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 is long-time member, and past-president, of the Zonta Club of Hobart Derwent, a service club for business and professional women. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Retirement Benefits Association in Tasmania.

    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 five great-grandchildren.  As a retired teacher and unionist, she is committed to the value and importance of life-long learning for all.


    Her main interests are classical music and opera, concerts, theatre and films, reading and as much travel as we can manage.

  • 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.

  • Kerry Hamilton


    U3A Online has a wonderful way of linking people from all over this country and the world.  I am privileged to have been a committee member, Newsletter editor, advisor and secretary in the past. During this time I have come to a fuller understanding of the role that we, as a group of lifelong learners and teachers, can play in this wonderful network.

    Before retirement I was a teacher, a role I very much loved. These days I spend time with my large, joyful family, and have fun with bushwalking, travel, yoga and friends.

    I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland.



  • 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.

  • Bev Tapper

    Course Coordinator & Course Developer

    Bev retired from office administration and became a volunteer literacy tutor. She is also a member
    of her local Rural Fire Brigade and has been the voluntary secretary and treasurer for the brigade.
    She lives in the Hawkesbury area north of Sydney. Her interests are gardening, bird watching and
    She joined U3A Online in 2008 and became Secretary in 2011. Since then she has held various
    positions on the Committee of Management and is currently the Course Coordinator and assistant to
    the Administrator and Course Developer.

  • John Mitchell


    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 12 years ago with his wife and worked full time as an accountant for a group of small companies until retirement.

    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. His parents then decided to move to New Zealand and there he remained until 12 years ago. He has two sons in Australia (moved there before he did!) and 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!

    John is based on the Gold Coast, Queensland


  • Lynette Millican

    Committee Member

    Lynette is 69 years old and has never married.

    Until recently she lived in Artarmon in Sydney but sold that unit in September and purchased a villa in a retirement village in Taree. Her brother and sister-in-law also live in Taree so that was a big incentive for her to move, plus the fact that she has recently gone into a wheelchair.

    Most of her working life has been in offices and has gone from accounting and calculating machines to computers that took up the entire room to desktop computers connected to a network.  She has always enjoyed her jobs and never found the office to be boring.  She did a lot of travelling around Australia in her late teens and early twenties. 

    Her mother worked volunteering for the Smith Family for over 40 years and she would like to do her part to give back to the community.

  • Colette Kinsella

    Committee Member

    Colette Kinsella was born in Dublin and lived there until 1981 when she emigrated to Brisbane with her then husband and  teenage son and daughter. She met Phil  in 1985 and they have been living together ever since. Daughter lives in Seattle, while son lives in Perth. The tyranny  of distance will be overcome next March when the family will get together on the Gold Coast.

    Colette has been in administration most of her life, in various capacities. She has a B.Admin., a Post-Grad. Dip. In Women’s Studies, a Diploma in Career Guidance and a Cert IV in Workplace training and Assessment.The 20 years she spent in the Federal Public Service to 2005 were good years, working with some wonderful people with whom she still keeps in touch over long lunches! After official retirement, she did some consultancy work, and volunteer work with several organisations.

    In her teenage years she was 2nd violin in the Dublin Youth Orchestra and also played the piano. Her musical activities are now confined to listening to CD,s and attending the occasional concert! She enjoys playing Mah Jong every Friday at the ‘Sixty And Better’ club, where she is on the Management Committee. She and Phil like to travel as much as the budget allows and have had several enjoyable holidays in England, Ireland, Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler, Paris, Perth, Queensland and NSW in recent years.

  • Kathy Slater

    Committee Member

    Kathy was born in New Zealand and although has travelled extensively, living in England for a time is now definitely a resident in New Zealand.  Now a widow with two sons and two grandsons living in close proximity enables participation in a wide range of supportive activities.

    Taught in primary school, then moved on to teaching in secondary school until taking up a position at a University in Auckland where she lectured for 24 years and is still employed in a part time role supervising Post Graduate students.

    Involvement with U3A St Heliers has resulted in various roles many that are continuing: co-ordinator of Study Groups, Study Group facilitator, developing and maintaining the web page, Vice President and then President and now represents U3A St Heliers on the Auckland Network Committee.

    Within the Community Kathy works one day a week as a volunteer in the local Hospice Shop and also delivers Meals on Wheels through the Red Cross.