The Management Committee for 2022/2023

President: Colleen Liston

Colleen Liston (IAUA, GradDipPhys, GradDipHlthSc, MSc, AdvDipQM, CertIVBEE, PhD APAM) is currently Vice-Chair of the Busselton Oral History Group with a passion for local social history.  In the past she was President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Chaired the Physiotherapists Registration Board for a number of years and held senior positions, including University Secretary and Director of International Planning and Quality at Curtin University.

Dr Liston is a private consultant on tertiary education quality assurance, accreditation and standards.  She has been involved in tertiary education since the late seventies (Health Sciences), and in quality management and international education issues since the late eighties.  Her PhD in Education researched The Structure of Educational Accreditation.  She has published widely on health science research and managing quality and standards; presented at workshops on self-review and quality auditing activities; briefed senior university staff and given invited keynote papers on these topics at major international conferences in Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Chile; New Zealand and China.

Dr Liston qualified as an ISO Auditor, an Australian Business Excellence Framework Evaluator and a Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) [previously Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA)] Auditor.  She was on the panel which undertook the inaugural AUQA audit, was involved in preparing for AUQA’s first audit of Curtin University, chaired the first dual sector AUQA/AQTF audit of RMIT University and has chaired and been on a number of other university and non-self-accrediting institutions’ audit panels in Australia and overseas.  She was a member of the Editorial Board for AUQA’s Occasional Publications.

Professor Liston was appointed by the Minister of Education in Western Australia to chair higher education accreditation committees (HEACs) and as the inaugural Chair of the HEAC Chairs’ Forum.  Colleen undertook a review of the procedures for accreditation of higher education courses for the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee and is an accreditation and quality assurance reviewer for the Hong Kong, New Zealand, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Governments’ Quality Management Agencies.  She has conducted independent reviews for a number of Australian universities in relation to internationalisation, academic governance, standards and benchmarking.  Colleen is a Hospice volunteer and member of U3A in Busselton.

Vice President: Pauline Rockley

Pauline was born in NSW and lived in Balmain and Glebe most of her childhood. She married young and had three children. Pauline continued her education as a mature aged student and when graduating obtained a position with The Department of Community Services where she remained for twenty-five years. During that period of employment, she worked in a number of Community Centre’s as a District Officer, Community Project Officer, Child Protection Specialist and the last 12 years as District Manager Community Services at Campbelltown and Wollongong/Illawarra. During her time as a Child Protection Specialist, she provided training to hundreds of teachers on the mandatory reporting of child sexual assault. She also provided training to numerous groups of new foster careers and assisted in the assessments of their suitability.

Pauline moved to Perth in 2002 where she was contracted to the Disability Services Commission for nine years monitoring the Disability Services Standards. Pauline also became a Civil Marriage Celebrant only retiring from this around five years ago. 

Pauline has been on a number of committees during her years in NSW including, domestic violence, youth services, multicultural services and services to families.  She was President of the Homebush Boys High School PnC for five years and over a two-year period visited vulnerable inmates at the Silverwater Adult Detention Centre, providing social interaction and support. She moved to Busselton nine years ago and has continued her commitment to being involved in the community through committees and volunteering. She has been a member of the Vasse Primary school PnC for the past five years, is a member of the U3A committee and a volunteer at the Art Geo complex. Pauline’s entire professional and retiring life has been involved in the area of humanities.

Pauline likes to travel and has been to a number of third world countries where her passion is immersing herself in different cultures and always looking and learning. Her hobbies also include, writing her autobiography and memoir writing, mosaics, gym and walking her dog on the beach.

 Treasurer: Jan Van Den Bosch

Jan was born in Holland and came to WA in 1950 when her family immigrated to Australia.  She lived in Palmyra where she had her primary education and then attended John Curtin High School doing the commercial course.  Jan’s first job was in a small office of the Dunlop Rubber Factory in O’Connor, then, when the family moved to Queens Park, she was employed at a Ford Motor dealership in Victoria Park.  In the ten years she worked there Jan was trained on the job in various office procedures, bookkeeping and data processing.

