Jeremy is a North-West Tasmanian who grew up on the family farm at Sassafras.
After matriculating in 1987 Jeremy then went to work on a cattle and sheep property near Hagley in Northern Tasmania.
Following a two-year period at Lincoln University in New Zealand, Jeremy received a Diploma in Farm Management and returned to Tasmania to manage his family’s property at Sassafras, which specialises in mixed cropping and prime lamb production. In 2016 Jeremy received the Lincoln Alumni International Medal.
Apart from his passion for farming and rural life, Jeremy has a strong empathy with public and community services and has worked with a number of organisations including Lifeline North West, Natural Resource Management, Landcare groups and Youth and Family Focus.
In 2006 Jeremy was awarded Life Membership of Lifeline North West.
Jeremy campaigned successfully in July 2002 to become an MP for Braddon in the House of Assembly and up until 2014 held a number of shadow portfolios.
In 2014 under the newly elected Liberal Government Jeremy was appointed as Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Primary Industries and Water and Minister for Racing,
Jeremy is currently the 47th Premier of Tasmania, Minister for Health, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Tourism and Minister for Trade
Jeremy is married to Sandra and they have three young daughters Ruby, Lucy and Holly.
CEO, Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal
Natalie Egleton is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). With a 25-year career in the non-profit and philanthropic sector in consulting, fundraising and partnerships, and organisation development roles, she is passionate about facilitating effective and enduring responses to issues facing rural communities.
Since becoming CEO of FRRR in 2015 she has led the organisation through a period of significant growth and impact, facilitating over $80m in funding to remote, rural, and regional communities through hundreds of partnerships and collaborations. Before joining FRRR, Natalie consulted with Matrix on Board, working with numerous not-for-profit organisations in program evaluation, undertaking research analysis and developing business plans. She also worked with clients to develop financial policies and procedures, strategic plans, organisation reviews, service mapping, feasibility studies and governance models. Natalie has also held in-house roles at Evolve (Typo Station) and at ANZ Banking Group, implementing projects that made a tangible difference to the lives of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia. She has also held voluntary roles on Boards and Committees of a rural RTO and her local Pre-school.
Natalie holds a B. Social Science (Public Policy/Research/Public Relations), Grad Dip Applied Science (Organisation Dynamics), and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.
She lives in the small rural town of Maldon in central Victoria.
The Hon. Bruce Billson
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
Bruce Billson commenced his role as Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) in March 2021. Bruce brings experience and knowledge to the role of Ombudsman, and an understanding of the issues facing small business, having started his own advisory business in 2016. Bruce’s political career spans 30 years, including his role as Cabinet Minister for Small Business from 2013-2015. During this role, Bruce was instrumental in the establishment of ASBFEO and the passing of complex legislation to establish the office.
Bruce has shown his dedication to small business through being a founding Director of Judo Bank and various board appointments, including the Franchise Council of Australia, Deakin University Business School and Australian Property Institute.
Rear Admiral (Rtd) Steve Gilmore AM, CSC
Rear Admiral (Rtd) Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1977 from Adelaide, South Australia.
Studying at the RAN College Jervis Bay, he completed secondary, tertiary and initial professional education and training prior to graduating in 1981.
As a specialist Seaman Officer his early experience in the Fleet centred on Bridge watchkeeping duties before qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer and completing three consecutive postings at sea as the Gunnery and Operations Officer in both Australian and British warships.
From 1992-1994 he served in Maritime Headquarters as Fleet Gunnery Officer and warfare specialist in the Sea Training Group. He was subsequently posted as the Executive Officer (second in command) of the guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne.
Promoted to Commander in 1996 he was appointed as the RAN Liaison Officer to the United States Navy Doctrine Command in Norfolk, Virginia where he served in the International Cell alongside officers representing several navies.
On return to Australia, Commander Gilmore was posted to Maritime Headquarters as Commander of Plans during 1998-1999 where he led the planning activity for all Australian Defence Force and Navy operations and exercises involving major fleet units. This included strategic/operational maritime planning for Australia’s role in the 1999 East Timor intervention.
In 2000, he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his conduct in this position and assumed command of the ANZAC class frigate HMAS Arunta.
Promoted to Captain in 2001, he graduated from the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College with a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) degree from Deakin University in 2002.
Captain Gilmore was appointed as the Director of Maritime Combat Development in December 2002 working closely with Defence Material Organisation, Defence Science and Technology Organisation and Australian defence industry overseeing detailed capability and strategy across major maritime projects including the Air Warfare Destroyer, Amphibious Ships and Armidale class patrol boats.
Captain Gilmore was promoted to Commodore in January 2005 and appointed to the position of Director General Navy Strategic Policy and Futures in Navy Headquarters. He was responsible for developing Navy and Maritime policy and strategy that shaped RAN future capability, operating concepts and strategic level international engagement.
