Sub-Branch Committee

Bob Lunnon

President – elected 2016

Bob served in the CMF, joining OCTU in 1964 and, upon graduating, was appointed to RAASC, serving for six years, intertwined with his travel industry employment. He was active in the travel industry for 55 years, initially starting in 1962 with Qantas Airways in Sydney, which then included postings in New York, London and Melbourne. In 1972, Bob was seconded by Qantas Airways to start a new company, Qantas Holidays, where he remained until 1982 as National Sales Manager.He then joined Sheraton Hotels and Resorts in Sydney, which in 2000 became part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, which in turn became part of Marriott International in 2015. By 2012, he had been over 30 years with Starwood, his last role being Director, Leisure and Luxury Sales, Asia Pacific, based in Sydney. This was followed by consultancy projects with Starwood/Marriott throughout Asia Pacific until 2017. In 2013, Bob was appointed a Judge of the 2014 National Travel Industry Awards, Australia’s premier travel industry annual event. In 2014, Bob was appointed Chief Judge of the 2015 Awards, which was renewed for 2016, 2017 and 2018 and 2019.

Tony Mooney

Secretary – elected 2014

Tony was a National Serviceman (Navy) in the July 1956 intake. His full-time employment was with Woolworths, with Yachting Association of NSW then Australian Yachting Federation. He continues to be involved in sailing at a local level, nationally, internationally, and at Olympics. Tony has served on numerous International Juries.

Alastair Turnbull

Treasurer – elected 2015

Born in Bishop’s Stortford, educated in Scotland and emigrated to Australia in 1959. Lived in the Forest area since 1961 and been a member of the Forestville RSL Club since 1967. Worked with ANZ Bank and various financial institutions (money market, capital markets, stock brokers). Member of National Seniors – Warringah Evening Branch (Foundation Treasurer), Merchant Navy Association, Men of League Foundation, Northern Beaches branch of NSW Justices Association. Life member of Forestville Park Tennis Club, Tennis Club representative on Forestville War Memorial Playing Fields Committee. Affiliate Member Sub-Branch 2012.

Robin Tapp

Vice President, Deaths, Funerals, Public Relations – elected 2009

Born in Tasmania 1946. Left school in 1959 and did a couple of jobs in Hobart. Joined the RAN on the 8th April 1963 and was discharged on 7th April 1972. I served on ships HMAS Vendetta, Hobart and Parramatta. I did tours to Borneo/ Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. Married in 1971 and after my discharge from the Navy I worked for Commonwealth Cars doing Veteran Affairs, VIPs and was then the office manager until made redundant in 2003. I worked for Australia Post, firstly as a postman at North Sydney, before going into the transport section. I was made medically unfit and resigned in 2008. I came onto the Committee in 2009 as Public Relations Officer, Welfare Co-ordinator. I am now Vice President of the sub-Branch, looking after PR, welfare and funerals.

Sandy Howard

Vice President – elected 2017

Sandy served with NSWSQNATC RAAF, PNGVR, TPNG, and RNSWR, the Army service as a National Service obligation. He worked full-time with Qantas from 1966 to 2008, retiring as Check Captain. Sandy’s interests include vintage aviation, maritime cruising, red wine and family. As well as Forestville RSL sub-Branch, Sandy volunteers with Historical Aircraft Resoration Society and NSW Marine Rescue.

John Scifleet

elected 2011

John grew up in Wee Waa country NSW and moved to Sydney after the outbreak of WWII. He undertook National Service in the RAAF in 1951/52 along with three years in Reserves. Following a career in wool buying and international trading, he moved to the banking/finance sector where he assisted in the introduction of Lease Finance to Australia then to a senior Bank Liaison/Business Development role with a leading finance company and major Australian bank initially in NSW then VIC/SE Australia. Upon returning to Sydney for family reasons, he moved into the Taxi business as an owner operator as well as serving as Chairman of Co-operative and Chief Delegate to NSW Taxi Council. Following a move to executive recruitment as Financial Controller, he then moved to a group of private education colleges as General Manager before becoming an independent management consultant to commerce, industry, State and Federal government entities.

John joined the sub-Branch committee in 2011 where he has served in many roles that include accredited Welfare Officer, AMC co-ordinator, Trustee, Treasurer, Vice President and President.

John believes a properly governed pro-active RSL movement can not only maintain but expand its role as the leading provider of welfare/benefits to both past and present ADF and allied forces members.

Geoff Brown

Membership, Cenotaph, Memorial Walkway – elected 2009

Born Maroubra 1936, moved to Frederickton in 1946. Worked ANZ Bank for 45 years. National Training RAAF Fairburn in 1955 then 3 years Reserve. Married 1960 and moved to Frenchs Forest in 1966. Following the passing of his wife Julie in 1996, married to present wife, Hanah, known as Betty in 2003. Member of RSL Sub-Branches for 42 years. Hobbies include cricket, tennis, golf, home improvements and gardening, local and overseas travel and photography. A keen modeller of NSW Railway and currently building and finishing own model layout based on the Kempsey/North Coast Area. Member of North Shore Railway Modellers Club for 40 years involved with committee for 25 years as President, Treasurer and Public Officer. Elected Life Member in 2006.

John Balfour

OAM Ceremonial Protocol – elected 2015

John worked 40 years for Reserve Bank and had 48 years army service with 7 Fd Regt RAA, Ares RCRT, HQ 8 Bde, HQ 2Div. He attained the rank of WO1. He is Secretary of 7 Fd Regt Assoc, is Senior Marshall at RSL NSW Anzac Day March Executive Committee, and was on organising committee for the Centenary of Anzac. If there’s any spare time left in his busy week, John is a volunteer groundsman at Belrose Public School and Wesley Gardens. And sometimes he travels to the family farm in Taralga. On Australia Day 2013, John was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

Vincent Williams

CSC Research – elected 2017

Vince enjoyed a 37 year military career until retiring in 2007 as a Brigadier, earning a Conspicuous Service Cross and Commendation for Distinguished Service. He served at School of Artillery three times, UK three times and East Timor as Anzac brigade commander. Since retiring from ADF, Vince has worked as a senior military adviser and as a lecturer at Macquarie University. He has a BA, MA, Grad Dip in Mgt, Grad Dip in TESOL, Fellow of Aust Defence College, Hon Fellow Macquarie University. Vince is Hon Sec RAA Historical Company, Board Member C4PICT.