Parliament of Tasmania
Sarah Courtney was elected to the Parliament of Tasmania in March 2014, representing the seat of Bass. After the 2018 election the Premier appointed Sarah to Cabinet where she serves as Minister for Health and Minister for Women.
Sarah has also served as Minister for Resources, Minister for Building and Construction, Minister for Primary Industries and Water and Minister for Racing.
Prior to her involvement in Parliamentary service, Sarah worked for almost a decade in the finance industry, including with ING Investment Management, JB Were, ABN AMRO and Regal Funds Management.
Sarah’s decision to nominate to represent her community was driven by a strong desire to use her skills to deliver a positive future for all Tasmanians.
In her inaugural speech Sarah said:
“I want to utilise my talents, experience and energy and help Tasmania realise its full potential… My vision for Tasmania is one that capitalises on the opportunity that surrounds us with a government that assists and supports those who innovate and invest… I want Tasmania to be a place that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to be the best they can, always striving for improvement and not settling for mediocrity”.
Sarah is committed to working genuinely and cooperatively with constituents to achieve real and meaningful difference in their lives. Sarah firmly believes that better outcomes can be achieved for the whole community when stakeholders collaborate.
Macquarie Point Development Corporation
Mary Massina was appointed to head up Macquarie Point in January 2017 after a successful stint introducing a single statewide planning scheme in Tasmania – a national first. Prior to this Mary was the Executive Director of the Tasmanian Division of the Property Council of Australia, where she ran a number of successful campaigns around headworks charges, land tax and infrastructure funding.
With a deep understanding of state and federal politics, and an ability to develop and deliver practical policy, Mary work has driven reforms which have lead the nation.
Mary has successfully managed change within large and small teams, has provided strategic advice to governments and politicians, and has gained the personal and professional respect of her colleagues at both the local and national levels for getting things done. A powerful public speaker and widely-respected media commentator, Mary sits on many boards and task groups.
Department of Treasury & Finance Tas
Emsada is an experienced Director Of Technology Services with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Emsada is skilled in Project Governance, Government, Interpersonal Skills, Management, and Contract Management. Emsada is an economics based professional graduated from University of Tasmania.
Tasmania Public Health Service
Nicola trained as a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor in the United Kingdom. Nicola’s most recent roles have been as Group Chief Operating Officer at Hamad Medical Corporation, and National Director for Continuing Care and System Integration within the Ministry of Public Health, Qatar; leading the development of Qatar’s first national strategy to support transitional and ongoing care, system navigation and care coordination processes across the health continuum.
Nicola also has extensive executive operational experience within the United Kingdom National Health Service, across both hospital and community settings.
Nicola has a passion for service improvement, and is experienced in service development and planning, operational management and large scale quality improvement projects. She holds membership of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, the International Society for Quality in Health Care, and holds a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on improvement culture within healthcare organisations. Nicola has been a regular contributor on the international conference circuit on these topics.
In her role as Chief Operating Officer Nicola leads the clinical services redesign and delivery programs; as well as introducing integrated operations centres to manage patient flow and access and improve utilisation of capacity across the state. Nicola is working to identify opportunities and strategies to enhance service delivery and models of care availability throughout the THS.
Brad has more than 25 years’ experience in business leadership, management and strategic development. His career has taken him to Asia and North America, with leadership roles in the technology, consumer goods and infrastructure sectors. Since joining Stornoway as Chief Operating Officer in 2009 Brad has been integral to Stornoway’s successful development from a local civil contractor into a national provider of specialised infrastructure management and maintenance services. In 2014 Brad assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and has been responsible for overall leadership and strategic development of the company since that time. Prior to joining Stornoway Brad held senior roles with IntraPower Limited (ASX:IPX), having managed that organisation to listing on the ASX in July 2007, and Keycorp Ltd. Brad holds an MBA and has graduated from the Executive Development Program at the Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania USA.
Amy is a corporate affairs, communications and strategy professional with over with over 15 years’ experience working in Tasmania and nationally. She started her career in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national cadet program, before becoming the Tasmanian Political Reporter. She then joined the Tasmanian Government for seven years in a range of media advising, crisis management, policy and strategy positions, before being lured back to the ABC to be part of a national project team tasked with establishing the public broadcaster’s first Regional division. Amy worked closely with the Broadcaster’s national Executive, Managing Director and Chair across three years, including a stint as the Acting Head of Government Relations. Just over 18 months ago, she decided to refocus her attention back home and joined Tourism Tasmania. Since then she has worked as Chief Operating Officer and now heads up the Agency’s Government and Industry relations as well as strategic agenda.
