Nan Bosler - President
Nan Bosler is committed to the growth and development of ASCCA as it seeks to empower Seniors Computer Clubs to help older people use modern technology. She was the foundation president of ASCCA.
Nan feels strongly that learning is a lifelong experience. She was over 50 when she first went to University, has six tertiary qualifications covering Adult Education, Community Organisation, Local and Applied History, Family History and a Masters in Local Government Management. She has added Cert. IV Business (Governance) & an adapted Cert. IV Training to her qualifications.
She has been involved with community organisations for more than 60 years, holding positions ranging from member to National President. She has community awards including Anzac of the Year, the inaugural Apia Adult Learning Ambassador Award and an AM. Nan has represented seniors at conferences and events both in Australia and internationally.
She is a published author. Before retiring she worked in Local Government and was an Adviser and Lecturer in the Faculty of Adult Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. Nan represents ASCCA on many committees. She was a member of the consortium that rolled out the Federal Government funded Broadband for Seniors Kiosks across Australia. She was a Seniors Week Ambassador for the years 2013 - 2016. Nan was a Champion for 2016 Year of Digital Inclusion and was awarded the Australian Not-for-profit Technology Award for 2017.
Jennifer Willcox - Vice President
Jennifer is from Western Australia and first became a Director on the Board of ASCCA in November 2011. She was at that time the only Director outside New South Wales.
Jenny has a wealth of past experience in the business world – having spent twenty years with a national trading company based in Perth. It was here that Jenny gained valuable knowledge about policies, procedures, computers, systems development, logistics, administration, marketing and sales.
Since 1995 she and her husband have enjoyed a special lifestyle that was allowed by relocation to Walpole, an isolated town on the South Coast of WA. Never one to be idle Jenny joined the then Walpole Telecentre and became its’ Coordinator in 1996, while helping to establish a small beef farm.
Jenny took a pivotal role in developing the Walpole Community Resource Centre as it is now called, some 22 years on, to be in the top ten percent of Resource Centres in the WA Community Resource Centre Network, numbering over 100 centres. Walpole CRC has been particularly strong in the areas of innovative and creative marketing, training and supporting Volunteers and community capacity building.
In 2007 Walpole Seniors Computer Club was established by Jenny under the umbrella of Walpole CRC after a chance meeting with ASCCA President, Nan Bosler at the Microsoft conference in Sydney during February of that year. Since then Walpole CRC has been affiliated with ASCCA and has taken a lead role in mentoring other CRCs in their establishment of Seniors Computer Clubs.
Jenny attained a Diploma in Business Management in 2013.
In December 2014 Jenny relinquished the role of Executive Officer at the Walpole CRC, taking on the part-time position of Special Projects Officer. In her semi-retirement she assisted local businesses in developing online marketing opportunities, successfully wrote and applied for numerous grants and spent one year further supporting, in a voluntary capacity, the Walpole Computer Club for Seniors. In December 2015 Jenny reluctantly resigned from the Board of ASCCA due to the fact of ineligibility as her role with the Walpole Computer Club for Seniors also ended.
Since Jenny first joined the ASCCA Board she has supported various activities undertaken by ASCCA in order to continue supporting affiliated clubs. Board members constantly seek funding, establish new and innovative methods of training delivery, and liaise with government and corporate sectors in order to achieve the goals and aims of the organisation. Jenny has represented ASCCA in the NBN Rollout promotion and Digital Switchover Taskforce; and acts as a conduit between affiliated clubs in WA and ASCCA.
At the end of 2017 Jenny was invited to re-join the Board of ASCCA allowed by a change in Constitutional conditions. New and exciting initiatives are currently underway with the recent formation of SWADE – Seniors West Australian Digital Expansion project where ASCCA-SWADE is instrumental in the delivery of the Be Connected program on behalf of Good Things Foundation which has been funded by the Australian Federal Government in working towards every Australian being connected online.
Jenny is working hard to continue in her role as Director, contributing to what promises to be a very interesting phase for ASCCA, given the continuing advancements in digital technology.
She is an active supporter of the Walpole community and at last count Jenny was involved in nine projects and committees.
Bill Soper - Treasurer
Bill is a Chartered Accountant having qualified in the UK, where he is now an FCA.
During his extensive career, Bill has worked extensively in the consulting profession. Initially, in accountancy practices and more recently in environmental and engineering practices with public companies. Bill’s experience is across companies ranging in size from medium sized to large public companies and has included straight accounting, commercial business advice, treasury and managing operational activities. Operational activities have included extensive time rationalising operations in Asia.
Bill is President of the Turramurra branch of Computer Pals and Finance Director with a not for profit organisation River City Voices.
Outside working activities Bill is a keen cyclist and has both managed and participated in charity bike rides. The toughest challenge that he has faced is cycling from Melbourne to Sydney.
Bill became Finance Director with ASCCA in October 2018. As Finance Director, Bill is responsible for the governance and financial reporting of ASCCA.
After more than 20 years of teaching in small NSW Public Schools, Ross returned to university for more study. In the years since, he studied universities in Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne and finally, Cambridge. His second career saw him work in the Public Health area with a strong emphasis on the aged care where he continues to work part-time.
Ross is passionate about ensuring that older Australians have the opportunity to participate in the digital world. In his view, the idea of digital literacy should include the ability of people to easily connect to those they love and for individuals to be able to find ways to satisfy their curiosity, participate in public conversations and debate and to be able to identify and use the Internet as a source of entertainment and pleasure.
