Appointments & Committees

Board of Directors

The APF is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) and is subject to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and administered to by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). It operates under a Constitution and the Board operates to a Board Charter

The APF Board shall manage the APF's business and may exercise those of the APF's powers that are not required, by the Corporations Act or by this Constitution.

An APF Board Member is defined in the APF Constitution to mean a member of the APF Board.  Council nominated Directors appointed or elected by Councils are subject to the candidate satisfying the qualification and job description of Directors as set by the Board.

Board Members of APF owe certain duties to APF and its members.  The duties require Board Members to act competently, honestly, in good faith and in what they consider to be the best interests of APF.  If Board Members fail to satisfy any of these duties, they may be liable to compensate members of APF or third parties who suffer loss as a result of that failure.

The Board of Directors duty statement covers both common law duties (those duties imposed by the courts) and the duties imposed on Board Members by ASIC.  It is not an exhaustive summary of Board Members’ legal obligations, but it does summarise some of the key obligations imposed on Board Members of CLG's.

ALL APPOINTED POSITIONS

Office Bearers

Office Bearers
Chair of the Board DAVE SMITH Contact 0419 464 112
Chief Executive Officer RICHARD McCOOEY Contact
0419 002 208
Company Secretary ANDY MULHOLLAND Contact 0412 266 630
Public Officer ANDY MULHOLLAND Contact  0412 266 630

Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Director VIVIAN MERZ Contact 0415 088 646 About
Director DAVE SMITH Contact 0419 464 112 About
Director TREVOR COLLINS Contact 0401 118 203 About
Director JOE STEIN Contact 0402 008 924 About
Director HEATH BAIRD Contact 0475 427 232 About
Director ZAI PIEPER Contact 0406 061 335 About
Director MARK GAZLEY Contact 0417 161 699  About
Director JOHN SWANLAND Contact 0412 587 173 About

ASAO Register of Key Personnel

In accordance with the requirements of CASR Part 149 Approved Self Administration Organisations (ASAO) the APF maintains an online register of those appointed as Key Personnel and those persons who will substitute when the incumbent is absent or cannot carry out the duties of the position. Refer to APF Exposition for particulars of the Duties and Responsibilities of each Key Personnel under CASR Part 149 for an ASAO.

ASAO Register of Key Personnel
Title Name Appointed Retired Substitute when appointee absent
Accountable Manager (CEO)
RICHARD McCOOEY 20/01/2014
STM
Safety Manager (SM)
DAVE SMITH 26/11/2019
Deputy Chairman of the Board
Safety & Training Manager (STM)
CHARL ROOTMAN 01/04/2019
A STO appointed by CEO
National Aviation Officer (NAO)
MARK EDWARDS 17/03/2015
Aviation Committee Member appointed by CEO
National Rigging Officer (NRO)
TRISH VOGELS 28/02/2018
Rigging Committee Member appointed by CEO

Standing Committees

The APF Board has empowered the following Board and Operational committees to advise or make decisions about APF policy in certain areas. The members of each committee are listed below.

Governance Committee
Committee member (Chair) JOHN SWANLAND Contact  0412 587 173
Committee member DAVE SMITH Contact 0419 464 112
 Committee member MICHAEL BINNIE mbinnie@solveaccountants.com.au  0428 812 057 
Remuneration Committee
Committee member (Chair) DAVID SMITH Contact 0419 464 112
Committee member JOE STEIN Contact 0402 008 924
Risk and Audit Committee
Committee member (Chair) ANDY MULHOLLAND Contact 0412 266 630
Committee member VIVIAN MERZ Contact 0415 088 646
Committee member NEIL FERGIE neilandsharan@fergiefamily.com 0401 736 920
ICT Committee
Committee Chair CRAIG TRIMBLE Contact 0418 789 007
Committee Member TREVOR COLLINS Contact 0401 118 203
Committee Member LUKE OLIVER Contact 0429 020 865
Committee Member JASON KERR  Contact 0400 680 036
Appointments
Delegate to ASAC GRAHAME HILL hihilly@optusnet.com.au 0419 722 577
Delegate to ASAC, Alternate RICHARD MCCOOEY Contact 0419 002 208
Delegate to ASIANIA GRAEME WINDSOR graemeapf@ozemail.com.au 0439 487 983
Delegate to ASIANIA, Alternate RAY WILLIAMS raybwilliams@optusnet.com.au 0407 201 366
Delegate to ISC GAIL BRADLEY Contact 0413 119 575
Delegate to ISC, Alternate MARK SZULMAYER mszulmayer@hotmail.com 0414 684 740
Delegate to PIA TRISH VOGELS Contact 0435 238 079
Delegate to PIA, Alternate JO CHITTY  jo.chitty@skywerx.com.au  0412 704 708
National Review Officer JOHN SWANLAND Contact 0417 618 557

