State committee

Forum is led by a volunteer State Committee of professional and experienced communicators.

Anna Bowman


Anna Bowman joined Bayside Forum in 2007 and has served in each position of the committee. Anna works for the educational department as a teacher aide, within a special school. This gives a wonderful opportunity to see the students learn and grow.

Anna is a speech and procedure assessor for Forum and enjoys visiting the clubs. Anna was the State Constitutional Advisor for 2017 – 2019.

As a wife and mother of three sons, family life keeps her busy.

Irene Henley

Vice President

Joy Martin


Having joined Bayside Forum in 1998, Joy particularly enjoys visiting a variety of clubs, listening to a wide range of thought-provoking speeches and inspirational stories. Having worked in advertising for 40 years, Joy’s now trying her hand at some part-time reception at a local Physio – it’s a great window into her local community!  Beside Forum, she enjoys spending time with family (new grandson Jack!) and friends, being out and about in her garden, plus allowing time for reading.

Elaine West


Elaine joined Bayside Forum in 2002 and was an active member of the Dais for 10 years working up to Dais President 2011-2013, now in the role of Historian.  She continues to support Forum members through assessing, workshops, tutorials, speaking courses and mentoring.  After 23 years in aged care, retirement living and financial administration, Elaine’s interests now include Forum, postcard collecting, family history, travelling and hopefully writing some stories in the future.

Rosie Arnold

Marketing Officer

Rosie spent many years working as a Payroll Manager and has now settled in to a lovely career as a Marriage Celebrant.

Forum has provided her with the confidence and skills required to be a Celebrant, and she values the lifelong friendships she has developed through her Forum membership.

Rosie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Australian Studies, volunteers in the community as a Justice of the Peace and also volunteers regularly at a local Aged Care Facility. Her downtime is spent playing the guitar, walking her dog and spending time with her family.

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