Our Team

Mensheds Team

Alex Petridis

Alex Petridis was a founder and CEO of Corporate Software Australia for many years and exercised a keen entrepreneurial eye, a passion for innovation and an understanding of emerging trends. These skills led to innovation and development of new market opportunities in the IT industry.

Alex joined Mensheds Australia in August 2010 to build collaboration with the member sheds and the corporate community.

Alex seeks to find new ways to achieve better outcomes for the organisation and for member sheds.  His philosophy is summed up by "You will never die wondering" as he explores new opportunities for the Men's Shed movement.


Dan Brush, ChairmanDan Brush

Dan is an expert in technology, media and communications at the law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley and is based in their Sydney office.

After completing his law degrees at the Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, Bachelor of Arts with Honours 1986, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, Juris Doctor 1989 and the University of Sydney, 1992, Dan was Admitted to the California and US Federal Bars 1990 and Admitted as a Barrister in NSW Australia in 1994.

Dan will not only bring expert legal advice to Mensheds Australia but will be able to apply his extensive experience in corporate governance, information technology and communications, e-commerce and online business, digital content - protection, distribution, commercialisation and corporate financing initiatives.

Since November 2006, Dan has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Museums and Galleries New South Wales.

Ron Fox, DirectorRon Fox

Ron's experience is mostly in the family business, Jean Fox, a bridal gown manufacturing and retail business, started by his mother in 1932.

During his career in the bridal industry he has become well known for his marketing and business acumen, having been involved with all facets of this very competitive industry from manufacturing, importing, exporting, franchising and retailing. Ron pioneered the Japanese honeymoon business in Australia. He has been able to develop his hobby of collecting foxes, vintage cars and photography and has been a Rotary member since 1967.

Ron has completed the succession of the Jean Fox business to the next generation. He is now invovled in new business development as well as Mensheds Australia.

Dr Roy Powell, Director

Dr Roy Powell

Roy grew up in rural Victoria, went to Melbourne University and headed to Armidale and the first Australian Regional University in the 1960s.  His life has revolved around the development of agriculture and regional economies.  He has a great depth of knowledge and experience about those topics and a passion for seeking a fair go for regional communities, their economies and their industries.

Roy brings analytical capacity to the team along with the ability to interpret data and analytical results that comes with experience.  Roy left the university in 1996 to work on regional business development and improvement.  That includes the Economic Gardening approach to business development and the development of men's sheds as social enterprises that has included the development of an ambitious men’s shed project in Armidale.

Help phone  0457 888 387

Help email   help@mensheds.org.au

 I am endeavouring to get out and visit as many members as possible. I enjoy meeting 'shedders' to better understand what is working well and not so well in your shed.

If I can help please do not hesitate to contact me at any time for a discussion.