2021-2022 Apex Australia National Board

national board 2021 - 2022

Welcome to the National Board area. Here you can learn about our Directors, the places in which they live, their various roles and achievements in Apex, personal facts and other information that gives you an insight into who helps guide and make important decisions for our Association.


  Adam Stewart, national PRESIDENT

I have been an active member of the Toowoomba Apex Club since 2011 and have held a range of roles. Toowoomba Apex Club has had a long history in strong membership numbers and also significant service projects. I have received so much positive benefit from Apex and it is heart-warming to receive thanks from people, particularly when you are serving disadvantaged people in the community. One of my most satisfying achievements was coordinating the Tour of Toowoomba national event, which was the cycling equivalent of the V8 supercars coming to town.

I believe that Apex offers a lot to people, particularly around learning how you can give back to your local community, along with the value of learning meeting procedure.

I am currently self-employed as the Principal and Senior Financial Adviser at Financial Life and I also serve on boards within my profession. I am very positive about Apex and its future in this country and I believe that with strong leadership on the board we can see Apex not only continue but grow but prosper into a greater future.


  Simon grant, national Secretary

I joined apex in 2011 after a discussion with a friend about the good things that I could see being done in the community. For me, Apex has been a fantastic way to get involved in my local community at Beaufort. Apex has opened up so many doors for me personally through the already formed relationships and networks that previously existed due to the good work of Apexians past and present. Just by being an Apexian you are signalling that you are prepared to give back to the community and that you are up for a challenge and people respect that. I have I particularly enjoyed meeting people from all over Australia and one of the great things that we can experience is attending a National Convention. Next year in Bundaberg will be my 6th National Convention and I'm looking forward to seeing old and new friends alike. Now, after my first year on National board I am really excited about the future of Apex and the direction that we are heading as an organisation and I encourage all Apexians to consider a role as a regional coordinator or national board director.


  Gavin Mingay, national treasurer

I have been a member of the Apex Club of Toowoomba for almost nine years. During those years I have fulfilled almost all roles on the Board of our club, including Service Director, Secretary, Treasurer and President, plus a few other minor roles.

For almost two years, I was the Regional Communicator for Region 3 and I have recently become the Regional Communicator for Region 4. These roles have been challenging due to limited resources, distance and communication difficulties, but I feel progress is being achieved. My aim is to see more inter-club assistance and interaction, as there are many smaller clubs around Australia that need assistance. It would be wonderful to see the stronger clubs stepping up to assist the smaller clubs, as I believe this would contribute to the growth of Apex.

I earn my living as a pharmacist by day and am a massive sports enthusiast. Through both of these, I am able to contribute to my community in many ways, but I would relish the chance to contribute to the building of Apex Australia into an even more amazing organisation. I am very grateful for all that Apex has given me over the years and I would love to assist others in gaining the same benefits.


  Ben Curnow, Communications

I have been a member of the Beaufort Apex Club, in Victoria, since the beginning of 2016. I was recruited by some of the dads at a local primary school barbeque at our local show. I'd only recently moved to the area, and I was keen to help out. Since then, I have been Commissariat, President Twice and Treasurer twice. I have also served 1 term as the Regional Communicator of Region 9, which I loved.

I live in a little town named Amphitheatre, quiet from the noise of the outside world. I have a beautiful wife, Elisha and a cutie of a daughter, Charlotte.

I am so passionate about Apex! When I first joined, I didn't realise how big Apex really is. The benefits of being involved beyond club level are immense and I encourage every member to access the full range of resources available to Apexians. Reach out to your RC's and your other clubs. Communicate with anyone and everyone. Attend National Conventions where possible and any State or Regional Catch Ups. Please tell all of your mates how good Apex is so we can continue doing great things for Australia.


  Emma Jackson, Awards & Innovation

I am an active member of the Apex Club of Geraldton, enjoying the hands-on support we provide our local community. I have held the executive positions of secretary and president within my club, been the Regional Coordinator for zone 14 and I am currently the Chair of the WA Civilian Widows Trust, managed through the Apex Foundation. 

