Speaker Date Topic
Professor PHILIP O'CONNELL Oct 23, 2018
Organ and Tissue Donations - "DonateLife"

Our 22 May Bulletin included a very interesting story, from the May 2018 issue of Rotary Down Under of a kidney organ donation to the grandson of Maurie and De Stack, from Taree. Maurie, a lawyer, is a friend and colleague of Neil Howie.
As a former District Governor, Maurie is seeking to mobilise all Rotary Clubs in Australia to urge families to register and discuss their organ and tissue donation decisions to help save more lives.
We are very fortunate to have Professor O’Connell as our Guest Speaker, an international expert on organ transplant research and on the critical need for organ and tissue donations. More than 1,500 Australians are currently awaiting transplant treatment.
Professor O’Connell is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Director of Transplantation at Westmead Hospital and a founding Director of the Centre for Transplant and Renal Research at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research.
Professor O’Connell is a Past President of the international professional body - The Transplantation Society and was a guest speaker at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul in May 2016.
He was a member of the Australian Government Organ Donor Task Force that recommended the establishment of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority to oversee organ donation in Australia. He is committed to the establishment of ethical solutions to the world wide organ shortage.
This is an ideal opportunity for us, our families and friends to hear what we need to know about making a decision that may help save more lives.
Please bring as many visitors as you can to give this important speaker a strong audience. Let Avis or Neil know if you intend to bring guests as
soon as you can so that we can have an early gauge of numbers.

Official Visit to our Rotary Club

District Governor 2018-19

Susan Wakefield OAM (John)
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains
0412 146 055
Susan was invited to join the Rotary club of Lower Blue Mountains in 2007 after being involved in Rotary Youth Exchange as a host parent and counsellor with husband PDG John Wakefield OAM. Susan has held positions as club President and both club and District roles as District chairman of the Australian Rotary Health Fund in D9690 as well as the District Community Service Chair in D9690 and the District international Service chair in both D9690 and D9685.
In her business life she has been a Plainclothes Policewoman, Department manager in a retail Store and the Financial Officer for a Foster Care Organisation.  Susan has been a senior Girl Guide Leader with over 35 years of leading young women and adults. She has been the international advisor at State Level and the Australian International Commissioner for Girl Guides Australia.
Susan was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to the Girl Guide movement in Australia. She has also received the Jean Harris award and is a Paul Harris Fellow (3 Sapphires).
Susan enjoys international travel and has taken groups of Girl Guides to guiding events in Finland and India. She has also taken a group of guiding adults to visit the Girl Guide World centres in Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom and India. She has also taken part in a Friendship exchange to Brazil and attended the Polio national immunisation Day in India with her husband John and five members
of the Rotary Club of Lower Blue mountains. Susan has attended rotary international conventions in Australia and overseas.
Susan and John have enjoyed a long and happy marriage and their son, daughter in law and three grandsons live in Norway.
Susan is looking forward to making a positive contribution to District 9685 leading up to and including her year as District Governor of this great district.
Multi-story Building Construction

Topic “High Rise Construction”
EDUCATION: B.Sc - 1980, University of Sydney, Australia
B.E.(Hons) - 1982, University of Sydney, Australia
MBA (Exec) - 2002, AGSM, (Universities of Sydney and NSW)
Senior Project Manager - Lendlease Building, Sydney, Australia. Jan 2007 – Present
Key Responsibilities:
• Client/Owner relationship,
• Tender preparation/management,
• Consultant Procurement/Management,
• Subcontractor procurement,
• Contract administration,
• Authorities negotiation.
Key Projects – Re-developments
• Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore, QLD - $320M (Owner GPT and LLIM), 2016-17,
• Lakeside Joondalup, Perth, West Australia - $350M (Owner Future Fund and APPF), 2011-15,
• Charlestown Shopping Centre, Newcastle, NSW - $380M (Owner GPT), 2007-10.
National Engineering Manager - Bovis Lend Lease, Syd., April 1999 - Dec 2006
Engineering Manager, Nth America, (VP) -VSL Corp, Raleigh, NC, USA. (“Bouygues Group”) - January 1994 to October 1997
Managing Director, VSL Hong Kong, Hong Kong, ( “Bouygues Group”), April 1992 to January 1994:
Technical Manager, VSL Hong Kong, Hong Kong, March 1988 to April 1992:
Taylor Thomson Whitting, Consulting Engineers (Syd., Bris.), March 1982 to February 1988: