Life & Founding Members

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    Roger Summerill OAM

    Roger has spent many years in broadcasting and has extensive experience in announcing/presenting, interviewing, journalism, production, programming, marketing, administration, consulting and teaching.

    He has held senior management positions at numerous radio stations, including 2GB and 2UW in Sydney, 2KA Western Sydney, the 6IX Radio Network in Western Australia, 2ST and PowerFM on the South Coast, WaveFM and the ABC. He was also responsible for the establishment of radio training at the Sydney Film and Television School.

    For seven years Roger was Manager Local Radio NSW for the ABC and was responsible for managing 702 ABC Sydney and the NSW Local Radio Regional network. During this period, 702 ABC Sydney was named Station of the Year at a number of Local Radio Awards presentations. Since leaving the ABC in July 2007 he has worked as a consultant to ABC Local Radio.

    While in the role of President and Chairman of The Illawarra Connection, Roger also held positions as the Deputy Chairman of RDA Illawarra, The Illawarra Grammar School and a member of the Anglican Media Council.

    Roger received the Rod Murdoch Memorial Award 1996 for Outstanding Contribution to Regional Tourism in NSW and the Order of Australia Medal 1999 for services to tourism.

    Roger was elected as the second President on 5 December 2005 and, after almost 12 years, announced on 1 August 2017 that he was standing down from the role and passing the mantle to Graham Lancaster. He was officially made a Life Member at the 2017 December dinner meeting.

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    John Glynn

    Professor Glynn has wide international experience in management development programs. He is an advisor to a number of companies, government agencies and departments including the National Audit Office (UK), The Australian Audit Office, the NSW Parliament's Public Accounts Committee and the OECD.

    Professor Glynn has particular interest and expertise in the areas of strategy formulation, management of change, financial management and performance appraisal across all levels of the public and private sector. He teaches accounting, financial management, public sector management and corporate strategy. His research interests are primarily public sector financial management and the management of change. Previous academic appointments in the UK were at the Universities of Exeter and Kent.

    Professor Glynn has a Doctorate of Philosophy, a Master of Philosophy and a Master Degree, all with an Accounting major.

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    Gerard Sutton

    The Patron of The Illawarra Connection is Professor Gerard Sutton, Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, a role he held for 17 years.

    Under Professor Sutton’s leadership the University of Wollongong won two Australian University of the Year awards (in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001) and rose to be ranked among the top two percent of universities world-wide.

    Professor Sutton also led the development of the Innovation Campus, Graduate School of Medicine, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute and SMART Infrastructure Facility.

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    Barry Wood

    Barry is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (FCPA). He was a member of the Australasian Institute of Credit Union Directors (AICUD).

    With a special interest in strengthening social responsibility, ethical behaviour and community development, Barry held a number of honorary executive positions for various community and business organisations in the Illawarra Region. He was Chairman of City Coast Credit Union, a Director of Australian National Credit Union, a Founding Director of the Australian Social and Ethical Accountability Centre including the Social and Ethical Auditing Institute Inc, and Executive Board member of Centacare Catholic Family Welfare Services.

    Barry has also served on a number of Regional committees including the University of Wollongong Foundation Ltd. and the Illawarra Business Excellence Awards and is a member of the St James Ethics Centre.

    Barry held a position on the Board of The Illawarra Connection from 1990 until 2010, and remained in a non-Director capacity as the Executive Officer until his retirement in 2014.

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    Peter Kell

    Mr Kell is the former chief executive officer of Anglicare, former president of The Illawarra Connection and was the founder of Kells the Lawyers.

    He is currently a Board Member of The Illawarra Credit Union and the Community Alliance Credit Union.

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    Rod Cunich

    Rod Cunich has 37 years’ experience in consumer, business, corporate and commercial law and practice.

    A director of numerous companies and Not-For-Profit organisations over the last 35 years, Rod’s clients benefit from both his extensive legal expertise and his first hand commercial experience. In addition to being a practising lawyer Rod is a Certified Trustee & Estate Practitioner (TEP).

    Rod has lectured nationally and internationally on a range of topics relating to business transactions, business structures, corporate governance, wealth protection, personal estate planning and business exit planning.

    For the last five years Rod has managed Slater and Gordon’s Wealth Protection and Estate Planning Division Nationally.

    Rod is a former Director, and now a Life Member of, The Illawarra Connection.

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    Peter Newell OAM

    A retired daily newspaper editor and CEO, Peter has been associated with registered clubs for almost his entire life. Currently serving as Chairman of the Illawarra Steelers in Wollongong, NSW, where he has been a Director for 24 years, as well as serving as the ClubsNSW Chairman since 2004. Peter was elected as President and Chairman of Clubs Australia in 2008. Peter also serves as Chairman of ClubKENO holdings, is a board member of the New South Wales Institute of Sport and in 2011 was appointed a trustee director of ClubPlus Superannuation.

    In 2003, Peter received an Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day Honours for his service to the community.

  • Jim Pearce

    Director of various family companies, retired from business activities since 1997. Jim has been a life member of TIC since 2001.

    Jim held the role of Regional Manager Chamber of Manufactures NSW between 1987 and 1993. While in this role there were many non-manufacturing businesses who indicated a desire to network socially, to share experiences and develop business relationships. Jim was part of a small group of like-minded people who invited former New Zealand PM David Lange to speak at the formation event of The Illawarra Connection.

    Other positions include:

    - Chairman Wollongong Legacy group 2007-2008

    - Manager Operations – Australian Business Limited 1994 – 1997

    - Director and Life Member – Illawarra Steelers 1981-1997

    - Director – Illawarra Technology Corporation 1991 – 1993

    Jim was a member of various state and federal regional development and community welfare bodies during the 1970s and 1980s and spent 29 years in managerial roles at Tubemakers Australia P/L.