Kim was raised in Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne. In her professional life, she worked for Kodak & Telstra in a variety of management roles including marketing & business development. Since retiring from corporate life, she has been actively involved in administration of both my shooting club & the state & national bridge associations.
Bridge is Kim’s second competitive hobby (passion!). In her first– target shooting – she represented Australia many times at Commonwealth Games winning 3 Gold medals and she became an Olympian in 2004 at Athens.
Kim writes regularly for bridge magazines and is the author of the award winning book "Gaining the Mental Edge at Bridge".
She lives with her husband John, blue heeler Zoe & John’s pigeons which he races as his hobby. She still enjoys shooting, and also the theatre, reading, and watching TV series & movies.
Andrew has utilised his entrepreneurial skills and commerce degree in many industries from financial trader on the floor of the Sydney Futures Exchange back in the 1980s to owning and managing a Launceston hotel, restaurant & nightclub, several farms, fertiliser depot, motels in Canberra and Lismore and even the biggest fruit & veg market on the Gold Coast.
He is a keen bushwalker, fly-fisherman, kayaker, mountain-biker, horserider, veggie gardener and pianist. Andrew is an active Rotarian and has served on the boards of Anglicare Tasmania, Rotary, Launceston Airport advisory board and the ABF council.
Andrew met his wife Sandra at the bridge table 25 years ago and together they have represented Tasmania many times and compete in as many national bridge congresses as time permits.
Mimi Packer graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is an accountant and mother of four children.
She is on the Board of the Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA and The Fathering Project. Mimi is a former director of the PLC Foundation and has been involved with numerous charities including Clontarf Foundation, The Smith Family and Brightwater Care Group. Mimi has been an enthusiastic bridge player for many years.
Based in Sydney, David is happily retired and enjoying a lot of bridge after a lifetime career as a Business Consultant. In this role he advised individuals and corporations in a wide ranging group of business activities including finance, property development, corporate acquisitions and divestments and general commercial business operations.
In terms of bridge, David, together with his wife Linda owned and operated the Double Bay Bridge Centre from 1988 until 2008. David was the organiser of the 1976 Australian bridge tour of Omar Sharif and the Italian Blue Team and was co-convener of the 2005 World Youth Bridge Championships held in Sydney. He was also editor of the Gold Coast Congress Bulletin for ten years and is currently Vice-President of the International Bridge Press Association and a member of the World Bridge Federation VuGraph commentary team.
Simon was raised in rural South Australia, was sent to Adelaide where he completed his secondary and tertiary education receiving a Commonwealth Scholarship along the way.
He returned from overseas to take up a graduate role in Telstra. Head office, in Melbourne made him an offer he could not refuse and he has been domiciled there ever since.
Simon was preoccupied with Information Technology most of his adult life and worked in Telstra, NAB, ANZ, Defence and Alinta to name a few.
In retirement he enjoys helping others, is a keen photographer, an avid gardener, a regular traveler and an amateur genealogist.
Sophie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor in Applied Mathematics and a University Medal. She spent the first 8 years of her career in investment banking, working for both Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital in Tokyo, London and Sydney as a quantitative analyst then as a risk management consultant.
She eventually saw the light and left to work with her father and create what is now called the Goulburn Health Hub - a multidisciplinary medical centre. She saw the project through from a greenfields site to a now thriving business with over 60 consulting doctors. It was during this phase of her life that she picked bridge up again and met her husband Sartaj Hans, her greatest mentor and the father of her two gorgeous girls.