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The TNT Board

                           

JAMES MCKEE – CHAIR 

James has a passion for Northern Tasmania and the opportunities for the region and tourism. 

James has held a wide variety of board positions, including in not-for profit organisations and private companies across a range of sectors. He is currently the Chairman of the Launceston Airport Community Aviation Consultative Group, a director of both St Giles and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania.

In his roles as a director James has a particular interest in organisational leadership, strategy and community engagement. He is a graduate of the Murray Darling Basin Leadership Program, and has been part of community development processes in the USA and India. He has a particular interest in seeing sustainable development principles used as a foundation for future innovation opportunities for the region.


 

TONY CHAPMAN – BOARD DIRECTOR - TREASURER

Tony is a business advisor specialising in strategy, business growth & development, leadership, and workplace culture. He is a partner in the consulting firm Sara Redman & Associates based in Launceston, and providing advice and consulting services to some of Australia's leading companies. Drawing on a diverse background in the strategic management and development of organisations, Tony has worked extensively with tourism businesses in the areas of strategy, systems, people, and the customer experience. He has previously owned and operated a hospitality business in the Tamar Valley, and been a judge in the Tasmanian Tourism Awards.

 

In addition to holding a number of company directorships, Tony is an active member of CPA Australia, the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds qualifications in management, strategy, business administration, marketing, governance, and accounting.

 

Tony is passionate about working with people and businesses to create opportunities, growth, and the realisation of potential.

 

TIM HOLDER - BOARD DIRECTOR            

Tim is the Executive General Manager of Tasmanian Broadcasters who operate 10 major commercial radio licences throughout Tasmania, employing about 150 people.  Tim sits on several boards including City Mission and NRM North and is on the NRM State Council, responsible for advising the Minister.  

Tim co-owns a nationally focused and rapidly growing audio production house Abes Audio, a "cloud based" business with a national and growing international customer base.  Tim's board strengths include strong governance, finance, strategy and media engagement and marketing, both on and off line.  Educated at Launceston Grammar School, Tim returned to Tasmania after spending 12 years on the mainland.

Tim believes in a strong and prosperous future for Tasmania and the necessity for tourism to be a vibrant economic driver.


 

RICK MARTON - BOARD DIRECTOR 

Rick Marton brings to the TNT board a world of experience in brand and reputation management with specialties in people engagement. As a brand and culture architect, he leads a dynamic team of fresh thinkers at Effective Naturally –a strategic marketing company designed to build brands people rave about.

His experience covers all industries and counts SME's as clients through to some of Australia's best known brands.  Despite working abroad so often, he still feels the pride of landing back home in Launceston seeing an opportunity for our region to create a leisure and business tourism experience that is unique and talk worthy.


 

ADRIAN WOOD - BOARD DIRECTOR

Adrian Wood has retired following a career in international relations and international business development in various public and private sector organisations in Australia and New Zealand, including NSW Trade & Investment, NSW Business Chamber and Trade NZ. His roles focused on investment attraction and the development of trade in goods and services, including tourism and international education. 


Adrian has lived in Launceston for 4 years and before that he was a regular visitor for over 30 years – having married a Tasmanian from the Tamar Valley.  Since moving to Launceston he has become active in a number of cultural, community and economic development organisations. Adrian is currently Secretary of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston and is a presenter on community radio – City Park Radio.



  GINA WOODWARD - BOARD DIRECTOR 

Gina is a passionate marketing and communications professional with a strong background in regional tourism. She has sat on the Board of Alpine Regional Tourism (Victoria) and currently sits on the board of WITIA (Women in Tourism International Alliance) as the Director of Global Communications. Since leaving the Victorian ski resorts in 2014, where she was the Head of Marketing and Sales for Hotham and Falls Creek, Gina has been operating her own communications and marketing consultancy with a range of project clients in Australia and overseas. A key focus is the effective utilisation of social media platforms as part of the communication channel mix.

