Here are some of the speakers who will be presenting –

  • Kevin Webb

Kevin is the CEO of spring Gully Foods having started in 1979.

The company was founded by Ted McKee and the initial production was at Ted’s home. The company has grown to the extent of producing 400.000 bottles of produce per week.

Most of us know about the near demise of spring gully, but Kevin is able to describe to the meeting what happened from an insider’s perspective.

The trouble started in 2011/12 with the major supermarkets deleting the Spring Gully range from their offer. Because of that loss of turnover the company was immediately in trouble.

From then on while in “administration” the firm struggled to get back to trading normally.

Kevin described some of the events in this long journey including personal health issues. Many people in business supported Spring Gully during their return, and with a restructure within the business and some rapid learning normal trading returned.

In December 2017 Spring Gully had finally repaid all it’s debts and is now back to being a successful South Australian company.


  • D’Arcy Walsh

D’Arcy joined the Rotary Club of Adelaide in 1994 and served on a variety of committees before resigning to live and work in the Philippines for 9 years managing a very large Australian Government funded development project.  During his time in Davao City, D’Arcy was a member of the Rotary Club of East Davao and served as a Director and as Vice President as well as speaking at District Conferences and working on a number of Club and District initiatives.  When he returned to Adelaide in 2010, he re-joined the RCA and as Membership Director and then as President he has played a significant role in the recent changes in that Club.

He began his working life in education before moving to the design, implementation and management of official development assistance projects funded by the Australian Government, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO and UNICEF.  Over the last 34 years he has worked in 23 different developing countries managing a range of education, health, community development and mining/resettlement projects.

Married to Rotarian Carol Walsh and has three children and three grandchildren.  He has over 50 years playing, coaching and being an administrator in Grade cricket both with the SACA and with the Prospect District Cricket Club.  He is currently Patron of the PDCC and Chair of the joint D9500 and D9520 Steering Committee for the new D9510 District.



  • Philip A. Griffin M.B B.S, F.R.A.C.S

I qualified as a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in 1992 after 4 years of advanced training in Adelaide, a year of training in Scotland at Canniesburn Hospital, and a year of Hand Surgery Fellowship training in Louisville, Kentucky.

My surgical practice has combined a continued commitment to public hospital practice: teaching and training developing plastic surgeons and junior doctors: treating people with a broad spectrum of plastic surgery problems, and helping the development of an improved public patient plastic and reconstructive surgery service to the Southern Health region of Adelaide, as Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit of Flinders Medical Centre for more than 10 years.

I have also treated patients in private practice since 1993. Treatment of skin cancer and skin lesions, treatment of conditions of the female breast: reduction, augmentation and reconstruction, treatment of conditions of the trunk and buttocks after pregnancy or weight loss: abdominoplasty, buttock lift, bodylift, thigh and arm reduction, are among the many different problems of my specialist practice.

The area of my sub-specialist interest is that of surgery of the hand. The hand and wrist is a delicately balanced, intricate mechanism that is subject to the attrition of wear, injury from accident or disruption through developmental defect. The loss of function through even minor hand injury does have major implications on workplace, social and everyday abilities. Accurate diagnosis is challenging, repair can be technically difficult and maximising recovery is achieved through well-coordinated team-work. Our goal is to return you to the most function possible, as quickly as possible.

I am a Council member of the Australian Hand Surgery Society, the Australian Doctors Orchestra, the Medical Advisory Committee of the Southern Adelaide Health Region and a previous Council member, Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

