Mike Winslade is Managing Director of Winslade & Co, the third generation member of a family business that deals in generators and remote power plants.
Mike joined Belmont Rotary in 1996 and was President in 2001 and again in 2019. Along the way, Mike has held almost every senior role in the Club and spent five years on the District Youth Exchange committee.
Apart from Rotary, Mike is a keen social cyclist and has participated in several long-distance cycling fundraisers such as the 2018 Ride to Conquer Cancer, the 2015 Prostate Active Margaret River ride and the Tour of Gracetown (a fundraising event for the Ladybird Foundation and for which Belmont Rotary is the major sponsor).
David Bennett - Membership
David Bennett has been a member of Belmont Rotary for 17 years and in that time, been president twice and a board member for going on 10 years. Business wise, David started his first business at 23 in the Forrestfield Forum shopping center with a doughnut and ice-cream kiosk. Two years later he sold and started the Roundabout café in Albany and ran that for two years then it was time to move back to Perth.
Science was always his fascination, so it was a small step to looking for a solution to the iron related bacteria problems a friend was having. Not long after David was runner up in the Telstra Yellow pages business idea of the year, out of over 6000 applicants! A year later he made the finals again with the StainStopper designed to prevent bore stain permanently as well as winning an award with the BEC for innovation.
Today, David’s company Aquabiotics exports product to the USA, UK, Europe as well as Africa and a wide variety of other countries. Now that his son in law has joined the business David has been able to devote much more time to traveling with his wife of 35 years Megan.
Dr Rachel Sheffield - Incoming President
Dr Rachel Sheffield is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Curtin University, Australia and is a passionate science educator. She works internationally and loves the connections that Rotary extends throughout the world. Her current project enables her to support educators in Laos work working on inquiry learning using science and drawing through a Vocational Grant.
She researches and publishes in science and STEM education and professional identity. Rachel has won several Faculty, University and National awards for Teaching Excellence, and was awarded an Executive Endeavour Fellowship in 2016. Her work with the STEMinist group through grants has seen her travel to India, Indonesia supporting pre-service teachers and primary students.