Ms Ginna Webster – Chair and Public Officer

Ginna was recently appointed the Deputy Secretary – Children and Youth Services in the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this appointment she was the Deputy Secretary – Administration of Justice, Department of Justice.  The Department provides services to maintain and promote rights and responsibilities, resolve disputes, and contribute to the aim of achieving a safer and more inclusive society to benefit the Tasmanian community as a whole. Previously, as Director of Community Corrections, Ginna was responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation in working with offenders to reduce re-offending and contribute to a safer Tasmania.  From 2003 – 2006 Ginna managed the transition from the old Risdon Prison to the new Risdon Prison Complex. Ginna worked for the Australian Customs Service from 1984 – 2002 in Hobart, Darwin, Sydney and Canberra. She worked for many years as a Detector Dog Handler before being appointed Inspector of the NSW Dog Unit, the largest unit in Australia. Just prior to leaving Customs Ginna was responsible for the Drug Detection Technology Training Unit, based in Canberra. During her time in Customs Ginna travelled to Fiji, New Zealand, Canada, USA and China in her capacity as both a trainer and a practitioner. Ginna is the inaugural Chair of the newly merged Liviende Veranto, an organisation that supports people living with a disability.  Ginna is a graduate of the 2008 Tasmanian Leaders Program and is a past Chair of the Alumni.

Ms Gillian Biscoe – Board Member

Gillian works with Brian Lewis co-designing and co-facilitating the TLP Residentials. Gillian is Executive Director of the Bellettes Bay Company Pty Ltd, is on the Tasmanian Government’s Honour Roll of Women, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the University of New South Wales, and the University of California in San Francisco at undergraduate and masters levels. Gillian has held several heads of government departments and other chief executive positions. She now consults locally, nationally, regionally and globally on a range of policy, strategy, governance, leadership, management and organisational issues. In 2010 Gillian was awarded the Sidney Sax medal for her outstanding contribution to Australia’s health sector.

 Bess Clark

Bess Clark  – Board Member

Bess is presently General Manager, Strategy and Stakeholder Relations at TasNetworks­ – Tasmania’s combined electricity transmission, distribution and telecommunications network business, delivering power to Tasmanian customers and the national electricity market.  Previously Bess had a range of roles at Transend, Tasmania’s former transmission business.  Bess started her professional career at Sydney Water, where she worked in a diverse range of areas including Urban and Regional Planning, the 2000 Olympics, and on secondment to the Office of the Minister for Planning.

Bess holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is an active member of many professional associations and the Rotary Club of Hobart.  Bess is also part of a tight knit partnership with the important role of raising two high spirited children.

 Kim Evans

Mr Kim Evans – Board Member

Kim Evans was appointed Secretary of the Department of State Growth in September 2014. Since April of that year, Kim had responsibility for establishing the new Department, which includes the functions of the former Departments of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources and Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts, together with Skills Tasmania. Kim has been a Head of Agency in Tasmania for nearly twenty years, and until his current role, held the position of Secretary of the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. He has over 20 years’ experience in the management of Tasmania’s primary industries and natural resources. Kim has and currently represents the Government on a number of state and national boards and committees including the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies. He is also the Chief Executive and a director of the Tasmanian Development Board and the State Government’s representative on the Board of SALTAS, a company established to assist the development of the Tasmanian salmon and trout industry. Kim is a graduate of the University of Tasmania where he completed his degree and Honours majoring in Science. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 Ruth Forrest

Ruth Forrest – Board Member

Ruth was elected to the Legislative Council in the Parliament of Tasmania as the Independent Member for Murchison in May 2005 and re-elected unopposed in May 2011. She is currently a member of several Parliamentary committees including; Subordinate Legislation (Chair), Public Accounts, Government Administration A (Chair), Estimates and Government Business Scrutiny. She has served on many Select Committees including enquiries into Mental Health, Mining Regulation, Organ Donation, Road Safety. Island Transport and Building Accreditation. Ruth completed her General Nursing training in 1982 and Midwifery in 1984 and has worked as a nurse and midwife since 1982. She has a Master of Midwifery degree. Ruth has been a member of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) since 1989 and the National Association of Childbirth Educators Inc. holding a number of executive positions including Tasmanian Branch President and National Delegate for both organisations. Ruth was awarded Fellowship of the ACM in 2001. She completed the Tasmanian Leaders Program in 2011 and has been the Chair of the Tasmanian Leaders Alumni since 2014.

Greg McCann

Greg McCann – Board Member 

Greg is the Managing Director and principal of the Excentor Group of companies, an independent software and consulting services supplier to the Asia Pacific region for the past 25 years. Greg was previously a partner with Deloitte for 24 years where he held a number of senior leadership roles, including Managing Director for Deloitte Consulting/ICS in Australia, a systems integrator specialising in the implementation of enterprise applications. Greg is also Chairman of ASX listed TPC Consolidated Limited, past Chairman of ASX listed MOKO.mobi Limited, past Chairman of NBN Tasmania Limited and on the Board of the law firm Landers and Rogers. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Mr John Perry – Deputy Chair

In 2014 John was appointed the Tasmanian Coordinator General, whose office is responsible for attracting investment, facilitating major projects and reducing the regulatory burden for business in the State. Before taking on this role, John was based in New York and the Commercial Lead for the Atlantic Joint Business between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair. Prior to New York, John managed Europe Business Planning for American based in London having joined the airline on their fast track leadership program following completion of his MBA at the University of Cambridge in 2009. Before his Masters, John was Head of Innovation and Enterprise for one of London’s largest universities, where he and his team facilitated and developed the University’s commercial activity. Prior to that career transition, he was a senior corporate transactions lawyer with a ‘top-10’ London-headquartered international law firm having earlier been a partner with a large Australasian firm. John co-founded and was the inaugural Chair of Tasmanian Leaders for 8 years before stepping back a little in 2014 and becoming the Deputy-Chair.

Mr Rob Woolley – Treasurer

Rob is Chair of two publicly listed companies. Bellamy’s Australia Ltd, an organic baby food company, and TasFoods Ltd, a recently announced branded food company. Both Companies are based in Launceston, Tasmania. Following a merger with Webster Limited during 2015 Rob retired as the Chair of Tandou Ltd. Tandou was a publicly listed, water investment and agri business based on the Murray Darling river system. His other board role is as Non-Executive Director of Forestry Tasmania, a Tasmanian Government Business Enterprise. Rob’s previous roles include: Founding Chair of Freycinet Coast Financial Services Ltd, a Bendigo Community Bank on the East Coast of Tasmania, Chair of the Tasmanian Forests and Forest Industry Council, Managing Director of Webster’s Ltd a listed agri and horticultural company, and a partner in Deloitte.

Previous Board Members include:

  • Norm McIlfatrick: December 2006 – October 2009
  • Kathryn Thomas: December 2006 – Feb 2010
  • Ian Nelson: July 2008 – June 2011
  • Bob Campbell: December 2006 –February 2012
  • Liz Jack:  January 2009 – July 2012
  • Lou Clark: July 2011 – July 2013
  • David Sadler: May 2012 – July 2014
  • Shona Beswick: February 2014 – November 2014
  • Mark Kelleher: August 2012 – June 2015
  • Michael Sims: August 2014 – July 2015
  • Brian Lewis: December 2006 – December 2015
  • Anthea Pritchard: December 2006 – March 2016
  • Don Thomson: December 2005 – December 2016