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Board of Directors

Past Commodores & Life Members

EBC SINCE 1950

View our Life Member & Commodore Honour Rolls as well as information about our current Board of Directors.

Eildon Boat Club

Life Members

Life membership is an honour bestowed upon an individual Club member whose exceptional, loyal and outstanding contributions has provided a measurable benefit to EBC over an extended period of time. 

It is the highest recognition that can be awarded to one of our members and serves as a fitting acknowledgement of their exceptional service and contribution. 

In accordance with our Articles of Association a Life Member must...

Be a member for 15 years+. Demonstrate contributions that are ‘beyond the contribution normally expected’ of a Member or a Director in the fulfilment of his or her duties. The decision of the Board to recommend a Nominee as a Life Member must be unanimous. Nominees must have the support of 2/3rd of the eligible members present at a General Meeting to be voted in as a Life Member. The Club can have a maximum of 15 life members at any one time.

Life Member Honour Roll

Mr IF Carolan*
Mr A.J Crutchley*
Mr K Pretty*
Mr R Faulds*
Mr HC Sleigh*
Mr J Nash*
Mr SJ Harper*
Mr JH Ballis
Mr P Whitechurch*
Mr S Campi
Mr R Spooner
Mr G Fuller
Mr H Jolson QC*
Mr W Marchiori*
Mr J Fautley
Mr C Smith
Mr J Horton
Mr L Sparke
Mr G Davis

* Denotes Deceased

Our Club has it's own Life Member Marina thanks to the generous donations of our Members! Just another example of the spirit of generosity that exists at Eildon Boat Club.

Our Board of Directors

The EBC Board is made up of eight members, and Board meetings are also attended by the General Manager and the Board Secretary.  We have an Executive that consists of three Flag Officers, the Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore. 

Steeped in Naval tradition a flag officer is traditionally a commissioned officer in a nation’s armed forces senior enough to be entitled to fly a flag to mark the position from which the officer exercises command.  For Boat Clubs such as the EBC the generic title of flag officer is used to denote those who hold the rank of Rear Commodore (or Admiral) and above, also called “flag ranks”.  

Our Flag Officers have different flags that represent their rank (as shown below) and after the Commodore, the Flag Officers are typically on pathway to Commodore.   The General Board members hold various portfolio’s such as On and Off Water Assets, Membership, Communications and Governance as well as the Hon. Secretary and Treasurer roles.

Commodore
Vice Commodore
Rear Commodore

Get to know more about each of our Directors below!

Lindsay Barber

Commodore

Lindsay began his association with the Club in 2008 along with his wife Debbie and 5 children when they bought their first houseboat “Electric Blue”. They are all avid EBC members and share a joint passion for the Lake and EBC.
He and his family have owned three boats in their time on the lake, the most recent being “Amethyst” launched in 2019 and before that “Eze’’ formally “Knockout” which was originally launched in 2012, and then re-furbished in 2016, and purchased by fellow EBC Member Brad Horwood.

Lindsay accepted the invitation to join the Board in 2016 and is the club’s current Commodore. A company Director since 2006, he is now an Executive Director of an ASX listed public company “Johns Lyng Group” as well as being a Director in a number of privately owned companies including “Club Home Response” and “Retail Prodigy Group.”

Lindsay brings a strong commercial sense, along with an operational and strategic skill set honed over many years in the Construction Industry. He initially commenced with a Civil Engineering Degree, complemented with sound corporate governance and audit practices and an underlying drive for continuous improvement especially in the area of Work Place Health and Safety, while all the time looking to ensure we maintain our attention and outcomes to delivering a first class EBC member experience.

David Kelleher

vice Commodore

David began his association with Eildon around 1983 when his father bought a houseboat and has been visiting lake Eildon ever since. 

David has now owned two houseboats on lake Eildon with the most recent being ‘Toy Kingdom’ previously known as ‘Last Resort’. 

David, his wife Nikki and two children Ashton and Bailee are enthusiastic members and visit the lake regularly.

David is the Director of his company Blinds in Mind which is a well-established Melbourne sun blind company. 

David accepted his invitation to join the board in July 2017. David is the current Vice Commodore for the EBC Board and has previously also held Land & On Water Assets Portfolio’s as well as Social and Events.

Timothy Mepstead

rear commodore & hON sEC.

