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Photo of Graham WareGRAHAM WARE, President

Graham retired from a career spanning forty years with NSW Department of Public Works. He specialised in building construction and maintenance, specification writing, contract supervision, WHS, and supervision of multi trade teams in heritage building and stonework restoration projects.

He has extensive experience in all areas of project management and supervision, and facilities maintenance and has completed training in financial management, HR and IT. He  currently holds the position of President on the Activus Transport Board of which he has been a member since 2007. 

CHRIS BENTLEY, Vice President Chris Bentley

Chris has over 30 years’ experience practicing law in a social welfare context. As a result, he has held several positions as a senior legal officer within various government departments including NSW Health.
Chris has been an active member on the Boards of Engadine District Community Aid & Information Service, Sutherland Hospital Local Community Advisory Committee and Sutherland Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Advisory Council. He joined the Board of Activus Transport in 2008 and currently holds the position of Vice President.

Gary RichardsGARY RICHARDS, Treasurer

Gary began his professional career qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (England & Wales)

with Pannell Kerr Forster. He relocated to Canada with this firm where he qualified as a Canadian

Chartered Accountant. Gary made a career change into Management Consulting while in Canada

joining Ernst and Young Consultants.

He accepted an offer to join Price Waterhouse Consultants first locating in Brisbane then Sydney. 

Gary has operated his own Management Consulting practice for the past 20+ years specialising in project directing the planning of health related services and facilities mainly for the NSW Health Department.

Gary is a past President and active member of Rotary Engadine. He is Treasurer on the Activus Board and its newest recruit after joining the Board in July 2015.

Ted AshtonTED ASHTON, Secretary

Ted worked for many years in the building industry culminating in the position of Manager, Quantity and Tenders Branch for the Department of Housing NSW.  Additionally Ted has community links as a member of the Hurstville APEX club for 15 years, currently assisting with the Apex Youth Club movement as a football manager and coach, manager of tennis teams and organiser of Dancesport competitions for youth club members

Ted contributes to the Activus Board in the position of Secretary and has been on the board for 7 years.


In 2004 Jan was elected to Sutherland Shire Council and was re-elected again in 2008 she became Deputy Mayor in 2010. During her 8 years on Council Jan chaired the Community Services Committee and worked to improve services and facilities to aged care and community centres, upgrades to shopping centres and Surf Clubs and the first Men’s Sheds in the Shire. Jan also served as a member of the Board of Hazlehurst Regional Gallery.

Jan retired as a Councillor in 2012 but has continued to be active in the community serving as a volunteer and Board member with a number of local organisations including Activus Transport and Dunlea (formerly Boystown, Engadine).


Phil started his career as a primary school teacher in Victoria. He then pursued a career with Abbott Australia as a Pharmaceutical Industry Sales and Marketing representative for 20 years.

Phil moved into driver training with Trent Driving School for 4 years followed by over 15 years as a WorkCover accredited OH&S trainer and consultant.

Currently Phil actively contributes to the community as demonstrated by his role as a volunteer driver and Board member for Activus, which he joined in 2014. As well as his work for Activus he also sits on the boards of Rotary, Lodge Gymea and Woolooware Golf Club.


Allan was the Managing Director of his family business running oyster farms in the Sutherland Shire area for over 30 years. On selling the business in 1998 he moved into property investment, owning and managing commercial properties across NSW.

During this time Allan has maintained a strong interest in the local community as a volunteer driver before moving onto the Board of Activus where he has remained a strong Board member for over 12 years. His commitment to the community has seen him involved with the local Police & Citizens Youth Club for over 30 years.

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