Janelle Allison

 Janelle Allison Janelle Allison has a background in Geography and Regional Planning. She has worked with regional communities and in regional development in Australia, (particularly Queensland) as well as overseas in Africa and Indonesia. Janelle has taught in a range of settings including planning/ design studios, rural community development, short courses and training for regional development in provincial governments in Indonesia and more recently into the Bachelor of Regional Resource Management on Cradle Coast Campus. In this role Janelle has introduced students to intensive mode delivery and problem based learning. More recently Janelle has focused her interest on alternative participation strategies and entry pathways to learning – a critical issue for the North West. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Melanie Bartlett

Melanie Bartlett was born in England, grew up in New Zealand and came to Tasmania when she was 15. She completed her education in Launceston and graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1975 with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted to the Bar in 1978. Following her marriage to Chris they moved from Hobart to Burnie where she worked initiailly with the Australian Legal Aid Office and then with McLean Phillips and Bartlett. In 1996 she and Chris set up their own firm in Burnie, Bartletts Barristers and Solicitors.  She was then appointed a Magistrate in 2009. Prior to her appointment she was a member of the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania and President of that organisation in 1999-2000, Deputy Chair of the Guardianship and Administration Board, a member of the Mental Health Tribunal, a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal and a Commissioner of the Legal Aid Commission. She is still a member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal. Her interests outside work are lace making, traditional Japanese embroidery and glass bead making. She is also on the Board of the John Fawcett Foundation which is an humanitarian foundation carrying out work for the poor in Indonesia. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Jane Bennett

Jane Bennett spent 18 years at the helm of family business Ashgrove Cheese, which has grown to become one of Tasmania’s best known dairy brands. Today Jane is an Non Executive Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Tasmanian Ports Corporation and two of Tasmania’s Water Corporations – Ben Lomond Water and Onstream. Continuing her passion for Tasmanian food products Jane Chair’s the Tasmanian Food Industry Advisory Council and is a member of the Brand Tasmania Council. Jane lives in Launeston with partner Rick and family. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Richard Bovill

Richard Bovill has been a leader in Tasmania’s rural community for over twenty years. His recent Fair Dinkum Food campaign highlights Richard’s devotion to rural communities and his belief in the future of Australian agriculture. Faced with the halving of a major potato supply deal, Tasmania’s farmers went into crisis mode. Led by Richard, a team of highly dedicated farmers mounted tractors and drove the long way to Canberra. They gathered tremendous support along the way, delivering a strong message about clear labelling of food so that Australian consumers can make a choice about the produce they buy. As they rolled on, it was Richard’s leadership and strong communication skills that inspired farmers from all over south east Australia to travel to Canberra for the final rally – 130 tractors and 2,000 people. Richard is a member of a Tasmanian Government committee set up to promote the marketing of Tasmanian vegetables. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell is a director of Groupwork a facilitation company that aims to help groups move from uncertainty to purpose. He began his career in human resource management and was actively involved in recruitment, policy development, training and industrial relations. He then moved to general management providing leadership in strategic and operational planning, organisational design, team building and facilitation. His industry experience includes retailing, property management, forestry and local government. From 1993 to 2003 he was the general manager of Launceston City Council leading significant city development and organisational change. Bob is Chair of the Tasmania Together Progress Board and was a founding Board member of The Foundation for Young Australians and Tasmanian Leaders Inc. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Neroli Ellis

Neroli Ellis is the elected Secretary of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Nursing Federation, a position she has held for ten years. Upon completion of General Nurse training at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 1982, Neroli has worked in a variety of health care settings including clinical, management and education positions. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Associate Diploma in Agricultural Business and a Bachelor of Nursing. She is currently studying for a Masters in Business. Neroli is a Trustee for the Retirement Benefits Fund Board (RBF) and is a member of the RBF Investment Committee, a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been awarded a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. She has previously been awarded the Tasmanian Telstra Business Women’s Award and is a member of numerous community committees and a voluntary Director of MyState Ltd Community Foundation. Neroli has a passion for nursing, advocating for all health issues and believes she is fortunate to be the spokesperson for such a dedicated group of professionals. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Michael Field AC

