Meet our Board Members
Gawler Community Retirement Homes Members of the BOARD who volunteer their time to manage Gawler Community Retirement Homes.
Helen was elected to the Management Board of Gawler Community Retirement Homes in October 2010 and is currently the Chairperson.
She was previously Principal of Gawler Primary School. A dedicated leader and innovator she oversaw the management and building of the new Gawler school and the full restoration of its 1878 original heritage building.
Helen also assisted in gaining funding for and was instrumental in the establishment of the very successful Gawler and Districts Children’s Centre holding the position of Chairperson of its Management Group until 2017.
Over her many years of service to the various communities within Gawler and its Districts she has worked tirelessly with many groups and on committees to best serve them in achieving their desired outcomes.
Helen acts on both the Marketing and Finance Committees and is very active in supporting our activities. She is usually on hand at most of our functions and assists at the expos and the Gawler Show.
(Ret. Vet Surgeon/Member Parliament)
Bruce Eastick is an inaugural member of the Board of ‘Gawler & District Aged Cottage Homes’ (now Gawler Community Retirement Homes) and until October 2017, when he retired from the role, the only Chairman the organisation had had. He remains on the Board, providing valuable insight to Board Members. Bruce is one of Gawler’s most well-known citizens, having spent two separate periods as the Mayor of Gawler (from 1968-72 & 1993-2000). He was the Member for Light in the SA House of Assembly for 23 years from 1970; this included being the Leader of the opposition from 1972 – 1975 and Speaker of the House of Assembly from 1979 – 1982.
He is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Gawler in 1954 and is still an active member and Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow. A qualified Veterinary Surgeon, he set up the first practice in SA north of Gepps Cross. He has been state & federal president of the Australian Veterinary Association; and Federal President of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1973.
Having studied at Roseworthy College, prior to completing his studies in Sydney, Bruce eventually joined the college’s council in 1982; he was President from 1983 – 1990. On turning 90 in October 2017, the college honoured him by naming him the first Roseworthy College ‘Icon’.
In latter years he was a member of United Way SA including being elected state and federal president. There is a further long list of organisations that Bruce has been a member of.
In 1996 he was appointed a Member of the Oder of Australia (AM).
Phil Zuenert joined the Board in October 2006. He joined as an experienced builder, working in is family’s local business for over 40 years. They focus on building domestic housing and additions.
Originally from Mannum, the family moved to Gawler and he has lived in the town since 1968, where he attended Gawler High School.
Over the years, Phil has been involved in other community organisations. This included experience in local tennis administration. He is currently the vice president of the Gawler Club; and is also on the property committee of the Gawler Lutheran Church.
Rita Argent is the second longest serving member of the Board. She was first elected to the Board in 1984.
Rita was born in Wasleys and has spent most of her life in or near the Gawler region. She attended Wasleys Primary and Riverton High School. Her working life was spent in nursing and her work included nursing in Gawler, Royal Adelaide and Hamley Bridge; she completed her mid-wifery training at the Queen Victoria Hospital. Rita also was part of changes to training of nurses and became a tutor of nurses at Gawler in the Hutchinson Hospital.
She was part of the establishment of Gawler Care and Share and was the first co-ordinator of that group, which she continued for many years. Rita was also involved with the Uniting Church in Gawler firstly in the Gawler West Methodist church and currently at Tod Street.
Dr Malcolm Richards
It has been a tradition and a privilege for the Gawler Community Retirement Homes to have had a doctor on the Board from virtually our first meeting. For many of those years it was Dr Curtis Deland. Since 2005 Dr Malcolm Richards has been a member of the Board of GCRH. Malcolm has been a General Practitioner in Gawler since 1990. During that time, he has been an enthusiastic member of the Gawler and Trinity hockey clubs until he retired from playing. He now rides his bicycle with the Team Barossa riding group. He also enjoys painting and drawing and his work may be seen on malcolm-richards-slyg.squarespace.com/. Some of his paintings can be found in the new Gawler Civic Centre.
Nick Pullman joined the Board in October 2009. He is a Partner at Rudall & Rudall Lawyers, the oldest law firm in Gawler with origins dating back to 1854.
Nick has a special interest in wills and estate planning, deceased estates including disputes such as inheritance claims, and business law. In addition, Nick has extensive experience in insurance including compulsory third party (CTP), workers compensation, and total and permanent disablement claims.
Nick attended Gawler East Primary School and Faith Lutheran Secondary School where he was the Captain in his senior year.
Nick has a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and High Court of Australia. He is a member of the Law Society of South Australia, a board member for both Gawler Community Retirement Homes and Xavier College, and a Trust and Estate Practitioner accredited with STEP (the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the field of trusts, estates and related issues) and where he is a member of Special Interest Groups concerning Business Families and also Contentious Trusts and Estates.
(Retired.. SA Health)
Shane Hennessy joined the Board of GCRH in February 2010. He has extensive experience within the SA Government, having been a public servant within many agencies from 1985 to 2014. His positions included Manager, Operations Family and Youth Services and Projects Team Leader, SA Health. These roles involved him in aged care and commercial construction. Shane also brings experience as a Board Member of sporting organisations at both the State and National level.
His Board duties include being Deputy Chairperson and a member of our Finance Committee.
Shane has been a resident of Gawler for the past 30 years and believes that GCRH is a part of and continues the tradition of communities looking after their own.
His education includes University of SA (Graduate Diploma – Business Administration); and is Formerly a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chris George was elected to the Board in November 2016 and is a son of Humphrey George, long time Board Member; so, Chris comes to the role with a significant understanding of GCRH.
His background includes business management skills; including people management, financial management, and strategic and operational business management. Also, he has worked in marketing roles.
In recent years, he has completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience and has his own property where he farms sheep, goats and cattle.
Chris has shown his enthusiasm for the position, taking up roles on marketing and finance committees. He has also attended a number information session presented for the retirement sector.
Tracey Patrick was elected to the Board in October 2017.
She brings to the role a financial background; her training includes various accounting and finance subjects studied at Monash University resulting in a Diploma of Business. She is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and a registered BAS Agent with the Tax Practitioners Board.
For the past 17 years she has been self-employed trading as Timewise Admin and Training, providing accounting, administration and staff training to local businesses.
She has been a volunteer at the Gawler Central Netball Club for over 10 years holding the Treasurer’s role for 6 years. In 2016 she was awarded Life Membership to the Gawler Central Sporting Club.
Sam Harnett joined the Board in October 2017. He brings a strong Gawler background to the role. Both his grandparents and parents have been involved in Gawler businesses over many years. His grandfather Gil Harnett, was Mayor of Gawler from 1978 – 1989.
Educated locally at St Brigid’s then Xavier College; Sam gained his Civil Engineering (Structural) Degree at Uni SA. He has since set-up his own company, based at Willaston.
He provides civil and structural designs, including footing designs, structural steel/ timber/ masonry/ concrete, storm water and waste water management. His community involvement has included his time as a house leader at Xavier; and playing basketball at both Gawler Gunners and Central District Lions. In his business role he also works alongside many local tradesmen.