Bec Thomas was elected as a Glenorchy City Council Alderman in January 2018 and stepped into the role of Deputy Mayor in January 2020. Bec graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Sociology and First Class Honours in Sociology in 2007. Bec has worked as a public servant at Sport and Recreation Tasmania, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Health. In August 2019, Bec became an Adviser to the Hon. Sue Hickey MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Member for Clark. Bec is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and qualified personal trainer. She founded Rising Kind in March 2019, as a way to promote positive mental and physical health and kindness and to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training.
Bec Chair of council’s Healthy Communities Advisory Committee and a member of the Glenorchy Planning Authority and General Manager’s Performance Review Committee.
David is the Chief Operations Officer for UPC Renewables Australia. UPC Renewables Australia is focused on the development, construction and operation of large scale wind and solar PV projects in Australia.
David has been involved with the renewable energy sector for more than 25 years in development, design, construction, operations and asset management of renewable energy projects and remote area power systems.
Prior to joining UPC David has held key roles in the renewables industry most recently as the Technical Director for Renewables at SKM/Jacobs and prior to this as General Manager Construction for Roaring 40s responsible for Roaring 40s construction activities in China, India and Australia.
David holds a Bachelor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the University of Tasmania and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers.
Mary Massina is an experienced business lobbyist, carving out a unique career across the political, public, private and community sectors.
With a deep understanding of state and federal politics, and a rare ability to develop and deliver practical policy, Mary has driven reforms which have helped lead the nation.
Mary has spearheaded some of Tasmania’s most successful campaigns – driving reform in planning, taxation, health, disability care and infrastructure funding.
Mary has developed and implemented ground-breaking policies, has successfully managed change within large and small teams and has provided strategic advice to governments and politicians – gaining her the respect of her colleagues at both the local and national levels.
A powerful public speaker and widely-respected media commentator, Mary sits on many boards and taskgroups. A committed relationship builder, Mary has a rare ability to combine policy and politics to deliver measurable results.
Mary was appointed interim CEO of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation in January 2017, and made permanent in July that same year.
Danny Gibson is the Deputy Mayor of Launceston and was first elected to Council in 2011. Having enjoyed a professional career in Northern Tasmania's education and media sectors, Danny is proud to have been teaching Drama to the youth of Launceston, for almost 20 years.
Danny is an active contributor to many organisations that make up the fabric of Launceston. He believes in the role that community development plays in shaping our city. As the Chair of Council's Events Committee for 10 years, Councillor Gibson championed the development of an Events Strategy - a focus that continues to provide innumerable rewards to Launceston. His advocacy saw the City recently launch its inaugural Cultural Strategy - something he is very proud of.
Danny sees a bright future for Launceston - night time activation, inner-city living, enhanced manoeuvrability and activation and more regard for our diverse residents - all areas of focus.
Today - he is thrilled to share The City Heart project, on behalf of the City of Launceston, which he says is bringing (more) life to lovely Launceston.
Caroline is currently the Executive General Manager, Commercial at Hydro Tasmania. She has responsibility for wholesale electricity and gas, climate and environment, C&I sales and Emerging Technologies.
Caroline has over 20 years’ experience across the Australian energy market, with experience in wholesale markets and risk, start-up companies, renewable technology and product development.
She is passionate about renewable energy, cultural change and portfolio optimisation.
Stephen is the COO at TasPorts. As one of the company's most senior executives, Stephen provides executive leadership for the entire terminals and logistics portfolio. This includes infrastructure, operations, property, supply chain and marine operations.
His team ensures optimal asset lifecycle management, all aspects of project delivery and commercial returns from key infrastructure.
Stephen is committed to ensuring TasPorts delivers upon its vision to proudly connect people, products and solutions for the benefit of all Tasmanians.
Michael (Mike) Brewster is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of TasWater, the state-wide water and sewerage provider in Tasmania.
Over the course of the last four and half years, TasWater has been on an extraordinary journey involving the merging of four corporations into one while addressing a range of challenges including scale and density disadvantages that are disproportionate to any other major urban water business in the country, aging non-compliant assets, significant public health and safety risks, rising operating costs as a result of compliance improvements and the building of an accelerated capital delivery program.
Despite these challenges, since formation TasWater has:
Mr Brewster has previously held executive roles in the Department of Treasury and Finance as CEO of the Tasmanian Electricity Supply Industry - Business Transition Group, Chief Operations Officer - Energy at Aurora Energy, CEO at AETV Power, General Manager (Consulting) at Hydro Tasmania and Joint Managing Director of SEMF Holdings Pty Ltd.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, a past President of the Tasmanian Division of the Engineers Australia and a former Tasmanian Planning Commissioner. He holds a Masters of Technology in Project Management, a Bachelor of Technology (Electronics and Computing), and has undertaken The Executive Program at Darden Business School, University of Virginia.