Michael Field was a member of parliament, a minister and Premier of Tasmania and Leader of the Opposition between 1976 and 1997. Since resigning as a member of Parliament he has been involved in many activities but the most important to him have been, Chairman of the Tasmanian Innovation’s Board from 1999, Chairman of the Board of the Australian Innovation Centre from 2006, Member of Port Arthur Site Management Authority and Member of the Board of John Curtin House. Michael has been involved as an organisational change consultant and has been an advisor to the Northern Territory Opposition and the Northern Territory Government. Michael lives at Eaglehawk Neck with his wife Jan. He has a “tinny” a diving wetsuit and a kayak that are all used regularly. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Lara Giddings MP

Lara Giddings was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 1996. At the age of 23, she was the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian Parliament. After losing her House of Assembly seat in the electorate of Lyons in 1998, Lara was re-elected to the seat of Franklin in 2002. In March 2004 she was elevated to the front bench as Minister for Economic Development and the Arts. In April 2006 Lara became Minister for Health and Human Services. In 2008 Lara was promoted to the position of Deputy Premier under incoming Premier David Bartlett, and also became Attorney General and Minister for Justice. In January 2011 Lara became Tasmania’s 44th Premier, the first female to hold the position, after the resignation of Premier Bartlett for family reasons. Ministerial Career: 2004-2006 Economic Development and the Arts; 2006–March 2010 Health and Human Services; 2008–January 2011 Deputy Premier, Attorney General, and Justice; April 2010-November 2010 Infrastructure, Economic Development; November 2010 – 2014 Treasurer, the Arts; and January 2011– 2014 Premier. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Matthew Groom MP

Matthew Groom is a seventh generation Tasmanian who was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament as the Liberal Member for Denison in March 2010.  After winning government at the 2014 State Election, Matthew was appointed as the Minister for State Growth, Minister for Energy and Minister for Environment and Parks. Prior to entering Parliament, Matthew achieved considerable success professionally with over 15 years of national and international business experience and a specific expertise in renewable energy. His international experience includes renewable energy transactions in the UK, Europe, India and China. Matthew also has experience in mergers and acquisitions; project finance; joint ventures and international investment structures and has undertaken a senior executive program with the Mt Eliza Business School. Matthew holds a combined Arts/Law degree from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne.  He grew up on the state’s north-west coast but now lives in Hobart with his wife and three young children. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Peter Gutwein MP

Peter Gutwein grew up in Northern Tasmania and spent the majority of his working life working as a senior manager in the insurance and investment sector working in Tasmania, Western Australia and Europe. A qualified financial advisor with post graduate qualifications in Business Administration he was elected to the State Parliament in 2002 and currently holds the positions of Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry and Forestry. He is married to Amanda and has two young children, Millie and Finn. He spends his spare time with his family, runs marathons and is a blackbelt instructor in Tae Kwon Do. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Nicholas Heyward

Nicholas Heyward has been Managing Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since October 2001. He has worked in management roles at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Victoria State Opera and Musica Viva Australia, before becoming CEO of the Brisbane Biennial International Festival of Music and CEO of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. He has been on the boards of a number of major national arts organisations including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Music Council of Australia. He is Chairman of Symphony Services International and a Member of the Theatre Royal Management Board. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Liz Jack

 Liz_Jack Liz is currently the Director of LINC Tasmania, where she has responsibility for a statewide network of library services and online access centres, community learning, adult literacy and the State’s archives and heritage services. Previous roles include CEO, Macquarie Point Development Corporation; Deputy Secretary, Culture, Recreation and Sport within the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts; and Director, Sport and Recreation Tasmania. Liz’s early career revolved around sport. After competing for the Australian Olympic diving team in Montreal in 1976, she became one of Canada’s most successful national team coaches, coaching medallists at World Championships and Commonwealth and Olympic Games over a 10-year period. After retiring from coaching she led the delivery of elite sport programs and services in Tasmania as Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Sport from 1990 until 2004. During this time she spent three years working for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, where she was responsible for running the Olympic diving events in 2000. Liz is an inductee of both the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame and the Tasmanian Honour Roll for Women. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Brian Lewis

Brian Lewis Brian is an international expert in organisation development and change, strategy and policy, governance and leadership development. He is a founding Board member of Tasmanian Leaders Inc. and has skilfully led every program since the beginning, ten years ago.  Brian has worked in management consulting since the late 1980s across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in a range of industries in Australia, Great Britain, the US, Asia Pacific and New Zealand. Prior to consulting, he worked for a number of Australian Government departments. Brian has a long term commitment to leadership and management development that shows benefits for individuals, their organisations and society as a whole. He sees leadership in its broadest sense and not merely conferred by role or job. Tasmanian Leaders involvement:

