Committee of Management

  • Jean Walker


    Jean was born in Yorkshire. She is currently President of U3A Glenorchy in Hobart, Tasmania. She retired at the end of 2008 from the Australian Education Union after four years as State President for Tasmania, after a long career in secondary schools teaching English, Social Science and Special Needs. She had been involved with the AEU (Tas Branch) for many years and had also worked for three years as a Union Field Officer.
    She is currently on the Board of COTA as (Council on the Ageing) and President of the Zonta Club of Hobart Derwent and does some casual sub-editing for the State Hansard while parliament is sitting.
    She lives with her partner, Colin, a retired journalist and Charlie, their King Charles Cavalier, in Berriedale where they have a great view of MONA (Museum of New and Old Art). She has three adult sons, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who live there, Victoria and Queensland.  As a retired teacher and unionist, she is committed to the value and importance of life-long learning for all.

  • Kerry Hamilton


    Kerry retired from a teaching career in 2014 and while she loved teaching, she never seemed to have enough time to do all the things she wanted. she was a teacher for students with learning difficulties for most of her working life. She started teaching in matriculation colleges at a time when youth unemployment in Tasmania was increasing, and there were very few suitable courses for these kids. She was surprised to realise how much some of them struggled with the basics. And so for her began a long and happy time progressively moving back through the primary school system until she was supporting young children who were already disadvantaged in their learning. While she misses the children, retirement has meant indulging lots of her other interests... she is a keen bush walker and likes to head off into the wilderness world of magical creeks and waterfalls, including in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland at her doorstep. U3A of course has opened another door, one of learning and inspiration. Now there is also time for the random opportunities that come along...her main joy is to be able to spend more time with her large family... Very special! She looks forward to being able to contribute to the U3A community and to get the chance to meet up with lots of you other inspirational people!

  • Heather Jones


    Heather qualified as an Accountant in 1964.  Next she worked for National Cash Register Co. for 1 year in their Computer Division in York St Sydney.  Following that she spent 2 years in the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force. When she completed her service in the WRAAF, she moved back to NCR and worked for them for 10 years in various states of Australia performing various programming duties.

    She married and had two children.  She was divorced after 5 years and, being left to bring up two children alone, decided that Teaching adults was a way that could provide for the children and she could still be there for them.  She also had her own Accounting Practice that she could manage from her own home, so she acquired a Bachelor of Teaching (AVE), and proceeded to work for TAFE and private Colleges in the Gosford and Newcastle areas.

    During her time teaching, she taught such subjects as Computing, Accounting, Computer Accounting and Business Administration Subjects. She retired when she was 65 and moved to Tamworth to be near her family.

    Her interests now are Croquet, Craft, U3A both online and Tamworth, and playing cards (Solo, 500 and Cribbage). Heather joined the committee in 2014.

  • Di Delchau:

    Committee Member

    Di is located at Beerwah, South East Queensland. She was born in Victoria and moved to South Australia in 1963 where she qualified as a teacher. She married Brian, also a teacher and in 1985 left teaching to operate a retail nursery. In 1990 they moved to Queensland. Di became interested in U3A through the Sunshine Coast U3A group where she was the Class Administrator before joining U3A Online in 2006 and became the Administrator at the end of that year. She was elected President in 2007 and retired as President in 2014. She was the founding Secretary of the U3A Network Queensland and has been a member of the Steering group for the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance since it was established in 2010. As President of U3A Online she was also an inaugural member of the U3A Australian Alliance (U3AAA).

  • Bev Tapper

    Committee Member

    After working as a bookkeeper and office administrator for thirty years, Bev spent two years teaching manual bookkeeping at the local Community Centre, Basic Computer use at Mt Druitt TAFE a volunteer Literacy Tutor and Secretary/treasurer of the local volunteer bushfire brigade north west of Sydney.  She joined U3A Online in 2007 to keep my mind active, became Course Coordinator in 2010, Secretary in 2012 and Vice President in 2014.

  • Jean Duff

    Vice President

    Jean was born in United Kingdom, married to Alex and has 3 children and 1 grandchild who all live in Perth, WA.

    She retired from work in 2014 after 20 years working for the Western Australian State Government in the Department of Culture and the Arts Administration Team. Her interests are Genealogy – She has completed the U3A Online Genealogy Course and has been working on her family tree for the past 10 years but with names of Brown and White in the family its taking longer than anticipated.

    She is also a member of U3A Perth Northern Suburbs area and attends weekly meetings.  She is involved with the U3A Network WA and has recently been elected Treasurer. Her other interests are reading, walking and visiting new places. She takes an active interest in her local community.

  • Allan Thompson

    Committee Member

    Allan lives with his family in Moruya NSW. He was born in Bondi, New South Wales. His father was a Civil Engineer and his mother an elocutionist. He has six (6) grandchildren and two (2) great grandchildren.

    Allan started a broadcasting career with 2GB in Sydney in 1941 and moved to television in 1967, becoming an Industrial Advocate for the Australian Commercial Television Industry in 1974. He became involved with U3A Online in 1998 as a member of the Project Reference Group, was Secretary/Treasurer from 2001 to 2004 and was then Vice President for twelve months. Allan again took up the role of Treasurer in 2009 which he relinquished in August of that year. 

  • John Mitchell

    Committee Member

    In the past John has been involved with many clubs in administration positions. While in New Zealand for close to 50 years he was:

    NZ Representative of the Captain Cook Society (still a member in Australia).
    On Regional Finance committee of the NZ Historic Places Trust
    A member of the NZ Royal Society
    A member of the NZ Professional Historians Society
    Member of the NZ Institute of Management

    His working life has been split between Accounting and IT management positions, sometimes including both.
    He moved to Australia 10 years ago with his wife and worked full time as an accountant for a group of small companies. Although retired he still provides assistance to these companies on a very casual basis.

    On a more personal level his parents emigrated to Australia from England in the 1950s living in Nowra, NSW for one year and Melbourne for approximately 4 years. He attended his first year of High School in Victoria and was a foundation pupil plus prefect in this year. His parents then decided to move to New Zealand and there he remained until 10 years ago. He has two sons in Australia (moved there before they did!) one in Auckland Plus his wife has an adult son and daughter in Christchurch, NZ.

    His interests are many but mainly history, computers and photography and also forever learning!