John is chief executive officer of Tourism Tasmania, joining the organisation in January 2013. Since that time, John has led a team that has contributed to Tasmania becoming a leading destination brand in Australia and beyond. Under John’s leadership, Tasmania has continued to evolve its brand and positioning in the domestic and international marketplace to become a highly desirable travel destination. Tasmania has enjoyed strong growth in visitation and visitor value, exceeding visitor expenditure targets ahead of expectation. John is leading the next phase of Tasmania’s visitor economy evolution with a focus on driving yield, visitor dispersal and sustainability. Prior to joining Tourism Tasmania, John has had an extensive career in senior executive positions in the tourism sector in Australia, over 20 years, following a decade in the thoroughbred racing industry. Previous to his appointment at Tourism Tasmania, John was CEO at Tourism NT following senior appointments in his native Queensland. John’s contribution in the sector has extended to numerous board memberships and directorships including currently as chair of the T21 Steering Committee, overseeing Tasmania’s visitor economy strategy implementation and also as a director of Business Events Tasmania. John is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Craig has worked in local government (6 years) and regional development (15 years), including the last 13 years as CEO and Director of Regional Development for the Regional Development Australia Tasmania Committee. Over this 21 year period, Craig has worked with communities to support their strategic development, economic growth and improving social capacity.
Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and International Business), Master of Business Management, is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, and has also been awarded a Diploma for successfully completing the AICD Company Directors course.
Craig was an elected member with the Meander Valley Council for 9 years, including the last 7 as mayor, having stepped down in October 2018.
Craig has strong networks across Tasmania and a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges that community’s face. He is a board member of the Crimestoppers Tasmania and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston and is an active Hockey player.
Heading up TasNetworks’ Project Marinus developing a second Bass Strait electricity interconnector, ‘Marinus Link’. Further interconnection can harness Tasmanian and Victorian potential to deliver clean, affordable, reliable and secure power into Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM). Project Marinus is currently in the Design and Approvals stage working towards a ‘shovel ready’ Marinus Link by 2024.
Andrew Kneebone (Chief Executive Officer) was appointed CEO of Tasmanian Irrigation in May 2019 after six months as Acting CEO and 11 months as General Manager Water Delivery and Infrastructure.
He has more than 20 years of senior and executive management experience in the irrigation, urban water and electricity utility sectors spanning four states and territories.
Recent positions include CEO of Cradle Mountain Water and General Manager Commercial and Strategy of Territory Generation in Darwin.
Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Queensland and has extensive experience in finance, economic regulation, operational management, organisation development, leadership and change management.
Emily was born and raised on Tasmania’s north-west coast and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Tasmania.
Emily is a Director in PwC’s Government Incentives Practice and works with organisations, ranging from SMEs to listed entities, NFPs and local government to advise on new investment decisions including accessing government incentives (grants and large-scale concessional loans). Emily has experience with a range of infrastructure projects across energy, mining, agri-business, transport/rail/ports and advanced manufacturing across Australia.
Prior to this role, Emily had a career in the Federal Public Service including working in the office of the Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation at Parliament House and roles in the Federal Department of Industry working on policies in support of the automotive industry and also in Department of Defence, working on policy around Australia’s military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Robert Mallett is currently the CEO of the Tasmanian Small Business Council (Tasmania's peak small business advocacy body), CEO of Hair & Beauty Tasmania (Tasmania's state-wide industry association specifically supporting the hair & beauty sector) and CEO of the National Independent Retailers Association.
His passion for the small business sector has spanned several decades as both a small business owner and a fierce advocate for small business owners both in Tasmania and throughout the nation.
Robert is a past Chair of COSBOA (the national small business peak organisation) and has held several positions on Small Business Ministerial advisory groups.
Peter is the Director City Innovation at City of Hobart, Tasmania.
His portfolio covers strategy to execution responsibility for Hobart’s Smart City, Climate Change, Lighting, Energy, Parking and Security programs as well as operational management of the City’s technology, data and information assets and functions.
Peter is the current Chair of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors Committee for Innovation and Connectivity, Chair of the Greater Hobart City Deal Smart Cities Working Group, Chair of City of Hobart’s Major Projects Committee, and a member of the Tasmanian Tourism and Information Centre board.
