I have over 40 years experience in the not-for-profit sector, having worked both as a volunteer, professional administrator and trainer in organisations as diverse as humanitarian service, hockey, youth leadership, training and life-saving. I am a Rotarian and have served as District 9710 Governor.
Currently, I am involved with the National Youth Science Forum, training and advising Rotaractors and The Rotary Foundation. I am a Director of the National Science Summer School; Chair, Rotary International Zone 8 District Rotaract Representative Training; Rotarian Advisor to Rotaract Australia; and District Rotary Foundation Centurion Chair. I have previously been a Company Secretary.
I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia and am a Justice of the Peace. I hold the Service Cross of the Royal Life Saving Society (Commonwealth), am a Companion of the Royal Life Saving Society (Australia) and a Fellow of the Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety (Western Australia).
I hold an Advanced Diploma of Personnel & Operations Management, a Diploma of Administrative Studies and a Diploma of Government (Management).
I was elected as a Director of ShelterBox Australia in 2014 and became its Chairman on 1 July 2015. I chair the Governance Committee and am a member of the Overseas Aid Committee. As well as living the Rotary credo of Service Above Self, I strongly believe no family in the world should be without the basic dignity afforded by shelter and warmth.
I have 20 years experience spanning the financial services, IT and not-for-profit sectors, with a proven track record in program management, operations, strategy, marketing, product, brand and program management.
I am a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – Class 1) from the University of Sydney.
I was elected in 2014 and sit on the Governance, Fundraising and Operations (Chair) Committees.
I am passionate about people all around the globe having dignity through shelter.
I am currently Chief Operating Officer for Brindabella Christian College and previously CEO of surf brand Ocean and Earth. I have held the position of Company Secretary for a listed public company as well as many accounting roles at a senior level with more recent roles in General Management.
I am also Managing Director of management consulting company Utopia Consulting Pty Ltd.
I have been a Rotarian for 18 years and was District Governor in 2008 – 2009. I have had particular interest in Rotary youth programs, re-establishing Interact Clubs in the District. For the last three years I have been District 9710 Treasurer.
I was elected to the Board of Shelter Box in July 2016 and Chair the Finance and Audit Committee. I am passionate about Shelter Box as it is a way of giving practical help to people when they are most vulnerable and is a way of reaching out and showing that the world cares about their plight.
I have over 40 years experience in the meat and livestock industry, building and construction, funds management and Magazine industries with a strong financial analytical focus to allow a clear strategic integration of innovated thoughts.
I am a member of the Australian Institute of Management and have a certificate of Commerce and Accounting Procedures.
I was elected to the board in 2012 and currently I am the Company Secretary. I sit on the Shelterbox Australia Overseas Aid Funds Committee & Governance Committee. My focus is helping communities locally and overseas to have every opportunity following disaster to recover with dignity and hope of a better life.
John Lawrence OAM
I chaired ShelterBox Australia in 2012 and currently serve as a Director.
I attended Associate training in HQ Cornwall then immediately assisted in delivering help to victims of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake in 2011. I began my professional life as a civil engineer and have since made a mid-career change to the computer industry. My engineering experiences encompass major developments in Australia’s Northern Territory, Canberra, and the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, PNG.
I am a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2007 for community service through Rotary and the Anglican Church.
In 2011, I was invested as a Knight of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, an honour bestowed on individuals in recognition of their works of Christian charity.
I hold a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
I live in Adelaide SA. I started out as a watchmaker and then sold life insurance and other financial products till 2000. From then until retirement I was a company director in a training organisation. I was a senior referee in both the NBL and WNBL in the founding days of those basketball leagues.
From 1985 I directed my energies towards wheelchair basketball, which lead to an international career of 25 years in the technical and administrational area. I was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Basketball Australia inducted me into their Hall of Fame in 2010 and, in 2011 the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation awarded me the IWBF “Gold Medal Triad Award” for administration services.
As a Rotarian I was involved with three major humanitarian projects, two in Cambodia and one in Cebu, in the Philippines. I became involved with ShelterBox fundraising projects from 2008 and joined the board in 2014.