Committee Members - 2013



AMSA Chairman- Kevin Callinan

Kevin retired in 1999 after a long career as a senior manager in government and the private sector. In 1988 he was appointed to a small team that set-up Australian Defence Industries P/L (ADI) where he was responsible for all human resources issues including employer / employee relations, managing change, quality management , and occupational health and safety. He holds tertiary qualifications in management of organisations, public administration and economics. He has been active in community organisations holding leadership positions.

As initiator of Ku-ring-gai Community Workshop ‘The Shed’, dating from 2005, he set up a small shed at Turramurra in a disused sports building (50sqm) in 2009 and pursued the longer term ambition to establish a larger purpose built building for The Shed.

After several false starts approval was given for a purpose built building at St Ives Showground (273sqm). This was achieved through funding totalling $132,000 provided under the NSW government Community Builders Program and a matching grant from Ku-ring-gai Council as well as cash and ‘in-kind’ support from a wide range of business and community organisations.

The Shed has been successful in securing grants from government, council and community organisations to outfit “The Shed” with good quality new machinery.

Kevin has been Zone representative for Sydney region and Secretary and Treasurer of the NSW Branch of AMSA, as New South Wales representative and member of the AMSA Board throughout 2011 and 2012 he was active in developing Board governance and by-laws documents and acted as Treasurer to the Board.



 Immediate Past Chairman - Ted Donnelly

Ted was born in Yorkshire and in his working life had a number of positions in R&D, Production, Marketing and General Management both in the UK and Australia. For the last 18 years before retirement he was a Technical/Marketing Consultant, based in the UK, but operating worldwide on new materials for electronic components, particularly printed circuits.


Ted was a founder member of the Lane Cove Community Men's Shed when it started in 1998, is still responsible for its day to day operation and has also helped with the start-up of several other Sheds. He is the co-author of the manual "Setting Up A Men's Shed", developed the website in 2005 which became the current AMSA site and in 2010 set up the initial sites for the State Associations. Ted was a founder member of AMSA in 2007, administered the Association for the first 18 months and has been involved in running it since then. He was Secretary up to 2011and became Chairman in October 2011.


QLDMSA: Graeme Curnow

Graeme took early retirement in 2007 after a career which embraced a diverse range of industries, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics and Household Goods manufacture, Heavy Engineering and Gambling (not gamboling). He had worked as a Chemist, next in Production Management and then within the whole spectrum Personnel Management.

Shortly after retiring Graeme became involved in the establishment of a Men’s Shed in the western Brisbane suburb of Kenmore under the auspicing of Brisbane City Council. For the past 2 years “Shed West” has functioned with weekly gatherings in a former Scout Hall, prone to flooding, and over 120 men expressed interest in participating at a Shed Workshop, in that period. Shed West is within days of opening that workshop, on a former Council Depot Site where it will provide access to Woodworking machines, Metal working machines, Welders and Computer Terminals. Graeme became involved with AMSA when the BCC contact person asked him to take over this liaison from her.

With the formation of the Queensland Men’s Shed Association, earlier this year, Graeme became the inaugural President.


SAMSA: Bryce Routley

Bryce started work in the state government in 1975 as a chemist in a water testing laboratory in Adelaide then progressed into industrial wastewater treatment, water catchment management and finally into being an educator of businesses in becoming more energy and water efficient. He has now left the state government to continue this work as a private consultant and to have more time to be devoted to mens sheds.

Growing up on the family farm, sheds and woodwork have been a part of his life, teaching his 4 children the basics of carpentry and running a part time cabinetmaking business at one stage to supplement his income. This has resulted in 2 of his sons being involved in the cabinetmaking industry, one of them operating a large shopfitting business.

He is the chair of the Pooraka Farm Community Centre and has been the driving force in establishing a local mens shed through the centre, resulting in being chosen as a “Living Legend” for 2012 by the local council for his work. His passion for supporting mens sheds is borne out of a belief that the explosive development of mens sheds will be a major force in shaping the future of Australian society in the near future.


VMSA: Paul Sladdin

Paul Sladdin Victoria, Paul‘s background and qualifications are in community education and community development in which he has been involved for the past 25 years. Since 2000 he has been the CEO of the Mansfield Community Education Centre in North East Victoria which is both a Registered Training Organisation and a Neighbourhood House which auspices the Mansfield Community Men’s Shed. His involvement with the Men’s Shed movement began in 2005 when he was instrumental in the founding and establishment of the Mansfield Community Men’s Shed and contributed to the development of the Victorian Government’s Men’s Shed policy and funding program. Through the Mansfield Shed Paul has been involved with VMSA since its inception and was elected to the committee in 2009 and then elected as VMSA President in November 2010. Paul is also a Director of the Mansfield and District Community (Bendigo) Bank and a Country Fire Authority (CFA) Lieutenant in the Bonnie Doon brigade as well as being a member’s delegate with Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) which represents Victoria’s CFA volunteers.


WAMSA - Mike Wiggin

Mike spent the majority of his working life in the mining industry after an early stint in the Army. He worked in both underground and open pit mines as a mining engineer before starting work as a blasting engineer in 1982.  In the following 22 years he worked in Australia and Indonesia for the Rio Tinto, Orica and Dyno Nobel as well as getting Masters in Mineral Economics.  For the last 8 years, he ran his own consultancy.

Through all this he devoted his spare time to woodworking. Mike is a woodworker who has made furniture and small boxes for a number of years.  Recent pieces include a daybed and hall table as well as Jarrah and Australian Cedar jewellery boxes.  His work is a mix of traditional and contemporary styles.

Mike joined WA Fine Wood Work Association in 2009 and is currently the Vice Chairman of that group.  After retiring in 2012, he joined the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed in 2013 and the WAMSA committee, which he now chairs, that same year.

His ambition is to see Men’s Sheds recognised as key contributors to successful and thriving communities across Australia.








NSWMSA- John Sharples

John trained as a teacher of Industrial Arts (Woodwork, Metalwork & Technical Drawing) and was employed with the NSW Department of School Education for 39 years with 1 year teaching in New Zealand. He also has a Certificate in Personnel Management (Charles Sturt University Bathurst).

Promoted to Head of Department status then Inspector of Schools in the Hunter and North West regions of NSW.

John moved into educational administration as Manager Recruitment Promotion & Transfer with the NSW Department of School Education then Manager of Personnel in Metropolitan North Region. After 7 years he moved back into schools as the first Deputy Principal and now patron of, Tumbi Umbi High School.

Since retirement in 2005 John has led committees to establish The Entrance Men’s Shed and the Bateau Bay Men’s Shed.Managed the opening and setting up of Bateau Bay Men’s Shed where he continues as President.Held the role of President of the Men’s Sheds Central Coast Inc. for 3 years. Elected Zone Representative for Central Coast Sheds now expanded to Western and Upper Hunter Sheds.Developed training programs to support carers seeking to bring men with special needs to sheds.Participated in the development of the inaugural and revised Constitutions of the NSW Branch of AMSA.