Selected to command international coalition Task Force 58 in the northern Persian Gulf, Commodore Gilmore was deployed as part of Operation CATALYST between April and August 2005 overseeing all maritime security operations across the northern Arabian Gulf.
Commodore Gilmore was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 in recognition of his operational service and leadership as Commander Task Force 58.
Commodore Gilmore became the Commander of Navy Systems Command in September 2007 and was promoted to Rear Admiral in June 2008 commanding all Navy shore bases and facilities.
As Commander of Navy Systems Command, he was responsible for Navy human resource management and all individual training for the Navy’s more than 14,000 personnel, as well as workplace health and safety, engineering policy and Navy communications/electronic warfare.
Rear Admiral Gilmore was appointed Commander of the Australian Fleet in October 2009 with responsibility for Navy capability generation and war fighting policy, strategy, doctrine, tactics and standards across all RAN submarines, surface ships and aircraft.
Rear Admiral Gilmore served as the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations from December 2011 to November 2013 taking a senior leadership role in all major operations and exercise activity conducted globally and in Australia.
RADM Gilmore held the position as the Head Australian Defence Staff (Washington) and Australian Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, from January 2014 to 2017. Gilmore was awarded the United States Legion of Merit (Officer Grade) in recognition of his service in this Washington-based role.
After leaving full time Navy service in 2017, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC was appointed as the Tasmanian Defence Advocate from August that year. He now resides in Hobart and works within the ‘Defence Tasmania’ unit of the state government.
A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2007, Steve has over the years been appointed to a number of Director/Councillor roles and is currently on the Board of L3H Technologies Australia.
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Dr Amanda Cahill
CEO, The Next Economy
Amanda is the CEO of The Next Economy. She has spent over two decades working with inspiring people across Australia, Asia and the Pacific to create positive change on issues as diverse as economic development, public health, gender equality and climate adaptation.
The focus of her work at The Next Economy is to support communities, government, industry and others to develop a more resilient, just and regenerative economy. Most of this work involves supporting regional communities in Australia to strengthen their economies by embracing the transition to zero emissions. She is also widely sought after as a presenter and media commentator and has appeared in a number of books and films including the film 2040.
Amanda completed her PhD at the Australian National University on participatory action research approaches to economic development in the Philippines. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of Queensland, an Industry Fellow at the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney, and a 2020 Churchill Fellow.
National Coordinator, Australia reMADE
Millie is a carer for her family and community. She’s passionate about acknowledging this work as a valid, valuable and legitimate use of her time.
Millie has a research background with a PhD in local community and social norms around neighbourhood sharing and community building. As the Research Coordinator for Australia reMADE Millie had the privilege of listening to people reflection on their hopes and dreams for this country.
Until stepping into the National Coordinator role full time, Millie ran a sustainability internship program at the University of Tasmania where she empowered students to create transformational change. Together with the students she explored the potential for hope and vision in the pursuit of institutional and social change.
Millie has been involved in Australia reMADE for several years and is in awe of the passion and power that emerges when we start collectively dreaming for the world we want.
CEO, Brand Tasmania
Todd is CEO of Brand Tasmania, an organization that both promotes the extraordinary island state of Tasmania and encourages and inspires Tasmanians.
Todd previously co-founded a strategy company called Story Engine. Originally from Canada he believes narratives are at the core of what it means to be human. It is the foundation of good strategy and powerful leadership, and he has watched it change people, places, and companies.
Founder, Australian Housing Initiative
Ian Ugarte is the founder of the Australian Housing Initiative. He is an entrepreneur, educator, author and property investor.
As a Micro Housing specialist, Ian is committed to overcoming unaffordable housing and the loss of community in Australia. He has been working with State and Local Governments around Australia to dramatically improve accommodation availability; support vulnerable elements of our community; and improve the sense of belonging in Australia’s Regional and Capital towns and cities.
Deputy Chair, Cooperative Bulk Handling
Natalie Browning was elected as a Director of the CBH Board in February 2018 and appointed as Deputy Chair in April 2020. She is currently Chair of the Network and Engineering Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. She is also a member of the Growers’ Advisory Council (GAC) Selection Committee.
Natalie runs a continuous cropping operation on her property in Kondinin. She is currently a Director of Hockey WA, Chair of the Narembeen District High School Board and a member of the Asia Pacific Regional Board of the International Cooperative Alliance. Natalie has completed the Executive Leadership Program Co-operatives and Mutuals facilitated by University of Western Australia Business School and the Australian Institute of Management and is also a former member of the CBH Growers’ Advisory Council.
Natalie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Law) at Curtin University.
