Andrew has utilised his entrepreneurial skills and commerce degree in many industries from financial trader on the floor of the Sydney Futures Exchange back in the 1980s to owning and managing a Launceston hotel, restaurant & nightclub, several farms, fertiliser depot, motels in Canberra and Lismore and even the biggest fruit & veg market on the Gold Coast.
He is a keen bushwalker, fly-fisherman, kayaker, mountain-biker, horserider, veggie gardener and pianist. Andrew is an active Rotarian and has served on the boards of Anglicare Tasmania, Rotary, Launceston Airport advisory board and the ABF council.
Andrew met his wife Sandra at the bridge table 25 years ago and together they have represented Tasmania many times and compete in as many national bridge congresses as time permits.
Ian Thomson is a long-time bridge player, who has had over 38 years of professional financial, accounting and commercial experience, including around 20 years’ experience as a consultant providing business and financial management advice to the public sector.
In his voluntary roles he is Vice President (Finance) of a Football Club and he has served as a member of the executive committee, responsible for financial matters, of a large community organisation. In his bridge life he has enjoyed success in various national events, most recently as a member of the winning teams in both the Seniors and Open Teams events at the 2019 Spring Nationals.
He was elected as treasurer of the ABF in May 2020. He has represented Australia on the Open Team in 2008, 2009 and 2013 and was non-playing captain of the Seniors team in 2019. Ian has also been the non-playing captain of Youth teams in 2011, 2016 and 2019.
Mimi Packer graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is an accountant and mother of four children.
She is on the Board of the Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA and The Fathering Project. Mimi is a former director of the PLC Foundation and has been involved with numerous charities including Clontarf Foundation, The Smith Family and Brightwater Care Group. Mimi has been an enthusiastic bridge player for many years.
Based in Sydney, David is happily retired and enjoying a lot of bridge after a lifetime career as a Business Consultant. In this role he advised individuals and corporations in a wide ranging group of business activities including finance, property development, corporate acquisitions and divestments and general commercial business operations.
In terms of bridge, David, together with his wife Linda owned and operated the Double Bay Bridge Centre from 1988 until 2008. David was the organiser of the 1976 Australian bridge tour of Omar Sharif and the Italian Blue Team and was co-convener of the 2005 World Youth Bridge Championships held in Sydney. He was also editor of the Gold Coast Congress Bulletin for ten years and is currently Vice-President of the International Bridge Press Association and a member of the World Bridge Federation VuGraph commentary team.
Simon was raised in rural South Australia, was sent to Adelaide where he completed his secondary and tertiary education receiving a Commonwealth Scholarship along the way.
He returned from overseas to take up a graduate role in Telstra. Head office, in Melbourne made him an offer he could not refuse and he has been domiciled there ever since.
Simon was preoccupied with Information Technology most of his adult life and worked in Telstra, NAB, ANZ, Defence and Alinta to name a few.
In retirement he enjoys helping others, is a keen photographer, an avid gardener, a regular traveler and an amateur genealogist.