Mr Don Jones (Chairman)
As one of our most prominent Launcestonians, Don has served our community in many different formats over a career spanning over 45 years. From commencing his working life as a solicitor, Don has proudly served Tasmania as both a Magistrate and Coroner. The list of community organisations that have benefitted from Don’s expertise is extensive and encompassing of many varied interests especially the plight of the most needy members of society.
Don has been married to Patricia for 45 years and has four adult children and 6 grandchildren. In any spare time Don enjoys a game of golf, gardening, reading and computers.
Robert Anderson (Vice President)
Currently a Property Consultant with Ray White Launceston, Rob has many years of experience across various committees and boards, including the Northern Tasmanian Football Association (General Manager for over 17 years, St Kilda's Supporters Group, Newnham Neighbourhood Treasurer for 16 years and is a Life Member of numerous sporting clubs. Enjoys spending time with his partner Deb and loves cooking a BBQ while entertaining family and friends.
John Stevenson (Treasurer)
Born Launceston in 1944 and married to Janet, with 2 children and currently 6 grandchildren, John was educated at Launceston Church Grammar School then worked in a Chartered Accountant's office for 10 years followed by 40 years as an accountant and estate clerk for a firm of Solicitors.
He is a former LBS Board Member and presently volunteers at the Eskleigh Foundation, and a JP at HJAT office in the CH Smith Centre.
His other interests include golf, tennis, gardening and spending time as a grey nomad.
Born in Launceston in 1939 and married to Wendy with 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Brian was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School and had a long and successful career at C. J. Weedon & Co as a Stock and Sharebroker.
He is a former Board Member of Tasmanian Trustees and The Hobart Stock Exchange and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brian enjoys time with family and helping others through his involvement in a number of charities. He is a Life Member of the Launceston Benevolent Society.
Born in New Zealand, Don moved to Australia in 1976 at the age of 20 to work for 3 years in order to gain a working visa to Canada. However, he never left, instead obtaining Australian citizenship in 1987. Don describes himself as a Tasmanian first and an Australian second.
Don has worked in many industries over his working life, including bricklaying where he suffered a deliberating injury which forced him to retire. Having a disability, Don understands the difficulties and hardship people go through with a disability which can be very frustrating.
Don has been a volunteer at the Launceston Benevolent Society since 2011 and a Board member since 2019.
He loves fishing and the bush and travelling when the body allows.
Born in Sydney, Norm moved to Tasmania in 1973. Norm has enjoyed a varied working life as an electrical contractor, in industrial electronics and serving 10 years with Ramset Fasteners. He spent the last 10 years of his working career owning a manufacturing clothing company which made clothes for nursing home residents.
Norm has served on the State Alzheimer’s Committee and has been a volunteer and Board member with the Launceston Benevolent Society since 1998.
Norm enjoys golf and spending time with family and is very passionate about his work at the Society.
Rosalie has spent 35 years as a high school teacher in Launceston for the Education Department, retiring in 2017. In a leadership position in public schools, she has supported many families and has always had time to listen and act to assist those in need. Having returned to schools as a relief teacher she still finds much enjoyment in interacting and leading young people with their learning and development to ensure they are adequately equipped to face the challenges of becoming valuable community members.
Rosalie is married to Andrew Flood and has one adult son. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, travelling and regularly attending a gym. She started as a volunteer at The Launceston Benevolent Society with her husband in 2019 and joined the Board later in that year. Rosalie feels privileged to undertake a board position at this worthwhile welfare agency supporting Launceston families.
Born in 1967 and raised in Georgetown Tasmania. Married to Ross Clark with 2 adult children and 2 perfect grandchildren. Michelle joined the Board of the Launceston Benevolent Society in April 2022.
Michelle’s background was hospitality until 2007 when she purchased Capri, an iconic long-standing business in Launceston becoming the 3rd only owner over a period of 67 years. Michelle also sits on the board as the Tasmanian director of Frontline Australia - Australia’s largest retail buying group, a position she has held for over 10 years.
Michelle enjoys downtime at the lakes in the central highlands fishing, reading and relaxing. Her love is discovering and staying over in beautiful parts of Tasmania. Michelle feels absolutely honoured to be part of the board for the LBS.
Rodney Spinks (Chief Executive Officer)
Rodney commenced as CEO in November 2019 following a long career in Senior Management at St.LukesHealth where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Strategic Project Manager. Rodney has also served the community as a Rotarian for many years with the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise and through other volunteering roles.
Rodney is married to Debbie, has two children and having been born and raised in Launceston, is very passionate about helping the local community.