Operational Committees

Technical and Safety Committee
Safety and Training Manager (Chair) CHARL ROOTMAN  Contact 0457 299 122  
National Aviation Officer MARK EDWARDS Contact 0414 729 958
National Rigging Officer
TRISH VOGELS Contact 0435 238 079
Safety and Training Officer MIKE TIBBITTS Contact 0458 753 854
Safety and Training Officer BRANDON VAN NIEKERK
Contact 0412 546 763  
Safety and Training Officer CHIPPE LINDBERG  Contact 0458 546 077  
Director DAVE SMITH Contact 0419 464 112  
Aviation Committee
Committee Member (Chair) MARK EDWARDS Contact 0414 729 958
Committee member RYAN ROCHE airoperations@skydive.com.au 0407 065 728
Committee member JON McWILLIAM jonmcwilliam@yahoo.com.au 0412 913 919
Committee member PAUL SMITH paul@skydiveoz.com.au 0413 172 180
Committee member PETE LONNON pete@skydivejurienbay.com 0417 180 064
Committee member RICHARD MCCOOEY Contact 0419 002 208
Committee Member LLOYD COFIELD lloydcofield@me.com 0429 044 224
Committee Member BRAD THOMAS b.thomas@experienceco.com 0478 616 222
Funding Committee
Committee Chair VIVIAN MERZ Contact 0415 088 646
Committee member MARK SZULMAYER mszulmayer@hotmail.com 0414 684 740
Committee member SANDY NIEUWENHOVEN sandyofthesky@gmail.com 0407 829 222
Committee member KELLY BRENNAN kerplunk1967@hotmail.com 0438 298 326
Committee member LUKE OLIVER  Contact 0429 020 865
Committee member  MAYBRITT PRAHL mprahl@manritch.com  0417 700 091

Awards Committee
Committee Chair MARK GAZLEY Contact 0417 161 699
Committee member NEIL FERGIE neilandsharan@fergiefamily.com 0401 736 920
Committee member SANDY NIEUWENHOVEN sandyofthesky@gmail.com 0407 829 222
Committee member MARISKA FOLLEY mariskamtfolley@gmail.com
0412 266 630
Committee member VACANT

Rigging Committee
Committee Chair TRISH VOGELS Contact 0435 238 079
Committee Member JO CHITTY jo.chitty@skywerx.com.au 0412 704 708
Committee Member  RORY HATCHETT  roryhatchett@me.com   0412 908 071
Committee Member  TOM PARKER  tom@sunpath.com   
Committee Member  NATHAN POTTER  potternathan@hotmail.com  0439 871 695
Committee Member
KOPPEL SOLOMON rigging@meeloft.com.au 0417 726 653
Sport and Competition Committee
Sport Development Manager (Chair) JULES McCONNEL Contact 0400 416 579
 Sport Development      
NSWPC Area Coach SHANA HARRIS

