BPiA Committee

PATRICK EDWARDS
PATRICK EDWARDSPresident
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.
ALDEN FITZGERALDTreasurer
BRIAN BEAUMONT OWLES
BRIAN BEAUMONT OWLES
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.
STUART COLEMAN
GARRY GORDON
GARRY GORDON
Garry worked as a senior executive with the British Council and Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK supporting soft diplomacy programs before returning to Australia in 2012. He then worked as a senior executive at Parliament House Canberra and then the ACT Government on a wide range of policy and procurement programs. Since retiring in 2019, Garry has joined the BPiA to support the work to secure pensions justice for overseas pensions recipients. Having lived and worked in the UK for 13 years he understands the British values of fair play and doing the right thing. He is actively supporting the BPiA campaign for the UK Government to apply their values of fair play to their pensions system.
JONATHAN HOBBS
JONATHAN HOBBS
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.
TONY WALSH
TONY WALSH
Tony Walsh arrived in Australia in 1982 from the UK joined Telecom Australia and retired as State Sales Manager Victoria in 1993.