City of Hobart
Anna was elected as an Alderman to the City of Hobart in 2014. She has had a diverse and interesting career, including establishing a regional community legal centre based in Cairns; running the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Parliamentary Liaison Office and Deputy Director of WWF International’s Global Climate Change Program. In 2009, Anna took up a role as International Advisor for Senator Bob Brown where she researched and wrote policy on a wide range of international issues. Her most recent role was Chief Executive Officer for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. As Lord Mayor, Anna is keen to focus on a range of topics including, affordable housing; climate change; active transport and protecting and promoting Hobart’s heritage.
With excellent regional sales and service performance, Michael is a true people leader with a record of building exceptional teams and positive cultural change. He is currently the regional leader of Telstra overseeing business performance across Tasmania and engaging with stakeholders across industry and government. His leadership style focuses on determination, resolve, business creativity and the instinct to succeed well beyond the expected.
Bank of Us
Tash is the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at Bank of us. She’s a values-based leader who’s worked in the banking industry for the past 20 years. Tash rejoined the customer owned banking sector in 2015, after working as CRO for a listed ADI for several years. She has recently joined the Board of Huon Regional Care as a non-Executive Director.
Tash was a Police Officer at Tasmania Police for 10 years and has extensive experience in the Forensic and Criminal Investigation fields. She was the first full-time female fire investigator for Tasmania Police, attending and investigating 225 fires during her policing career.
In her spare time Tash studies Remedial Massage, is a Level 2 certified Reiki practitioner and recently started a blog focusing on wellness, travel, food and all things Tasmanian and beyond.
Parliament of Tasmania
Ella Haddad has worked and volunteered in Tasmania’s health and community services sector for 17 years. She loves the vibrancy of our communities in Denison. She is determined to make sure no one gets left behind and is passionate about health and community services, easing cost of living pressures including housing affordability and availability, along with secure and reliable jobs.
Parliament of Tasmania
Sarah Lovell is the Labor member for Rumney in the Tasmanian Legislative Council, and the Shadow Minister for Health and Preventative Health, Ambulance Services, and Mental Health and Substance Use.
Sarah was raised with strong values of fairness, justice and dignity. Throughout her teens and early twenties Sarah volunteered for a number of social justice organisations, including St Vincent de Paul, and Edmund Rice Camps, mentoring children and young people in the community. Prior to being elected in 2017 Sarah was a Lead Organiser with United Voice, one of Australia’s largest and most progressive unions. Sarah worked hard to empower members to fight for better workplace conditions throughout her decade long union career.
Sarah fundamentally believes in the right of all people to live a life of dignity, and recognises the responsibility of government in supporting communities with quality education, universal access to health care and secure employment.
Sarah has been politically active as a member of the Labor Party for 12 years.
Local Government Association of Tasmania
Since being awarded a scholarship to undertake her PhD in the UK, Dr Katrena Stephenson has followed a passion for public policy and advocacy, working in not-for-profits, State Government and now, for 10 years in the Local Government sector, currently as CEO of the Local Government Association of Tasmania.
In this role, Katrena represents the views and needs of the Association and its member councils in government, business and other forums.
Katrena has been instrumental in establishing a coalition of Tasmanian peak bodies which in 2018 ran a highly successful State election advocacy campaign including the development of shared aspirations statement, electorate-based candidate sessions and a leaders’ forum.
Australian Cruise Association
Jill commenced her work in the cruise industry in 1995 when she became a consultant to Hobart Ports (now Tasports) looking after the operational aspects of the cruise ship visits. The position developed to include the Executive Officer role of Cruise Tasmania, marketing the state as a cruise ship destination. Jill worked in this role for ten years until 2005.
In February of 2005 Jill was appointed General Manager of Australian Cruise Association, the peak industry marketing body and in 2015 appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Australian Cruise Association is responsible for the marketing of Australia and the Pacific to the cruise ship industry.
Jill manages the marketing initiatives of the member based organisation that includes international sales missions, attendance at international cruise events, website development, membership development and representation, brochure production and media.
Jill is responsible for the management of the Economic Impact Study, presented annually, identifying the benefits of the Australian Cruise Ship Industry. Jill represents Australian Cruise Association on a range of Federal Government working committees working with the whole of industry to address current and future issues and is also the secretary of the organisation.
Jill has a Diploma of Business (Tourism) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sarah commenced her career as a commercial pilot after completing a Bachelor of Aviation degree.