Her enthusiasm for working with Northern Tasmania stems from similar destination marketing work across the tourism pillars of cycling, nature, food and wine. Her interest is in effective communications throughout the customer experience and in stakeholder engagement to achieve favourable outcomes for the region.


  LIZ FRANKHAM - BOARD DIRECTOR

Liz has interests in the Arts, food and wine, tourism and economic development. Her Tasmanian career path covers working with an American couple to establish and run a heath retreat on Flinders Island, Northern Tasmanian Development (NTD), in the area of Economic Development, and General Manager of The Quamby Estate, (an 11-room luxury homestead, 130-seat restaurant and 9-hole golf course). During 2015/16, Liz worked with the Flinders Council to help drive population growth and to value add local commodities, she continues this work as a member of the Flinders Island Tourism and Business Association.

She has extensive experience in project management, tourism, and the arts, and as a consultant has worked with, The Glover Prize, The University of Tasmania, The Quamby Estate, MONA, Wine Tasmania, TasTAFE Drysdale, and the Junctions Arts Festival; in 2016, she became Chair and President.  Liz knows the value of working collaboratively and believes Tasmania has an enormous capacity to develop and innovate.  

From  2010 to 2016,  Liz worked with Dr Andrew Pirie on his new single origin sparkling vineyard Apogee Tasmania, helping to build the business and taking Apogee to market. In 2015 Liz joined the organising committee to help deliver Effervescence Tasmania, a celebration of the leading sparkling wines in the state which is held each November.

Liz has a Bachelor of Education and will complete her Masters of Business (Innovation, Regional Development and Entrepreneurship) at Utas in 2017.

  SARAH LEBSKI - BOARD DIRECTOR

Sarah is an acknowledged leader in the Tasmanian tourism industry. She has twenty-five years experience working on a vast range of Tasmanian tourism projects; providing industry-related advice to Government, business and private sector; and she owned and operated a successful accommodation business for 6 years. She is known for her high-level consultancy work, including strategic planning for regional destinations.

Sarah has held a range of Board/ Committee positions. She is currently involved with the Tamar Valley Writers’ Festival and the palawa Enterprises Trust Board, developing the wukalina Cultural Walk in Tasmania’s beautiful North East. She represented Tourism Industry Council Tasmania on the Tasmanian Heritage Council for four years to 2015. Sarah also served as Chair of Judges, Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2007 - 2010, and remains involved as a submission writer and mentor for clients across a number of Australian states.

She was deeply honoured to receive the Tasmanian Tourism Award’s, Outstanding Contribution by an Individual (2013), which acknowledges ‘the extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution by an individual over many years to the Australian, and particularly the Tasmanian tourism industry’.

Sarah and her family have enjoyed living in the magnificent West Tamar area for over 30 years. She is passionate about gardening, sustainable living and her island home!


  JENNY EDIS - BOARD DIRECTOR 

Jenny is the Co founder and President ( 2012- 2014) and ongoing Committee Member of Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market.  Winner of the National Award for 2013 ABC Delicious Outstanding Farmers’ Market.

 

A member of the 2009 Tasmanian Leaders Programme Pty Ltd she was awarded the Inaugural 2013 Tasmanian Leaders Community Achievement Award in 2013.

Her academic qualifications and experience are in Community Development, Travel and Tourism, Events, and Town Planning. She is currently a member of the Tasmanian Leaders Executive Leadership group.

After initially studying travel and tourism in Melbourne she spent 4 years living in Tokyo. She studied Intensive Japanese language at Nichibei Gakuin- Japan’s premier language school.  Jenny was the International Student Support Manager and North Asia Marketing Manager at Swinburne University of Technology, during which time she worked extensively in Singapore, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Her move 9 years ago to Tasmania from New Zealand has culminated all her passions of community, tourism, food, farming, education, outdoor activities and the service industry.

She is a mother of 4 young children and has a hobby farm in the beautiful Tamar Valley.



  CHRIS COLLEY - BOARD ADVISOR

Chris joined the Board in March 2015, representing the Parks and Wildlife Service as their Regional Manager, North.