Dr Hazel McTavish
CEO and Co-Founder Seedlab Tasmania
Hazel has gathered 25 years’ experience in commercial food science innovation, utilising her science background for development of commercial food and non-food products. Hazel works with Australian producers, entrepreneurs and agri-businesses to develop award-winning food and drink products for national and export markets. In 2017 she was a Churchill Fellow, and investigated opportunities to incorporate more vegetables and fruit into value-added, convenient, healthy foods.
Dr Peter Ghin
Research Fellow (Future Of Work Lab) University of Melbourne
Management and Marketing
Peter is an experienced researcher whose interests span topics including future of work, leadership, and organisational behaviour. In his role as a Research Fellow for the Future of Work Lab, he is exploring patterns of inward migration to regional Victoria, particularly the movement of human capital and its potential impact on regional innovation and entrepreneurship.
Peter’s PhD was focussed on the masculine, embodied norms of leadership with an emphasis on understanding the symbolic meaning given to the fit, fat, and sick bodies of leaders.
Peter has previously been engaged as a lecturer in the Master of Public Policy and Management program at the School for Social and Political Sciences, teaching into the Executive Leadership & Management and Innovation in Public Service delivery courses. He has also been a Subject Coordinator/Head Tutor for the Faculty of Business and Economics, Future of Work undergraduate subject.
Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Tasmania
Jim is an accomplished practitioner, educator and researcher in community development with 38 years’ experience working with rural and regional communities. He has assisted over 140 local communities across Australia and internationally with community development, engagement processes, and economic development strategies. He was formerly a well-known consultant and a Principal Rural Development Officer with the Queensland Government. Jim has chaired Regional Development Australia (Darling Downs and South West) and the International Committee of the Community Development Society. He has also been a board member of a range of regional and community organisations. He is an International Fellow at the Rural Futures Institute in Nebraska, and an international speaker and author.
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Place
Dean Cracknell is a co-founder of our non-profit company and was TTM’s first employee. He is based in Launceston, Tasmania.
He previously worked in local government for 12 years as a strategic urban planner/placemaker and was Deputy Chair of the first town team – the Beaufort Street Network – for 4 years.
Chief Executive Officer, TasNetworks
BA (Mathematics), BAI (Engineering), PhD (Molecular Physics)
Seán commenced as CEO with TasNetworks in August 2021. Prior to his appointment, Seán was a senior executive in the utility industry, having served at managerial and board level for energy organisations worldwide. He joined the executive team at TransGrid in 2019 and was responsible for overseeing the delivery of several major transmission projects across NSW and the ACT.
Seán was Executive Manager of Asset Management at Western Power, where he was responsible for a $10.2 billion transmission and distribution asset and managed to reduce capital expenditure sustainably by $170m per annum. Seán also worked as Director of Parsons Brinkerhoff’s Networks Business covering Europe, Middle East and Africa, and is a former General Manager of the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO).
With more than 30 years’ experience working on Electrical Power Systems globally, Seán has acquired expertise in the research and development, construction, operation, consultancy, planning and asset management of large-scale power systems. He has acted as consultant on many EU, World Bank and EBRD funded projects and his experience includes working and consulting for power utilities, transmission system operators and regulators in Australia, Europe, North America and Africa.
Chair, SEGRA National Steering Committee
Kate Charters is a Director of Management Solutions (Qld) a professional development and training company with particular focus on regional public policy issues and their implementation. She is a founding member of Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia, (SEGRA) recognised as the most credible independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia. Kate is the principal author of the annual SEGRA communiqué “Speaking up for Regional Australia “and a co-editor of “Regional Advantage and Innovation: achieving Australia ‘s national outcomes.” Springer, Germany; Kinnear, S. Charters, K. Vitartas, P (Eds.) 2013, as well as numerous other publications.
With extensive experience at senior levels of government in both service delivery and policy development roles, Kate has a strong interest and understanding of the interaction of government, business, the non-government sector and the community in shaping and responding to public policy agendas.
CEO, Cradle Coast Authority
In July 2021, Sheree took a leave of absence from her roles on CCA’s Board of directors and Regional Economic Development Steering Group Chair to fulfil the position of CEO, Sheree will continue in the acting role until July 2022.
Sheree was born in Tasmania, studied at the University of Tasmania (BA, Dip Ed, M ED), and worked for the Tasmanian Department of Education in a variety of roles across the State including serving as Principal of Reece High School in Devonport. Sheree left the Department to take up the position of Executive Director and National President of the Australian Secondary Principals Association, and Executive Secretary for the International Confederation of Principals.
Prior to joining Cradle Coast Authority as the Interim CEO, Sheree worked as a consultant and project manager across education, community development and strategic planning and implementation within individual private and NFP businesses and government departments.
Sheree’s experience, expertise, and commitment to the region, shape her leadership and are key, to ensuring that the CCA strategic intent to build stronger councils and a stronger region is the centrepiece of the Authority’s work.