Prior to joining the City of Hobart in 2018 Peter enjoyed a rewarding career in the technology and media industries as an editor, business advisor, technology researcher, media producer and operational manager incorporating over 20-years as an international tech analyst with both US and Asia Pacific firms including Gartner (Meta Group), Forrester, and Longhaus.
Rufus Black is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Tasmania. Previously, he was Master of Melbourne University’s Ormond College and an Enterprise Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing and a Principal Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.
Rufus’ private sector experience includes nine years as a partner at McKinsey and Company, serving clients in Australia and Asia, and as a Director for national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. His educational and social sector experience includes being the President of Museums Victoria, the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University, the founding Chair of the Board of the Teach for Australia Board, a Director of the New York based Teach for All and a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. He has worked extensively for government at Federal and State levels. He was a Board Member of Innovation Science Australia, conducted the Black Review into the Department of Defence and the Prime Minister’s Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community and was the Strategic Advisor to the Secretary of Education in Victoria. Rufus holds degrees in law, politics, economics, ethics and theology from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Dr John Whittington is the CEO of Blue Economy CRC-Co Ltd.
John joins us from the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment where he has been the Secretary (Chief Executive-equivalent) for more than five years. As the leader of that agency he has been responsible for a regionally dispersed workforce of approximately 1400 people with an annual expenditure in excess of $250 million, and management of $1.6 billion in assets.
John has led the sustainable planning and management of Tasmania’s wild fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture, animal welfare and biosecurity. He has also been the Director of Parks and Wildlife and the Director General of Lands, responsible for the conservation and management of Tasmania’s 3.2 million ha reserve estate.
John has a PhD in algal physiology from the University of Adelaide and has postdoctoral experience at universities in Australia and the USA, and with the CRC for Freshwater Ecology. He Has previously Chaired the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Advisory Board and was a Director of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and through his career has led major research, development and extension programs and portfolios in fisheries, animal and plant health, and conservation science.
Mary is a Technical Executive in WSP’s Transport Advisory and Planning business, with over 20 years’ experience in successfully delivering a wide range of transport infrastructure and service programs in Australia and internationally. With dual qualifications in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, she is a chartered Fellow of Engineers Australia and has expertise in place making, network management planning and strategic program assessment. She is currently delivering projects to support the Hobart Transport Vision.
Connected to both the private and public sector, Mary is cognisant of current policies and future-ready strategies in the urban environment and transport industry. She has written policy, strategy and research papers, and presents widely at conferences and industry events throughout Australia and internationally on city shaping and mobility themes.
Phil is Managing Director of engineering and project management consultancy Sugden & Gee and is a Director of innovation development company Ducane Pty Ltd. His broad experience includes engineering, business development, marketing and business management. He has advised state and local governments on infrastructure asset management. Phil was recently Tasmanian Division President and on the National Congress of Engineers Australia, is a past State President and National Board member of the Public Works Engineering Institute of Australasia and is the current Chairman of the Public Works Engineering Foundation of Tasmania. He is currently on the Minister for Education, and Training’s Tasmanian Energy and Infrastructure Workforce Advisory Committee. Phil’s passion is to find time to go surfing.
Lyndon is a leader in the field of remote and regional infrastructure development and deployment, policy and financing.
A chartered electrical engineer, Lyndon’s experience includes seven years in heavy industry and automotive manufacturing as a production manager, design engineer and project manager, and over a decade in the energy sector, with a focus on renewables. He has led advisory, engineering design and project delivery activities for clients across Australia, South-Asia, the Pacific and in Africa and provided critical input and leadership into some of the largest public and privately financed renewable energy projects and programs in Australia.
Lyndon is currently overseeing the construction of over $700 million of renewable construction projects including the $280 million Granville Harbour Wind Farm on Tasmania's remote West Coast.
Ben’s wealth of experience managing large scale infrastructure projects across the country has led him to his current role in delivering the single biggest transport infrastructure project in the state’s history.
An engineer by trade, Ben started his career in Western Australia before relocating to Tasmania more than a decade ago. He has gained in-depth exposure to delivery of a wide range of major infrastructure projects, including roads and bridges, marinas and coastal protection works and building construction.
Prior to his current role, Ben spent five years as Project Director for the $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment, leading the team from the design development phase through to the completion of construction.
With experience in managing infrastructure projects from the planning stages right through until completion, Ben brings a unique set of skills to his current role as Project Director for the New Bridgewater Bridge Project, leading a small team to deliver a once-in-a-generation project for the State.
