I was born in Melbourne and grew up in the bayside suburb of Beaumaris, being one of five kids who enjoyed the freedom of growing up in the 60’s. I studied civil engineering at Swinburne Institute of Technology and graduating in 1983, the same year as I married Diane. We headed down to Philip Island where I worked at the local Shire Council designing and constructing roads and drainage schemes and Di worked as a teacher at Wonthaggi Tech. From there to a consulting role in Melbourne then a move north to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast to start a long association with the water and sewerage industry. I am presently a General Manager with TasWater in a challenging role that I am passionate about.
I have had a long term association with sport, both playing and committees including cricket, Aussie Rules, Tennis and even a stint of Gaelic Footy in Ireland. Golf is a fairly new sport to me (no surprises for people I’ve played with) but a great challenge similar to the recent launch of my mountain biking career with a common theme of trees/undergrowth and overbearing gravity.
Di and I (our three sons are well established on the mainland) have lived in Tasmania for six years which has been a pleasure especially being based in the North West. I consider the opportunity to be a member of the Devonport Country Club to be a privilege and believe I can bring to the table my 20 years’ experience working with Boards and in management roles. It certainly is exciting times and the feedback I get from members is the course has never been in better condition, the positives in joining up with our local bowls club and croquet club, together with the move to state of the art facilities and a high quality clubhouse. I would like to acknowledge the significant amount of work from the sporting and special committees and their coordination, led by our hardworking Manager.
My vision for the club has a theme of providing a playing and meeting focus for our Community in a family friendly environment.
Phillip was born in Smithton and was raised in the country at Black River, which is about 10 kilometres from Stanley. Phillip attended primary school at St Attracta’s at Smithton and his secondary years at the Smithton High School.
Phillip began his working career in Smithton with an agricultural company called Horne Bros, which was a subsidiary of Clements & Marshall, as a clerk. In late 1975 he was offered and accepted a transfer within Clements & Marshall to join their EDP team at their Head Office in Devonport. Phillip worked with Clements & Marshall for some 28 years, mainly within their Head Office team as their Computer Systems Administrator. While at Clements & Marshall, he studied Accountancy as well as Computer Programming. He has also completed courses in Excel, Word, Access and Windows, along with computer maintenance.
Phillip then worked as a consultant, supporting accounting software packages for numerous clients, both on site and remotely for 7 years with clients based in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.
He recently retired from the workforce in September 2018 from his position as HR Manager for a state wide company that had a workforce of some 140 employees. Prior to being the company’s HR Manager, Phillip held the role as Finance Manager, a position he held from some 6 years.
Phillip is also a past board member of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and was the Treasurer of the School during the 5 years he was on this board in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Phillip has been involved with sporting clubs all his life. He has played competitive sport since the age of 10. In his junior years, Phillip played football, cricket and basketball. After retiring from football in the 80’s, he was asked to fill in with the Spreyton Bowls Club as they were short one day, and he was hooked, having played lawn bowls now for some 35 years. Phillip’s administrative roles include treasurer of the Spreyton Football Club for a number of years in the 80’s and then, in recent years, he has held the position of Treasurer of the Spreyton Bowls Club. Phillip was also a foundation member of the Spreyton Bowls Club when it commenced in 1984 and was awarded Life Membership of the club in 2016.
Phillip and his wife Denise love to travel and have travelled overseas as well as within Australia. They visit their 2 Daughters and Grand Children regularly as they all live interstate. Phillip also loves being in his veggie garden.
Phillip sees the development and progress of the Devonport Country Club as an exciting and a great asset, not only for the Devonport region, but also for the North West Coast and even the whole of Tasmania. His aim is for the Devonport Country Club to be a premium sporting facility for all.
Phillip brings his working experience along with his sport playing and administration experience and skills to the board and looks forward to the challenges ahead.