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Sydney Probus Committee Members 2019.


 Tony Andrew - President (and temporary Newsletter Editor):

Tony was a GP in the Cremorne Area for 35 years. Prior to that he worked in the family printing business and with Roche Pharmaceuticals, during which time he completed an MBA at UNSW.
He has five daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoys travel and reading. He joined Sydney Probus in 2013.

 Adrian Pilton - Vice President:

In his professional life Adrian was an architect and landscape architect, originally as a director of Denton Corker Marshall and since 2000 as a founding partner of Johnson Pilton Walker.  Some of the important projects that he has worked on include the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the Australian embassies in Beijing and Tokyo, Governor Phillip Tower and Westpac Place in Sydney, Olympic Plaza and Olympic Boulevard at the 2000 Games in Sydney and, his last job before he retired, Barangaroo Headland Park.

He has been National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and President of Sydney Rotary Club.  He has four grandchildren and enjoys music, writing and cooking.
John Doherty - Honorary Secretary:

John is a Chartered Engineer and CPA.

He has business experience in Iron & Steel (BHP) and Coal Mining and Marketing (Coalcliff, Wambo, BP Australia, Clutha), is a coal mine owner and operator, farmer and grazier, and developer of mineral comminution and magnetic separation equipment.

Widower – three children, seven grandchildren

Joined Sydney Probus 2014

John Carter - Social Events:

John was a Consultant Endocrinologist & a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Postgraduate studies were undertaken at the Garvan Institute in Sydney & the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He had appointments at Concord, Hornsby and Sydney Adventist Hospitals from 1977-2015. He was President of the Australian Diabetes Society from 1992-1994 & from 1996-2004, was Chairman of the Commonwealth Ministerial Advisory Committee on Diabetes & a member of the National Diabetes Strategy Group & was awarded an AO for services to diabetes  & endocrinology in 2000.

Currently, he is a Director of Sunnyfield and Chairman of the Cromehurst Foundation with each organisation providing services for intellectually disabled people.

He is married to Merren & has 4 children & 3 grandchildren & plays golf & tennis on a regular basis.

Bill Cheshire - Webmaster:

After graduating from London University in 1965 Bill joined Beecham Research, UK, (Development of novel antibiotics, part of team that discovered Augmentin). 1970 Joined Wellcome UK then transferred to Wellcome New Zealand (veterinary vaccine R&D). 1975 Returned to UK with Hoechst Animal Health (Animal vaccine R&D). 1981 joined ICI-Tasman New Zealand (Bacterial Vaccine R&D). 1998 R&D Dept closed down so retrained and joined NZ Department of Statistics as computer programmer. 2006, moved to Australia as R&D Manager Fort Dodge Animal Health, Australia (Veterinary products R&D). Retired 2012. Interests: photography, walking group, gardening, painting, swimming. Volunteer at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (Plant Pathology Laboratories). I have a daughter, two granddaughters, one great grandson and one great granddaughter, all in the South Island of New Zealand.

John Aitken - Treasurer:

John was a Chartered Accountant and was, for many years, involved in Investment Management for Perpetual and the Vincent Fairfax Family where he formed Cambooya Investments (later acquired by the Milton Corporation, of which he was a director for 10 years).
John has been a widower since 2011. He has three sons who are all involved in finance.
His main sporting interest has been golf and he has played on famous courses in the USA and UK.

His other sporting interest has been cricket. As a 70 year member of the SCG he witnessed the 100th centuries of both Bradman and Richards.
Peter Nochar - Membership:

Peter Nochar was employed in the Automobile and Motorcycle Industries. He joined BMW (GB) 1982. In 1990, he purchased a BMW dealership in Winchester, expanding it into one of the top 20 sites in the UK.
In 1994 he re-joined BMW and went to Saudi Arabia then to BMW Japan as Operations Director.
In 1997 he became President of Volkswagen Group Japan and in 2001 he was transferred as MD of Volkswagen Australia.
He joined Harley Davidson as MD in 2008. During this period the Company set new records for sales, as well as for customer, dealer and employee satisfaction.
Neil Martin - Speakers Programme:

Neil Martin graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and after four years in Shell, he undertook an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the UNSW. Most of Neil’s career was in consulting, initially strategy consulting and subsequently Executive Search and strategic Human Resources Consulting. Neil represented Australia in Swimming at the 1972 Olympic Games and has two adult children. 

David Brand - Social Events (Alternate):

David was a lawyer in private practise in Sydney in a number of major legal firms and specialised in Employment Law and law relating to registered clubs.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queensland University and a Masters of Law from Sydney University.

David is a widower and has three children and three grandchildren and will re-marry in June 2019.

His interests are in travel, golf, fishing and reading.

Robert Warburton - Club Services:

Robert was raised and educated in Goulburn NSW. At 16 years of age he was recruited into the Royal Australian Navy as a Junior Recruit, completing his training at HMAS Leeuwin in Fremantle West Australia. He spent 24 years with the Navy with several sea and shore postings throughout Australia and overseas before retiring in 1991.
In April 1991 Robert started employment at The Union Club Sydney. During his employ with the Union Club he filled several rolls including F&B Supervisor, Assistant F&B Manager, Assistant House Manager, House Manager, F&B Manager and Floor Manager. In April 2014 and after 24 years with The Club Robert resigned to catch up with some travel and to assist with the administration of his Son’s business. Robert has 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Committee Members' & Alternates' Telephone Numbers and email addresses.
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PositionNamePhone Numberemailp
PositionNamePhone Numberemailp
President Tony Andrew 0411 424 826 president@sydneyprobus.org 
Vice President Adrian Pilton 0421 236 750 vicepresident@sydneyprobus.org 
Honorary Secretary John Doherty 0412 640 493 secretary@sydneyprobus.org 
Honorary Secretary (Alternate) Les Anderson 02 9489 5368, 0400 826 528 lvanderson@bigpond.com 
Treasurer John Aitken 9366 7240, 0416 252 225 treasurer@sydneyprobus.org  
Membership Peter Nochar 0401 424 400 membership@sydneyprobus.org 
Speaker's Program  Neil Martin 0412 002 788 speakersprogram@sydneyprobus.org 
Social Events John Carter 0408 612 238 social@sydneyprobus.org 
Social Events  David Brand 0414 908 226 social@sydneyprobus.org 
Club Services  Rob Warburton 0411 478 767 clubservices@sydneyprobus.org 
The Newsletter Editor  Tony Andrew 0411 424 826 newsletter@sydneyprobus.org 
Webmaster Bill Cheshire 0434 774 705 webmaster@sydneyprobus.org 
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