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.

  • 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

    Secretary and Administrator

    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!

    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.

  • Bev Tapper

    Committee Member

    After working as an office administrator for many years, Bev taught bookkeeping at the local Community Centre, Basic Computer use, a volunteer Literacy Tutor and Secretary/treasurer of the local volunteer bushfire brigade north west of Sydney.  Joined U3A Online in 2007 to keep her mind active, became Course Coordinator in 2010, Secretary in 2012 and Vice President in 2014.

    Bev is based in Sackville, New South Wales

  • Allan Thompson

    Committee Member & U3A Directory

    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. 

  • Lynette Millican


    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.

  • John Yates

    Committee Member

    John is based in the UK.

    "English born (1943), Welsh by adoption. Science education, Industrial Chemist, Research into Nuclear Reactors, Patent Examiner and Head of Cheshire Career Service. Vice-Chairman of UK Heads of Careers Services. Author of two books – one on Humour the other Careers topic.Post retirement became an Education Consultant into Further Education in UK Colleges. Member of a Probus Club.

    Member of Cestrian U3A and Honorary Member of Brisbane U3A. “Looked into” over 80 U3As in the UK (particularly); other countries in Europe; Australia - including Brisbane and the Queensland Network); Singapore and finally the Osher Foundation in the USA - the USA does not have “U3As" as such. U3As I looked at vary in total membership from under 60 to over 3500. Examined the Chinese, Japanese and Indian approach to learning for their older citizens.

    Committed to the value of Open Learning at the “doing” and PR for U3AOnline and other providers."

  • 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.

    With Kerry travelling a large amount of 2018 she will be an advisor to the committee and attend meetings whenever possible. Hopefully Kerry will return to standing for Secretary again in 2019


  • 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.