  • Stuart Heal

    Stuart and Adrienne Heal Stuart is living proof we can get alumni of our programs to join Rotary. He first came into contact with Rotary as an attendee of RYLA as a 20 year old in Auckland, New Zealand. Some 15 years later he was part of a D 9980 GSE team that went to Nigeria in 1987. That was the experience that has led to a lifetime of involvement with Rotary. He saw first-hand how Rotary can make a difference to people’s lives. Adrienne is a Past President of the Cromwell Rotary Club. Cromwell is a village in Central Otago in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Over the years they have hosted 6 RYE students and their second son spent a year on the program in BC Canada.Adrienne is a retired schoolteacher who most recently worked with children with special needs. Since retiring she has become a supportive grandparent and enjoys helping when she can with their 4 grandchildren. She is very involved in their small community where she coordinates the local foodbank. They both enjoy the outdoor activities living in Central Otago offers. Adrienne tries to keep Stuart exercising but without doubt she is the fitter.Stuart has worked in business all of his life and was CEO of the largest agricultural supply cooperative in New Zealand for 20 years. On retiring from that position he has focussed on governance roles and chairs a number of boards of directors giving him a broad perspective of many sectors including NZ Cricket Inc, University Bookshop (Otago) Ltd, Pioneer Generation Ltd, Pulse Energy Ltd, and Well South Primary Health Network. He is also a director of a Rural Fire Authority, Pulse Energy Ltd, Road Transport Logistics Ltd and chairs a Forestry Management company. In June 2016 Stuart was honoured by the Queen with Membership of the Order of New Zealand for services to business, cricket and the community.He was a director of Rotary International 2010-2012 during which time he also chaired the RI Strategic Planning committee. He was an International Assembly training leader in 2003 and 2004 and Moderator for the International Assembly 2017.Together Adrienne and Stuart enjoy travelling and they keep a large garden. Both enjoy reading, food and wine and meeting people. Stuart has a reputation for driving change and working strategically and believes more than ever Rotary needs to do the same to ensure we remain relevant to future generations.


  • Margaret Lehmann

Margaret is one of Barossa’s food and wine pioneers, a champion of its preservation and was an integral part of the growth of Peter Lehmann Wines.

We have what I call the up and coming generation who are in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. I can say that because I am much older! They are really switched on. And the other thing is because so many people are 4th, 5th, 6th generation, coming up 7th generation – before the Barossa had been primarily a grape producing region – vignerons sold to wineries. And gradually the kids either are going to keep going as is or are going to seize control of their own vineyards. So there has been a proliferation of smaller producers – vigneron kids making wine under their own name.

Because I was born outside the Barossa, Peter was born in the Barossa and sometimes somebody coming in from the outside can analyze and see what is really precious… And one of the things is that the Barossa has always been mixed farming because they were good Silesian peasants who settled here – Lutheran but German speaking. And so you have your orchard, you had your farms, you had your cows and various cropping. And you never ever put all your eggs in one basket. And that is why a traditional Barossa Vineyard is never ever a mono varietal. Because of these swings and round abouts about which varietals become more popular – we have small plots – what we call a tapestry of vineyards, distinct from large acreage properties.

I think if you paint a picture of wines – you get a glass and it should be three dimensional – so if you say Tuscany you see the landscape, you see the food and you see the wine. But as a whole. And you see the people. It is the resonance of that imagery in all those important parts. Napa has achieved it remarkably well – and we are much smaller of course, smaller population – you have San Francisco – here everything is on a smaller scale. But the Barossa is getting there.


  • The honorable Member for Sturt and Federal Minister for Defence Industries,  Mr Christopher Pyne

    In 1993, at the age of 25, Christopher Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt.
    Christopher is the Minister for Defence Industry and Leader of the House of Representatives. As Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher is responsible for delivering the $200 billion build up of Australia’s military capability, the largest in our peacetime history.In his time in Parliament he has also served as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, developing and delivering the National Innovation and Science Agenda, a transformative economic plan to encourage Australians to embrace risk and commercialise their ideas. Christopher also spent two years as Minister for Education and Training, and in this role, amongst other things, he reformed the National Curriculum, introduced compulsory literacy and numeracy testing for Australian teaching graduates and expanded phonics teaching in remote schools in northern Australia. Christopher is a member of many community, social, and sporting groups in his electorate, and is an Adelaide Crows Ambassador and supporter of the Norwood Redlegs Football Club.




