Board of directors
The SSAA Victoria Board has eleven members. Each director serves a three-year term before their position is up for nominations. Ahead of the Annual General Meeting each year, the entire membership base is given the opportunity to enter a postal vote for Board nominees. The results of the ballot are announced at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in September.
Get to know the directors by reading the short biographies below, or connecting with them via email.
Denis’ background is in the ownership and management of multiple small businesses. Denis was heavily involved in motor racing for many years. For 25 years he held a senior role as Chief Pit Lane Marshal, which saw him training and supervising up to 50 volunteers per meeting.
Denis is keen to secure the future of the SSAA in Victoria, with his energy being channeled into succession planning, establishing new metropolitan shooting ranges and catering to the increased interest in the shooting sports.
Denis is the current President of SSAA Victoria, Junior Vice President of SSAA National and hold positions on the National SHOT Expo sub-committee and finance sub-committee. He is also on the SSAA Insurance Brokers Board.
David is a retired senior federal public servant having managed several large defence bases as the IT Operations Manager. Before that, he was a career military officer, commencing as an infantry soldier with the Third Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Now retired, he has the time to devote to overseeing the direction of the SSAA Victoria as a director.
He has a lifelong involvement in target pistol and rifle shooting (civilian and military) having done stints as Club President and Club Captain of a number of pistol and rifle clubs, and as Regional Coordinator for IPSC Victoria in the 1980s. David is also a keen hunter.
I’m committed to the SSAA. I want to continue contributing to: developing regional branches; undertaking advocacy for hunters – including lobbying for sound moderators; future-proofing our ranges by acquiring adjoining properties; and supporting branches, sub clubs and individuals in fielding state competition teams.
JEFF KUYKEN – junior vice president
Jeff Kuyken has been involved in SSAA for more than 20 years. In his free time, Jeff hunts fox, duck and deer, and enjoys breaking a clay or two.
Jeff’s interest in SSAA began with his involvement in establishing the Field Hunters Club, of which he is a past President. He then joined the State Board of Directors, where he served in a number of positions, including Junior Vice President, Senior Vice President and Secretary, over 20 years.
Jeff works full-time as a building contractor in the commercial and domestic construction industries. His passion for SSAA has never waned over the years and he maintains a strong desire to see the shooting sports progress and expand into the future.
Jeff is also the Victorian delegate of the SSAA National Board.
ROSS FARMER – secretary
Ross brought to the Board his extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant and CPA. He also had Director and CFO level experience in diverse corporate environments.
Ross has specialist skill sets in corporate governance and compliance; financial management and accountability; risk assessment and management; project and change management; and stakeholder management.
He brings to the Board a sound knowledge of Board Charters and Codes of Conduct. Ross has been a member of the SSAA since 2003.
Ross is the current Secretary of SSAA Victoria.
Andrew has been member of SSAA since 1984. He is a hunter and an active member of the Big Game Rifle Club (BGRC), along with being a pistol shooter. Andrew competes regularly at Eagle Park as well as in State, National and International Championships.
Andrew has served on the BGRC committee since 1984 as well as the Eagle Park Range Consultative Committee, in all of its forms, for the past 10 years. He is committed to improving SSAA Victoria’s facilities for all shooters members, including hunters, target shooters, collectors and casual range users.
Andrew is an engine reconditioner/engineer and works with his two sons at his Geelong machine shop. Andrew is also a licensed firearms dealer.
Colin Wood is an active hunter. He retired from a management position within SSAA Victoria at the start of 2015 after more than 10 years of service.
Colin has extensive knowledge of hunting and pest control in Victoria and offers sound representation on duck, deer, and quail hunting issues.
Colin’s experience includes 10 years managing hunting and conservation for SSAA Victoria; five years as President of the SSAA Deerstalkers; six years as President of the Victorian Game and Deerstalkers Association; three years as President of the Shooting Sports Council of Victoria (SSCV); five years as President of the SSCV Hunting Committee; 20 years as a farmer and 28 years as a senior manager of Defence Force equipment manufacturing and repairs.