Preferring to pursue a career in management Sarah joined Melbourne Airport and continued to build her portfolio in progressively senior roles over 17 years. These positions included Airfield Manager, Aviation Planning Manager and Head of Operations, culminating in the Executive Planning and Development role.
Sarah is passionate about Tasmania as one of the most unique places on the planet. She currently sits on the Board of Tourism Industry Council Tasmania (TICT) and is a Committee Member of the Tasmanian Antarctic Group. A self-confessed foodie with a green thumb, Sarah enjoys spending her free time with husband Jeff and black Labrador, Frank.
Steve Davy was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2013 and has been with Hydro Tasmania since 2005.
Steve is Chairman of Hydro Tasmania’s mainland retail business, Momentum Energy, selling electricity on mainland Australia and on the Bass Strait islands.
He has previously served as Chair of the Australian Financial Markets Association Environmental Products Committee, and is a Director of the Australian Energy Council.
Beyond Measure Consulting
Hayley Elmer has been a leader and manager for many years within large scale organisations. Through working with leaders, managers and teams, Hayley has discovered the value of and her own love of coaching, facilitation and training.
Hayley believes leaders require the understanding, capacity, skills and expertise to navigate complexity well. Yet, rarely do leaders have access to the kind of training and preparation that makes the difference. This is where Hayley comes in – she can really reap rewards for organisations and their leaders. Through her own experience as an effective leader and manager, Hayley can bring an exceptional expertise and empathy to the work.
Hayley works with clients to bring an insightful and personal approach to their leadership style and to remove the internal roadblocks that prevent them from bringing their best leadership to their lives and work.
Little Things Consulting
Fiona Girkin is the Principal Consultant at Little Things Consulting and has over 18 years’ experience in community services across both government and non-government services. She has worked for a range of organisations including Disability and Community Services, Anglicare Tasmania, Department of Child Protection (NSW), Relationships Australia and University of Tasmania. As a consultant, Fiona provides management and leadership support, undertakes research projects and facilitates groups.
With qualifications in counselling, psychology, leadership and research Fiona is highly skilled in both analytical and practice-based work. She takes pride in her academic work was awarded membership to the Golden Key Honours Society in 2015 for her Bachelor of Health Honours thesis. In 2016 Fiona was awarded the Mary Harris Student Bursary to present in Melbourne at the National SHAPE Symposium on health management as a candidate for the Doctor of Health.
University of Tasmania
Margaret is Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania (formerly Law Dean), Deputy Director, Centre for Law and Genetics and Pro Vice Chancellor, Culture and Wellbeing. She has longstanding experience in health law and ethics, publishing extensively in the field, and has been engaged by Commonwealth and State governments and agencies as consultant and member for various national committees including currently as member of the Australian Research Integrity Committee. She has held quasi-judicial roles including as member of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Patron of Tasmanian Women Lawyers.
Dr Natasha Cica is a change expert and cultural leader based in Australia and Europe. She is the founding director of Kapacity.org, and former CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art. She is an honorary professor at the Australian National University, was the founding director of the Inglis Clark Centre at the University of Tasmania, and has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.
KT & Associates
With a global career of more than 20 years as a Management Consultant and Global Learning Leader, Kathryn specialises in unlocking performance for people and their organisations. Kathryn has previously worked as an HR Senior Consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and held global and Asia Pacific Leadership roles during her 14 year career with IBM Global Business Services. Kathryn also had responsibility for driving the transformational change programs for the Asia Pacific IBM Executive Leadership team 2015-2016, focusing on influencing through high impact and compelling communication practices.
Throughout her career, Kathryn has worked locally, nationally and globally as an HR leader specialising in organisation cultural transformation and strategic capability development. Kathryn brings deep expertise in adult learning, facilitation, leading change and is a certified executive coach. Kathryn supports a range of local and national clients with a focus on supporting organisations and their people to thrive. Kathryn brings 20+ years of experience as both a Board Chair and Board Director on Government and not-for-profit Boards.
Tasmanian Rugby Union
Kerryn is the Executive Director – Students & Education at TasTAFE. Kerryn has an extensive history in vocational education in Tasmania, most recently leading TasTAFE’s Technology and Trade Division.
Kerryn’s current focus is to provide strategic direction and leadership of TasTAFE’s delivery of vocational education and training (VET), leading the development and implementation of strategies, systems and processes that contribute to continuous improvement and excellent student and employer outcomes.
Deputy Chair, Tasmania Women's Council