  • Dr Tim Cooper – Coopers Brewery

    A fifth-generation brewer, Tim Cooper began professional life as a doctor, completing medical studies (MBBS, Adelaide) in 1979. He practised hospital medicine for nine years, working mainly in the UK as a Registrar in medicine and cardiology. He conducted medical research in Bristol to complete a Doctor of Medicine (MD, Bristol) in 1990. He has written several papers on the investigation of pulmonary embolism, along with other papers on cardiopulmonary disease. Tim took time off medicine in 1986-87 to study Brewing Science (MSc, Birmingham) before joining the family company in 1990.
    After starting in the brewery as Technical Manager, Tim became Operations Manager in 1993, and subsequently Operations Director in 1997. He studied part-time from 1995-97, obtaining an MBA from the University of Adelaide in 1998. From 1999-2001 he was responsible, as Project Director, for the development and construction of Coopers Brewery at Regency Park. He became Managing Director in 2002.Tim also holds the role of Deputy President of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, a members’ organisation recognised globally throughout the professions of malting, brewing, distilling and cider making.Tim was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008 for service to the brewing industry, particularly through environmentally sustainable production and manufacturing practices, to professional organisations, and to the community.


  • Dr Jennifer Delima
    Director of Addiction and Clinical Forensic Medicine
    for the Central Australia Health Service in Alice Springs

Jennifer Delima is a “rural / remote generalist” Medical Practitioner currently working in her two specialty areas of Addiction and Clinical Forensic Medicine in Alice Springs, Central Australia.

Coming from a background in mainstream Emergency Medical practice in Sydney, in early 2000 she and her family took a year’s ‘desert and cultural change’ to one of  the Northern Territory’s most remote Indigenous communities,  Walungurru  (AKA Kintore).  Whilst many opportunities have occurred and presented themselves to ‘return back’ to mainstream lifestyle, the  joys of working, living and bringing up a family in remote/ regional Central Australia have not been surpassed.

Jennifer continues to enjoy the privilege and challenges of working in a range of differing clinical and social environments with extremely limited resources, in the Northern Territory.  These include remote Australian Aboriginal communities, remote and regional hospitals and general practices and Custodial health, enabling care for both adolescents and adults. This work environment and attendant community engagement has provided her with significant exposure to the challenges in delivering holistic health care especially in the context of poverty medicine as well as domestic and family violence and trauma.
Her role as Director of Addiction and Clinical Forensic Medicine for the Central Australia Health Service in Alice Springs provides her with aspiration to seek organisational change, education and improvement to facilitate the vision of creating a safe, supportive, and responsive service to eventually achieve  “Freedom from violence for all people”  and improve the ability to “Close the gap”  for Indigenous Australians.


  • Sophie Thomson- Sophies Patch

    Sophie Thomson’s enduring love affair with plants and gardening was inherited from her plant loving parents and her early training began working at the family nursery in the Adelaide Hills.
    What started-out as a necessity eventually became a key driver in her life as she steadily acquired in-depth knowledge of the nursery’s large collection of rare and distinctive plant varieties.  After the nursery was sold, Sophie embarked as a garden consultant and took an active role in the media.Sophie Thomson lights up the screen as ABC television’s Gardening Australia South Australian presenter, where her enthusiasm for gardening inspires people of all ages. She is also a popular newspaper columnist, national public speaker, TEDx presenter, author, broadcaster and horticulturalist.  As well as writing for the Gardening Australia magazine, Sophie writes the weekly gardening column for the Adelaide Sunday Mail and the Weekender Herald.Sophie’s first book From the Ground Up – a complete guide for South Australian Gardeners was released in November 2008 and was judged the best general gardening book in Australia at the 2009 biennial Laurel Awards for Horticultural Media of Australia.  It was the first South Australian book to win this award.  Sophie co-authored the Reader’s Digest book Waterwise Gardening and the Reader’s Digest publication The Ultimate Book of Vegetables.  Her next book ‘Sophie’s Patch’ is due out in autumn 2018.She lives at Sophie’s Patch – a three-acre property in the Adelaide Hills, with husband Richard, five children under 16 and a menagerie of animals.  Over the last five years they have created a remarkable garden around the old stone cottage on what was once a bare paddock.  The Patch includes numerous contained spaces as well as a fully productive organic vegie patch, more than 100 fruit and nut trees and what she hopes one day will be a breathtaking, climate compatible ornamental garden. 


