RBMS Committee Roles

The River Basin Management Society (RBMS) comprises an elected volunteer Committee made up of an Executive Committee and General Committee member base. Elections are held on an annual basis with nominations received via an expression of interest advertised in May and announced at the Special General Meeting held in mid to late June each year.

The structure of the committee is flexible, but it provides ease of responsibility to have some designated roles to lead actions. This can be determined by each committee, led by the decision of the RBMS Executive. All committee members are trained in the programs and processes required to deliver communications and event management, to share the workload across the year.

The structure, roles and responsibilities are summarised in the image below:

RBMS Committee Structure - roles

Executive Committee

We are proud to have been well served by an entirely volunteer committee since our establishment in 1986/87.

The current RBMS Executive Committee are shown below, along with a list representing those who have served since 2012/13:


Jess Walker


Josie McGushin


Claire Fitzpatrick


Apanie Wood

Immediate Past President

Janice Taylor

Year President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Past President
2024/25 Jess Walker Josie McGushin Claire Fitzpatrick Apanie Wood Janice Taylor
2023/24 Janice Taylor Ben Pearson Josie McGushin Apanie Wood -
2022/23 Janice Taylor Kathy Russell Josie McGushin Apanie Wood Myles Coker
2021/22 Janice Taylor Kathy Russell Genevieve Smith Apanie Wood Myles Coker
2020/21 Myles Coker Jess Walker Apanie Wood Lisa Duncan Alison Miller
2019/20 Myles Coker Jess Walker Apanie Wood Lisa Duncan Alison Miller
2018/19 Alison Miller Myles Coker Jacqui Lloyd Josh Hale Mark Stacey
2017/18 Alison Miller Myles Coker Rebecca Schwarzman Josh Hale Mark Stacey
2016/17 Mark Stacey Myles Coker Alison Miller Josh Hale Jesse Barrett
2015/16 Mark Stacey Myles Coker Johanna Slijkerman Marty Hillemacher Jesse Barrett
2014/15 Jesse Barrett Mark Stacey Johanna Slijkerman Marty Hillemacher -
2013/14 Jesse Barrett Mark Stacey Johanna Slijkerman Marty Hillemacher Geoff Vietz
2012/13 Geoff Vietz Jesse Barrett Johanna Slijkerman Marty Hillemacher Joanne Andrews, nee Hand

Committee Members

The RBMS Executive has been supported by many other dedicated Committee members during our history.

The current RBMS General Committee members are shown below, along with a list of all previous Committee members of the Society and their total length of service:

