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.

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Michael Macneil

    Committee Member

    Michael is a retired accountant living in Melbourne.  He was educated at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and after four years’ commissioned service spent the rest of his working life as a company accountant for a number of medium sized entities.  He is married with four children and two grandchildren.  He moved into an aged care facility two years ago and uses his connection with U3A Online, amongst other things, to keep his mind active.  He has served on the committees of a number of community organisations over the years including a community choir and bowls clubs.   His other interests include singing, history, and music.

  • 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 for the past 12 months. 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 of world wide interests.

    As the Newsletter editor, I have had the challenge of trying to find information and entertainment that may be of interest to our wide-ranging audience, and to whet appetites for further knowledge-seeking through our website. I hope the skills that I have been learning while doing this can be put to use again next year, as I would love the chance to continue in this role.

    Kerry is based on the Gold Coast in Queensland.



  • Tom Holloway

    Committee Member

    Tom is based in Oxford, UK

    Tom Holloway worked for IBM for 25 years, during which he set up several early (1973) email networks for the Insurance and Oil industries and was also on the development team of IBM's first email product (Text Routing System, 1975).

    After some years in Marketing and IBM's internal Education departments (during which he was responsible for developing and teaching wide-area-network technology) in 1986 he was assigned for two years to the UK National Council for Educational Technology, looking at access for children with special needs and also started the 'Chatback Project' for communications-impaired children. He later set up the IBM-UK Support Centre for People with Disabilities.

    Soon after retiring in 1990 he moved to Hyderabad in India, where he spent 8 months of the year setting up a school in a slum community and making fund-raising videos for charities, and the other 4 months in Oxford, England. He has now retired (for the second time) and lives in OXFORD.

    He continues to maintain several of the U3A websites he set up (including the U3A Alliance Australia site) and mentors students in India and China via the ZOOM teleconferencing software.

  • Garry Raffaele

    Committee Member

    Garry began his schooling with the nuns, then the Christian Brothers. He quickly discovered a career in the world of newspapers. Gaining a Cadetship with The Sun newspaper in Melbourne, he then moved to Canberra for The Canberra Times.

    Heavily into photography, he joined that area with writing for the newspaper.

    With his family, Garry moved to Britain , settling in London and continuing the mystic of the camera. 

    Back into Canberra for The Times, he quickly moved on to the world of PR.

    A short period with Prime TV sent him into retirement and photo work became his passion.


  • 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.