  • Michael Sawyer, OAM, MBBS, PhD, Dip Child Psych., FRANZCP, FRCPC

Michael Sawyer, OAM, MBBS, PhD, Dip Child Psych., FRANZCP, FRCPC is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and Head, Research and Evaluation Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in South Australia.Professor Sawyer is currently the Honorary Medical Advisor for Australian Rotary Health. Prior to this appointment he was Chair of the Australian Rotary Health Research Committee and a Director on the Australian Rotary Health Board.

He has also previously been Head, Department of Paediatrics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide. In 2008, Professor Sawyer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the field of child and adolescent mental health as a researcher and educator.



  • Rod Hook  & Associates – Infrastructure Project Consultant

    Rod Hook is a highly respected and experienced leader having been involved in delivering outcomes in a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, transport, planning, environment and property services.   He is best known for his leadership roles in successfully delivering infrastructure that has changed the way people live, work and do business in South Australia such as the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Riverbank footbridge, tram extensions, Port River Expressway, Northern Expressway, Southern Expressway, underpasses and overpasses, Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopments and deepening of South Australia’s port. 
    Rod Hook and Associates (RHA) contributes to the delivery of beneficial outcomes in the cities and regions of Australia and, where opportunities arise, overseas. RHA prides itself on its experience, ethics and outcome-orientated approach.  Our specialty is finding a way to get results and deliver for our clients. We tailor our approach and role depending on the situation and your need.We have been instrumental in bringing together teams to deliver transformational projects in South Australia.




  • Professor Tanya Monro

    Professor Tanya Monro is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia.

    Tanya was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) from 2008 to 2014 and was also the inaugural Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at the University of Adelaide.  Her research is in the field of photonics, with a focus on sensing, lasers and new classes of optical fibres.

    Tanya obtained her PhD in physics in 1998 from The University of Sydney, for which she was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal for the best Physics PhD in Australia. In 2000, she received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton in the UK, and is also an inaugural Bragg Fellow of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus).

    Prof Monro is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Australian Institute of Physics.  She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), and a Board Member of the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the South Australian Defence Advisory Board, and the South Australian Economic Development Board.

    Tanya’s awards include: Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, South Australia’s “Australian of the Year”, Scopus Young Researcher of the Year, South Australian Scientist of the Year, and the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.


  • Dr Peter Sutherland OAM
    Dr Peter Sutherland trained in Australia, the USA and the UK and has since gained over twenty five years experience in Urological practice. He was the Head of the Urology Department at Adelaide’s largest teaching hospital, The Royal Adelaide for twenty years. With the University of Adelaide’s Department of Surgery, he manages a team of researchers offering trials of new drugs and techniques for many Urological conditions.Dr Sutherland’s particular areas of interest are prostate cancer, laser treatment of prostatic obstruction, kidney disease and erectile dysfunction. He was instrumental in leading the first surgical team to introduce robotic radical prostatectomy into the Australian public health system. He has performed more than 2000 da Vinci procedures over an 11 year period making him one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in Australia.  He continues to complete more than 130 cases a year and through his association with the Royal Adelaide Hospital he provides a robotic service to both public and private patients.


  • Michael Aish
    At his peak, Norwood’s Michael Aish was among the finest South Australian footballers of his generation. His slight frame belied his extraordinary courage and a tremendous capacity for hard work, and he topped this off with a sublime range of skills that made him exhilarating to watch in full flight. A popular winner of the Magarey Medal as a twenty year old in 1981, he won Norwood’s club champion award on four occasions, and was a member of Redlegs premiership teams in 1982 and 1984. 

During the course of his 307 game league career between 1979 and 1993 he resisted overtures from at least five different VFL clubs, content to eke out his trade in familiar but by no means less challenging surroundings. Captain of Norwood from 1987 to 1989, Aish also counted captaincy of his state, for which he played on 15 occasions, among his football achievements. A dual All Australian – the only Redlegs player to be so honoured more than once – he was chosen as a ruck-rover in the Redlegs’ official ‘Team of the Twentieth Century’. He is the son of former Norwood captain Peter Aish.