The SRA Committee members all share a long association with Somers and a passion to ensure that Somers maintains its charm and character, especially during these times of high population growth and the expansion of Melbourne and surrounding districts.
The committee and its office bearers are a team of volunteers elected on an annual basis. We encourage community members to join the committee and contribute to the important work being done to protect and enhance Somers.
To apply to join the committee, please contact us.
President – Ross Millen
Ross is a commercial lawyer and has been a board member of various business, not-for-profit and community organisations. Having initially enjoyed a holiday house in the village, Ross and his family moved to Somers permanently more than 10 years ago. Since then he has been president of the Somers Primary School Council; a member of the Somers Kindergarten committee and the Somers Foreshore committee and has also been involved in a number of local junior sporting clubs.
Secretary – Michael Carroll
Michael joined the SRA Committee in 2018. Michael is a Senior Financial Adviser with his own financial planning practice, Infocus Bayside , based in Frankston. He is a former member of the Somers Primary School Council and Treasurer of the School. He also formerly held positions as Treasurer of the Somers Pre School Association and Board Member of Peninsula Health. Michael was formerly a member of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve based at HMAS Cerberus (1991–2007). He is currently the Commanding Officer of TS Tingira based at HMAS Cerberus and holds the rank of Lieutenant ANC. Michael is a member of the Somers Yacht Club and volunteers for activities around the club including safety boat operator. He, his partner and son have lived in Somers permanently for over 10 years and Michael has been associated with Somers on an off for over 30 years.
Vice President/Membership Secretary – Libby Moore
Libby’s family association with Somers began long before she was born. Her uncle rode horses at Coolart
as a young boy and her father trained at Somers during WW2.Libby’s grandfather purchased a house for the family in Parklands Ave when she was born. She and her children grew up loving the freedom and beauty provided by Somers.In 2019 Libby retired after a long and varied career in teaching majoring in student wellbeing, psychology, IT and geography. Libby and her husband built a new home on their block on Parklands and as of 2020 live permanently at Somers. Libby is also a member of Somers Yacht Club.
Treasurer – Debbie Lever
Debbie and her husband, John, purchased their first property in Somers in 2006 originally as a holiday home. In 2013, they made the permanent move from Melbourne to make Somers their home. Debbie is a qualified Bookkeeper, has worked in the music and television industries, IT consulting and now as a trainer and assessor (Financial services) for the vocational educational and training (VET) system. She is also a member of the Somers Yacht Club.
Committee Member – Elizabeth Charpentier
Liz moved from Melbourne to Somers with her family in early 2016. She has since been a member of the Somers Pre-School parent working group, and now supports Somers Primary School as well as local sporting clubs with her family. Liz is a commercial lawyer working as a management consultant for her family firm. She previously served in various legal positions, in legal education, research, and on sporting committees.
Committee Member/Assistant Treasurer – Andrea Houban
Andrea has lived on the Mornington Peninsula with her family most of her life – Somers has been the family’s go to place to walk on the beach with their dogs since her parents built and moved there in the 90s.. They bought in Somers in 2017 and the plan was to live there permanently and eventually retire. Andrea and her Husband John have owned and operated Westernport Automotive Services in Hastings for 23 years. Before that they managed several other ventures including Jim’s Mowing in Grapevine Texas USA. Andrea has been involved in the local community by previously serving on various committees including Treasurer at Loch Nyora Kindergarten and Balnarring Pony Club. Andrea and her husband are also members of the Somers Yacht Club.
Committee Member – Malcolm Twist
Malcolm and the rest of the Twist family have lived in Somers since 2016. Malcolm is passionate about mountain biking, art and the environment which has led him to being in various community groups such as the Red Hill Riders, Somers Arts Fair, SRA and the Somers Community Park project. Malcolm is a Creative Director at Haddad & Partners, a New York based advertising company but tries to restrict commuting to once a year.
Committee Member – Karina Smith
Karina [she/her] has lived in Somers for 22 years. Her partner works locally, and their four children went to Somers Primary School and are now at secondary school and university. Karina is a professional writer and editor who works freelance for various industry publishers: indigenous; legal; queer; gas and pipelines; food industry; real estate and picture books. In a past life she nursed at the Royal Children’s Hospital, worked for a pharmaceutical company and had a short stint in the local wine industry. At home, Karina plays the cello (badly); cooks gluten free; herds her four (Damara) pet sheep and one crazy Labrador; grows succulents, learns Latin and listens to opera on Spotify. Karina’s ever expanding to-do-list includes: finish her picture book manuscript/s; learn Bach’s Cello Suite No.1, Prelude; walk the Overland Track (again); sail around the Outer Hebrides; complete a Master of Writing; and plant more indigenous eucalypts on their block in Somers.
Committee Member – Briony Hutton
Briony was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula and moved to Somers in 2012 with her mum. At 17, she found a job as a checkout chick at Ritchies in Balnarring and enjoyed getting to know the local faces, whilst going to uni and eventually earning an Honors degree in environmental science. She knows that Somers is the best place in the country to live. Considering this, she took far too long in joining the Somers Residents Association!
Briony previously worked for the Federal Member for Flinders as an electorate officer and vividly recalls the many NBN issues encountered by Somers residents, and as an administrative assistant and assistant policy adviser for the Minister for Health in Canberra. When when working in Parliament House, Briony would meet people from all over Australia, and naturally told them about Somers. She was consistently surprised at the number of people who had been, because they went to the Lord Somers Camp in primary school or their family had a holiday house there. This led her to believe that not only is Somers the best place in the country to live, but it must also be the best place to visit!
Briony now works as the Executive Officer of the Committee for Mornington Peninsula, an independent member-based community advocacy organisation, committed to advocating for a better future for the Mornington Peninsula. She drives the Committee’s advocacy agenda, including addressing a lack of public funding for the Mornington Peninsula and the impact this has on accessibility to public transport, tertiary education and support for local business. She also works part-time in public relations for a healthcare staffing company and in her own business as a professional singer. She lives in South Crescent with three chickens, who are often seen greeting passing neighbors and their dogs.
She hopes to contribute to a better Somers for all residents and visitors through her involvement with the SRA.