Tim joined the Board in 2017 taking on the Legal and Policy portfolio. A month later he also took on the Honorary Secretary role.  Apart from a camping trip at Jerusalem Creek aged 7 Tim didn’t discover Eildon again until he was doing first year law in the 1970s when he enjoyed a week’s fishing on a cabin cruiser moored on a swing mooring at the Boat Club.  In the mid 90’s he started hiring houseboats from Peppin Point and became hooked on houseboats.

In 2001 he, his wife Bronwyn and family started looking in earnest for their first houseboat. Easter 2002 saw them purchase their first houseboat Dunaff Head at Jerusalem Creek. It was an easy purchase as Bronwyn was in Sydney where their son Emmett was competing in the national kayak races. In June 2006 they joined Eildon Boat Club. Easter 2008 saw a need for a boat upgrade and along came ‘Esprit’. Then too, eventually came the GFC and they were privileged to own two houseboats for four years.

The family love what houseboats offer, and they enjoy the lifestyle immensely. Their son Gareth and wife Coby, Travis and his wife Jess, Emmett and his wife Shaina (who met on the lake as Shaina’s Dad then owned ‘Under Seige’), their daughter Adele and their 10 grandchildren aged 7 and under join them on the lake whenever possible.

Tim is the Principal of Mepstead Lawyers established in Melbourne in 1985 and now operating in Pakenham and Yarra Junction. Tim has been actively involved on committees since his days as a first-year law student.

Pamela Cook

director

Pam first visited Lake Eildon to camp in the late 1970s. Then, together with her husband, Gary, and their three children, they began hiring houseboats in the early 2000s. Pam and Gary bought their first houseboat, “Rumours”, and became a member of the EBC in April 2012.Since then they have bought “Allegria” and renovated it to become “Mambo”.

Pam has a love of the outdoors, and Lake Eildon is the perfect location for immersing herself and her family in nature. Her pastimes at the Lake involve a lot of bushwalks as well as the usual pursuits on the water.

Pam has spent 20 years teaching with the Education Department in various schools, mostly in the role of Specialist Phys Ed teacher. She has held leadership positions and been included in numerous local council and educational committees. Later, she retrained to become a Licenced Builder in the state of Victoria and ran her own successful Property Development business.  Now, with more time on her hands, Pam has interests in travel, mentoring, the environment, the AFL men and women’s Bulldogs club, and now a keen interest in the EBC.

Pam brings another viewpoint to board discussions, has a strong belief in transparency, communication and good governance. Her overall focus will be on what’s best for members now while looking to the future to keep the Club sustainable for generations to come.

Brad Attard

Director

Owner and Director of DTE Electrical Services. Brad has been visiting Lake Eildon since he was a young child spending many holidays on the Lake with his family.  In 2010, his parents, Godfrey & Jakki bought the houseboat, “Illusive” and joined EBC.  

Since that time, Brad has spent nearly all his holidays and free time at Eildon, gaining many friends, attending numerous social events and even meeting his current partner Brooke on the lake three years ago.  Brad became involved in the club’s operations five years ago when he provided electrical maintenance for the Club and joined the Social Committee about 4 years ago.

As a younger full member of EBC, Brad is keen to work towards improving engagement with the younger members of our Club.  Through his position on the Board he wants to have a larger impact on the Club and its future.

Joseph Goodall

HON TREASURER

Joe Goodall has worked in the Insurance industry since 1964.  In 2005, as managing Director of GGIB Pty Ltd he was successful in partnering with Nautilus Marine to oversee the origin of Houseboat Insurance which now is a provider for over 60% of the houseboat fleet.  Joe has been on the lake since the early 1960’s. He started camping at Fraser National Park as a teenager where he’d hire a pontoon boat from the Eildon Harbour to go fishing.  Joe purchased his first houseboat, “Satisfaction” in 2003 and then built and launched his current houseboat “Saffire” in 2016.

Joe has previously served on the EBC Board under Rod Quince and Allan Foster (2003-2005). After selling his brokerage, he is now an ambassador/consultant with PSCGGIB and once again has time to devote to EBC and its Board. Joe sees an exciting future for EBC and he looks forward to being on the Board and representing our members.

Rob McGeary

DIRECTOR & PAST COMMODORE

Rob began his association with the Club in 1972 (aged 4) when his parents bought their first houseboat. He has been connected with the lake ever since, and has introduced his wife and three sons to the lake and EBC, and all now share his passion.  He and his family have owned three boats in his time on the lake. The most recent being R&R which launched in 2012, and was extended to 60’ in 2017. Rob accepted the invitation to join the Board in 2013 and served as Club Commodore in 2020 & 2021.  An experienced company Director since 1993, he is now a director of a number of privately owned Australian Travel Companies, the most recognised being APT Touring and Cruising. Rob brings a strong commercial sense, sound governance practices and an underlying drive for constant improvements focusing on maximising Member benefits.