SQPC Area Coach KRISTINA HICKS


NQPC Area Coach TIM KOLLN

 NTPC Area Coach DAVID BRUCE

 SAPCArea  Coach MATTHEW MUTH


VTPC Area Coach
JASON DODUNSKI

WAPC Area Coach MATTHEW HOLMES


National Coach JULES McCONNEL
Contact 0400 416 579
 Competition      
National Judging Officer GAIL BRADLEY Contact 0413 119 575
National Competitions Officer COLE RUTHENBERG Contact 0409 766 105
 Accuracy Landing MIKE DYER    
 Artistic Events MELISSA LISLE    
 Canopy Formation MARTIN LETCH    
 Canopy Piloting SELWYN JOHNSON    
 Formation Skydiving CRAIG VAUGHAN    
 Vertical Formation Skydiving TIM GOLSBY-SMITH    
 Speed Skydiving ASH CRICK    
 Wingsuiting LUKE ROGERS    

APF Minutes to Annual General Meetings

2021 Minutes to AGM 

2020 Minutes to AGM 

2019 Minutes to AGM 

2018 Minutes to AGM

2017 Minutes to AGM

2016 Minutes to AGM

2015 Minutes to AGM

2014 Minutes to AGM

2013 Minutes to AGM

2012 Minutes to AGM

2011 Minutes to AGM

2010 Minutes to AGM

Area Councils

Councils are established as committees of the APF under the Constitution.  Each state, territory or region has a Council, with Queensland divided into South Queensland and North Queensland, and Victoria and Tasmania combined.  All members are welcome and encouraged to attend and become involved in their area Councils.

Powers are delegated to Councils solely for the purpose of furthering the objects of the APF, described in the Council Committee's Charters in the APF Operational Committees Charters. These can be summarised as focusing on development of the sport and administration of members and member clubs in the area.  The activities and performance of Councils can be reviewed by perusing the minutes of Council meetings.

Council Meetings

Area Councils are expected to hold an Annual General Meeting and General meetings annually, Minutes from these meetings are available from individual Councils or the APF upon request.

Councils Appointments

Area Councils hold elections at the Council AGM. At an AGM, all elected positions become vacant and members may nominate another member or themselves to hold a position on the council. Positions and rules that cover the election process are described in the Council Committee's Charters in the APF Operational Committees Charters. For a list of positions and current incumbents please the list of Councils below.

Governing Documents

Further information on Councils is available on the Council websites where applicable

Information as provided to the APF by Area Councils via Meeting Minutes

New South Wales Parachute Council

Web: https://nswpc.org.au/

NSWPC
APF Director VIVIAN MERZ 0415 088 646 Contact Vivian
Administrator HELEN PERRY 0402 621 661 secretary.nswpc@gmail.com
Chairperson ROBERT McMILLAN 0419 391 359 sky_fire1@yahoo.com
Treasurer VACANT    
Area Coach
SHANA HARRIS
   
Council Executive Member MARK HIGGINS    
Grievance Officer MARK HIGGINS 0409 214 211 higgolikestojump1963@gmail.com
Media Liaison RENEE MCEWEN

Northern Territory Parachute Council

C/O PO Box 3114, Darwin, NT 0801

NTPC
APF Director TREVOR COLLINS 0401 118 203 Contact Trevor
Chairperson TREVOR COLLINS 0401 118 203 Contact Trevor
Secretary/Treasurer VACANT
Area Coach
DAVID BRUCE
0439 829 696
roofing_contractor@hotmail.com
Council Executive Member DAVID BRUCE 0439 829 696 roofing_contractor@hotmail.com
Media Liaison LEAH SMITH 0433 338 495
leah.smith@internode.on.net
Member Protection Information Officer LEAH SMITH
0433 338 495
leah.smith@internode.on.net