Norm McIlfatrick

Norm Mcilfatrick is an independent Company Director and Advisor, he was Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) from 2008 to 2014. Previously, Norm was Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) and CEO of the Tasmanian Development Board following his roles as Managing Director of Aurora Energy and as a management consultant with PA Consulting, where he carried out major national and international assignments. Norm has broad experience in senior management including customer service, sales, marketing, engineering services and strategic planning including roles with electricity utility Powercor Australia and the Hydro-Electric Commission in Tasmania. Norm was a founding Board member of Tasmanian Leaders Inc. and is passionate about developing leaders across all sectors of Tasmania. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Robyn Moore

For over 40 years, Robyn Moore has been changing peoples’ perception through “the power of the word” as an educator, as a voice-over artist in advertising, syndicated radio comedy, animation series (seen in 70 countries) and is now Australia’s most in-demand female speaker. She is passionate about increasing access to human potential and opening pathways to 100% participation in life through “breakthrough” communication! Robyn has a unique relationship with words and weaves together humour, powerful stories and life-altering distinctions to create an experiential presentation which, she promises, will create greater access to “well-being”, resilience, passion, workplace culture and service, leadership, balance, results and satisfaction for participants…both professionally and personally. Robyn is an Australia Day Ambassador for the Australia Day Council, an Ambassador for the Australian Childhood Foundation and is a National Patron of Make-A-Wish Australia. She is also a passionate Tasmanian. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Christine Mucha

Christine Mucha spent 14 and a half years in the Tasmanian water industry and resigned from her position as the CEO of Onstream in July 2011. She now focuses on non-executive director/chair positions and consulting.  She has a broad skill base across a wide range of industries with extensive executive and senior management business experience in the public sector where she has held the roles of Chief Executive Officer, General Manager and Manager.
 She has also held chair and non-executive director roles and has a working knowledge of a range of governance frameworks in regulatory (utilities) and non-regulatory environments, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. She has provided stakeholder management across three tiers of government, industry groups, business and the community sector. She has been successful in change management and organisational transition and has business development experience across a range of services including a new shared services organisation.

 Her current positions include: Chair, Wellington Park Management Trust; Member, Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Advisory Council; and Director, Tasmania University Foundation. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Richard Mulvaney

Richard Mulvaney completed his Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies in Melbourne in 1983. He worked at the Australian War Memorial and Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies in Canberra and then Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. In 1989 he became the founding director of the Bradman Museum in Bowral, NSW. Over the next 17 years he managed the development of a new cricket museum complex and related activities. In 2007 he worked at Museums and Galleries NSW as General Manager, Business and Finance. He then worked as the CEO Rail Heritage Centre at Thirlmere, NSW. Richard took over as the Director of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston in 2010. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Dan Norton

Dan is an experienced Chairman and CEO who has worked in the electricity industry, central government agencies and in international commodity marketing. He has first hand experience across a broad range of areas including electricity, transport (including rail), privatisation and corporatisation, public policy, financial management reform, education, water, health, medical research, information and communications technology, agricultural marketing and public sector management. His current Board appointments include: Board Member, Infrastructure Australia, Chairman; Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd; and, Chairman, WINconnect Pty Ltd. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

David O’Byrne


David O’Byrne is currently the National a Secretary of United Voice, with 120,000 members United voice is one of Australia’s largest unions organising workers across many sectors and industries (Early childhood education and care, cleaning, security, aged care, also workers in public education and health). A former member of state parliament David, despite increasing his personal vote, lost his seat in Franklin at the 2014 State Election. David was elected as a first time candidate at the 2010 State election as a member for Franklin. Despite being a newly elected member he was sworn straight into Cabinet. In December 2010, his ministries changed to Workplace Relations, Economic Development and Infrastructure. In late January 2011, he took on the additional portfolio of Innovation, Science and Technology. Then in May 2011, the Police and Emergency Management portfolio was added to his ministerial responsibilities. David has made significant contributions to the community through his roles as Chair of Smoke Free Tasmania, member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Child Care, member of the State Facilitating Group Anti-Poverty Week Organising Committee, Founding member and Chair of the Peace Coalition (a group established to protest the invasion of Iraq), and Treasurer of the Tasmanian Peace Trust. David is also the Patron of QUIT Tasmania Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Tom O’Meara


