Training Team Leader: Barney Callaghan

Patrick G. Callaghan (Barney)

Barney is the owner of Callaghan Associates specialising in Personal, Business and Executive Coaching and Training and Development Services. Most of his working life has been devoted to developing and enabling people to find the best in themselves and then help them put their abilities to good use. He served as an officer in the Irish Defence Forces, head of a regional Ambulance Service and as CEO of Gaisce-The President’s Award. He holds an MA in Change Management and a 1st class honors MSc in Personal and Management Coaching.

Barney has worked on youth service boards and as a voluntary frontline youth worker; working inter alia with young people in conflict with the law. He worked at board level in developing health emergency services and quality in healthcare. He has experience as a secondary school board chairman and board member and as a university lecturer.

A Rotarian since 1996 he was District Governor of Rotary Ireland in 2011-2012. He served on the Executive of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) from 2011 to 2013. In 2012 he joined the training team of RIBI to train Assistant Governors; he is a member of the RIBI Leadership, Development and Training Committee and is the training leader for the DG class 2019-2020 in RIBI. Barney has served as a Training Leader at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego in 2016 and 2017 and is a Rotary Assistant Coordinator

He is married to Ursula, a Rotarian and Spouse Training Leader at the Rotary International Assembly in 2016 and 2017. Ursula holds a PhD in History; they have two adult sons Ross and Cian and two grandchildren Alex and Harry. Barney’s free time is filled with the company of people, Rotary, reading, music (particular affection for Uilleann Pipes), walking, food and fun.


Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC): John Dunkley (Zone 18A)

 PDG John Dunkley

John is married to Sue, with three children, all married, with 4 Grandchildren. John’s background is one of farming. In 1985 the decision was taken to diversify the family farm. The buildings were turned into small industrial units and the land given over to an Environmental scheme with DEFRA. This John still manages

In 1987 John joined Robex, a company that manufactures Resin Coatings. He retired as UK Sales Manager in 2010, and is still employed on a part time basis.

John was a member of; Sandwich Round Table, with Area and National appointments. John was the International Liaison Officer for the 1984 Round Table National Conference; the Scouting movement, many appointments over 16 years including Group Scout Leader and Assistant District Commissioner Venture Scouts, and is a holder of the Scouting Medal of Merit. John has been Churchwarden and served on Parochial Church Councils.

John joined the Rotary Club of South Foreland in 1989 has held all the major club appointments, including Secretary, eventually becoming Club President in 1996/7. John is a multiple Paul Harris member, and a Sustaining Member.

John has been involved in several District Committees; in Conferences, four years as Chairman, and Chairman of three other District committees and served as Assistant Governor for three years. John was District 1120 District Governor in 2010-2011. In that year D 1120 was a first year Future Vision District. In 2011 John joined the RIBI Foundation committee

John is presently Regional Rotary Coordinator for Zone 18a, a Trustee and Director of RFUK, and Chairman of the RIBI Foundation Committee.

John is currently an Admin Volunteer in a local hospital. John currently spends much of his leisure time between children, Grandchildren, and theatre visits, weekends away and holidays with family and close friends.


Rotary Coordinator (RC): Tony Quinn (Zone 18A )

Tony retired early from Banking where he specialised in training and development and undertook the delivery and leadership of management and technical programmes and subsequently as an independent consultant where he worked with managers and team leaders both as a coach and as a facilitator for management programmes.

Tony joined the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge in District 1200 in 1996 and led a Group Study Exchange team to D5300 California and Nevada in 2001. He subsequently became District Rotary Foundation Chairman in 2003. He led the District as Governor in 2009/10 after which he served at RIBI as a member of the New Generations Resource Group. From 2011 he was a member of the RIBI Leadership Development and Training Committee and was Chairman of that Committee in 2012-4. He is an RI Assistant Co-ordinator and Rotary International Training Leader for the International Assemblies of 2013 and 2014 as well as Governor Elect Training Seminars in 2013 and 2014 and 2016. He has recently been appointed as the Rotary Regional Coordinator for Zone18a from July 2017.