Ben Pearson

Rhiannon Hughes

Tori Vincent

Adelina Lawrence

Louis North

Edward McDonald

Lachie Glascodine

Hamid Ghajarnia

Hilary Kuhn

Chamantha Athapaththu

Stephanie Phillips

Nicole Wheeler

5+ Years 3 Years 2 Years 1 Year
Ron Hodges (20 yrs) Brad Clingin (4 yrs) Barrie Richardson (2 yrs) Adam Hood (1 yrs)
John Senior (14 yrs) Geoff Vietz (4 yrs) Bill Johnsen (2 yrs) Alanna Main (1 yrs)
Lance Lloyd (14 yrs) Ian Rutherfurd (4 yrs) Bronwyn Gwyther (2 yrs) Andrew Cameron (1 yrs)
Bob Rau (13 yrs) Jamie Kaye (4 yrs) Christian Borovac (2 yrs) Ben Tate (1 yrs)
John Tilleard (11 yrs) Lisa Duncan (4 yrs) Dan Borg (2 yrs) Brad Dalrymple (1 yrs)
Sandra Brizga (11 yrs) Peter Rankin (4 yrs) Dean Judd (2 yrs) Chris Gippel (1 yrs)
Don Thompson (9 yrs) Rebecca Schwarzman (4 yrs) Emily Renshaw (2 yrs) Chris Irons (1 yrs)
Myles Coker (9 yrs) Ashley Roberts (3 yrs) Fiona Gilbert (2 yrs) Claire Fitzpatrick (1 yrs)
Clarke Ballard (8 yrs) Chris Dwyer (3 yrs) Geoff Denans (2 yrs) Colin Creighton (1 yrs)
Mark Stacey (8 yrs) Ed Thexton (3 yrs) Jacqui Lloyd (2 yrs) Colin Leitch (1 yrs)
Alison Miller (7 yrs) Edwina Manifold (3 yrs) Jess Walker (2 yrs) David Jones (1 yrs)
Colin Turbull (7 yrs) Genevieve Smith (3 yrs) John Riddiford (2 yrs) Edward McDonald (1 yrs)
Jesse Barrett (7 yrs) James Rennie (3 yrs) Adelina Lawrence (2 yrs) Greg Peters (1 yrs)
Joanne Andrews, nee Hand (7 yrs) Josie McGushin (3 yrs) Marnie Ireland (2 yrs) Jarod Lyon (1 yrs)
Keiran Croker (7 yrs) Julian O'Mara (3 yrs) Matt Crawford (2 yrs) Jasmine Errey (1 yrs)
Marty Hillemacher (7 yrs) Kathy Russell (3 yrs) Matt Curtis (2 yrs) John Oats (1 yrs)
Amanda Wealands (6 yrs) Kelly O'Shannasy (3 yrs) Mike Willis (2 yrs) Justin Sheed (1 yrs)
Apanie Wood (6 yrs) Michael Papworth (3 yrs) Penny Rogers (2 yrs) Les Tate (1 yrs)
Barry Lewis (6 yrs) Pamela Brook (3 yrs) Peter Jackson (2 yrs) Lisa Walpole (1 yrs)
Ben Pearson (6 yrs) Patricia Geraghty (3 yrs) Russell Hawken (2 yrs) Louis North (1 yrs)
Chris Chesterfield (6 yrs) Peter Rogan (3 yrs) Russell Wealands (2 yrs) Marnina Tozer (1 yrs)
Jane Bateson (6 yrs) Peter Sandercock (3 yrs) Sarah Greenwood-Smith (2 yrs) Matt Jackson (1 yrs)
Johanna Slijkerman (6 yrs) Rob Patrick (3 yrs) Scott Seymour (2 yrs) Michael Cheetham (1 yrs)
Josh Hale (6 yrs) Stephen Perriss (3 yrs) Solvej Patschke (2 yrs) Michael Smith (1 yrs)
Kimberly James (6 yrs) Tori Vincent (3 yrs) Thomas Bell (2 yrs) Nick O'Connor (1 yrs)
Ross Hardie (6 yrs) Wayne Tennant (3 yrs) Toni Furlonge (2 yrs) Nick Ronan (1 yrs)
Sam Marwood (6 yrs) Tiana Preston (2 yrs) Pat Condina (1 yrs)
Clare Ferguson (5 yrs) Zoe Samson (2 yrs) Pauline Clancy (1 yrs)
Janice Taylor (5 yrs) Phillip Smith (1 yrs)
Jean Rau (5 yrs) Rob Skinner (1 yrs)
Jennifer Davis (5 yrs) Ruth Cockerton (1 yrs)
Misko Ivezich (5 yrs) Steve Page (1 yrs)
Rhiannon Hughes (5 yrs) Tanya Wansbrough (1 yrs)
Susan Watson, nee Burns (5 yrs) Trevor Dando (1 yrs)
Yi-Ming Ma (1 yrs)

Life Members

To reflect their significant contribution to the RBMS, the Committee has appointed the following eight life (honorary) members since our establishment in 1986/87:
  • Ian Rutherfurd (appointed 2016)
  • Sandra Brizga (appointed 2014)
  • Lance Lloyd (appointed 2014)
  • John Senior (appointed 2001)
  • Don Thompson (appointed pre-1996)
  • John Tilleard (appointed 1998)
  • Colin Turnbull (appointed pre-1996; now deceased)
  • Ron Hodges (appointed pre-1996; now deceased)

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