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AFFLIP’s focus is on learning, and so its various programs involve fundraising to contribute physical facilities and learning resources for schools, promoting learning in and through the outdoor environment, providing scholarships for students from impoverished backgrounds, initiating activities which promote the health and nutrition of students, twinning Filipino public schools with public schools in South Australia, and supporting the professional development of teachers in such areas as literacy and numeracy.

Responsibilities include:

  • accountability – making sure AFFLIP meets its obligations, manages its finances and operates transparently

  • strategy – setting long-term goals and making sure it pursues its charitable purposes

  • resourcing – securing funding and other resources to support the work of AFFLIP

  • advocacy – representing AFFLIP to the community and to its members and stakeholders

  • monitoring – making sure AFFLIP is run as required under its governing document and the law.


AFFLIP Patron Greg Crafter


Patron from February 2012

Hon. Greg Crafter AO had a distinguished career as a Member of the SA Parliament during which time he held four major ministerial portfolios, including that of Education and Children’s Services (1985-1992). Greg is a highly respected educator nationally and internationally and a former President of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (Geneva).

AFFLIP Patron Alan Reid


Co-founder, Founding Chair and Board member Feb 2012 – Dec 2017, Patron from May 2019

Emeritus Professor Alan Reid AM  was previously professor at the University of SA. He publishes widely and has been influential in education policy development at both state and national levels. Alan’s outstanding contributions to Australian education have been recognized through a number of awards, including being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012, and being a finalist for South Australian of the Year (2017).



AFFLIP Chairperson
Co-founder, Founding Deputy Chair and elected to the Board Feb 2012

Alastair Douglas AFFLIP Chairperson was previously a principal in the Department of Education and Children’s Services in South Australia and has worked extensively as a consultant in education internationally over the last 20 years, including the Philippines and Mindanao in particular. In 2017 he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Philippine Ambassador to Australia as a 70th Anniversary Awardee for Community Service.

Deputy Chair Tim Jackson


Deputy Chairperson
Governance and Partnerships Portfolios
Elected to the Board Oct 2017

Tim Jackson AFFLIP Deputy Chair has extensive experience in executive positions in local government in South Australia and Victoria over nearly forty years. His most recent executive position was as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Playford in South Australia. He is currently the State Government appointed Administrator of the District Council of Coober Pedy which has been suspended from office. He has and does serve on many boards and committees in the government and for purpose sectors.

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AFFLIP Treasurer
Finance and Governance Portfolios
Elected to the Board December 2020

Steve Southwood has been Company director of a Retail Rural Supplies business located at Maitland S.A. for 48 years. He has been an outstanding contributor to the local community through his leadership of a wide variety of sporting, professional and service, clubs and organisations.  He is a life Member of Apex and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Steve has visited Davao City and hosted a number of Filipino study tour delegates to S.A. over the years.

AFFLIP Secretary Yvonne Zeegers


AFFLIP Secretary

Administration and Governance and Schools Learning Network Portfolios

Elected to the Board Dec 2018

Dr. Yvonne Zeegers is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of South Australia. Yvonne’s main research interest is science education, and in pedagogical practices that include inquiry-based learning. She was Aus-Aid’s Pre-service Adviser in Regions 11, 12 and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in the Southern Philippines from 2004-2007. She has been a Project Officer for the South Australian Education Department and a Primary school teacher.  She is a member of the SA Science Teachers’ Association (SASTA) and a Board member of Educators SA (Council of Education Associations SA). Yvonne is currently AFFLIP’s Secretary, and Coordinator of the Schools Learning Network (SLN) portfolio.

Board Member Miriam Cocking


Liaison with the Filipino Community & Events Portfolios
Elected to the Board July 2013

Miriam Cocking is currently employed with Catalyst Foundation as Access and Equity Officer. She has been a very effective leader and advocate within and for the Filipino community in South Australia and beyond for many years. In 2017 she was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Philippine Ambassador to Australia as a 70th Anniversary Awardee for Community Service.