North Queensland Parachute Council

C/O PO Box 291, Cannonvale, QLD 4802

Web: https://sites.google.com/view/northqldparachutecouncil

NQPC
APF Director ZAI PIEPER 0406 061 335 Contact Zai
Chairperson NATHAN POTTER 0439 871 695
chairperson@nqpc.asn.au
Secretary VALERIE SCHMIED 0429 377 889
secretary@nqpc.asn.au
Treasurer ZAI PIEPER 0406 061 335 treasurer@nqpc.asn.au
Area Coach TIM KOLLN 0412 916 949 statecoach@nqpc.asn.au
Council Executive Member TIM KOLLN 0412 916 949 statecoach@nqpc.asn.au
Area Judge LORETTA THOMPSON 0414 556 762 rettaminutello@gmail.com
Media Liaison BRANDON VAN NIEKERK 0412 546 763 Contact Brandon
Member Protection Information Officer (VACANT)

Trauma Officer ANNA MUELLER 0472 688 206 annakmueller1@gmail.com

South Queensland Parachute Council

Web: http://www.sqpc.org.au/

SQPC
APF Director JOE STEIN 0402 008 924 Contact Joe
Chairperson BEN NORDKAMP 0418 154 119
bennord@ozemail.com.au
Deputy Chairperson ARCHIE JAMIESON   archie@goldcoastskydive.com.au
Secretary/Administrator
VIKKI GIRVIN 0417 691 553
admin@sqpc.org.au
Treasurer
MICHAEL BINNIE
  mbinnie@solveaccountants.com.au
Area Coach
KRISTINA HICKS    coach@sqpc.org.au
Council Executive Member KRISTINA HICKS    
Area Judge
COLE RUTHENBERG
  Contact Cole
Harassment/Grievance Officer
PETER BRIERLEY
0403 155 999 gravity70@bigpond.com
Media Liaison
TAYIA MERRETT
  tayia1991@icloud.com
Sport Development Officer LUKE EVERETT lukejevo@gmail.com

South Australian Parachute Council

Web: https://www.facebook.com/southaustralian.parachutecouncil.5/

 

SAPC
APF Director MARK GAZLEY
0417 161 699 Contact Mark
Chairperson MATT TEAGER
Secretary
HABEL CULLEN
   
Treasurer
ZACK ROSSER
   
Area Coach
MATTHEW MUTH
   
Council Executive Member MATTHEW MUTH


Area Judge
SANDY NIEUWENHOVEN

Harassment Contact Officer
LAURA WATSON
  lauranicole05@hotmail.com 
Media Liaison MATT TEAGER

Victorian Tasmanian Parachute Council

Web: http://www.vtpc.org.au/

C/- PO Box 84, MOONEE PONDS VIC 3039

VTPC
APF Director JOHN SWANLAND
Contact John
Chairperson
SARAH HOGAN
  chair@vtpc.org.au
Secretary
CATHERINE BENNETTS-CASH
  secretary@vtpc.org.au
Treasurer
JOHN SWANLAND
  treasurer@vtpc.org.au
Area Coach
JASON DODUNSKI
  areacoach@vtpc.org.au
Council Executive Member
LOUISE CROSS
  exec@vtpc.org.au
Area Judge
BARRIE BREMNER
  bpbremner@icloud.com
Harassment Contact Officer
TOM FLETCHER
  harassment@vtpc.org.au
Media Liaison  VACANT    

West Australian Parachute Council

Web: https://waparachutecouncil.com.au/

Email: waparachutecouncil@gmail.com

PO Box 29, CLOVERDALE WA 6985


APF Director HEATH BAIRD 0475 427 232 Contact Heath
Chairperson
JONN CONNOLLY
0439 948 444
jonnwconnolly@gmail.com
Secretary
SHIRLEY COWCHER
0411 102 051
shirley@iea.com.au
Treasurer
MAYBRITT PRAHL
0417 700 091
maybritt.prahl@gmail.com
Area Coach
CHRIS BYRNES
0457 771 096
c.t.byrnes@gmail.com
Area Judge PETA HOLMES 0409 996 469
zephyrjunkie@iinet.net.au
Event Liaison
TARA BLENNERHASSETT
0418 977 224
tarairving@live.com.au
Media Liaison TAMARA McMURTRIE 0430 191 787 tamaramcm89@hotmail.com
Member Protection Officer SUSAN PROBERT 0467 478 277 susan_probert@hotmail.com
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