A desire to do more with her life, Jan’s Christian faith led her to apply to the Baptist Mission.  This followed many fulfilled years of serving God as a support worker, leaving her colleagues free for the Gospel work of preaching and teaching.   Jan served in Papua New Guinea for two years and then in Zambia for 20 years.  In PNG Jan was clerical assistant to the Treasurer, living at Baiyer River, in the Western Highlands and in Zambia she was Field Treasurer stationed at Fiwale Hill, near Ndola in the Copperbelt, with the final few years living at Malambanyama in the Central Province.  As well as looking after the finances of the Mission Jan trained Zambian staff in their job of Treasurer for Church, Bible College and Rural Health Centre.  Jan became fluent in the local Lamba tribal language and joined the Literature Committee which produced teaching material for church leaders.

After Jan’s retirement from the Mission in 1997, she returned to WA and found job with Baptist Care, where she was employed until her retirement, and moved to Busselton in 2005.  During the time she lived in Perth Jan was Treasurer of a Baptist Church and when she moved to Busselton, her desire to continue to serve God saw Jan again became a Board member and Treasurer of the church in Busselton.

Now some of her responsibilities have been passed on to others. in her spare time Jan enjoys knitting, crocheting, gardening, reading, going to the movies and meeting for coffee or a meal with friends. 

   Minute Secretary:  Wendy Beames

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After eight years in Sydney, we became very disillusioned with the pace of life there so decided to try the more laid-back lifestyle in WA.  In 1975 we drove across the country in two vehicles (a much bigger adventure than flying from Heathrow to Sydney on a Boeing 707 taking 36 hours to do so!  But that is another story!).

I moved to Busselton almost twenty years ago to look for a quieter and less hectic life.  I was really impressed by the great sense of community I found here and joined just about everything I could – to get to know people.  As time went on, I dropped a few of the groups I was less interested in, and then I found Natu3a.  From the beginning all of the courses were so interesting to me that I tried one after the other painting, writing, drama etc all the while meeting lots of like-minded people and making many new friends.  Then along came Mah Jongg which had me well and truly hooked!  I had played Mah Jongg for 20 or so years before joining our U3A course and have been leading that for 13 years.  Now that I have become a Committee Member, I hope I will be able to contribute to the organisation side of things.

Assistant Secretary: Jill Ilott:

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At 14 I started asking questions regarding the Universe – how did it work and how did we fit into it? Surely, we must be here for more than finding a job, getting married, having children, cleaning up messes and dying?  So I began researching all aspects of mind/body/spirit/emotion in earnest at 25, and my training and employment seemed to happen around these 4 aspects.

I discovered the esoteric sciences; psychology at Uni and working with a Fremantle guru; natural health and healing modalities which led to lecturing at a naturopathic college and then overseas to allopathic and natural medicine practitioners.  I created and published the Directory of Natural Therapists & Services WA; wrote training manuals for reps/shops; facilitated the Australis Self Made Girl Program and worked as a consultant for the AIDS Information Service during the Grim Reaper Campaign. I also ran the WA branch of Metrin scientific skin care, a Canadian company with a revolutionary way of cleansing that worked miracles.

I was administrator at a spiritual community Centre that offered many workshops and talks in mind/body/spirit for ‘seekers’ which then launched me out into public talks on subjects ranging from health to ghost busting and life after death!

After quitting the overseas job because of Epstein Barr virus depleting my batteries, I moved into health consulting in Perth and then moved to Abbey 5 years ago.  I joined U3A and presented courses in using flower essences for emotional wellbeing, Men’s cooking and How to Exit the Matrix.  When Covid hit I spent the last few years researching it and keeping up with natural products and protocols plus venturing into the Common Law arena.

I read non-fiction, attend the Leisure Centre for pool and sauna, love my garden and am a novice member of the Busselton and Districts Orchid Society.  I have a son and daughter in Golden Bay and Cowaramup respectively and have 3 grandsons.

