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Tasmanian Development Board

The Tasmanian Development Board supports the industry development activities of the department.

The board's primary focus is the creation of investment and associated employment through supporting the implementation of government policies.

The board has specific areas of responsibility under the Tasmanian Development Act 1983 and has governance of the legal entity Tasmania Development and Resources (TDR).  The board provides independent advice to the Minister on matters relating to this portfolio and its associated responsibilities.

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Members of the Tasmanian Development Board are appointed pursuant to Section 5 (3) of the Tasmanian Development Act 1983.

Current members are:

Brian Scullin

Brian Scullin

Chairman

Brian's early career was working for the Australian Government.

His executive career in superannuation and financial services between 1987 and 2002 saw him appointed inaugural Executive Director of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

In September 1993 Brian was appointed Vice President, Business Strategy, Bankers Trust Australia Limited and subsequently Executive Vice President, Funds Management.

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This role involved responsibility for all non-investment functions including legal, compliance, operations, technology, marketing and human resources.

From November 1997 Brian was promoted to President, Japan Bankers Trust Company Limited and following a takeover by Deutsche Bank in 1999, Brian was made Regional Head of Asia/Pacific, Deutsche Asset Management.  

Brian retired from fulltime employment in 2002 and since then has held a number of non-executive and industry positions including Chair of Spark Infrastructure and President of the Retirement Benefits Fund in Tasmania.  

Currently, he is a Director of OAK Possability, a not-for-profit provider of services in the disability sector, Chair of FuneralVest, Chair of Hastings Funds Management and a Director of Tasplan Super Fund.  

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Janelle Allison

Professor Janelle Allison    

Director

Professor Janelle Allison was appointed to the Board in 2012.  She is the principal of the newly established Associate Degree Division of the University of Tasmania, leading an innovative program to deliver a contemporary new curriculum, producing the workforce for Tasmania’s future industries.

Prior to this, Janelle was the Pro Vice-Chancellor Community, Partnerships and Regional Development at the University of Tasmania and the Director of the Cradle Coast campus and Institute for Regional Development.

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Before coming to the University of Tasmania, Janelle was the Director of the Centre for Rural and Regional Innovation Queensland (CRRI-Q) at the University of Queensland's Gatton campus.

Janelle has a particular interest in the areas of participation and regional economic development and in her current role, advocates for an unwavering focus on producing graduates who are job ready for industries where there is an employment need. Her strategic and creative thinking has established new ways to approach lifelong learning and, in collaboration with other parts of the university, community and business and industry stakeholders, she has developed a range of new educational initiatives which enable this.  

Janelle also sits on the Joint Commonwealth Tasmania Economic Council, chaired by the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, and was recently a member of the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce.  

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Naomi Edwards

Naomi Edwards    

Director    

Naomi was appointed to the Board in 2016. She is Chairwoman of Tasplan Super as well as a Director of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. Following its planned merger with RBF in March 2017, Tasplan Super will be an industry super fund managing nearly $8 billion of members' retirement  savings, including the retirement savings of some 150 000 working Tasmanians.

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Naomi has had an extensive career in the financial services industry. In this capacity, she has been involved in investments in Australian and global companies, particularly companies in the renewable energy sector. She is a former chair of Australian Ethical Investments, Australia's oldest ethical investment fund and a former board member of Hunter Hall, a listed global funds management company based in Sydney and London. She also sits on the board of Sydney-based company, FuneralVest.  

Naomi is a former partner of Deloitte, and in her role as a consulting actuary she has worked with large financial services companies in London, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. She was a specialist in the valuation of wealth management companies during mergers and acquisitions, for example, advising  NAB on its acquisition of MLC.  

Naomi has a first class Honours degree in mathematics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (United Kingdom and Australia) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

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Kim Evans

Kim Evans  

Chief Executive  

Kim was appointed Secretary of the Department of State Growth in September 2014.

With a broad range of responsibilities, State Growth supports job creation and cultural and economic growth in Tasmania and works closely with the Office of the Coordinator-General and Infrastructure Tasmania.

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Kim has been a Head of Agency in Tasmania for nearly twenty years, and until his current role, held the position of Secretary of the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

He has previously represented the Tasmanian Government on a number of state and national boards and committees including the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies.

Kim currently sits on the Tasmanian Leaders Board and the Theatre Royal Management Board, and is the State Government's representative on the Board of SALTAS, a company established to assist the development of the Tasmanian salmon and trout industry.

Kim is a graduate of the University of Tasmania where he completed his degree and Honours majoring in Science.  He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Narelle Hooper

Narelle Hooper        

Director        

An adviser, director and author, Narelle joined the Tasmanian Development Board in 2014.

She is acting Executive Director of SBE Australia, which runs the Springboard accelerator program for women-led global businesses; a director of The Ethics Centre and Documentary Australia Foundation.  Her professional focus is on how firms innovate and adapt for the New Economy.

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Narelle has held senior roles with some of Australia’s leading media group including the Australian Financial Review, the ABC and SBS TV. She is a former editor of the Financial’s Review's highly-regarded BOSS Magazine and founding co-chair of Fairfax Media's Australian Financial Review -Westpac Women of Influence Awards. Based in Sydney, Narelle has advised organisations including the Business Council of Australia, the Property Council of Australia and South Australian Government.

