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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 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 acted as a conduit between affiliated clubs in WA and ASCCA.
New and exciting initiatives were undertaken with the formation in 2017 of SWADE – Seniors West Australian Digital Expansion project where ASCCA-SWADE was and still 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. SWADE is now in its’ fifth year and still being ably delivered by Lead Digital Mentor and Media Officer, Natika Hawes-Wright.
Since that time Jenny worked hard to continue in her role as Director, contributing to a very interesting phase for ASCCA, given the continuing advancements in digital technology. In 2019 Jenny was appointed Vice President of ASCCA and in 2020 she assumed the role of President upon the retirement of the now Emeritus President, Nan Bosler, AM.
Over the last two years, Jenny and the ASCCA Board has encountered mammoth tasks resulting from the COVID 19 restrictions and staff changes, making it necessary to make the difficult decision to transition ASCCA into a totally digital space. ASCCA now boasts a new web site, with all matters being entirely dealt with online, the physical presence of Pitt Street Sydney is no longer. The ASCCA Team is as strong as ever working in a new sphere, right across the country, to ensure that Clubs and their Senior members continue to be empowered through Technology.
Jenny is an active supporter of the Walpole community, local Councillor with the Shire of Manjimup and at last count was involved in more than 15 projects and committees.
Nan Bosler AM
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.
Susan Jensen joined Apple User’s Society of Melbourne (AUSOM) in 1999 and was elected to its Committee of Management in 2001 where she learned the ropes for intermittently for several years.
Susan is an Honorary Life Member of AUSOM, an honour awarded to her in 2012 for her contribution over many years to all areas of AUSOM life, including outstanding leadership as Honorary President 2009 to 2012, initiating other AUSOM groups and partnerships.
Most recently she has spent three years as Honorary Secretary dealing with the everyday administration tasks of the Association. She was also seconded to a Taskforce charged with future structure and planning towards 2023.
Susan is an Apple Ambassador, a position she has held since 2003. She only uses Apple hardware. She enjoys broadening her horizons and has been assisting in the training of members in the use of videoconferencing which became a necessity during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Director – Marketing
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. 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).
Director – Accessibility
Dr Scott Hollier
CEO – Centre For Accessibility Australia
Dr Scott Hollier specialises in the field of digital accessibility and is the author of the book ‘Outrunning the Night: a life journey of disability, determination and joy’. With a Ph.D. in Internet Studies and senior management experience across the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors, Scott is an internationally-recognised researcher and speaker.
Scott’s roles include CEO and co-founder for the Centre For Accessibility Australia, holds academic positions at Edith Cowan University and the University of South Australia, and is an Invited Expert for the W3C Accessible Platform Architectures Research Questions Task Force. In addition, Scott is legally blind and as such has both a professional and personal understanding of the importance of accessibility.
Director – Sponsorship and Promotion
Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire’s Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows.
A self-professed ‘future senior’, Alex has joined the ASCCA Board and is passionate about sharing his love of technology with anyone who will listen.
Rene migrated to Australia in 1999, in time to witness the best Olympic Games ever. He continued with project management work in the greater Sydney metropolitan area, until informally retiring in 2012. In his spare time he enjoys carpentry, gardening, home improvements and the larger digital world, covering audio visual, computing and mobile devices. Peers describe him as a part time geek.
He joined Computer Pals – The Hills in 2013, with the purpose of sharing his self-taught knowledge and experience as well as for the opportunity to learn new skills from other members. In 2014 Rene was nominated for a position on the Committee, and was elected as Senior Trainer at the Club’s AGM.
Rene developed and taught courses around the free Google offerings, such as Chrome, Docs, Google Drive and Slides and assisted the maintenance team, as well as advising Senior Trainers, in relation to both hardware and software (Apps), with recommendations for Windows computers, as well as Apps for Android and Apple mobile operating systems.
As a retiree, Rene reflects on his social attitudes, based on life experiences, family background and community value objectives.
As a board member of ASCCA, Rene wishes to promote the continuation of reaching out and teaching computing skills to elderly and disadvantaged communities, as well as to advise how the current digital disruption can be advantageous to their lifestyles.
Michael is a qualified accountant and holds a Master of Commerce degree and was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for more than 40 years. He was managing partner of a small public practice for 25 years and is now semi-retired. Michael explains that status as intending to be retired but continuing to be talked into one more little task to help out.
Like many of our members, Michael’s first introduction to computers was at university where the machines were kept in hermetically sealed enclosures with white coated acolytes feeding punch cards into the intake slot. Needless to say, those days are missed by few. Michael has lived on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for over 40 years and is married to a local and has 2 grown children.