Hampton Bayside Bowls Club Board

John Lord AM

John was born in Perth, Western Australia, and joined the Navy at the age of fifteen. During his naval career he served in Vietnam waters during conflict, commanded the warships HMAS ADELAIDE and HMAS HOBART, and represented the Australian Government for various international events.

He left the Navy in 2000 when serving as the Fleet Commander, responsible for Australian naval operations worldwide.

In his business career John was Managing Director of the Marine Board of Victoria, Executive Director of P&O Maritime Services Pty Ltd in Australia and Ireland, a Director and Chairman of Defence Maritime Services Pty Ltd and the Victorian Veterans Council.

John was Chairman of Huawei Technologies Australia Pty Ltd from 2012 – 2020.

In a voluntary capacity he has been a director and chair of several groups including ten years as a Director and then Chairman and Captain of Huntingdale Golf Club.

John is married to Jenny and they have two German Shepherd dogs (numbers 6 and 7).

Dr Kathy Walker OAM
Deputy Chair / CEO / Bowls Liaison

Kathy is highly respected for her expertise and skills in change management, effective communication and leadership, conflict resolution and relationship enhancement.

Kathy presents to, and coaches, educators, leaders and organisations across the world in a wide range of sectors including the corporate world, educational settings and Boards of Management. Kathy is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator and coach.

Kathy’s outstanding contribution is demonstrated by being awarded an Order of Australia in 2015 and is the recipient of many fellowships and awards.

She was an academic at RMIT University, Manager of Child and Adolescent Therapy, Monash University, and was Founding Director of the international organisation Early Life Foundations which supports parents and educators in the early childhood and primary sectors across the world.

She has had experience as a Board member in a number of organisations and has worked in leadership and change management for twenty years nationally and internationally.

Kathy is a recognised author of seven text books with Penguin Publishing and the Australian Council of Educational Research.

Carol Finlay
House / Social

BA Fine Arts, Graduate Diploma (Marketing), Financial Services Certificate, Fellow, Australian Institute of Management

Director of Marketing, American International Assurance/ Group AIA/AIG (ten years). Responsibilities included: marketing various products across five distribution channels Australia wide, one with over 800 Asian insurance agents; organising an annual overseas incentive trip for over 100 agents; and launch of a new subsidiary company. Speaker, award presenter, and travel/touring co-ordinator.

Marketing Manager, Pharmacy Guild Insurance.

Marketing Assistant, Jacques Martin – Union Superannuation, subsidiary of Colonial Mutual, Marketing Manager of Colonial Mutual Club (300,000 members).

Various Personal Assistant roles: RMIT, London Stock Exchange, Cadbury London, GM Colonial Mutual General.


Elsternwick Park Bowls Section (Elwood Bowls Club) and Vice President and Secretary and Board Member, Secretary/Returning Officer for Elsternwick Park Sports Club.

Alastair McDonald
Director of Finance

Formal Qualifications

  • MBA, BSc, MACS (Member, Australian Computer Society)
  • FAICD (Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors)

Business highlights

  • Monsanto Chemicals – IT Manager
  • Cadbury Schweppes Australia – Finance Director
  • Cadbury Asia – Managing Director
  • John Sands – Managing Director (major shareholder was Amcor)
  • Alastair McDonald and Associates
  • OC Connections: A Not for Profit providing services to the Intellectually Disabled. Past Chairman and Board Member for thirty years. Currently Life Member and Patron.


Dendy Park Brighton Bowling Club – Board Member, Secretary and Club Champion

Brighton Bowling and Sports Club – Board Member, Board Chairman, Chairman of Selectors

Pam Longley
Director of Administration

Over forty years’ experience in project and corporate administration, including extensive involvement in document development and production.

Project administrator (based in Zambia, Central Africa) with Bechtel Corporation, USA, for engineering, procurement and construction management projects being developed in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania.

Preparation of bids for resource development projects in the petroleum, gas, petrochemical and mining sectors for projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Bechtel Corporation, London, and with Fluor Inc in Australia.

Worked with two major Australian engineering consultancies – GHD Pty Ltd and Kinhill Pty Ltd over a twenty-five year period. Key responsibilities were project administration and preparation of bids for international aid projects for AusAID, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. Sectors included governance, urban development, water supply and sanitation and transportation. Project locations included China, South East Asia, the Pacific, India and Pakistan.

Operations Manager/Company Secretary for a small project services group, Melbourne.


Secretary, Hampton RSL Bowling Club – three years.

Committee Member, Hampton RSL Sub-Branch – two years.

Melissa Carney
Director of IT, Communication & Community Liaision

Bachelor of Business Systems, Monash University.

Melissa has over 25 years experience in the Information Technology space, having worked in both coporate and private sectors across a diverse range of industries including retail, finance, tourism, health and fitness, food, and creative arts.

Since starting her family in 2002, Melissa has specialised in providing web design/development, SEO & digital marketing services to small and medium businesses.

Melissa has been a very active member of the Hampton Community for over 20 years. She has enjoyed balancing her work and family life with many and varied volunteering roles.

Melissa has been a social member at Hampton Bayside Bowls Club for several years and now holds a full bowling membership. She is looking forward to getting a whole lot better at bowls.


St Mary’s Primary School Hampton, Hampton Rovers Junior Football Club, Brighton Wolves Basketball Club, Sandy Starlets Netball Club, Sandringham Little Athletics, Helen Paul Kindergarten, Hampton Community Playhouse