When I am not volunteering with Apex I enjoy playing Roller Derby and work as a senior spatial analyst for a marine science consultancy.

Professionally I have worked across the not-for-profit, government and private sectors in a wide range of roles which has seen me manage volunteers and researchers, implement new systems to manage data and increase organisational efficiency, attract thousands of dollars in grant funding, facilitate workshops and deliver training. I look forward to putting these skills to work in my current role on the Apex National Board.


 Leon Budden, Legal & Compliance

I joined Apex in Whyalla in 2002 and have been part of the Gawler Apex Club since 2007, I have held a range of positions at a club level such as President, Treasurer and Secretary. The great thing about our club is that we are greater than the sum or our parts and our differences enable us to achieve more.

I served as Regional Communicator for Region 12 in 2016-2017. I'm married with two children and I work as a solicitor in my own practice.

I enjoy being on National Board as it enables me to support the vision of grass roots clubs. The beauty of Apex is that you can achieve anything you want to, you can decide to raise money and there are people who are willing to help you. Everyone finds meaning in their own way, either through the altruistic service, the friendships made, or the balance between the two.


 Tara Spotswood, Regional Communicator Coordinator

I joined Apex in 2014 after a difficult period, as well as losing my Event Planning Business due to the Bundaberg 2013 floods. One of my employees had a father who was a life member and lived and breathed Apex. I agreed to attend a meeting, after many invitations, and as they say “the rest is history”. Apex has encouraged me step out of my comfort zone and pushed me to pursue many more ventures both professionally and personally.

One thing that I have learnt over the past years is that Apex is ‘hands on’ and we need to stay in touch with all of our clubs and fellow Apexians. We are all in this together and are here to help each other become the best we can be. I have been fortunate to travel and visit many Clubs and with the help of my predecessor and mentor Adam Stewart, I aim to keep up the wonderful tradition of road tripping and interclub visits.

When I am not doing Apex, I am a part time teachers Aid, as well as secretary for my partner’s business. Two children of my own and two step children keep me on my toes, however I would not change any of it. My children do not have many stories that I hear them telling their friends or teachers that do not involve Apex in one way or another.


 Craig Martin, National Office 

I was invited along to Toowoomba Apex in 2008, the same year our club hosted the National Convention, so a month after joining I was driving buses, helping to run events and making new Apex friends from all over the country. I have held many positions in the club including Secretary and President.

In 2012 I was District Governor and in 2014 I joined the National Board as the National International Relations Officer. During my time in Apex I have attended overseas conventions, which have been fantastic times and I have created life-long friendships in Australia and all over Asia. I feel fortunate to experience different cultures, often staying in the homes of Apex friends and living like a local. This led me to my position as Bursary Manager. The Overseas Bursary Scheme in the Philippines is now in its 42nd year. With seven clubs in the Philippines assisting currently 32 scholars, the relationship between the two Apex countries continues to grow stronger every year. I look forward to continuing this year on National Board with such an enthusiastic and positive group of Apexians.


 Bethany Paterson, Immediate Past national PRESIDENT

I have been a member of the Kadina Apex Club since 2011 and have held various club positions including President, Secretary and Newsletter Editor. My father is a life member of Apex and he and his Apexian friends were my childhood heroes. Our club continues their legacy of a health mixture of fun, fellowship and making a tangible difference in the community.

When I'm not doing things for Apex I am a clinical psychologist in my own practice, and I have two sons, 3 step-daughters and 8 grandchildren who call me 'granny'. A place on the National Board gives me the opportunity to give back to the organisation that has given so much to me and my family, and I'm looking forward to making a meaningful contribution at a National level.



I've been a member of the Wongan Hills Apex Club since 2003. Wongan Hills only has 900 people, but have a good hard working group of members who get in and get the job done. I enjoy being on National Board as I'm not scared of responsibility and I like being able to foster people's ideas at a national level. I'm proud to be part of Apex because of everything that we have achieved across the country and around the world.  




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