District Leader Biographies

District Governor 2017-18, Malcolm Chiverton and Karen

DG Malcolm Chiverton and Karen, District Governor 2017-18

Malcolm first came into contact with Rotary when colleagues of his Rotary Club were door knocking for members in 1995. At the time Malcolm was managing a local Real Estate Agents office in Box Hill.

During his 20 years of membership Malcolm has undertaken many roles within the Club including President in 2002-03. He also served at District level as an Assistant Governor, Rotary/Rotaract Chair, Membership and Club Visioning Committees and Secretary for the Adelaide District Conference in 2011.

In his business life Malcolm is a Real Estate Agent. He started selling country properties from Balwyn in 1971 to work with his uncle after moving from Sydney. In 1978 he transferred to selling residential property in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. In 1986 he was awarded the diploma of Associate of The Real Estate of Australia and served as Secretary for his local REIV branch.

When his children attended school he served on the School Council and Fathers Association and baseball club committees. His enthusiasm for the game and Club saw him serve in many positions on the committee including the Secretary for 7 years and Chairman for 4 years. In 2007 he was awarded Life
Membership for the Club.

Malcolm and Karen met when Malcolm sold Karen’s mother a home in Blackburn South. Karen was then working in the banking industry but when their children were starting school Karen decided to work from home surrounding herself with little people while working in Family Day Care for 12 years.
She then followed Malcolm into the Real Estate Industry, where she successfully lists and sells properties in the Outer Eastern Suburbs.

Karen has been a staunch supporter of Malcolm’s Rotary activities along with their adult son and daughter.

Malcolm and Karen are looking forward with enthusiasm to serving the District and making a difference in their Rotary journey.


District Governor 2018-19, Russell Gurney and Shelley

DGE Russell Gurney and Shelley, District Governor 2018-19

Russell first came into direct, personal contact with Rotary via a local community event in 2008. Community involvement has always been part of his life having served on School and Scout councils, and participated in as many other community activities as time would permit. The time was right to take a passion for community service to
a new level through joining the Rotary Club of Doncaster.

Russell immersed himself in all things Rotary and served the Club in many roles, including the development of the Clubs digital presence, and as President in 2011-12. Enthusiasm for youth development and community involvement lead to the seeds being sown for chartering a local Interact Club during that year. Seeing the Club chartered, and
joy that this Rotary initiative brings to all the students and Club members involved, continues to be a personal highlight.

At District level, Russell has served as Treasurer [2014-16], Company Secretary and Treasurer of RI D9810 Project Funds Ltd [2014-16], Assistant Governor [2013-14], Social Media advocate [2013 +], Membership committee member [2014+], and also as a RYPEN adult mentor [2013]. He also serves as one of the Rotary Leadership
Institute’s facilitators, when the need, and time, permits.

Having earned three part-time degrees, Russell has had a varied career in financial, operational and general management roles, working across three states and two countries. A passion for people, information technology, finance and good governance has always been an advantage. He is currently the Chief Information Officer for
Australia’s largest privately owned food company.

Originally from Western Australia, Russell met Shelley at university and they married in 1983. Shelley has adapted her career whilst they travelled with Russell’s business activities. Shelley currently works part-time in the childcare industry having been a career bank officer. She has always been side-by-side with Russell’s community
involvement and Rotary journey. They have two sons and a charming daughter-in-law. Both sons, Sean and Cliff, have donated their vocational skills to Rotary projects across a number of Clubs and partner organisations. Sean was a Rotaractor and both are future Rotarians.

Russell has a passion for marketing Rotary at every opportunity, and also helping to make Rotary even more attractive and relevant to current and future Rotarians.

They are both excited about the opportunity to further serve the District and look forward to making new friendships and working with Club’s to make Rotary the first port of call for those that want to volunteer in their local community.


District Governor 2019-20, Shia Smart and Duncan

DGN Shia Smart, District Governor 2019-20

Past President Shia Smart has been appointed to serve as Governor of District 9810 in 2019-20.

The passion for community involvement has always been a part of Shia’s life. The enthusiasm for Rotary started as a member of Donvale Rotaract, a participant at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and a Group Study Exchange team member.

In 2004, Shia joined the Rotary Club of Mont Albert & Surrey Hills as a Charter Member and embraced challenges of a new club model and went on to serve in many club roles and was President in 2009-10.

At a District level Shia has served as Assistant Governor, Group Study Exchange Team Leader, Chair for: Women in Rotary, Alumni Committee, Community Service Committee and also Secretary for Art Building Children’s Dreams (ABCD) Inc Australia.

On the work front Shia’s career is in Information and Technology in the Telecommunications Industry. She is currently an IT Relationship Lead Business Analyst for one of Australia’s largest Telecommunications Companies.

Shia married Duncan in 2001. They have a young son and a little puppy. Duncan was also a member of Rotaract. Currently he works in the public service industry. He is always an enthusiastic and supportive partner in Shia’s Rotary journey.

Shia has enthusiastic plans for Rotary, to encourage and support local club growth, promote leadership and professional development, promote the Rotary brand, connect with local communities and current and future Rotarians.

Shia and Duncan are both excited about the journey ahead of them and look forward
to meeting new people and making new friendships.