At our recent AGM in London, we were pleased to confirm three new IFSDA Board Members from Netherlands, South Africa and Australia.
Netherlands: Rob Smit: Hans van den Eijnde's choice as successor as NVPH representative to IFSDA. Rob has 4 stamp shops and an internet stamp business under the Postbeeld.com banner. He is a Board member of the NVPH and has been involved in the production of the Dutch Stamp Catalogue for the past 10 years. He has a varied business and technology background with talents and insight valuable to IFSDA going forward. Hans looks forward to liaising with Rob as he joins our Executive.
Francois Friend, Philatelist: A professional engineer by trade, Francois turned his hand towards philately first on an ad hoc basis in 1994, and thereafter on a more permanent footing since 2013. Francois has a special interest in Hong Kong and St Helena and has exhibited on both countries, nationally and internationally. He is president of the Port Elizabeth Philatelic Society, Vice-president of the South African Philatelic Dealers Association, life member and Director-at-large of the St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society, and member of both the Hong Kong Philatelic Society and the Hong Kong Study Circle.
Australia: Torsten Weller: A young, independent philatelist with a successful career as a Postal History dealer. He is internationally active and travels extensively worldwide. He has just been appointed as Philatelic Specialist with Melbourne-based auctioneer Mossgreen. Torsten enjoys a sound reputation and was considered a perfect candidate from APTA.