Tony is also Chairman of Worldwaterworks Ltd, the charitable trust that manages the Water Survival Box, a humanitarian project of his club Chelwood Bridge. He is also a Trustee/director of a local charity offering independent living programmes for people with learning disabilities.

Married for 49 years to Linda who is a founder member of Chelwood Bridge Inner Wheel and is a Past District Chairman of Inner Wheel District 20. Linda was a Spouse Facilitator at the Rotary International Assemblies in 2013 and 2014.

They have two children and 3 grandchildren.

When not busy with Rotary Tony is an enthusiastic golfer, keen caravanner and a lifelong supporter of Southampton Football Club.


Rotary Public Image Coordinator (RPIC):  Mike Thorn (Zone 18A) email:

Mike Thorn  (55) is a Project Manager for British Airways dealing with change programmes across the airline. Rotary-wise Mike is currently acting as Public Image Coordinator for Zone 18A as well as Chair of Rotary GB&I Public Image committee.  He has previously carried out many roles at club and district up to district governor.  Incredibly Mike also finds time to support Crystal Palace football club, Surrey Cricket club and has run 24 marathons and love rock and country music; as well as being married to Becky and has two daughters.


Caroline Millman

Caroline has a background in training and development, project management, secondary and further education, and careers advice and guidance.  She has worked extensively with small and medium sized businesses, coaching, mentoring and developing staff at all levels.  Currently Caroline is Chairman of PeaceJam UK, a peace education programme involving Nobel Peace Laureates, and is undertaking a PhD in strategic planning within the volunteer service sector at Southampton Solent University.  She became a member of the Rotary Club of Ringwood in 2001, was its President in 2006/7 and District 1110’s Governor in 2011/12.  Since then she has been a member of the RIBI Vocational Service Committee and a continuing link to the UK Government’s Commission for Social Mobility.  She also continues to be the District lead on Visioning and the Chairman of the District’s Steering Group for the “Our Children: Our Future” initiative, and is an Assistant Regional Coordinator for Zone 18a.


Keith G Best, Rotary Coordinator and RI Training Leader.

Keith was Rotary District Governor during the year 2011/12 and has held several facilitator and training positions within his own District and within Rotary International and Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.

He is currently the Rotary Coordinator for Zone 17 and RI Training Leader 2017/18. Keith has facilitated breakout sessions at the Berlin, Kennilworth(GB) and Madrid GETs in recent years.

Within Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland he chaired the Leadership, Development and Training Committee during 2014/2016. This latter role has actively involved him leading the committee to plan, implement and build continuity into the improvement agenda of the General Council for RIBI. Whilst also coordinating District Governor and Assistant Governor continuity programmes for the Rotary Leadership Assembly as LDTC Chair.

Keith is an active member of the Rotary Club of Newton Stewart, District 1020, having held every position within the club during his 23 years of membership. The latest position occupied being that of club treasurer and web-master.

Since his retirement as a Head of Educational Services with Dumfries and Galloway Council, he became a director of a training company and a consultant with the Tapestry Partnership in Glasgow. The Tapestry Partnership is one of Scotland’s leading educational organisations developing the skills of learning and leadership across the country.


Les Wilson

74 years old

Retired Co Director – Marine and Mechanical Engineer

Co owner Engineering Company for 25 years

Married 51 years to Rotarian Pat

3 Daughters, 3 Granddaughters and1 Grandson

Joined The Rotary Club of Maghull & Aughton in 1984 – 33 years ago – President in 1992

District 1180 GSE Team Leader – District 3790-Luzon, Northern Philippines in 2009

District Conference Chair 2012/13

Past Assistant Governor 2010-13

District Membership GO team member

District Governor 2014/15

District Polio Officer 2016/17

RI Public Image Co-ordinator – 2017-20

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow