. Ross retired mid 2020 and realised, because of that timing, that it was important to get out with people. Joined U3A for 2021.

He is currently involved with the walking groups, table tennis, birding and the current affairs discussion group.

Committee Member Viv Miller. Viv spent most of her working life as a primary school teacher in Townsville, North Queensland. After that she spent a few years in retail, managing various shops in Townsville. After moving to Lennox Head she spent about 7 years as a volunteer wildlife carer, and is always passionate about animals. The next move was to Ballina where she became involved in U3A, and has served in many different capacities in this organisation.

Non Office Bearing Positions 

Mullumbimby Representative, Class and Venue Coordinator  Gerti Krebs  

To contact any of the people listed above please send an email or telephone our office to leave a message, and the person concerned will get back to you. Contact details are below:

 U3A Ballina/Byron office telephone 0473 520 184

Email: u3abalbyr@gmail.com

 Mail address: PO Box 55, Ballina 2478

Website: www.ballinabyron.u3anet.org.au