2011 has once again been an incredibly successful year for Tasmanian Leaders. Our current participants, who graduate on February 17, had the remarkable opportunity to hear from over 100 experts and critical thinkers, while our Alumni continue to have a positive impact in their workplaces and the local community.

I am unable to highlight all of the achievements of our Alumni or the highlights of the year, but as an attempt let me begin by congratulating Craig Perkins (TLP ’08) for being elected Mayor of Meander Valley Council in the recent local government elections.  Craig recently wrote to us to say that “being a participant in the program definitely gave me the confidence to want to stand as a candidate for Mayor in the recent Local Government election, and I believe played a significant role in my success.” 

Please join me in congratulating Nick Haddow (TLP ’11), whose company Bruny Island Cheese recently won the Tamar Valley Dairy Business Enterprise Award at the Community Achievement Awards. Coincidentally on the same night, our General Manager Angela Driver (TLP ’09) was awarded the Northern Young Professional of the Year at the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Meanwhile Wayne Murray-Lee (TLP ’11) and Dion Lester (TLP ’09) become shareholders in pitt&sherry and Volunteering Tasmania, under the direction of State Manager Jill Maxwell (TLP ’11), became an Employer of Choice.

In respect of the 2011 Tasmanian Leaders Program, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the guest speakers who generously donated their time to speak to TLP5. In addition to learning about the challenges and opportunities facing Tasmania, the participants have been challenged, inspired, encouraged to think outside the circle and step beyond their comfort zone. Without the generous support of our facilitators, speakers,  sponsors and employers, our program would not be the genuinely unique life changing experience that it is. I would also like to thank the Alumni Committee and our Leadership Champions for their continued support of the program and organisation.

I look forward to celebrating these, and more, successes at our graduation dinner on February 17 and in the meantime wish you a fabulous and safe Christmas and New Year.

Best wishes
John Perry
On behalf of the TLI Board