Tom O’Meara has held senior management positions in media including General Manager of The Canberra Times, The Examiner, Launceston and the Ballarat Courier. He was employed by ENT and later Sydney-based Rural Press which later merged with Fairfax. Today he runs his own consultancy business, Tom O’Meara and Associates which specialises in media, government affairs and business strategies. Former board positions include Director of Canberra Cultural Facilities Corporation and Tasracing. He is currently Vice President of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor

John Pitt

John Pitt is the Managing Director of pitt&sherry, a leading Australian professional services company. John is responsible for the company’s operations. These are focused on land transport, industrial and community infrastructure sectors and on mitigation and adaptation challenges associated with climate change. John has over 30 years of consulting experience on infrastructure projects of all types – but particularly those which involve transport infrastructure – and including 10 years involvement with international work in Africa, UK and south east Asia. John’s current role is centred on business building, leadership, strategic planning and the incubation of a competitive sustainable company culture within pitt&sherry. John sees pitt&sherry as having responsibility and the opportunity to improve community social and environmental outcomes through its work and performance as an economic entity. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Anthea Pritchard

Anthea Pritchard Anthea is the General Manager of the Salamanca Wharf Hotel, a boutique apartment hotel in Hobart, owned and developed by Anthea and her husband in partnership with the Giameoses. Prior to this she held the position of Group Marketing and Sales Executive for Blundstone where she was responsible for product and market development across the group. She has also been employed within the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts, in various roles, culminating in the position of Director Antarctic Tasmania, Science and Research. Anthea was the National Marketing Manager for J. Boag & Son. She is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, and was awarded Tasmanian Marketer of the Year in 2007. She is also a Board member of the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation and Big Monkey Theatre Company. Tasmanian Leaders involvement:

Peter Rathjen

Professor Peter Rathjen is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania. Prior to taking up this position, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne, where he had also held the position of Dean of Science from 2006. Previous to this he was Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Professor Rathjen has specialised in embryonic stem (ES) cell research. He established an internationally recognised research program into stem cell biology and stem cell therapies. Professor Rathjen was a founding member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Centre for the Molecular Genetics of Development, and the Australian Stem Cell Centre (ASCC). Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Martin Rees

Martin Rees is currently the Managing Partner of KPMG in Launceston, immediate past Chairman of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a Director of St Giles Society Ltd. Martin graduated in Business from the University of Tasmania and was recently accepted as Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, Member of the Institute of Management Consultants and a Registered Company Auditor. He holds positions as either Board Member or Adviser within both the private and public sectors in Tasmania and has had extensive recent experience in the education sector. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Heather Rose

Heather Rose is the author of three novels: White Heart, The Butterfly Man and her new novel, The River Wife. The Butterfly Man was longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Awards in Ireland and was shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award in 2006. It won the 2006 Davitt Award for the Crime Fiction Novel of the Year written by an Australian woman. In 2007 Heather received the Eleanor Dark Fellowship through the Varuna Foundation and an Arts Tasmanian Wilderness Residency where she spent two months at Lake St Clair in the highlands of Tasmania. During this time Heather wrote her third novel, The River Wife. Heather’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies including: Dirty Words – A Literary Dictionary of Sex Terms – edited by Ellen Sussman (Bloomsbury, USA), Some Girls Do – edited by Jacinta Tynan (Allen & Unwin) and Mosaic – edited by Ros Bradley (ABC Books). Tasmanian Leaders involvement: guest speaker/panellist

Kim Seagram

Kim Seagram works in the food and wine sectors not only as a partner and marketing manager for Stillwater Restaurant and Black Cow Bistro, but also by helping the Vineyards Association of Tasmania for almost a decade as their marketing and communications person until 2007. She was a strong advocate for wine tourism in the State and is a passionate advocate of all things Tasmanian. She has recently helped establish Harvest Launceston, a not-for-profit community farmers market showcasing local produce every Saturday morning and sits on the reference committee for the Centre for Food Innovation. As Deputy Chair of the Brand Tasmania Council for nearly a decade she helped promote, maintain and protect Tasmania as a premium place of origin brand. Appointed as a Director on the Tourism Tasmania Board in 2006 she was also on the working group which set up the new Regional Tourism Organisation for Northern Tasmania, TNT. On the wider economic development front she Deputy Chairs the Northern Regional Reference Group currently working on the Regional Economic Development Plan and in the past has sat on the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Board. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Judy Tierney