Currently I host a weekly group of study into A Course in Miracles and belong to a meditation group in Dunsborough.

At present I am sharing the U3A secretarial duties doing the computer side of things.  It is rewarding working in a team and learning new ‘tricks’ – keeps the old brain ticking over and the interaction is good for the soul – so think about what you could contribute – U3A needs you!!!!!

  Committee Member & Systems Administrator: Don Wright

Don was born in Swansea, South Wales, UK just after the second world war. Stepping at an early age onto the relentless UK educational conveyor belt in 1951, 20 years later he fell off the end with a first class honours degree in pure mathematics from the University of Wales and a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from the University of Birmingham, England. Teaching and research positions followed at the University of Kansas, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and finally Monash University in Melbourne, the job which initially brought him to Australia in 1975. After 3 years there, he decided that he preferred to retain his health rather than battle with the stress of advanced mathematical research in a highly competitive field. The fact that he wasn’t really equipped to compete with the world’s best mathematicians might also have influenced that decision. He wandered into the technical IT space and worked for the ANZ Bank IT department in Melbourne in the mid 1980s.  In 1987 he moved to Perth with his young family, working for the University of WA on a large IBM mainframe project for the Health Dept of WA which serviced most of WA’s hospitals.  A few years later he was working as an independent IT consultant in the technical space and subsequently contributed for almost 30 years to major projects in Perth for multiple clients. These included government departments such as WA Health, Dept of Transport, Dept of Planning, Insurance Commission of WA, GESB, Regional Development and Lands, Dept of Education, DOCEP, Dept of Finance and Treasury and corporate clients such as Alcoa, Bunnings, Bankwest, Rio Tinto, Computer Science Corporation, St John of God Hospital, Fujitsu, Navitas, Curtin University and ECU Joondalup.  In 2016 he moved down to Busselton, happily coinciding with his retirement.  Don’s main hobbies these days are going on long walks up and down the coast, playing his nine guitars (one at a time) and tinkering with a diverse collection of ancient personal computers.          

Peter Lewis: Committee Member

My name is Peter Lewis and I am a committee member of your Naturalist U/3A.

I was born in Busselton and educated at the local Primary and High school. At age sixteen I left school to pursue apprenticeship training in the Royal Australian Army spending time in Melbourne, Sydney, and Rockhampton in Queensland.

During my working career, I was involved in the offshore oil and gas industry, a small business, worked at several mines in the Northwest spent twelve years sailing around the world and have since written a book on my travels.

I am now living back in Busselton and have been a member of Naturalist U/3A for approximately four years.

Gwyn Cracknell: Committee Member

A city boy from Rivervale bred to be a jockey!  Frustrated from a career in science due to a lack of chemistry.  Forced to choose teaching over surveying as bonded teachers had their Uni fees paid.  

Harvey first posting as a residential housemaster at Agricultural wing.  Taught Animal Husbandry, Crop production, Farm Bookkeeping, Irrigation as well as Science, Math’s, English and Social Studies, usually one page ahead of students!  Met wonderful Wendy, married 1967, three children: Sonia, Kim, Carolyn; five grandchildren.

To Belmont SHS chasing promotion, then Mt Lawley SHS and City Beach SHS as Senior Master of English.  One-year teacher exchange to England and one-year Research Branch in Silver City, implementing “Beazley Report” Literacy recommendations.  Deputy Principal Denmark DHS, Deputy Busselton SHS (1986).  Met the amazing McDonalds who contributed so much to Busselton SHS.  Acting Principal there for two years.

Past President of Rotary Club of Geographe Bay, Past Commodore of Geographe Bay Yacht Club, Past President Geographe Over 50 Cycle club, unaware of the looming GFC of 2008, retired at 60.

A lover of learning, still teaching sailing, disability sailing and for U3  “Into Poetry” and “Into Drama”.