David is one of the youngest people serving on the SSAA Victoria Board and recognises that the youth of today are the are future of hunting and target shooting.
With almost 18 years of experience in the IT industry as a specialist consultant, David has extensive experience in project management, design and implementation of corporate and government IT systems, services and infrastructure all across Australia.
As a keen hunter and target shooter, David has also been involved with a number of sub-clubs, as former Secretary of the Deerstalkers Club and Treasurer of the Arms and Militaria Collectors Club. David also volunteers as a Range Officer, assisting fellow shooters and newcomers on the ranges.
David’s focus is on ensuring SSAA Victoria continues to grow as an organisation in a positive direction, especially for the representation of members’ interests and the broader hunting and target shooting community.
Bill Campbell is an avid pistol shooter, who has been President of Practical Pistol League of Australia for 26 years – since 1992. As President of the PPLA, he has transformed the club from a newly established SSAA sub-club to one of SSAA Victoria’s largest and most respected clubs. PPLA is now the premier IPSC club in Australia because of work Bill was involved in.
Bill was also President of IPSC in Victoria for 16 years. He was also a member of the National Executive, making decisions relating to IPSC Australia-wide.
His professional background involves maintenance and management work. As a maintenance manager at BHP, he had up to 400 people under his leadership and was responsible for maintaining machinery valued at up to $100m.
As a Board member, Bill’s focus will be on advocating to government; retaining, and growing, the membership; finding suitable land for ranges, particularly in the east; and securing access to National Parks for hunters.
Henry has been a member of SSAA Victoria since 1992. He is an experienced competition shooter, with a particularly interest in various handgun disciplines. However, his lifelong passion has been hunting.
Henry grew up hunting rabbits and foxes on farms owned by relatives. In more recent times deer stalking has been his sport of choice. In 2014 Henry achieved a life goal of hunting plains game in Africa. Henry is also an active participant in the SSAA Conservation and Pest Management program, which he sees, not as a personal hunting opportunity, but rather as volunteer service for the benefit of the community.
Henry sees growing restrictions and bureaucracy as posing a major threat to the sport. He believes that hunting and fishing are intrinsic and necessary parts of our nature as human beings. Furthermore he sees that hunting and fishing provide the cornerstone to effective environmental land management.
Lance has been a shooter since he was 15 years old and a member of SSAA since 1975. Lance has been a member of the Big Game Rifle Club (BGRC) since its inception in 1983. He has served in every position of the BGRC committee, including President.
Field hunting is Lance’s passion and he hunts game birds in season and pursues deer whenever he can escape his work commitments. Lance hunts feral goats and pigs, using visits to his Queensland family stations to help control the numbers. Lance has been fortunate enough to have hunted buffalo in the Northern Territory, camels in Queensland and other feral animals on the edges of the Simpson Desert.
Lance has been actively involved with the Eagle Park Range Consultative Committee for the past 10 years and is proud of what it has achieved.
Being a small business owner for the past 36 years as an electrical contractor in the commercial field, as well as running a security business for the past 20 years, Lance can manage projects from design to completion. He believes this experience has been helpful in his role as a Director of SSAA Victoria.
Marion is an active committee member at SSAA Shepparton Branch, where her role is Publicity Officer and Event Organiser. She initiated the 2016 and 2017 ladies come-and-try days, attracting close to 100 ladies to both events. Marion also organised two very successful Pink Ribbon Fundraisers and two Blue Ribbon Charity events in support of the local Police, both attracting huge publicity for the sport.
Marion has served two terms on the Victorian Government Shooting Sports Facilities Program grants committee and continues to work on the positive promotion of the shooting sports. She enjoys talking to members at a grassroots level and shooting alongside them. Her passion is encouraging more women and juniors to the sport.
As a Justice of the Peace, Marion enjoys supporting her community and has found it to be a most rewarding experience.