Board profile: Brian Ollerton
Wed, 24 April 2019
We want to showcase the amazing people that make 2RPH what it is. Introducing Brian Ollerton, 2RPH volunteer reader and Board member.
Can you tell us a little about your history with 2RPH?
I was made aware of 2RPH by a friend, Paul Mitchel, who was working on the station’s computer system as an employee of IBM. This was in March 2011 and I became a reader the next month. I had retired in 2008 after a career in international banking with Barclays Bank around the world.
Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
It was suggested to me by [volunteer presenter] Ken Bock as there was a vacancy. At the time, I was on the Board of Concord Golf Club as Vice President, where I went on to be President. As the club has 1500 members and is private, I thought I could make a contribution with the experiences I had whilst sitting in the chair.
What do you enjoy about being part of 2RPH?
The contribution to the community is uppermost in my mind. It brings me a high level of enjoyment and satisfaction to realise that 2RPH helps a significant part of the tens of thousands of daily listeners living with disabilities remain informed of local and world news.
Are there any programs you try to tune into?
I turn on 2RPH and randomly listen to a wide range of programs. I do not have a strict weekly listening schedule but I do listen to The Australian newspaper as I am a regular reader of The Australian on Tuesdays.
What’s something you do in your spare time?
Being retired, I have a reasonable amount of spare time. I play golf on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I am on The Advisory Committee of Golf NSW and I am a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in the Canada Bay local government area. I also answer calls for a variety of readers put out by the Roster Team when readers are unable to do their regular shifts.
Image: Brian Ollerton (left) with volunteer announcer Mike Phillips (right) at last year’s 2RPH Mid-Year Celebration in August. Photo by Tom Psomotragos.