Much of Ross’ recent work has concerned the effectiveness of working with people living with dementia and those who care for them. This has included working with music as therapy as well as movies and slow TV. This has included work in both homes, retirement villages and residential aged care facilities in addition to the innovative Meeting Centre programs that are being currently trailed in Australia following their successful use in The Netherlands.
John Jakovcevic has been a director of ASCCA since 2018.
John commenced his working career in various I.T support roles in the manufacturing and fashion industries. This led to several years working for Westfield in the I.T department and later as a Business Analyst. One of John’s greatest early achievements was to be handpicked to be Sir Frank Lowy’s (Founder of Westfield Shoppingtown) personal I.T tutor.
Several years later, still in his twenties and studying for his MBA, John was approached to develop a shelf company Western Industries, as the exclusive distributor in Australia for precision air conditioning brand, STULZ.
Four years into the growth of Western Industries, John felt it was the right time to transform the organisation. Following many months of lobbying the STULZ management in Germany, John was able to convince them to further support his initiatives by forming a joint venture partnership and rebranding the company to Stulz Australia. Exceptional business growth led to the formation of its own wholly-owned subsidiary in New Zealand. In 2012, STULZ ANZ became 100% owned by the STULZ Group.
STULZ is a technology leader, providing resilient and energy-efficient cooling equipment to support our lives, critical data, our economy and our future.
John holds a Bachelor Science (Major in Computing), Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Board member for Stulz Australia and Stulz New Zealand and is also a member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brett is someone who specialises in all things digital. He has consulted, designed, planned, built and executed application design and development for companies all over the world.
As Co- Chair of Mobile Monday (A global not-for-profit Mobile community) South Africa he was exposed to all the latest and greatest developments in the mobile space.
He is now the Managing Director of a Digital Solutions Consultancy based in Sydney called Beyond Intent (http://www.beyondintent.com.au). Specialising in digital marketing and helping companies answer their digital questions and solve their challenges whether it be transformation or simply checking if their media or digital properties are working.
He has held the Managing Director role of a few full service digital agencies where they built websites, planned digital campaigns and built both Augmented and Virtual Reality executions.
The agencies managed Social media teams for companies including Volvo, Hard Rock, Flight Centre and Chrysler to name a few. This required the strategic planning, creating of the content as well as execution thereof. All media and SEO/SEM as well as analytics and reports. They also handled ORM (Online Reputation Management) for their clients where required and consulted and trained companies in the correct use/procedures of social.
In South Africa Brett had his own radio show on CliffCentral.com called #Futurology where he discussed all digital and innovative trends and what has, what will and what could be coming in the digital global landscape. He was the official mouthpiece for Gartner at the Cape Town leg of their global symposium and did the live broadcast from there. Now in Sydney he is the host of a podcast, #TechKnowledgy, hosted on the Eagle Waves Radio Platform (http://eaglewavesradio.com.au/show/view/techknowledgy).
Brett has very strong experience in eCommerce and mCommerce and has worked with all the major banks in South Africa on various commerce projects. Under Brett’s leadership his last agency built, managed (including warehouse and distribution solutions), the online shop and website for SodaStream and other brands too.
Brett holds a BComm in Marketing and is a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMi).
Allan Mikkelsen is a retired IT professional, having spent all of his working life in the employ of the Federal Government, as a programmer, analyst, and manager when IT was still known as ADP. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Statistics from the Canberra College of Advanced Education (now the University of Canberra).
He has been a member of the PC Users Group (ACT) Incorporated since 1986 and is currently on the committee as Immediate Past President, having spent all but two years since 1996 on the committee in a range of positions including President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-President. He has also previously served on the Canberra Branch Executive Committee of the Australian Computer Society but is no longer a member of that group.
Outside computing, his current major interests are bushwalking and travel. He has spent many years on bushwalking club committees including terms as President of two different bushwalking clubs in the Canberra area. He has also served on other community group committees outside the computing and bushwalking field including a term as Treasurer of the Canberra Philatelic Society.
He was also a volunteer systems administrator on the ISP that the PCUG ran for its members and is still an administrator of the mail and web servers that PCUG continues to run for members.
Allan joined the ASCCA board in early 2012 and his interest in ASCCA relates primarily to a wish to see how services can be better delivered to Clubs and members outside the Sydney region.
David was introduced to computing in 1968, undertook a year’s formal training in 1971 and used it throughout his working life. He eventually became a senior executive in computing at a large Commonwealth organisation where he was responsible for technical aspects, contract negotiations and purchasing. David was fortunate in being invited to speak at many Australian and international conferences on a range of computing issues. He has also held senior executive positions in finance, corporate planning, research and training.
Family holidays at Moruya led to David moving to live in the area once he retired. He now enjoys being part of the EuroSCUG (the Eurobodalla Seniors Computer User Group) team helping and teaching other seniors about computers throughout the Eurobodalla shire. He is now a committee member of EuroSCUG and a member of their technical subgroup. He has presented at several ASCCA conferences and is a regular presenter, small group organiser and newsletter contributor at EuroSCUG.
David has had a long active interest in personal computing and new technologies. Using computing as a scientific tool in his early career has given him a pragmatic approach to its use for himself and others. These days he enjoys helping others learn to use computing in ways that meet their needs.