The RSA is an association incorporated under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Reform Act. It is managed by a Committee of seven Members that meets monthly other than in January. Meetings are held in Melbourne with interstate members participating via Skype.
The Committee has appointed two subcommittees. The Finance Advisory Committee monitors the Society’s income and expenditure and the performance of investments and recommends changes thought desirable to maintain a prudent investment strategy. The Editorial Subcommittee oversees the development and production of the Society’s publications.
Until the 2017 AGM, the Committee is:
Dr Meredith Doig
Meredith Doig is a professional company director and governance consultant. After a career in manufacturing (Ford Australia), mining (Rio Tinto) and banking (ANZ Group), she has spent the last 20 years or so consulting in organisation effectiveness and on the boards of commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and university councils. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and for five years taught their flagship Company Directors Course. For 10 years she was a Moderator with the Cranlana Programme on Ethics & The Good Society. Her Australian honour was for service to business, higher education and the community. For 50 years she was a passionate motorcyclist and was Australia's first Chief Motorcycling Instructor.
Christopher joined RSA in late 2018 as the Admin officer. In April 2019 he was invited to join the board as casual board member. At the 2019 AGM Christopher was elected to the board and became Secretary.
Luke is a leading constitutional law scholar in the field of separation of religion and government and religious freedom under the Australian Constitution. The principal focus of his research is on developing a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of section 116 of the Australian Constitution in terms of its history and underlying purposes, its relationship and interaction with broader Australian constitutional culture and how it might be best interpreted and applied.
Brendan Liveris has worked for a multinational in the construction industry for the past 9 years. The majority of the that time has been in logistics & operational management roles and is currently in sustainability. From 2017 to 2019, Brendan was working in Europe with business units in various countries, gaining significant exposure to different cultures, and the opportunities and challenges that brings. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Master of Business and current studying finance. Brendan has other social interests in homelessness & democracy, and fills spare time learning German, rock climbing & playing guitar.
The Committee is ably supported by:
- David James, Editor of the RSA’s quarterly hard copy journal, the Australian Rationalist. Email David at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brett Davis, Accountant (responsible to the Treasurer for financial book-keeping).
Role and Responsibilities
Committee members are responsible for both the good governance of the RSA and for promoting its aims and objectives through active campaigns. Because the Society has no paid staff, campaigns are actively led by members of the Committee of Management.
- lead at least two operational activities per year (eg, writing an article for the quarterly journal, organising an event, writing a submission)
- participate in campaigns run by other Committee members.
- attend all committee meetings or send an apology
- read committee meeting papers; prepare comments and / or questions
- follow up on tasks between meeting
- monitor the RSA’s financial position
- as part of succession planning, seek and recommend suitable candidates for the Committee
- persuade people to join or renew their membership of the Society.
- knowledge of and enthusiasm for the free-thought movement and its issues
- event management skills
- submission writing skills
- time to attend committee meetings and contribute to operational activities.