Bring back the...Men's Shed

Lake Hume Mens Shed Team


Dan Brush

Dan is a Partner in the law firm of firm Herbert Geer and is based in their Victoria office.

After completing his law degrees at the Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, Bachelor of Arts with Honours 1986, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, Juris Doctor 1989 and the University of Victoria, 1992, Dan was Admitted to the California and US Federal Bars 1990 and Admitted as a Barrister in VIC Australia in 1994.

Dan will not only bring expert legal advice to Lake Hume Mens Shed but will be able to apply his extensive experience in corporate governance, information technology and communications, e-commerce and online business, digital content - protection, distribution, commercialisation and corporate financing initiatives.

Since November 2006, Dan has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Museums and Galleries New South Wales.


Peter Sergeant
Director and CEO

Peter started his first business in 1967, an agricultural machinery sales and service business in Central Western VIC. He was twenty-four and just married. As he says it was fun struggling to survive in those early years. After fourteen years, the drought of the early 1980s forced him to close the business, which had become one of the biggest in Australia.

Not daunted by this, Peter has spent the time since then working with businesses and communities, developing and testing ideas and working with emerging technologies. Along the way Peter has researched and tested many methodologies relating to businesses and communities, their related structures, technology and their role in developing regional communities, all of which is being applied to Lake Hume Mens Shed.

Peter is also an excellent motivational speaker and has delivered countless seminars and workshops on business and community development across Australia.

As Peter says "when we first saw a men's shed, we saw a vision for perhaps the best innovation for men's health and well-being and for development of regional, rural and remote communities, to come along in decades; it was an idea whose time had come".

Ron Fox

Ron's career started in the early 1960's with a short stay in the insurance industry before taking over the family business, Jean Fox, a bridal gown manufacturing and retail business, started by his mother in 1932.

During his long career in the bridal industry he has become well known across Australia for his marketing and business acumen, having been involved with all facets of this very competitive industry from manufacturing, importing, exporting, franchising and of course retailing. Ron was also a pioneer of the Japanese honeymoon business in Australia. He has been able to develop his hobby of collecting foxes, vintage cars and photography. Since 1967 Ron has been a keen member of the Rotary Club of Parramatta.

Ron has almost completed the succession of the Jean Fox business to the next generation. Being a country boy from Albury VIC he is once again enjoying his involvement, with rural businesses and their communities.

Prof. Mark Morrison

Mark is a Professor at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst VIC. He is Associate
Director of the Institute of Land, Water and Society. He received his Bachelor
of Economics Hons), Macquarie University 1989-1992 and PhD, The University of VIC 1996-1998. Mark specialises in environmental economics and marketing.

Mark has delivered many papers internationally and was a visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental Policy Program, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.

Advice on the marketing of Lake Hume Mens Shed, environmental issues as well as initiating and directing appropriate research projects will become his primary responsibilities.


Dr Roy Powell

Roy grew up in rural Victoria, went to Melbourne University and headed to Armidale and the first Australian Regional University in the 1960's.  His life has revolved around the development of agriculture and regional economies.  He has a great depth of knowledge and experience about those topics and a passion for seeking a fair go for regional communities, their economies and their industries.

Roy brings analytical capacity to the team along with the ability to interpret data and analytical results that comes with experience.  Ten years ago, Roy left the university environment for the fun, excitement and challenges of regional development, and business growth and improvement.  He also became more involved in farming and CARE, the research and development business where he is a partner.  Now he is leading the development of an ambitious men's shed project in Armidale.

The key challenge in regional development is how to secure business growth in regional economies.  For this to occur, regional businesses, including men's sheds, will need to access a range of skills that are not readily available in many regions. 


John Wallin
Member Services

John arrived in Australia from England in 1961. He worked his way through sales, administration and management within the retail and footwear manufacturing industries.

He spent over twenty years on the road mainly in VIC but also through all the other states. For the last decade, before he joined Lake Hume Mens Shed, he was his own boss in the health and therapy industry.

John has two daughters and two grandchildren (one of each) who he adores. He has been active in many social service clubs and is passionate about men's health, especially his own.

He is a 'people' person who relates well and makes friends easily, and enjoys talking to and helping our members.


Lorenz Pilkington
Northern Territory Coordinator 

Lorenz was first introduced to the Northern Territory in 1988 as a Federal Government employee associated with employment, education, training and Indigenous Business Development. He went on to become actively involved with remote Indigenous Communities throughout the Northern Territory.

Over the next 20 years Lorenz has held important positions with Government, Non Government Agencies and Frontline Management with Centacare as Remote Area Coordinator, Counselling, Court Reporting, Community Development, Advocacy and Social Justice. He has a wealth of local knowledge and is well known and respected in The Northern Territory.

Lorenz is a respected advisor to the Indigenous board members of The Bootu Creek Employment Strategy.