Our facilitators and friends are committed to supporting Tasmanian Leaders and volunteer their time and expertise to support our strategic mission to cultivate leadership and connectivity across Tasmania.

Our facilitators work across our programs bringing deep expertise in leadership development, executive coaching and systems change.

Our friends are our regular supporters who continually volunteer to share their experience and expertise with our program participants.


Katy Cooper

Katy is a dedicated and passionate individual who strives to unite people and build a sustainable future for her family and the Tasmanian community. Through her company, DisruptiveCo, she has successfully partnered with renowned Australian brands such as Blundstone, NRMA, and SBS, helping them share their visions and stories of the future. Her commitment to shaping how Tasmanians embrace and overcome future challenges has positioned her as an influential figure in shaping potential narratives for the state.


Angela Driver

Angela has been employed with Tasmanian Leaders since 2011, becoming the CEO in 2021. During this tenure she completed the Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in Boston and successfully completed a Brain Based Coaching certificate with the Neuro Leadership Institute. She established the Junction Arts Festival after completing a Churchill Fellowship into performance events for social change in 2007. In 2011 she was awarded the Northern Young Professional of the Year, through the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

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Dr Polly McGee

Dr Polly McGee is an author, leadership facilitator, therapeutic coach and all-purpose human being with over a decade working in leadership programme design, delivery and culture change for public, university, NFP and private sector roles. One of only 400 people selected globally to be trained by Dr Brené Brown and her Dare to Lead™ certified programme facilitation, Polly delivers trauma informed leadership and therapeutic coaching and has a PhD in Gender Studies exploring gender, narrative and identity and is completing a Masters in Counselling, focussing on trauma.


Steve Willing

Steve is a graduate of the 2009 Tasmanian Leaders Program. A trained facilitator and certified executive coach who has facilitated leadership, personal and organisational development for over 20 years. He has facilitated in complex environments in the primary industries, community, emergency services, government and private sectors. His background includes agricultural extension, outdoor leadership expeditions in USA, NZ and Australia and organisational development for the Tasmania Fire Service.


Bob Campbell

During his career Bob has worked in retail, shopping centre operations, the forest industry, local government and now his own business which specialises in strategic and business planning, communications and change management. In these industries he has gained extensive experience in economic development, data analysis, project management, human resource management, group facilitation, strategy formulation and operational management. Bob has a degree in economics and is both a practitioner and advocate for whole system planning processes.


Lynda Jones

Lynda is an educator who moved to strategic communications and engagement. She is a skilled process designer and facilitator of groups of all sizes. She is also effective in organisational development processes, tools and programs particularly around change management through the Four Rooms of Change construct. She has worked with many groups to bring about common purpose and productivity improvements. In this work, her great love is working on managing the balance of accommodating change while maintaining what matters most to a community.


Ben Pangas

Ben is an accredited counsellor and developmental coach with 20 years’ experience working in international and community development. He has designed and delivered community-based projects in health, mental health and enterprise facilitation and is an accredited practitioner in the use of the Enneagram, Leadership Circle Profile and STAGES International's matrix for adult development assessment and intervention. In 2015 he was awarded the Allen Rowe Scholarship for his work in community development and his coaching service was the recipient of the Innovative Learning Tasmania Award in 2017.

Regular speaker

Rosie Batty AO

Rosie became an outspoken and dynamic crusader against domestic violence, which led her to be named Australian of the Year in January 2015. She was Chair of the first ever Victim Survivor’s Advisory Council for the Victorian Government and has also been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Rosie is a recipient of The Pride of Australia National Courage Medal and received an Honorary Doctorate in 2017 from the University of the Sunshine Coast for her contribution to raising national awareness and action concerning Family Violence. Rosie received an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List.

Regular speaker

Rodney Croome AM

Rodney was the National Director of Australian Marriage Equality and co-authored the first book on the issue published in Australia. Rodney became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003, was named Tasmanian Australian of the Year in 2015 and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tasmania in 2019. Currently, Rodney is President of Equality Tasmania and a board member of the Australian LGBTIQA+ advocacy group, Just.Equal.

Regular speaker

Naomi Edwards

Naomi is a former senior partner of Deloitte where she ran the Australian financial services industry group in Sydney. She currently sits on 6 boards including TAL, Australia’s largest life insurance company. Until late 2022 she was Chair of Spirit Super (formerly Tasplan Super). She is the President of the Actuaries Institute of Australia.

Regular speaker

Dale Elphinstone AO

Dale is the founder and executive chairman of Elphinstone which has been designing, manufacturing and supplying heavy equipment to the mining industry for over 40 years. In 2019, Dale was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business, particularly to the resources and manufacturing sectors, and to the community of Tasmania.

Regular speaker

Simon Tyrrell

Simon is the founder of Unlok, prior to this Simon was the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for the fast growing, publicly listed global software company LiveTiles. A technology expert with over eighteen years of experience, Simon works with some of the biggest brands to transform the way people approach innovation through their digital technology strategies. He currently works with organisations to understand and apply generative AI across a wide variety of use cases.