Our Board

Mr Bob Rolls

President

Bob was born in England just prior to the war and completed his national service in the Royal Air Force. In 1963 Bob decided to emigrate to Australia and arrived in Tasmania in 1966 after stops in Nepal, New Zealand and Perth. Bob married his wife in 1971 and from then until his retirement in 2002, Bob was employed as a sales representative with three major companies. Since retirement Bob has been active in the community by volunteering with CETCH Inc as a long-time board member and President. Bob has also served as a board member and President of the Huon Valley PCYC; a member of the Hobart Walking Club and Captain and President of the Huon Valley Golf Club. Bob has a great passion for golf and has played continuously since 1972.

Mrs Carolyn Whitehouse

Vice President

Carolyn is a qualified teacher with a B.A., Dip. Education and Dip. Librarianship. With 40 years experience, she has taught in both the public and the private education sector in isolated, rural, urban and city schools. Carolyn is also a semi-professional sports photographer with a wide range of output including football, soccer, rugby, cricket, netball, boxing, rodeos, etc. Carolyn also has a background in martial arts having been involved with Shotokan Karate here in Tasmania and also visiting and training in Japan.

Mrs Christina Rose

Secretary/Public Officer

Christina was born and grew up in Swansea, Wales. Christina was employed as a personal assistant at British Transport Headquarters in London for 2 years and then as a bilingual Secretary in Geneva, Switzerland, for 5 years. Christina arrived in Australia in the 70’s, where she met her Tasmanian born husband while working in Sydney. They eventually married (and now have two adult sons) and settled in Tasmania, after living and working in W.A. and Queensland. Christina worked as a paralegal in many prominent Hobart legal firms until her retirement in 2013. Christina volunteered as a voluntary literacy tutor at the Hobart LINC for 2 years and is currently Secretary of the Welsh Society of Southern Tasmania.

Mr Kevin Parkinson

Treasurer

After marrying and settling in Tasmania in 1977, Kevin gained an engineering position with the Hydro Electric Commission until 1994. He then completed a Skills Assessor Qualification & Certificate IV in Information Technology that saw him teaching Information Technology at TAFE Tasmania. Kevin completed a Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training at the Huon Open Learning Centre in 2004, taught Information Technology at Tasmanian Online Access Centres and managed CETCH Inc. Kevin completed a Certificate IV in Business in 2006. Prior to commencing as a member of the Management Committee, Kevin served as Finance Manager of the Hobart PCYC for 11 years until his retirement in July 2017.

Alderman Vlad Gala

General Committee

Vlad arrived in Australia from (the former) Czechoslovakia as a child in 1969 and has spent his working life in the areas of hospitality, administration and real estate. Vlad became the Director/Owner of Northshore Realty in 1997 and successfully developed the business into one of Tasmania's largest and most successful independent real estate agencies until it was sold to Harcourts in 2012. Vlad also opened Tasmania's first dedicated boat storage facilities in Dodges Ferry and has lived in the area for over 20 years. Vlad also continues to work as one of Tasmania's most experienced and leading real estate experts and is an alderman on the Sorell Council.

Mr Matthew Holloway

General Committee

Matt completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Counselling) in 2009 and most recently completed Honours in Professional Human Services Practice. Matt spent several years living in Melbourne and working in corporate psychology followed by a move into the not-for-profit social services sector. Matt moved back to Tasmania in 2012 and since returning to Tasmania, Matt has been employed at Bethlehem House in a senior case management role. Matt is passionate about transparency and accountability in governance and was a founding member of Tasmanian’s for Transparency.

Ms Alana Laredo

General Committee

Alana has worked extensively in the Tasmanian retail / business sector for over 25 years. Alana has held many and varied positions with her extensive experience including positions such as Retail Buying, Marketing and Management. Alana is currently employed in the Health Food Industry where she employs her skills and knowledge of both sales and staff training. Alana is highly committed to health and fitness and is active in the promotion of health and wellbeing for all Tasmanians. Alana is a long-term and passionate gym member.
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