Tony Ryan was Chairperson. He also conducted the AGM. Minutes of the AGM have been distributed by Neville Kruss, Secretary. Ian Ballantine led members in the Invocation and Peter Guttmann proposed the Loyal Toast. The speaker for the morning was Julie Reid who spoke about “The Member Behind the Badge”. Julie entitled her talk as ‘ Life of Songs and Speeches”. Alan K reminded members of the second session of the Market Strategy meetings. Pres. Geoff thanked Helen N and Clemence for attending the President’s meeting on his behalf
Julie’s parents emigrated from the UK in 1961. (Father from Yorkshire and Mother from Lancashire). She says that her parents are very hardworking people and she and her 2 sisters grew up in a loving and supportive household. She recalls that from a very young age she loved singing although she did learn the saxophone (without much success) and she has also learned to play the piano. Singing led her to join the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, in Melbourne, (where she performed in The Mikado), and later the Preston Opera (while living in UK) where she performed in The Pearl Fishers.
After leaving school, Julie completed a BA in Urban Planning at Victoria University, then a Masters in Planning at UTS in Sydney and then a Graduate Diploma in Management in the University of Westminster in London. Julie’s employment history consists of working primarily in local councils. In Victoria, she has worked in Berwick, Whitehorse, Bayside and Greater Dandenong councils. Julie also worked in country NSW in Gloucester, near Newcastle. She also had a 12 month contract working in the City of Westminster in London.
Julie cited many exciting and challenging projects she managed or was involved in at the various councils. It was in London where she met and married (in 2002) husband Stewart. Stewart is a Scotsman who was then working in the City of London. Julie had always wanted to return to Australia, and in 2005 she returned to Melbourne with Stewart. They have a son. Julie said that her ambition iwas to be a CEO in a local council. She achieved this in August this year when she was appointed CEO of Kingston Council. Julie says that her philosophy is valuing people and places and wants to serve the community through her role.
notes by Margaret M