The RSL NSW Board

RSL NSW is governed by a board of directors. Each board member has a proud record both personally and professional within the RSL. You can learn more about them below.

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Meet The Board
Ray James JP - Acting President

Appointed: May 2014

Relevant qualifications: JP, GAICD

A Vietnam veteran, Ray James served over 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy, with another 26 years in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve. He also served on the Transport Investigation Branch and NSW Police Force. Ray joined the League in October 1975 and has held senior positions at sub-Branch and District Council levels. He was awarded Life Membership of the League in 2016. He is also Chair of RSL Custodian, Vice President of the NSW Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA) and Vice President Metropolitan of RSL NSW.

Ray James is also appointed on the following boards and trusts:

  • RSL Custodian Pty Ltd (Chair)
  • Anzac House Trust
  • Anzac Memorial Trust
  • AFOF
  • RSL National
Philip Chin - State Treasurer

Appointed: September 2017

Relevant qualifications: GAICD, MRM, BComm

Philip Chin is the Risk and Quality Manager, Export Market Development Grants for Austrade. He has 15 years of experience in the public sector, including working in various roles focussing on compliance regulation, policy implementation, risk management, process improvement and performance. Philip joined the Australian Army Reserve in 2007 and is currently the Sydney Detachment Commander in the Army Compliance and Assurance Unit with the rank of Major. He is a member of CPA Australia.

Philip is also appointed to the following boards and trusts:

  • Anzac House Trust
  • AFOF
  • RSL National (Alternate)
David Bell

Appointed: June 2019

Relevant qualifications: MBA, BEc, BA

A former member of the Australian Army, David Bell is the Managing Director of C|T Group Australasia. He was previously the CEO of the Actuaries Institute and the Australian Bankers’ Association. David has also managed corporate affairs with Westpac, IAG and Telstra, held a senior role at Ogilvy, was Chief of Staff to the NSW Agriculture Minister, Ian Armstrong, and worked with Anderson Consulting (now Accenture). He is also on the Medical Council of NSW.

Phillip Bridie AM

Appointed: April 2019

Relevant qualifications: BSc(Mil)

Brigadier Phillip Bridie graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1981. He possesses well-developed leadership, general and commercial management skills through extensive civil and Armed Forces experience. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and his Brigade force generated Timor Leste Task Group 3. Phillip is committed to honouring the services of the men and women of our defence forces through support, welfare and camaraderie.

Bryan Slattery

Appointed: May 2017

Relevant qualifications: GAICD

Bryan Slattery is a Vietnam veteran and has been a member of the RSL on and off since 1975. He is currently a member of Bowral sub-Branch. Bryan has worked mainly in small to medium businesses as a senior manager or owner/director. Prior to retirement in 2014, he was a senior manager with Defence Housing Australia in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

Bryan is also appointed to the following boards and trusts:

  • Anzac House Trust
  • AFOF
John Hutcheson AM ADC

Appointed June 2019

Relevant qualifications: GAICD, BA (English), MA (International Relations)

John Hutcheson is the CEO of Legacy Club Services, a not-for-profit providing governance, advocacy and beneficiary support to five Legacy Clubs in NSW looking after the families of veterans that have died, or are dealing with severe physical incapacities and/or mental health issues. Prior to this, John served for 32 years in the Australian Army, including as Command of an Infantry Battalion and on two Operational Joint Task Forces.

John is also appointed as a corporate representative to the RSL LifeCare board.

Sandra Lambkin

Appointed May 2017

Relevant qualifications: GAICD, BA

Sandra Lambkin served in the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service from 1968–1971. A Life Member of the RSL, Sandra has held executive positions at sub-Branch, District Council and State level. She is currently Vice President Northern Country. Sandra is Chair of the Selections Committee; sits on the Nominations and Performance Committee and the State Congress Agenda Committee, and is Vice President of RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF). She is also on the Board of Tamworth Community College.

Sandra is also appointed to the AFOF board.

Sophie Ray

Appointed: June 2019

Sophie Ray is a business owner, former lawyer and non-executive director. She spent 14 years as a corporate lawyer at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney and London, where she also sat on the Board of the PwC Foundation. Since 2007, Sophie and her husband have owned and run Silos Estate Winery on the NSW South Coast. She also serves on the Boards of Big Fat Smile, Settlement Services International and Shoalhaven Womens’ Resource Group.

Jonathan Tuckfield

Appointed: June 2019

Jonathan Tuckfield is the Service and Sales Manager at NSW Farmers Association. He has had an extensive career in large corporations and small businesses holding positions including managing director, national manager, account director and operations manager. Jonathon has served in the Australian Army Reserve for 17 years.

RSL NSW Committee Structure

Audit & Risk Committee

  • Philip Chin, Chair
  • Ray James, ex-officio member
  • David Bell, member
  • Phillip Bridie, member
  • Mark Moore, external/independent member
  • Victor Guevara, external/independent member

Governance Review Committee

  • Sophie Ray, Chair
  • Ray James, ex-officio member
  • David Bell, member
  • Jonathan Tuckfield, member

Nominations & Performance Committee

  • David Bell, Chair
  • John Hutcheson, member
  • Sandra Lambkin, member
  • Sophie Ray, member
  • David Mortimer, assisting member
  • External/independent member to be appointed

Selections Committee

  • Sandra Lambkin, Chair
  • Ray James, ex-officio member (has advised he will not attend while he is Acting President of RSL NSW)
  • David Edmond, external/independent member
  • Alan Barnes, external/independent member

Veteran Services & Policy Committee

  • Jonathan Tuckfield, Chair
  • Ray James, member
  • Phillip Bridie, member
  • Sandra Lambkin, member
  • Del Gaudry, external member
  • External/independent member to be appointed

Congress Agenda Committee

  • Ray James, Chair
  • Philip Chin, member
  • Phillip Bridie, member
  • Sophie Ray, member
  • Jonathan Tuckfield, member
  • Jeff O’Brien, State Secretary
  • Valentyna Jurkiw, General Counsel


Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF) Office Bearers

  • Philip Chin, President
  • Sandra Lambkin, Vice President
  • Bryan Slattery, Chair
  • Ray James, Deputy Chair
  • Nicole Hasrouni, Hon Treasurer
  • Nick Mowat, Hon Secretary
  • Valentyna Jurkiw, Hon Solicitor
  • Ahmed Mustafa, Hon Auditor
  • Michael Hartung, Office Holder
  • Jon Black, Authorised Representative of RSL Custodian, the Corporate Trustee