Tomaree Museum Association Committee
The Executive Committee comprises:
Secretary / Public Officer
Web Design and Data Base Management
Historian / Grants Manager
John (Stinker) Clarke
Susan (Alex) West
The Committee includes the following Ordinary Committee Members:
Marketing and Publicity Manager
Volunteer Manager / Assistant Treasurer
John (Stinker) Clarke
Meet the Committee
Ian Farnsworth - Chairperson
Ian is a retired engineer and worked with John Clarke to set up the Tomaree Museum Association in September 2019. Following a 35 year career in the RAAF as an aircraft engineering officer and project manager; Ian has subsequently provided consultancy and management services to both Government and the private sector. Ian was first a resident of Port Stephens in 1998 and is active in other NFP Community associations as Chairman of Salamander Bay Recycling and is on the Committee of Fighter World. Ian has a special interest in military history and in environmental and sustainability issues in Port Stephens. Ian is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John 'Stinker' Clarke - Vice-Chairperson
John 'Stinker' Clarke was the initial driving force for Tomaree Museum. John Clarke has had a career as sportsman, teacher, historian, author and media personality but has always found time to go fishing. John has been a resident of the Nelson Bay area since 1975 when he was appointed to teach at the local High School. He has been extremely active in the local community and his many books have made a significant contribution to the historical record of Port Stephens.
Susan (Alex) West - Secretary / Public Officer
Alex is a retired logistics and project manager with both military and private sector experience. She is currently a volunteer for a Port Stephens Council Landcare group. Alex has a keen interest in seeing the establishment of a world class regional museum in Port Stephens and is an inaugural member of the Tomaree Museum Association.
Tim Meharg - Treasaurer
Tim has been a resident of Port Stephens since 2003. His career, spanning many countries and cultures, started as an officer in the Royal Armoured Corp followed by management roles, establishing systems and implementing modern work practices, in private companies, Government Business Enterprises and Local Government. These establishments included military, construction, health, mining and hospitality. Tim has completed various management courses including MAppFin, is Chairman of the Shoal Bay Community Association, Coordinator of the local Community Fire Unit and on many committees including NSW National Parks Tomaree Coastal Walk Reference Group.
David Wilson - Web Design and Data Base Management
David retired to Shoal Bay in 2015 having spent over 30 years as an academic, the majority of this at the University of Technology Sydney where he was an Associate Professor and served 8 years as Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Information Technology. His teaching and research interests were in project management, software quality assurance, software process improvement and information systems management. Previously, David gained 10 years of practical experience in the development of management information systems before moving to academe in 1982. In retirement he has developed websites for a number of local community and sporting organisations.
Chris Peters - Historian / Grants Manager
Chris had a management career in corporate finance and investment planning. In the former, this involved presenting lengthy proposals to boards and, in the latter, advising boards on superannuation investment strategy. He has also spent a lot of time pretending to be an offshore sailor. He retired early to owner-build a sustainable house and to complete an honours degree in history. He is now a presenter and committee member at U3A, assistant secretary at TRRA and inaugural member of the TMA. He has passions for science, renewable energy and maritime history.
Mary Sillince - Assistant Secretary
Mary is a retired administration officer having spent many years in education management and more recently evolving into event management internationally. Mary has a keen interest in local history and museums in particular, having graduated from Macquarie University with a degree in Social Science. Together with her family she has been frequenting the Port Stephens area since the early 1980s and in 2018 moved to Fingal Bay. Mary is a member of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Inc., Art Gallery of New South Wales and other local historical societies as well as an inaugural member of the Tomaree Museum Association
Warwick Mathieson - Assistant Historian
Warwick is a shipwright by trade. He started his own construction company in 1974, and moved to Nelson Bay in 1980. He is recently retired. Warwick has been very active in the local community. He was a captain in the Rural Fire Service (now Retired), is a long time board member of Port Stephens Veterans and Citizens Aged Care, was President of the Nelson Bay Rotary Club in 2000, is a member of the Nelson Bay Australia Day Committee and Chairman of the Tomaree Community College.
Doug Cross - Volunteer Manager / Assistant Treasurer
Doug is a retired Air Force Aerospace Engineer currently working as a Deputy Programme Manager for Hensoldt Sensors GmbH (formerly Airbus Defence and Space). His current role is to project manage a major Defence Programme to install nine permanent and two interim Air Traffic Control radar systems across Australia for the Air Force, Navy and Army. Doug is active in the Ports Stephens community and has been a member of a number of community groups including the Nelson Bay Australia Day committee of which he has been the Chairman for 23 years.