Michael Willson

DIRECTOR & Past Commodore

Michael joined the Eildon Boat Club as a Family linked member as the son of Henry (former Commodore). He became a full member in 2005 when he built his first Houseboat.  

Michael is an experienced Director and owner of Eastern Plant Hire (EPH) and he was invited to join the Board of directors in 2010 and was the Club’s Commodore in 2016 and 2017.

He has held several portfolios during his time on the Board including Policy and Legal and Membership, but the majority of his time has been working on assets and operational portfolios.

Michael brings to the Boardroom a great understanding of the history of the Eildon Boat Club, particularly from an operational

Eildon Boat Club

Past Commodores

We have a long list of Past Commodores who have helped shape our Club and into what it is today!

Ever since our founding members constituted the Eildon Boat Club back in 1950 we have had a Commodore at the helm.  We extend to all our Past Commodores a big thank you for all their contributions and years of service to EBC.

Past Commodore Flag

Past Commodores hand their flags over to the incoming Commodore at the end of their 2 year term, and then, in kind, they are presented with a flag (shown above) that is representative of their service and the position that they held on the Board.

Commodore Honour Roll

1950 ~ Mr S. Rosan*
1951 ~ Mr S. Rosan*
1952 ~ Mr S. Rosan*
1953 ~ Mr JF Summers*
1954 ~ Mr DE Farrow*
1955 ~ Mr KC White*
1956 ~ Mr KC White*
1957 ~ Mr KC White*
1958 ~ Mr WL Hayanga*
1959 ~ Mr WL Hayanga*
1960 ~ Dr ART Greenwood*
1961 ~ Mr KC White*
1962 ~ Mr KC White*
1963 ~ Mr CH Mumme*
1964 ~ Mr CH Mumme*
1965 ~ Mr EH Lawson*
1966 ~ Mr DS Pizer*
1967 ~ Mr IF Carolan*
1968 ~ Mr IF Carolan*
1969 ~ Mr J Middleton*
1970 ~ Mr J Middleton*
1971 ~ Mr AJ Crutchley*
1972 ~ Mr AJ Crutchley*
1973 ~ Mr IF Carolan*
1974 ~ Mr IF Carolan*
1975 ~ Mr RP Kelsall
1976 ~ Mr RP Kelsall
1977 ~ Mr A Dewez*
1978 ~ Mr A Dewez*
1979 ~ Mr D Walker*
1980 ~ Mr SJ Harper*
1981 ~ Mr SJ Harper*
1982 ~ Mr I Hipworth
1983 ~ Mr I Hipworth
1984 ~ Mr HC Sleigh*
1985 ~ Mr HC Sleigh*

1986 ~ Mr J Ballis
1987 ~ Mr J Ballis
1988 ~ Mr R Fraulds*
1989 ~ Mr R Fraulds*
1990 ~ Mr A Davis Commodore Elect*
1990 ~ Mr P Whitechurch*
1991 ~ Mr P Whitechurch*
1992 ~ Mr G Fuller
1993 ~ Mr G Fuller
1994 ~ Mr W Marchiori*
1995 ~ Mr W Marchiori*
1996 ~ Mr H Jolson QC*
1997 ~ Mr H Jolson QC*
1998 ~ Mr S Campi
1999 ~ Mr S Campi
2000 ~ Mr H Willson*
2001 ~ Mr H Willson*
2002 ~ Mr MF Reidy
2003 ~ Mr MF Reidy
2004 ~ Mr R Quince
2005 ~ Mr R Quince
2006 ~ Mr A Foster
2007 ~ Mr A Foster
2008 ~ Mr I Bremner
2009 ~ Mr I Bremner
2010 ~ Mr A Hynes
2011 ~ Mr A Hynes
2012 ~ Mr J Fautley
2013 ~ Mr J Fautley
2014 ~ Mr R Davey
2015 ~ Mr R Davey
2016 ~ Mr M Willson
2017 ~ Mr M Willson
2018 ~ Mr C Dwyer
2019 ~ Mr C Dwyer
2020 ~ Mr R McGeary
2021 ~ Mr R McGeary

* Denotes Deceased