Patrick was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. After qualifying as an accountant, he joined a Hong Kong based trading company where he enjoyed assignments in Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the UK. He emigrated to Australia in 1989, where he worked for a French merchant bank, GIO, Colonial and Commonwealth Bank. He was Treasurer for Woolworths before retiring in 2006.
Cheryl worked in the IT Industry in both the UK and Australia, mainly in the Banking and Financial sector. She emigrated to Australia in 1982.
BRIAN BEAUMONT OWLESTreasurer
Brian is a retired Chartered Accountant. His company sent him to Australia in 1983, living in Perth before moving to Sydney. He was part of the initial team at Grant Samuel and involved with establishing Sydney Aquarium. He retired in 2005 and since has been involved with several charitable and voluntary organisations including Rotary.
Born in London, Wendy started her career in Nursing before ultimately choosing a different career path into HR, working in a number of different sectors, progressing from Personnel Officer, to HO Personnel Manager for a national organisation. The last 10 years of her career Wendy switched to Consultancy, and worked with a firm of Management Consultants as an HR Specialist. Upon retirement, Wendy and her Australian husband came to Australia in 2003, an emotional homecoming to WA after many years for her husband, and a “wish we had done it years ago” for Wendy.
Jonathan was born in London and grew up in south-east England. He studied arboriculture in Guildford, Surrey and then set up an arboriculture contracting business that provided services in the south of England, Ireland, France and Israel. He emigrated to Perth in 2000. He spent a couple of years living and working in each of the southern and eastern states before moving to Queensland to help Brisbane City Council develop and introduce their vegetation protection laws. Jonathan now has his own arboriculture consultancy company. He served as president of the Queensland Arboricultural Association, Chair of the Veteran Tree Group of Australia, Tree Assessor for the QCAT, Advocacy Committee member of the National Trust Australia (Qld) and Expert Witness for the Planning & Environment Court Queensland. Jonathan became aware of the plight of UK pensioners living in Australia and the discriminatory way that the UK Government refuses to provide index-linked pensions to thousands of UK pensioners and so offered to assist the BPiA in their campaign for justice.
Roger emigrated as a teenager with his parents from the Brighton area to Western Australia, working in accounting, burglar alarms and throwing fleeces in a shearing shed. He then served in the Royal Australian Air Force in telecommunications and in various accounting and Department of Defence computer systems development roles. He later became a computer systems audit manager for the Australian Audit Office and the Office of the Auditor General for Western Australia. He inaugurated and ran a community music organisation and led a professional organisation. He and wife Shirley look forward to again visiting children and grandchildren during interstate holidays.
Tony Walsh arrived in Australia in 1982 from the UK joined Telecom Australia and retired as State Sales Manager Victoria in 1993.