Board member Jeanette Emery


Professional Development in literacy, and Schools Learning Network Portfolios
Elected to the Board Dec 2019

Jeannette Emery has recently joined the AFFLIP Board and brings specialist knowledge and contemporary experience in English language and Literacy. She is currently a deputy principal within the SA Department for Education.

Board Member Max Greenwood


Professional Development in Literacy and Membership and Donations Portfolios
Elected to the Board July 2013

Max Greenwood was previously a principal and training and development leader in the Department of Education and Children’s Services in South Australia. He has returned to Adelaide after ten years as an English language and literacy consultant in New York and Melbourne.

Board Member Pat Maloney


Coordinator of the Learning through the Outdoor Environment Portfolio
Previously coordinating Schools Learning Network Portfolio
Elected to the Board Dec 2013

Pat Maloney was previously a school principal with the Department of Education and Children’s Services and President of the South Australian Area School Leaders Association. Pat was a winner of Principals Australia John Laing Award for services to professional development to school leaders and he has been a member of several influential DECD committees.

Board Member Loch Mitchell


Scholarships Portfolio

Elected to the Board Dec 2020

Loch Mitchell AM is a retired Royal Australian Air Force Education Officer with more than 40 years of experience in military education, training and personnel management. His roles included teaching, training management and design, training trainers as well as Command and management of several major Air force training units. He was particularly influential in the professional military education of airmen and officers, with a key focus on leadership development. In this work he collaborated with counterparts in the UK, USA and South East Asia. Loch also served as the Director of Personnel Airmen and then as the Deputy Commandant at the Australian Defence Force Academy, roles for which he was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006.



Communications Portfolio
Elected to the Board September 2021

Liz Wilson was previously a school principal with the Department for Education.  In addition, she has held systemic school support positions focused on school improvement, capacity building for school leaders, quality assurance and evaluation.  Liz has visited Davao City.

Board Member Irene Rowe


Health and Nutrition, Liaison with the Filipino Community, and Events Portfolios
Elected to the Board Dec 2019

Irene Rowe has recently joined the AFFLIP Board. She is a registered nurse with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. Her commitment to the Filipino Community in SA is extensive and reflected in her voluntary work including as President of the Filipino Australian Nurses and Carers Association.  She brings extensive experience to the AFFLIP board in health and education having worked as a nurse educator, Tagalog translator and teacher with the Filipino Ethnic School of SA along with her role as Ambassador to Breast Screening SA and board member of the Ethnic School Association of SA.

Board Member Tim Ryan


Partnerships (Grants and Sponsorships) Portfolio
Elected to the Board Dec 2020

Tim Ryan recently joined AFFLIP's Board, having variously worked in Adelaide as a junior primary and primary teacher, a literacy consultant across three sectors of schooling, a deputy principal and principal, and a tutor at Flinders University School of Education. He also spent eleven years as a mathematics educational consultant in New York. As a corporate director, Tim's appointments have spanned the real estate, foreign exchange futures broking, aged care and community banking sectors.

Board Member Trevor Tiller


Health and Nutrition and Events Portfolios
Previously coordinating Schools Learning Network Portfolio
Inaugural Board member Feb 2012

Trevor Tiller was previously a district director in the Department of Education and Children’s Services in South Australia and a consultant in education. He has worked internationally including in Mindanao.

Board Member Guy Wilson


Events Portfolio
Elected to the Board Dec 2020

Guy Wilson has an extensive career within the construction and recruitment industries (most recently in a Directorship position). He has since established his own consultancy business supporting job seekers and companies to effectively "sell themselves" throughout the entire recruitment/application processes.

Board Member Bruce White


Research, Evaluation and Strategic Innovation Portfolio
Elected to the Board Dec 2020

Bruce White was previously a lecturer in Mathematics and Science Education at the University of South Australia. He has been involved in education and evaluation projects at a state, national and international level. He has experience working overseas in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines and collaborates with international scholars on projects in Italy and the US.

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