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The Board & CEO
Bryn Miller
Association Chairman
      

Chief Executive Officer of Merrylands RSL Club, Bryn Miller was appointed over 20 years ago with a mandate to establish new strategic direction for the Club, bringing with him extensive industry and management experience from a range of Clubs including Leagues Clubs, Sports Clubs, Golf Clubs and RSL’s.

 Bryn’s 39 year career in the Club industry reflects his dedication and strong leadership qualities, including his valued contributions to many industry representative bodies to ensure the continual development of clubs in Australia.

Bryn is a founding Director of the RSL & Services Clubs Association and its current Chairman, having been re-elected for a further two year term at the AGM in October 2010. He was last year elected a Life Member for his service to the Association.  His other current industry involvement includes membership of Club Managers Association; treasurer of Western Metropolitan Region ClubsNSW; State Councillor of ClubsNSW; Director of ClubKENO Holdings and a Director of the KYLC Benevolent Fund.

 

 


Andrew Bell
Association Vice-Chairman                              
    

 

Andrew Bell, General Manager of Wagga Wagga RSL Club, was appointed a director of the Association on 16 June 2005 to fill a casual vacancy and became Vice-Chairman in June 2010.

Andrew has worked in the industry for 24 years, commencing at Mathoura Bowling Club and then Deniliquin RSL as Deputy General Manager and later General Manager, before moving to Wagga RSL in 1997. He is also the Riverina State Councillor on ClubsNSW, a Director of the Southern Sports Academy and a Director of the Operation CARE Benevolent Fund.


Dean Thomas
Association Director
   

Dean Thomas has been a board member since 2005 (appt 10/10/05)

Dean commenced employment at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club - a name synonymous within the club industry for live entertainment and great food - in 1992 and has worked towards the club’s growth through a succession of management positions, ranging from finance to operations and through to his current position. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance through the University of New South Wales, which he was completing when he first entered the club industry over 17 years ago.

He has a passion for increasing understanding of the unique and vital role that Clubs in general, and RSL Clubs in particular, play in our community. Dean has utilized his positions to advance the cause of charitable organizations, including the Variety Club of NSW and NETS (Newborn Emergency Transport Service). He is also a Director of the KYLC Benevolent Fund.


Kimberley Talbot
Association Director
    With 33 years’ experience in the industry, Kimberley Talbot has been a pioneer in club management. Beginning her career when she was 17 in Broken Hill, she has since worked across six registered clubs including two servicemen’s clubs.

After arriving at Richmond Club (Richmond Ex Servicemen’s Club) in 1999, Ms Talbot was appointed Group CEO in 2005, a position which she has held since.She is the first female CEO of a large registered club in NSW as well as the first female director of the Association. Under her direction Richmond Club became the first Registered Club that expanded its level of care towards Returned Servicemen through the provision of Residential Aged Care and Retirement Village services.

Ms Talbot has over 30 years’ experience in community and voluntary work, particularly in the areas of disability and aged care. She is also chairperson of the Hawkesbury Liquor Accord and Vice Chairman of Hills, Hawkesbury and Riverlands Tourism, working closely with State and Federal Members to promote hospitality, tourism and community care locally.

Bob Humphrys
Association Director
    Bob has been a director of CEX Group at Coffs Harbour for 22 years and Vice president for 17 years.

He served in the Army with RAEME, with active service in South Vietnam after which he worked with the Civil Aviation Authority for 20 years. He is a Past President of the Coffs Harbour Vietnam Veterans Association and was Pensions and Welfare Officer for 18 years.

Bob is a foundation Director of the Association and was last year elected a Life Member. He is also a director of The Federation of Community Sporting & Workers Clubs.

John Millar
Association Director
    John Millar was elected to the Board of Dubbo RSL Memorial Club, in 1993, and has been Club President since 2002, and was CEO of the Dubbo R.S.L. Aged Care Association for 16 years prior to retiring in 2010.

He has been Treasurer of the Dubbo RSL Sub Branch for the past 17years, and Sub Branch Trustee since 1996.

John was a Director of Macquarie Credit Union for 9 years prior to resigning in 2013. He served in the Royal Australian Navy for nine years and saw active service in Far East Campaigns.

John was appointed a Director of the Association in 2009 to fill one of two casual vacancies. 
                                      

Grant Easterby
Association Director
     

Grant Easterby, CEO of Dee Why RSL Club, was appointed to the Board of the Association in July 2010.

Mr Easterby is a 25 year veteran of the club industry and has been at the Dee Why RSL for the past 18 years, 15 of those as CEO. Born in Goulburn, he began his club career as a barman at Goulburn Workers Club, before moving to Central Coast Masonic Club as a trainee manager, followed by Toukley RSL Club as a Gaming Manager and later a stint at Tamworth Workmans' Club as Assistant General Manager.

Mr Easterby has steered Dee Why RSL to be a leader in income diversification, winning awards in club development, gaming, catering, corporate governance and financial management, to ultimately being named NSW Club of the Year in 2008 and again in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

 

 

 


Graeme Carroll
Association CEO
   

Graeme Carroll took up the role as the first Chief Executive Officer of the RSL & Services Clubs Association in February 2002.

Graeme is also company secretary of the Association and the CEO/Company Secretary of the KYLC Benevolent Fund, Operation CARE Benevolent Fund, a State Councillor of ClubsNSW and a former Director of the Kokoda Track Foundation. He has also been appointed an Ambassador to the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council.

He has almost 25 years experience in industry Associations having previously worked in government relations and corporate affairs roles at Commercial Radio Australia and the National Meat Industry Association. After starting out his career in journalism, working in newspapers and at the ABC, he gained over 10 years experience in media relations at Sydney Water, including a stint as a Ministerial Press Secretary, and has an extensive background in development of industry codes of practice and compliance; event organisation and music copyright.