The SRA Committee members all share a long association with Somers and a passion to ensure that Somers maintains its charm and character, especially during these times of high population growth and the expansion of Melbourne and surrounding districts.
The committee and its office bearers are a team of volunteers elected on an annual basis. We encourage community members to join the committee and contribute to the important work being done to protect and enhance Somers.
To apply to join the committee, please contact us.
President – Gerry Lewis
Gerry has owned property in Somers since 1995, built a dwelling in 2001-2 and he & Judy have been permanent residents since 2006. Gerry has spent all his working life in the building industry and in the past 35 years the management of major projects, both civil and building.
Activities in the Somers community include, Somers Yacht Club Patrol Boats, Meals on Wheels and support of Lord Somers Camp.
Vice President – Tony Duboudin
Tony and his wife Jill have lived permanently in Somers since 2003. Tony is a semi-retired journalist having worked for UPI in Paris, The Times in London and The Age in Melbourne. He still edits an industry magazine. He is an active member of the Somers Yacht Club driving one of the safety boats on race days, and has served two terms as President of Balnarring Men’s Probus Club. He is also a member of Somers Combined Probus Club. Tony has been on the SRA committee for more than five years.
Secretary – John Copeland
John and his wife Denise have owned a holiday house in Somers since 1992. When John retired in 2006 after a long career in Television engineering, they settled in Somers permanently in their renovated home on the Palm Beach Estate.
Treasurer – Adrian Ross
Adrian arrived in Australia from the UK in 1955 and has lived in Somers permanently since 2009.
He worked for 32 years in the oil industry, mostly in marketing, spending 11 years in Queensland and the balance in Victoria, and finally as wholesale manager for Victoria and Tasmania. Before retiring Adrian worked in real estate in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Adrian first came to Somers in 2004 with a view to retirement. He is a member of the Somers Combined Probus club, the Somers Yacht Club and I also delivers Meals on Wheels.
Committee Member – Michael Carroll
Michael joined the SRA Committee in 2018 as the Somers Primary School Representative.
A member of the School Council he sits on its Finance Committee. Michael is a Senior Financial Adviser with Australian Unity and works at it’s head Office in South Melbourne. He formerly held positions as Treasurer of the Somers Pre School Association, Board Member of Peninsula Health and was a member of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve based at HMAS Cerberus (1991 – 2007). He is currently the second in charge in Victoria for the Australian Navy Cadets and holds the rank of Lieutenant ANC.
Michael and his partner Mark Patterson are the owners of Ting Tong Kanteen in Balnarring and their son Kane attends Somers Primary School. They are members of the Somers Yacht Club and volunteer for activities around the club. They have lived in Somers permanently for over 10 years and have been associated with Somers on an off for some 30 years.
Committee Member – Ross Millen
Ross is a commercial lawyer and has been a board member of various business, not-for-profit and community organisations. Having initially enjoyed a holiday house in the village, Ross and his family moved to Somers permanently more than 10 years ago. Since then he has been president of the Somers Primary School Council; a member of the Somers Kindergarten committee and the Somers Foreshore committee and has also been involved in a number of local junior sporting clubs.
Committee Member – Stephen Brown
After a career in the hospitality industry and farming, Stephen and partner Senga Gadsden moved to Somers about 12 years ago.
Since then he has been very active in the local community. Stephen is a Somers CFA volunteer, a member of the Somers Yacht Club where he is bar manager, tractor driver on race days and skipper of one of the safety boats. Stephen is also an active member of Somers Combined Probus and president of Somers Garden Square Petanque Club and enjoys playing the game twice a month.
Committee Member – Debbie Lever
Debbie and her husband, John, purchased their first property in Somers in 2006 originally as a holiday home. In 2013, they made the permanent move from Melbourne to make Somers their home.
Debbie has worked in the music and television industries, IT consulting and now as a trainer and assessor (financial services) for the vocational educational and training (VET) system. She is also a member of the Somers Yacht Club.
Committee Member – Elizabeth Charpentier
Liz moved from Melbourne to Somers with her family in early 2016. She has since been a member of the Somers Pre-School parent working group, and now supports Somers Primary School as well as local sporting clubs with her family.
Liz is a commercial lawyer working as a management consultant for her family firm. She previously served in various legal positions, in legal education, research, and on sporting committees.