After growing up in central western NSW where her family ran a dairy farm and the local pub, Narelle studied journalism at Canberra University.  She has a Masters of Management (Financial Management) from MGSM and is co-author of New Women, New Men, New Economy (Federation Press, 2015) which shows inclusive companies, countries and communities do better and innovate more.

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Greg McCann

Greg McCann  

Director          

Greg was appointed to the Tasmanian Development Board in 2016 and has a long-term financial management and technology background. Greg grew up and was educated in Tasmania and after graduating from the University of Tasmania worked in public practice as an accountant in Launceston for 10 years.

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Early in his career he joined Deloitte, where he was a partner for 24 years and held a number of senior leadership roles including Managing Partner Papua New Guinea, Managing Partner Queensland, Managing Partner NSW, and Managing Director for Deloitte Consulting/ICS in Australia and several international roles.

In 2004 he founded the Excentor Group of Companies, a Sydney based independent software and professional services provider that employs over 500 people. Greg has extensive corporate financial experience, including as Chairman of ASX and NASDAQ listed companies. He also sits on the board of an eastern seaboard law firm and is the former chairman of NBN Tasmania Limited.

Greg is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan  

Director  

Mark is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tassal Group Limited, a position he has held since November 2003.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania, is a Chartered Accountant, a fellow of Australia Institute of Management and a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Mark holds Board positions with the Tasmanian Development Board, Salmon Enterprises of Tasmania Pty Ltd (Industry hatchery), Chairman of Juicy Isle Pty Limited and Chairman of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation.

Mark has extensive experience in the finance and turnaround management sector, with experience gained through Price Waterhouse Coopers, Arthur Andersen (and KordaMentha).  Mark was previously a partner with KordaMentha.

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Brett Torosi

Brett Torossi    

Director    

Brett was appointed to the Tasmanian Development Board in 2006 and is founder, owner and managing director of New Ground Network.

As a respected property developer and businesswoman, she focuses on creating and developing places that are innovative, sustainable and commercially successful. Her developments in Tasmania are in the tourism, residential and commercial sectors.

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Brett has created a dynamic, jewel-box like modular Omnipod that cantilevers off a Hobart office tower. Omnipod is an invention that provides flexible, relocatable, beautiful spaces to inhabit.

Brett's accommodation experience, Avalon Retreats, is a collection of boutique tourism developments in Hobart and on Tasmania's east coast.

Brett's other current projects include long-term, major development project, The Green in Launceston. The Green is an innovative and sustainable development that will be home to around 500 families. It has been planned to create a cohesive, safe, vibrant and inclusive community.

Brett's other appointments include Chair Tasmanian Heritage Council; Director Wallis Watson Capital Ltd; Director Tourism Tasmania; Chair Tourism Tasmania Finance Audit and Risk Committee; Non-singing Director Festival of Voices; Trustee Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Chair Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Audit Committee; and Director National Board of Creative Partnerships Australia.

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Greg Woolley

Greg Woolley        

Director        

Greg is the Executive Chairman of Woolley Holdings Pty Ltd, a private finance and investment company.

Greg attended the Hutchins School in Hobart from 1977-91 and the University of Tasmania from 1992-96. Greg holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Law degree, with Honours.

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From 1997 until 2000, Greg practiced Corporate Advisory and Mergers and Acquisitions with Macquarie Bank’s Corporate Finance Group in Melbourne. While at Macquarie, he specialised in public and private acquisitions and equity and debt capital markets.

From 2000-10, Greg was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the LJCB Investment Group. LJCB is one of Australia’s most significant international, private investment houses. It is the holding company of the Liberman family, and has interests in Australia, Europe, the United States and Israel, across sectors including petroleum, manufacturing, property, technology and financial services.

In partnership with LJCB, Greg was the Founder of Global Aviation Asset Management, one of the world’s largest owners of commercial aircraft, with assets of approximately $3 billion. He served as its Executive Chairman from its inception until its sale to a New York Stock Exchange-listed acquirer in 2011.

He is currently Chairman of the Beacon Foundation and Director of the Macquarie Point Corporation Board as well as a member of the specialist panel appointed to evaluate expressions of interest from potential developers and investors in the Macquarie Point development.

Greg has previously served as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of STW Communications Group Limited, Australia’s largest marketing communications company. He was also a Director of the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and the Fahan School in Hobart.

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The Mt Wellington Cable Car Project

The Office of the Coordinator-General is facilitating an assessment of the Mt Wellington Cable Car Project by the Tasmanian Development Board.

This review includes the financial capacity of the proponent to deliver the project and the technical expertise of the proponent to manage the project. The Board will also undertake a preliminary assessment of the extent to which the project might meet the Project of State Significance (POSS) attributes required under the State Policies and Projects Act 1993.

This document sets out a process to provide recommendations back to Cabinet following an assessment of detailed information regarding the project, including the financial viability of the project, financial and technical capacity of the proponent and the project’s suitability to be considered a POSS.

View the Assessment Process document for Determining Suitability of the Mt Wellington Cable Car Project as a Project of State Significance