Meet your Management Committee 2018-2019

Penny Douglas

Penny is a retired public servant who enjoyed a wide ranging career in the Commonwealth and State Governments.  She has served on a number of committees including Treasurer for the Brisbane State High School P&C Association.
Her first exposure to computers was in the 1980s as a data entry operator for the production of season rail tickets in the NSW Transport Department.  Penny became President of BSOL in 2014 and is passionate about helping seniors gain the knowledge and confidence to access and benefit from the internet.

 Vice President
Ron Horst

Ron has had a career in computing since 1982, with BHP and then CSIRO, in a variety of roles such as programming, database design, systems development, and middle management. Ron did a volunteer IT project in Kathmandu during 2015, and has not been actively seeking work since then; though he is not ready to say he is retired.  He joined BSOL in 2016 in order to return something to the community.

Ethna Brown

 My name is Ethna Brown and I am an Inner North Mentor with BSOL. I have been with the organisation since 2004 and in that time have mentored many learners. I am an Entomologist and worked at the Department of Primary Industries where I got my grounding in Computers developing a database of insect images for use by Field Stations. My interests include reading, sport, computer gaming, and line-dancing.

Ivan Kirk

I bring to the position of treasurer formal training in accountancy and years of experience serving on management committees including: Blue Care, a Neighborhood Center, a University Residential College and a High School Chaplaincy Committee.

I feel an infinity for an association that assists seniors learn new skills because I am a committed life-long learner. It’s good to serve with people on the management committee who give much of their time and skills for the good of the association and its members and I look forward to making my contribution to the association.

Sue Green
 Sue is a retired librarian, who enjoyed a career starting the Qld State Government, before moving into the private legal sector, where her focus was on legal research and knowledge management. She has always had an active interest in IT issues. She was involved in developing specifications for database design, and implementation. She has expertise as an end user, rather than an IT professional, and has always tried to think of how people can easily use the technology that is now available. She joined BSOL in 2017, helping with database entry, mentoring, and returning some of her expertise to the community.

ICT Manager
Paul Boult
Paul has been working on Computer since 1975 within Universities and CSIRO. At Flinders University he was responsible for designing and programming of stand-alone computer systems. From 1988 he worked for CSIRO Marine and finally CSIRO Information Management and Technology. When he left CSIRO he was Queensland Business Support Manager responsible for IT support service delivery in Queensland. Since Joining BSOL in 2011 he has worked to improve the Information, Communications and Technology used within BSOL.

 Kevin Brown

 Kevin joined BSOL in 2011 as the South Hub Coordinator.  In 2012 he also took on both the Secretary and Central Hub Coordinator jobs. He resigned as Secretary prior to the 2015 AGM renominated as a Management Committee Member and was elected .   He is currently serving as Hub Coordinator for both Central and Inner North Hubs in addition to Management Committee member.
Kevin was an officer in the New Zealand Army for thirty years during which time he saw active service in Vietnam, served on peacekeeping operations on the Israeli/Egyptian border in the Sinai.  He retired from the Army in 1998 after serving as the  Military Attache  in the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra. He moved from there to Brisbane with his wife and family and started a property management business. He joined BSOL after retiring from this business and was looking for a good cause to engage with.
 Hugh Wiseman

Hugh joined BSOL as a learner in 2010, became a mentor a year later, and was invited to join the Management Committee in 2013. He currently holds the position of Special Projects Officer to the Management Committee, which will involve him in our expected relocation to Gabba Towers, scheduled to be late February, 2018.
Since arriving in Australia in 1964 Hugh has worked in the Construction industry on projects across the country. His work took him to all mainland capital cities as well as some remote outposts. His final project was as the Project Manager responsible for the construction of the streetscape along Hastings Street, Noosa, after which he retired. He now occupies his time with daily exercise at a gym, is active with his local church and is involved with other local volunteer work.