Dean Thomas along with the Board of the RSL & Services Clubs Association announce Ms Margot Smith as the new CEO!

Many of you would be aware that our CEO, Garrie Gibson, advised the Board earlier this year of his intention to retire from his position with the RSL & Services Clubs Association in November, after more than seven years in the role. Since receiving this advice, the Board has been engaged in managing the recruitment of a new CEO.

I am pleased to advise that, after an extensive process, the Board has appointed Margot Smith to be the next CEO of the Association.

Margot has worked in member bodies for almost 15 years, for Chartered Accountants, Law Society of England and Wales, Finsia, Governance Institute and the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly the Australian Institute of Management). Interspersed throughout her roles in associations, Margot has also worked at Optus, Scholastic, Ausgrid and LexisNexis in a range of events, marketing and community engagement roles. Margot has extensive volunteer, fundraising and mentoring experience, and has a real passion for giving back.

Margot holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Education), a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Management), an Advanced Diploma in Events, a certified Chief Happiness Officer, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, a Certificate in Governance and has undertaken the Company Directors Course. A big advocate of the RSL & Service Clubs industry, outside of lockdown, you’ll often find her having a coffee or meal in her local Club.

The Board welcomes Margot to this important role and looks forward to her extensive experience in member-based organisations and services being applied to our Association.

Margot will join with Garrie for a month’s transition from 11th October. Garrie will be finishing on Friday 12th November, from when Margot will take full responsibility.

Member Club representatives will get the opportunity to meet Margot at the Annual General Meeting via Zoom, to be held on Friday 22nd October at 11.00am.

Corporate and Community Partners and other key stakeholders for the Association will be introduced to Margot by either myself or Garrie in the month of transition and soon after.

Due to the current COVID lockdowns, the Board has not been able to organise an appropriate farewell function for Garrie, however, we are planning to acknowledge the outstanding contribution Garrie has made to our Association at our deferred Annual Conference in April 2022.

If you have any questions about this Circular, please email me at

Kind regards,

Dean Thomas – Chairman