Our Committee

U3A Clarence Committee Members

Len Spaans


After 30 years as an Engineer working in SA, Vic, NSW, NT, WA and Qld, I took early retirement in 1992 when together with my wife Gay and her sister Gillian, we formed a company and bought a motel in Townsville.

We moved to Tasmania in 2005 and after 16 years residing in Fern Tree and Battery Point we feel we have found our home.

I was the newsletter editor for the Sunshine Coast U3A before coming to Tasmania.

Rob Thomas

Vice President

I am married to Val and between us we have 6 children and 14 grandchildren, only 2 of which are locals, the others being scattered around NSW and in Canberra.

Commencing my career in aeronautics, I found my way into various manufacturing industries (when Australia still had them), with the latter years spent as a trainer in the Electricity Supply Industry.

An avid reader of crime and thriller novels, I also enjoy drawing and painting. Since retiring at the end of 2017 I’m hoping to explore more of this great country of ours.

Having only joined U3A last year, I’m still feeling my way and hope to enjoy the experience for many years to come.


Sue Storr


Sue retired from teaching in 2010 (mainly teaching Home Economic/Foods in grades 7 – 10) and she joined Clarence U3A in the August of that year.  Sue has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren.  Her interests include long walks, cooking and reading.

She also works as a volunteer one day a week at her local Vinnies Shop in Sorell.

Sue and her husband, Geoff, run a small commercial apricot orchard on their land at Penna.


Terry Mahoney


Terry graduated as an engineer with post-grad degrees in public and business admin.

He has been involved in many large construction projects and an engineering consultancy. His interests include military history, political and business processes and golf.

Terry has been a member of U3A Clarence since its inception in 1993.


Margaret Collis


Margaret is Hobart born and bred, is a former teacher, and has 2 sons-in-law, 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

She has rejoined the committee after an absence of several years. Her hobbies include puzzles of all kinds and gardening.

She is involved as volunteer in refugee resettlement and is an active church member.


Beth Jeffrey

Social Convenor

Retired in 2018 after 53 Years in the Hairdressing

Industry starting when just 15 years of age. Married to John , three children and two of the best Grandchildren one could ask for.

Beth loves gardening and Travel.



Carol Rossendell


Carol recently retired from TAFE in Hobart after 11 years as Teacher in OHS. She now enjoying home renovations, learning to garden and reading trashy novels.

Carol has a B Sc (Hons) 1972 (chemistry, maths, physics majors) from UQ, and M Safety Sc 1994 from UNSW.

After graduating worked as a tutor in chemistry for 4 years, she then worked in the oil industry for 15 years as a chemist, technical services coordinator and national Manager Occupational Health and Environment.

Carol then moved on to consult in OHS, first with NSCA then on herown for 13 years. She has worked around Australia and overseas (India and USA) and has done substantial work for Sydney and Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in OHS.


Mary Bolton

Pastoral Care

Mary has lived in Tasmania all her life-most of it on Hobart’s Eastern Shore.

She attended Lindisfarne Primary Schools, Rose Bay High and Hobart High School.

After training at Hobart Teacher’s College she taught for many years with the Education Department. During this time she taught mainly in the early childhood area, with some years working in special education.

U3A seemed a natural progression after returning 5 years ago.

Mary has 2 married sons and one grandson.

She enjoys reading, being with friends and participating in quiz teams.

Jan Grosse

General Member

Jean was born in Beaconsfield, and began her career teaching Physical Education in Tasmanian schools until she married the local Postmaster and returned with him to his home state of NSW.

They raised two boys in the Riverina area, leaving there in 1979 to finally settle in Lindisfarne. 

Jean returned to University and completed a Masters in Sociology – Social Research, and spent some years managing her own Research Business. She also began to resurrect her childhood writing dreams and wrote plays along with her regular performance poetry.

Following Cliff’s death in 2013, Jean published her first book - Sparrowlands One Poetry. She continues to write and in now working on her third Sparrowlands book. It is a combination of the joy of adult learning and sharing poetry that brings Jean to U3A. 


Jocelyn Head

General Member

Jocelyn is married to Allan and they have two children and six grandchildren who live on the mainland. She retired from the public service longer ago than she cares to remember.

She is enjoying U3A and considers that it is one of the best things she has done in retirement.

A compulsive reader over a wide range of fiction and nonfiction she finds that the only disadvantage to U3A is the proximity to the library, the source of such interesting reading triggered by the course content which she has enjoyed.