Emma Riley, is the Director of ERA Planning and Environment, a Tasmanian based consultancy providing services across a broad range of planning, environmental and community engagement projects. She provide strategic oversight direction and oversees all of ERA’s planning, environmental and stakeholder engagement projects. Emma continues to grow ERA as one of the leading professional services firms in Tasmania’s planning and environmental sectors.
With over 20 years’ experience as a professional planner, Emma also continues to practise as a planner. She is a registered planner and a fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. Emma manages a wide range of planning projects from master plans and structure plans through to large-scale development applications, including for major infrastructure projects. She also regularly appears as an expert witness before the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal and the Tasmanian Planning Commission.
Karin has an extensive background in the building and construction industry, and expertise in organisational strategy, management, research and education. Karin joined the Keystone Tasmania Board as a director in 2016, and was subsequently appointed CEO in 2019. She commenced her working life as a trades assistant to a boilermaker on major Victorian commercial projects, going on to work across a range of industries as an advocate, small civil and residential construction business owner, HR/IR consultant, board director, school a/principal and university lecturer in Management. Karin holds a PhD in Organisational Sociology, Master of Education and Master of Commerce degrees. She is a registered teacher in Tasmania and maintains an active link to the construction sector today as co-owner of an architectural residential business in Hobart.
Karin has a strong ability to develop and operationalise strategy, improve systems and processes, and inspire whole-of-organisation cultural change. She is passionate about building capacity across the construction industry and is working with Keystone Tasmania’s wonderful team of staff to renew and reposition the organisation to deliver the best possible workforce development outcomes for Tasmanian industry and the broader community.
Joe has taken on the CEO role after being a successful project manager with an outstanding track record of managing and delivering major projects and innovative business solutions. He is highly motivated with a proven ability to develop people and teams to achieve great outcomes. Experienced in converting every opportunity into success and of driving profit and growth. Well networked and highly successful in implementing business process improvements, defining company direction, achieving goals, change and optimising business procedures.
Cedric Hodges has led the national Deloitte Access Economics' computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling team for five years delivering over 300 projects, including many on the proposed delivery of major infrastructure projects. He has over a decade of experience in economic modelling and policy, having built a stylised CGE model with endogenous technical change as part of his 2009 honours thesis before working in the Commonwealth Treasury's modelling team for over five years. As part of the Commonwealth Treasury team, he helped develop their in-house CGE model and delivered the modelling behind government climate change policy (a carbon price). He has co-authored conference papers and presented at academic conferences on the topic of regional economic impact modelling. In addition to his work with Deloitte and the Treasury, Cedric is currently completing his PhD at ANU, analysing the potential impacts of a global and national transition to net-zero on Australia's thermal coal industry and the regions where it is concentrated.
Kevin has been involved in the Bridgewater Bridge project since the early planning stages and has held a critical role in the current scoping and development phase of the project since mid-2019.
Kevin started his career in Brisbane, working with a leading design consultant on major projects such as the South East Busway project. After relocating to Tasmania in 2007, he later joined the Department of State Growth in 2016, where he has expanded his in-depth exposure to a wide range of transport infrastructure projects.
He brings a wealth of experience in infrastructure projects across the country, including major water and transport infrastructure development and delivery, using a variety of project delivery methods. This has led him to his current role supporting the delivery of the single biggest transport infrastructure project in Tasmania’s history.
Ian Penman, Alliance Program Manager, heads up the Capital Delivery Office that supports the delivery of TasWater’s 10-year, $1.8 billion-dollar plan to upgrade and build water and sewerage infrastructure across Tasmania. Ian commenced in this role in March 2020.
Ian brought with him extensive experience gained directing the delivery of capital programs through multi-disciplinary engineering design, construction and project management teams across a wide range of complex infrastructure sectors.
In Ian’s previous role as Project Director at Skanska UK, he held responsibility for development of their Water Sector Strategy and Business Plan. He played a key delivery role as part of the eight2O Alliance with Thames Water. The largest in the United Kingdom Water sector, this Alliance carried out £1.75BN of capital investment work between 2015 and 2020 servicing London households and businesses. His previous experience in the Water sector includes transforming the delivery performance of Veolia Water UK’s capital program which resulted in increasing projects delivered on time and budget from 45% to 90% in two years.
Ian demonstrates an excellent record of winning and delivering mutually beneficial long-term relationships. He is recognised for directing the delivery of total business solutions rather than merely managing engineering services in the Infrastructure and Process sectors. His experience has been gained across the Water, Waste, Energy, Civil Engineering, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Speciality Chemical sectors.
Ian’s education includes an MBA, Diploma in Marketing, and BSc with Honors in Engineering Science (Chemical) and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
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