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Our team

Board of Directors

Brig Michael Griffin, AM (Retired)



Brig Michael Griffin, AM (Retired), has served as the Integrity Commissioner and head of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.


Mr Griffin served in the Australian Regular Army between 1975 and 1997, and again between 2013 and 2015, reaching the rank of Brigadier. From 1997 until

2013 he was a solicitor with the Sydney law firm of Spooner and Hall and has held a range of senior positions dealing with integrity, governance and criminal

investigation. Between 2012 and 2013, Mr Griffin was an Examiner in the Australian Crime Commission. Immediately prior to his appointment as Integrity

Commissioner, he was Director of Military Prosecutions in the Department of Defence. In 1988, Mr Griffin was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the

Supreme Court of New South Wales.


Mr Griffin was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his service to administrative law.

David Rossiter

Deputy Chair


David has worked in senior Human Resources leadership roles in multiple sectors and geographies with a common theme of multi sited, complex service industries.


Although his career started in the retail sector with Coles Myer where he worked for over 13 years, the last 20 years have been in the health and life sciences sectors in some of the most recognisable organisations including; Royal North Shore Hospital, Medtronic, Hong Kong Hospital Authority, St Vincent’s Health Australia, HealthCare of Australia/Mayne Nickless and Ramsay Healthcare.


Most notably, David has the unique experience of having worked in the public sector, aged care and private hospitals as well as diagnostic imaging and pathology and medical devices. As the most senior Human Resources practitioner in the organisations in which he has worked, much of David’s focus has been on developing leaders, designing, implementing, managing and supporting significant organisational and cultural change programs working with CEO’s and Boards.


David’s expertise and experiences in leadership development, executive succession management and change management have been well recognised with various public speaking engagements and peer review awards, particularly in Asia. David has worked extensively in Asia, as well as Australia, and has worked with various Australian Government bodies such as Health Workforce Australia on an adhoc basis.

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Sarah Sutherland, FCCA MBA



Sarah Sutherland, Chief Financial Officer of the Dee Why RSL, has a proven track record of improving company performance and developing business opportunities.


Sarah has extensive experience in the corporate sector previously Finance Director for an international listed company in Europe.


Since moving to Australia 20 years ago, Sarah has been responsible for finance and development at the Dee Why RSL Club, driving profitability and revenue diversification strategies.


From concept creation, to construction management and operational success, Sarah has driven the Club to substantially increase its revenue base.


Never losing sight of the core business, Sarah has successfully married the Clubs’ objectives with corporate professionalism, strong governance and increased profitability.


Projects include the construction and leasing of a ten-pin bowling and laser skirmish centre, construction and management of a car wash, construction and leasing of a childcare centre, development and management of a 76 apartment seniors’ living village, extensive club development to improve facilities for members, and strategic property acquisitions.


Sarah has an MBA in finance and financial management from Manchester University and is a fellowship member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Sarah is an active member of the local community, volunteering her services for the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches, and as a Board Director at Furlough House, a not for profit, low cost retirement village that provides self-care accommodation for ex-service personnel and their spouses or widows.

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Grant Easterby



Grant Easterby has worked in Registered Clubs for the past 30yrs with 23 of those years at Executive Management level. Born in Goulburn, he began his club career as a barman at Goulburn Workers Club, before moving to Central Coast Masonic Club as a trainee manager, followed by Toukley RSL Club as a Gaming Manager and later a stint at Tamworth Workmans’ Club as Assistant General Manager.


Grant is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Dee Why RSL, a position he has held for the past 18 years. Grant has also been a Director of the RSL & Services Association since 2010.


Dee Why RSL, under Grants leadership has been at the forefront of diversifying its interests away from the traditional Food & Beverage, Entertainment and Gaming products by developing financially sustainable community based assets. These have included carwashes, Childcare Centres, a Ten Pin Bowling and Laser Skirmish Centre and most recently a 76 apartment independent living Seniors Village adjacent to the RSL.


Dee Why RSL has received numerous awards in the areas of Financial Management, Corporate Governance, Human Resource Management, Community Engagement and others but most notably has been named the best Registered Club in Australia in 2008, 2010, 2011 and again in 2012.

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Emma Whitelaw



Emma Whitelaw is a mother of two teenage boys and proud wife of an Army Veteran. Former social coordinator, secretary and newsletter editor of the SASR auxiliary. Emma is involved with her children’s school P & F fund raising committees and local sports clubs.


Emma currently enjoys being a medical receptionist in the local community. After experiencing first hand the effects of numerous partners deployment on the family and friends surrounding her, Emma saw a need to make changes and is a strong advocate for defence families across Australia.


Emma is a wellbeing ambassador and responder at the Veterans Centre Sydney Northern Beaches assisting communities and networks to find each other and assist Veterans in need. Emma believes strongly in urging Governments to do much more until they make changes in the existing systems and homeless Veterans are housed.


Emma proudly accepted a position as Director in March 2019 and is excited about the future of the Veterans Centre.

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Alison Moffatt



Alison is a risk management and internal audit professional with over 25 years of experience, specialising in healthcare and not-for-profit industries.  She started her career in external audit in the chartered accounting profession and has worked in senior finance-related roles in a number of industries including media, property and financial services, before moving into the health and not-for-profit industries.


Alison most recently worked for St Vincent’s Health Australia for almost 10 years, moving from a finance role into risk management and internal audit during this time.

James Bell


Staff Members

Nikki Noakes

Centre Manager

Louise Povolny

Service Delivery Manager

Anelle Beeby

Care Coordinator

Andy Fernandes

Care Coordinator

Craig Horner

Claims Advisor

Lynn Murphy

Advocacy Coordinator

Liz Nabb

Senior Administration Assistant

Claire Morrall

Administration Assistant