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ADS Victorian Branch Election

Saturday 24th July

The following people have nominated for a position on the Executive Committee,  all nominees meet the criteria outlined in the Constitution.

  • Meagen ALDERTON - Executive Committee

  • Max BAKER - Executive Committee

  • Stewart KEAN - Executive Committee

  • Shane LAWTON - Executive Committee

  • Maria POPLE - Treasurer / Executive Committee

  • Fay STUDD - Executive Committee

  • Geoffrey VINE - Executive Committee

There are 3 positions to be filled on the Executive Committee and the position of Treasurer. Nominees resumes are below.

Due to the COVID situation in Victoria, the AGM will be held via zoom. If you wish to attend please register your intention by Thursday 22nd July at 9am. All relevant information will then be forwarded by email after registration.

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Meagen ALDERTON - Executive Committee

I have been involved in DanceSport for 30 years.  Starting as a medallist, to a competitor, coach and adjudicator, to now a Board Member and the Chair of Marketing for DanceSport Victoria, I have always been passionate about the DanceSport Industry. Nominating myself to be a part of the Australian Dancing Society Board is my way to be able to give back to the industry that has given me so much. My experience within the DanceSport scene has provided me with a lot of relevant skills to help to continue to improve and grow our beautiful sport.

Max BAKER - Executive Committee

ADS member for over 35 years, ADS Victoria committee member for more than ten years (eight as Treasurer).  Involved with dancesport since the age of 17 - competed as both Amateur and Professional.  Currently DanceSport Victoria (DSV) Executive Officer - keeping Victorian studios updated with the latest COVID-19 information and updates from both the Vic government and Vicsport.  With my wife Jean, we have run competitions in Bendigo and Shepparton for more than 15 years.  I seek election to the ADS committee to resume my part in the ongoing development of dancesport in Victoria through the ADS.

Stewart KEAN - Executive Committee
I am running for a position on the executive committee as I believe that it is important to have all kinds of representatives within an organisation including those of competitors. As a competitor I believe I can bring a different point of view, ideas and a fresh pair of eyes to the board. I have had much success in running my own business and look forward to bringing that experience to the Australian Dancing Society.

Shane LAWTON - Executive Committee

I previously was a part of this board, and stood down to start my family.
Now is a good time to rejoin the ADS Vic team, shaping dancing as it starts a new era post Covid.
After 16 years as a Studio owner, I understand the beginner dancer, and can create an enjoyable experience to guide them and utilise the ADS and all its resources.
I previously was heavily involved in the ADS Competition field, organising the Ballarat Dance Festival for 7 years, as well as ADS Medallist competitions during the same time period.

Maria POPLE - Treasurer / Executive Committee

I have had a successful Professional business and competitive career in Dancesport spanning 35 years +. Professionally competing in all 3 styles, successfully winning all major Titles including Australasian, South Pacific and Australian Championships, performing on “That’s Dancin” television series and the esteemed honour of being nominated for the Brogla Award.

Experience as Owner/Operator of Ritz Ballroom, coordination of Competitions and Championships, relocation to NSW 1988 to absorb the expertise of renowned Mentors and a further move to Melbourne 1995 continuing my Dancesport journey to present.

I bring extensive experience to contribute to Australian Dancing Society Ltd.

Fay STUDD - Executive Committee

I have been privileged to be a member of the Victorian Committee for 33 years, 31 of those years as State Secretary.  During that time I have seen many changes and challenges experienced by the dance industry.  I am keen to continue my involvement with the Committee, especially in the area of programming and scrutineering of the events and to contribute in any other way I am able.
I wish all ADS State Branches and dance studios all the best in their endeavours in these current challenging times.

Geoffrey VINE - Executive Committee

I would like to offer my services for the Executive Committee Member role on the board of the Australian Dancing Society (Vic) Branch.
I am currently the Chairman of Marketing & Communications Commission (DSA) and Board member of Dancesport Victoria.
I really enjoy assisting my clients through my company DMP Media to achieve their dreams in growing their businesses and gathering member support.
In such a role and with my passion, enthusiasm and extensive broad range of experience you can be assured I will work hard and provide strong support and partner with all stakeholders for the benefit of the ADS.


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