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Committee Members

Contact email addresses for Glebe Society Committee Members are below.

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Position Vacant
Diane Hutchinson
Immediate Past President
Allan Hogan
Allan Hogan was a television journalist and producer for almost 50 years. He worked at the ABC on “This Day Tonight” and “Four Corners” and was a correspondent in London and Washington. He was the presenter of the Queensland edition of the “7.30 Report”. In 1978 he joined the Nine Network’s “60 Minutes” and in 1980 was the founding Executive Producer of the” Sunday” program. In 2005 he was the Executive Producer of SBS TV’s “Insight” program. In 2007 he joined “Enough Rope with Andrew Denton” as script editor. He retired in 2014. He and his wife Jess have lived in Glebe since 2011.
Jude Paul
Jude has lived in Glebe since 1978. Her working life was spent (very happily) in the public education sector, initially as an English teacher and for many years in TAFE administration. She has always felt at home in the Glebe community and is very happy to spend her retirement days furthering this contact.
Minutes Secretary
Mark Stapleton
Mark was born on Gadigal country north east of Glebe and has lived here since 2002. Nowadays leading the Arcadia Syndicate, he provides strategic design and management of Indigenous arts services and programs. As an ally, partner, collaborator, facilitator his primary focus is success by working cross culturally in project management and administration, consultation, policy development and research. Social justice and prosperity matters and Glebe will be a strong, safe place when we recognise everyone’s human worth, be honest about our histories and hopeful for our futures.
Minutes Secretary
Jane Gatwood
Jane retired in 2008 after 30 years working in Student Services at a university not so close to Glebe. She has lived in Glebe since 1978 and wouldn’t live anywhere else. She has been Treasurer since 2017.
Bays & Foreshores Convenor
Lesley Lynch
Blue Wrens Convenor
Andrew Wood
Andrew Wood is a veterinarian and academic who has worked for universities in Australia, the UK and the USA. He joined the Glebe Society soon after moving to the suburb in 1976 and has held numerous roles including President and convenor of the Light Rail and Environment Subcommittees; he was elected as a Life Member of the Society in 1999. At present he is convenor of the Blue Wren Subcommittee. In 2008, the Society, together with the City of Sydney, published a report entitled “Superb Fairy Wren Habitat in Glebe and Forest Lodge – a community based conservation project”. The Subcommittee works with the local community and bush care groups towards implementing the recommendations of the report as well as the retention and enhancement of biodiversity in our suburb.
Community Development Convenor
Janice Challinor
Originally from the Riverina District of NSW, Janice moved to Sydney in 1971 to pursue further tertiary education. Janice’s first awareness of Glebe came while undertaking a post graduate course in Urban Design in 1978 in which fieldwork, examining the Glebe Urban Renewal project, was included. A move to Glebe in 2005 created the opportunity to give a Victorian terrace a new lease of life. It also gave her the opportunity to learn to appreciate and enjoy the many advantages that life in Glebe has to offer its residents.
Now as a retired secondary school teacher whose discipline was within the Social Science area, and having joined the Glebe Society in 2011, Janice is finding more time available to contribute to the local community through volunteer activities.
Environment Convenor
Åsa Wahlquist
Åsa has lived in Glebe since 1979. She worked as a rural journalist for the ABC, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Her work took her far and wide but she was always happy to return to her home in Glebe. Åsa values the local community, and the many friends and acquaintances she has made through walking her dogs, yoga, family, The Glebe Society and chatting to neighbours and other customers at Glebe’s coffee shops.
Heritage Convenor
Ted McKeown
Ted McKeown and his wife Alison moved to Glebe in 1972, and their three sons were born here. They became members of The Glebe Society at that time, and have been active members of the Society and of the Management Committee ever since. At various times, Ted was Treasurer and Bulletin Editor, and he has been President twice, in 1991-1993 and 2014-2016. He has recently taken on the role of Convenor of the Heritage Subcommittee. Ted was a solicitor in private practice for over 40 years, retiring in 2008. Until the Wentworth Park Sporting Complex Trust was disbanded in 2016 (on the appointment of an Administrator because of the then imminent ban on greyhound racing in NSW), he was its Chairman. He is an active bushwalker and Rotarian, having been to the Solomon Islands on building projects on a number of occasions.
Planning Convenor
Neil Macindoe
Resident of Glebe for 35 years. Career in schools and TAFE. Glebe Society roles include President and Planning Convenor (current). Various degrees including Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Sydney. Councillor at Leichhardt for 8 years. Awarded Medal of Order of Australia in 2012 for community service.
Transport & Traffic Convenor
Glebe Island Bridge Convenor
Murray Jewell
Murray has lived in Glebe for 3 years. Murray holds a bachelors degree and a masters degree in law. He is a commercial lawyer and was a partner in Australian and New Zealand law firms for 20 years, specializing in taxation, trust, corporate and banking law. He has been a member of the Glebe Society since May 2011 and has been on the Management Committee since August 2011. He is the Convenor of the Transport and Traffic Subcommittee and the Assistant Treasurer. His interests include sailing, the humanities, international politics and travelling. His ambition for Glebe is that it retains its character as a friendly and supportive village community with a diverse population. He is also a director of WEA, the adult education centre located in the CBD Sydney.
Ordinary Member
Dorothy Davis
Ordinary Member
Janet Wahlquist
Ordinary Member
Mark Gorta
Mark has lived in Glebe since 1984. He has managed to bring up two sons with his partner Sharon Zwi and with considerable support from local schools. Mark was a public servant for over 40 years in the agricultural and environmental sectors. He is an active local walker and a casual rower in the nearby bays.
Events Co-ordinator
Judy Vergison
Judy has loved living within the vibrancy of Glebe for over 20 years. One of the key attractions is a passion for heritage and a strong sense of community spirit, both of which the Glebe Society fosters.

She has had several roles on the management committee over the years and values how the Glebe Society brings people together.
She is extremely grateful for energy, resilience and foresight of the early Glebe Society members, who saved Lyndhurst and her street from being destroyed for an unnecessary freeway.
Bulletin Editor
Communications Convenor
Virginia Simpson-Young
Virginia has been editing the Glebe Society Bulletin since 2013, when Edwina Doe decided to call it a day after 10 years in the job - and what a good job she did! She also convenes the communications subcommittee, which mainly involves coordinating the Society’s seemingly ever-expanding media presence. Virginia and her family moved to Glebe in 2009, largely because they wanted to live somewhere interesting enough that the kids would come visit when they left home. So far it's working (touch wood). Her paid job is disability support, but she used to do research in the health and social services sectors, having also dabbled in academia. Virginia loves living in Glebe because of the 'village feel' – and because her kelpie, Sophie, can swim in the bay. She also loves Glebe because it has the Glebe Society which is full of amazing people.

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