MEET THE BOARD
My background is in astronomy and physics and my day job is in this field. My interest in genealogy started at an early age and has grown over the years. I joined SAG in 2000, the SAG Board in 2015 and serve on the Education committee. I am a regular presenter at SAG, a member of the TMG and DNA groups and coordinator of the Beginners' DNA group. I am also a member of the Botany Bay Family History Society.
JANETTE PELOSI - VICE-PRESIDENT
I've been on the Society's Board since 2012, having joined the Society in 1979. I'm a professional archivist, librarian and historian. I was the original Convenor of the Croker Prize for Biography Committee and am current Convenor of the Diploma and Certificate Committee, where I'm actively involved in supervising candidates and marking submissions. I am also the Convenor of the Collections Committee. I'm a First Fleeter descendant and a family co-ordinator for the John Nichols Family Society.
JOHN BURKE - HONORARY SECRETARY
I have been a Board member since early 2012 and served as Honorary Treasurer until June 2017. After a long career with State Records NSW, spanning four decades, I retired from the position of Deputy Director in 2011. My areas of expertise are strategy, administration and financial management. On a more personal level, I am passionate about history, genealogy and heritage and became a grandfather in 2011.
With a background in science as well as humanities, I worked in computer programming before starting teaching family history classes in 1997. I have worked as a genealogy researcher and also presented at many family history events in Australia, New Zealand and UK. I have served on SAG’s Education Committee since 2004 and now convene that committee as well as serving on the Diploma and Certificate Committee. I joined the SAG Board in 2018. I am also Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. I authored DNA for Genealogists and Arrivals in Australia from 1788 as well as various genealogical Handy Guides for Unlock the Past.
Darryl Low CHOY
I am a qualified town planner, a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Environmental Institute of Australia & New Zealand. I have been a tertiary educator and researcher for 35 years retiring in 2017 as Head of Planning at Griffith University. I am now Professor Emeritus (Environmental and Landscape Planning) at Griffith University.
My parallel military career commenced as an Army school cadet before enlisting as a Private and rising to the rank of Major General in the Reserves. I retired in 2007 after 43 years of service.
As a fifth generation Australian with Chinese and English heritage I have developed a strong interest in genealogy. My family history research for my and my wife’s families has embraced research in China, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
Betty O’Neill is a Sydney-based author and lecturer in Creative Intelligence at the University of Technology Sydney. She has a lively curiosity and a passion for learning as demonstrated by her eclectic range of degrees. She wrote her doctoral thesis on her quest to understand her father, a World War II Polish resistance fighter who survived four years of imprisonment in Auschwitz and Gusen concentration camps. Published by Ventura Press (2020) The Other Side of Absence: Discovering my father’s secrets is her debut memoir. Betty also founded and successfully ran an organisational consulting business for 25 years advising on strategic and business planning.
Keith brings wide ranging and relevant work and life experience to the Board. He has been a teacher, a soldier, held wide-ranging management roles including sales, marketing, production, public relations, corporate affairs and industrial relations during 20 years in a large, listed company, then managed a health promotion charity for 14 years from 1992. A chartered secretary, he has consulted to not-for-profit organisations since 2006, mainly on restructuring, constitutions, improving board performance and improving governance and administration. A Member since the 1970s, Keith has confirmed family links to England, Scotland, Ireland and East Prussia, all pre-1850.
HILIPPA SHELLEY JONES
PHILIPPA SHELLEY JONES
I practised as a commercial litigation solicitor for around 12 years, after which I dabbled in various pursuits whilst raising my family. I now work as a freelance editor and proofreader. My interest in genealogy was sparked in earnest around 10 years ago by my father. I pursue his paternal and maternal lines whenever I get a free moment, which is not often enough. I joined SAG in 2015 and have completed the Certificate course. I developed an interest in governance through my involvement with Associations Forum and the completion of the AICD Company Directors Course.
CHERYL WRIGHT - HONORARY TREASURER I am a passionate finance professional with over 30 years’ experience working in large corporate organisations and not for profit boards. I am a fellow of CPA Australia, have a Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University) and have completed a Diploma in Family History (University of Tasmania). I joined the Board in 2021 as it was a wonderful fit with my passion in family history that began in childhood. I have been a member of the society since 1985 and passionately pursued my Dutch and British Isles heritage since then. I have a real interest in educating the next generation in the joys of family history.