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Nick Haddow – Chairperson

Nick Haddow – Chairperson

Nick is the founder and Managing Director of the Bruny Island Cheese Co., the Glen Huon Dairy Co. and the Bruny Island Beer Co.  The Bruny Island Cheese Co. was the first Tasmanian business to be awarded the Telstra Australian Business of the Year (in 2013).

Nick has an established media profile developed through his role as co-presenter of the SBS series the Gourmet Farmer.  He has also co-authored several books. His most recent book, Milk.Made, has been published internationally and was awarded the James Beard Award in 2017.

Nick was on the Board of the Brand Tasmania Council Inc. for 7 years.

Jenny Gale – Board Member (Ex Officio Member)

Jenny Gale – Board Member (Ex Officio Member)

Jenny’s distinguished career evolved from her commitment to equity: to ensure every single Tasmanian has the best possible education, irrespective of their circumstances and particularly their gender.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Education, Jenny first taught mathematics at Queechy High School. She went on to teach and hold leadership positions in the north of the State, becoming Principal of Smithton Primary School in 1998.

Jenny was appointed Director of the Office for Educational Review in 2000, and subsequent leadership positions included General Manager of Learning Services South East, General Manager Strategic Policy and Performance, and Acting Secretary of the Department of Education.

In 2016 Jenny was the first woman to be appointed substantively as Secretary, Department of Education. In this role, Jenny initiated the public sector’s Women Supporting Women group, which supports women’s leadership aspirations and is also now working with non-government and local government leaders to broaden networking opportunities for Tasmanian women.

In 2017, Jenny was appointed Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Head of the State Service, positions that enable her to make a significant contribution to policy development and implementation that will impact our State for future decades.

Brett Torossi – Board Member (Tourism Tasmania nominee)

Brett Torossi – Board Member (Tourism Tasmania nominee)

Brett loves the process of creation – of building things, whether it is beautiful buildings, successful businesses or dynamic, well-functioning boards. It's always about enlightened and real transformation.

Brett is a renowned developer and accomplished business woman. She has developed many award-winning and innovative developments in the residential, commercial and tourism sectors. It is her passion and motivated focus to simultaneously create commercial, social and environmental value that make her projects grounded, distinctive and leading-edge.

Brett brings more than 25 years of governance, advocacy and strategic experience to the wider community through her portfolio of board positions across business, culture, heritage, brand and the tourism sectors. Her current board positions include Chair, Tasmanian Heritage Council; Board member, Tasmanian Development Board; Board member, Tourism Tasmania; Chair, Tourism Tasmania, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; Trustee, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG); Member, TMAG Audit and Risk Committee; Member, Premier’s Visitor Economy Advisory Council; Vice President, International Women's Forum Australia.

Jessica Richmond – Board Member

Jessica Richmond – Board Member

Jessica is the Commercial Manager at Grange Resources, an ASX listed mining company headquartered in Burnie. Jessica has a strong legal background in the energy and resources sector. Through her role with Grange, Jessica has seen first-hand the importance of Tasmania’s reputation in international markets and the need to develop innovative strategies for managing and promoting our brand.

Kim Clifford – Board Member

Kim Clifford – Board Member

Kim is the Managing Director of Incat Marketing, and a Director of Incat, one of Tasmania’s most innovative and well-recognised businesses. As Managing Director of Marketing, Kim oversees the marketing and promotion of the Incat product, organisation and personnel.  She is a skilled marketing executive, with particular strengths in international customer relations, public diplomacy and intricate business transactions across Europe, the Americas, Indonesia, China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Kim is an experienced company director of a dynamic and innovative international company.  She has a diverse commercial business background and her expertise covers operational maters, as well as strategic long term planning. Kim is the Honorary Consul for Japan in Tasmania.

Kym Goodes – Board Member

Kym Goodes – Board Member

Kym is the CEO of TasCOSS, a position she has held since 2015.  Kym has worked across a range of government, private and community sector roles. Kym has extensive experience in strategy, planning and stakeholder relationships/management, and her work is highly regarded across Tasmania. Kym was recently recognised in Tasmania’s top ten influential leaders by an annual report published by the Mercury newspaper.

Kym has extensive networks across Tasmanian and national organisations due to the diversity of her consulting work and current role. TasCOSS works closely and collaboratively with ACOSS and the national member organisations on a range of shared issues.

Leigh Carmichael – Board Member

Leigh Carmichael – Board Member

Leigh is the Creative Director of Dark Mofo and DarkLab. For the past 14 years he has worked with David Walsh to develop and implement the Mona Brand.

Leigh is a Board Member on the Australian Council for the Arts and he has sat on Tasmanian Government Arts Advisory committees.

Michael Cooper – Board Member

Michael Cooper – Board Member

Michael is the former Chief Executive Officer of Juicy Isle Fruit Juices Pty Ltd. He has extensive experience in beverage manufacturing, along with third party distribution, exports and industry development. Michael is currently the Managing Director of Willar Pty Ltd, a private investment company.

Philippa Dawson – Board Member

Philippa Dawson – Board Member

Philippa is a very experienced senior executive with an outstanding international track record of leading teams to address complex challenges, requiring careful stakeholder management. She has held numerous executive roles within the Australian public sector and diplomatic service.

Before establishing herself as an independent consultant, she was Chief Operating Officer and Head of Trade in the Federal Government at Australia's trade and investment agency, Austrade. She was head of Community Engagement in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and held senior roles within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She has lived and worked overseas, including in USA, Barbados, Italy and Canada.

On returning to Tasmania, Philippa was the inaugural CEO of Fermentasmania, an industry-led, not-for-profit industry cluster established to accelerate innovation, growth and collaboration for fermentation-based enterprises.

Philippa has board and executive coaching experience and consults to a range of multinational and Australian SMEs, leading not-for-profit organisations, and selected government agencies.  Recent and current clients include CSIRO; New Zealand, New South Wales and ACT Governments; the Department of Home Affairs; and non-Executive Director roles with the Australian Services Roundtable and the Global Trade Professionals Alliance.

Robert Atkinson – Board Member

Robert Atkinson – Board Member

Robert is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Robert has over 20 years experience in higher education and recruitment and joined UTAS in 2017 from a senior leadership position with a London-based higher education provider.

In his role at UTAS Robert has successfully developed and implemented new marketing and recruitment strategies and concepts, leveraging the unique positioning of Tasmania and the University as a destination for high quality education.

Sheralee Davies – Board Member

Sheralee Davies – Board Member

Sheralee is the Chief Executive of Wine Tasmania, which is responsible for promoting and protecting the unique and differentiated Tasmanian wine brand and building the reputation of Tasmanian wine around the world.

Sheralee’s professional background has been predominantly in the wine sector, and has encompassed communications, public and media relations, strategic planning, marketing, events, membership, sponsorship, board and committee management. This professional experience has included global and national roles and responsibilities, which has contributed to Sheralee’s perspective of and confidence in Tasmania’s unique offering.

Sheralee is a strong supporter of uniting Tasmanian businesses and the community under a single brand, as a means to realise the island's potential and future success for all Tasmanians.