Rotary International President 2017/18

Denis SpillerDenis joined the Rotary Club of Strood in Kent in 1985, directly from Rotaract and is the first former Rotaractor to become President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.

He has served numerous roles within Rotary, including roles promoting The Rotary Foundation, youth programmes and was also Chairman for the 2016 Rotary Conference in Bournemouth.

Denis has a special interest in youth service having a background in voluntary youth work in Kent. In his professional life, Denis spent 22 years Hewlett-Packard.

“The coming year is highly important to us for several reasons. Firstly, it is looking extremely likely that it could be the year we see the final case of wild polio in the world, a cause Rotary started in 1985 when there were 1,000 cases a day, and to which countless funds and hours of volunteer time has been dedicated. This year to date we have seen just six cases.”

“Secondly, it is the year that we shall see many new Rotary clubs being created across the UK and Ireland implementing new flexible, informal and project-active programmes to welcome community and business-minded adults of all ages as members.”

“Thirdly, it’s the year that perhaps we shall welcome you to our numbers. Make contact, get involved and join Rotary, it’s the best decision you will ever make.”

Ian RiseleyIan H.S. Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976.

Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.

His firm specializes in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.

Riseley has been a member of the boards of both a private and a public school, a member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and involved in Sea Scouts and sporting groups, as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organizations.

Riseley’s honours include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.

A Rotarian since 1978, Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.

He and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation.

They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Rotary International President 2017/18