Judy Tierney A state and national award winning journalist with ABC radio and television for over 30 years, Judy Tierney continues to contribute to various programmes despite her “retirement”. Her broadcast roles have included national correspondent for “7.30 Report” including reporter and presenter positions; producer “Australian Story” and the morning current affairs slot on local radio. Judy’s voluntary community work is vast and varied. Over the years she has been actively involved in The Tasmanian Ballet Company, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and the Theatre Royal and Hobart Baroque. Judy recently spent six years on the board of “Island” magazine, the State’s oldest and most respected literary publication; is an Ambassador for Second Bite, promoting the wonderful work done by the food distribution group feeding the needy and fundraises for many arts organisations. In her “spare” time Judy escorts travellers to exotic overseas climes. Judy is a veteran traveller having enjoyed visiting over 65 countries. She has lived in Britain, the USA and Kuwait. Skiing, cooking and gardening somehow fit into the frenetic lifestyle. She has published her first book and two more are in the pipeline. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Kathryn Thomas

Leader for Learning and Knowledge services across Asia Pacific for IBM, Kathryn is responsible for learning programs and access to knowledge resources for all Global Business Services practitioners. She leads teams who have responsibility for learning strategy, development and delivery of learning solutions for consultants from new hires to senior executives. Her communication skills, knowledge of adult learning and the professional services environment have resulted in her appointment to both PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM’s Global Learning teams. Kathryn’s prior employment history includes – Human Resources Manager in Tasmania for both Myer and GP Fitzgeralds & Co after making the transition from her previous career as a teacher and consultant within the Tasmanian Education Department. Kathryn is also a Director on the Board of Tasmanian Skills Institute, the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation and is President of the Fahan School Alumni. She was a finalist for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year award 2006, and is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Kathryn was a founding Board member of Tasmanian Leaders and is delighted to remain involved as a Leadership Champion. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is the Director and Media Consultant at M&M Communications (previously CPR Communucations), a national media and public relations firm working with Tasmanian and national corporate entities providing media and issues management, communcations strategies, government relations, stakeholder consultation, event management, media training and facilitation. He was the media advisor to the Bacon Labor Government (Tasmania, 1998-2004). He has also worked as a journalist/presenter at TasTV & WIN Television, and as a journalist at The Examiner newspaper. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Albert van Zetten

Albert van Zetten is in his third term as Mayor of Launceston, after being elected as an Alderman in 2005,then as Mayor in October 2007, October 2009 and October 2010. His passion is to assist disadvantaged people within the community and through his varied roles at the City Mission since joining their Management Committee in the early 1980s, he has been able to significantly increase the services that assist vulnerable and less advantaged members within our community. Albert has been a key contributor on a range of Local Government policy committees including Ben Lomond Water Authority, Launceston Flood Authority, Northern Tasmania Cricket Association Ground Management Committee, Northern Tasmania Development Local Government Committee and David Chaplain Memorial Trust. He is committed and contributes to the community through other external committees and has served on the Board of Directors for Launceston Christian Broadcasters Inc and the Children’s Playhouse Child Care Centre. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist

Malcolm White

Malcolm White Malcolm is currently A/CEO of TAFE Directors Australia, the peak body for the nation’s 58 public TAFE Institutes. Malcolm’s public sector experience includes appointments as Chief Executive Officer of TAFE Tasmania and later the Tasmanian Skills Institute. Earlier in his career Malcolm worked as a Specialist Engineer with Hamersley Iron in the Pilbara and local manger with Optus Communications in Tasmania. Malcolm also co-founded Professional Computer Maintenance in 1988, growing to be one of the largest independent IT support organisations in Tasmania. Governance roles have included President of the Tasmanian Aero Club, Chair of Launceston Institute of TAFE Advisory Council, Executive Director of TAFE Tasmania and Board member of TAFE Directors Australia. Current roles include Chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania and director of RFDS Australia. Malcolm holds a Cert Comm Eng (RMIT), a Grad Dip Management (Deakin), an MBA (University of Tasmania) and an Air Transport Pilots Licence. Tasmanian Leaders involvement: mentor, guest speaker/panellist