Member Profiles

Member Profiles

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Richard Hood: Richard was born in Hobart and completed his schooling at Sandy Bay Primary and Hutchins School. He began his working life at Cadburys in Hobart in an accounting position, later transferring to a sales role. After leaving Cadburys, Richard joined White Wings Ltd. After five years he was transferred to Melbourne in 1967 and then Townsville in 1975. After working for White Wings for more than 20 years, Richard moved to Brisbane, where he started his own service company for retailers. He was introduced to the Tassie Devils Club by his friend Dennis Moore, a fellow ex-Tasmanian, in 1982. Today Richard classes himself as ‘virtually retired’, preferring to enjoy reading, gardening and the Australian sporting passions of AFL and cricket. Richard and his wife, Jai, have two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren who keep them busy.

Brian Nichols: born Newstead, Launceston, Tasmania. Youngest of three boys, educated at East Launceston and Launceston High School, involved with school cadets. Completed an apprenticeship in radio engineering and did National Service, followed by 15 years of CMF with the rank of Captain. In 1961, I married Sandra Lewis and two daughters completed our family. Moved around the state with Repco and then, after three years in South Australia as Branch Superintendent, returned as General Manager, Tasmania. Bought into and developed La Provence, Tasmania’s oldest vineyard, at Lalla, near Lilydale. During that time I accepted the position of State Manager of AWA Tasmania, transferring to Queensland as State Manager in 1984. Sandra and I established Brian Nichols & Associates Pty Ltd 10 years ago as a small sales and marketing business in sound & communication - now winding down towards retirement. I joined the Tassie Devils in 1984 and have been actively involved ever since. My other interests are Neighbourhood Watch and “Nashos”. In the future, I Iook forward to travelling in our recently acquired caravan with Sandra to parts of Australia we have not previously visited and spending quality time with the family, especially my two grandchildren. Life’s looking good.


Barry McGown Scott: was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and attended Sheffield and Ringarooma Area Schools, East Launceston State School and Launceston Church Grammar School. He started his career in the Commonwealth Bank and then joined a firm of chartered accountants, Bennell & Bennell.  After his parents died, Barry travelled overseas for three years visiting England, most countries in Europe, the USA, Mexico, Canada and most of the Asian countries.  He lectured in accountancy in Portsmouth, UK, won a scholarship with the Institute of World Affairs in the USA and flew jet fighters in the UK and the US. Barry gained his private pilot’s licence by serving in the RAAF at Laverton, Vic, and is still flying. His great grandfather, James Scott, was an early explorer in Tasmania, and Scottsdale, in north-east Tasmania was named after him. Barry has degrees in music, banking, accountancy, taxation, insurance, management and real estate. He came to Queensland as State Manager of property developer Silverton Ltd in 1973. He was taken over by T&G Life Insurance, National Mutual, and then AXA Insurance.  He left to form his own taxation and business consulting company, Total Objectives Pty Ltd, where he still has many happy clients. He has served his community as VP in Launceston and Sydney Jaycees, VP Brisbane Lions and the Qld Institute of Chartered Secretaries. He became President of the Qld Life Underwriters’ Association in 1980 and 1981 and Founding President of the Sommerville House Foundation. He is the founder of the Australian Koala Foundation in 1986 and was awarded the Serventy Conservation Medal by the Wildlife Preservation Society in its 100-year anniversary. He was Deputy Commissioner for Tasmania at Expo 88 in Brisbane. He married Robyn in Sydney and has three married daughters and seven grandchildren.  Barry is the club historian and patron.


Kate Tilley: Kate was the first female member admitted to membership of the Tassie Devils Club more than a decade ago. She was born in Hobart (a lot more than a decade ago) and is the daughter of Stan and Bonnie Tilley, who live in Sandy Bay. Stan ran a chain of auto spare parts shops in Tassie for many years. Kate's brother, Victor, maintains the family retailing tradition. He owns the Red Herring clothing chain that has stores throughout the state.  Kate's a journalist and trained at The Mercury newspaper in Hobart before moving to Queensland to further her career in 1981. She is a former club vice-president, spent two years as president and has been the fines master. The fines master contributes to the club coffers (which subsidise Xmas parties and other events) by fining members for all manner of misdemeanours (ie, offences less heinous than felonies!) So if you know any dirt on your fellow members, email [email protected] Like many of her fellow Devils, Kate is an avid Brisbane Lions supporter and rarely misses a home game.

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