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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

Brian's early career was in the Australian Federal 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. This role involved responsibility for all non-investment functions including legal, compliance, operations, technology, marketing and HR.

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 full-time employment in 2002 and since then has held a number of non-executive and industry positions including Chair of Spark Infrastructure, President of the RBF in Tasmania.

He is a Director of Possability (previously Optia Inc), a not-for-profit provider of services in the disability sector and Chair of Life Education Tasmania, a not-for-profit provider of health education services to primary schools.

Brett Torossi

Brett Torossi

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

As a well-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.

Brett has created a dynamic, jewel-box like modular Omnipod that cantilevers off a Hobart office tower. Omnipod is an invention that provides flexible, re-locatable, 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 Tasmanian; Chair, Tourism Tasmania Finance Audit and Risk Committee; Non singing Director, Festival of Voices; Trustee, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Chair, TMAG Audit Committee; Chair, Tasmanian Cultural Policy Steering Group and Director, National Board of Creative Partnerships Australia

Greg McCann

Greg McCann

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 UTAS worked in public practice as an accountant in Launceston for ten years.

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, 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 400 people. Greg’s other roles include 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.

G Woolley

Greg Woolley

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

Mr Woolley attended the Hutchins School in Hobart from 1977 until 1991 and attended the University of Tasmania from 1992 until 1996. Mr Woolley holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Law degree, with Honours.

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

From 2000 until 2010, Mr Woolley 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, USA and Israel, across sectors including petroleum, manufacturing, property, technology and financial services.

In partnership with LJCB, Mr Woolley 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 a Director of Kemp and Denning Pty Ltd.

Mr Woolley 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.

Mr Woolley resides in Hobart, Tasmania.

Janelle Allison

Professor Janelle Allison


Professor Janelle Allison is Pro Vice-Chancellor Community, Partnerships and Regional Development at the University of Tasmania. Prior to taking up this position, she was Director of the Cradle Coast Campus and Institute for Regional Development at the University of Tasmania.

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

Professor Allison has a particular interest in the areas of participation and regional economic development. Her strategic and creative thinking has established new ways to approach lifelong learning.

As PVC Community, Partnerships and Regional Development, she provides strategic leadership and developing strategic initiatives in collaboration with Faculties and community and business/industry stakeholders.

Professor Allison also sits on the Joint Commonwealth Tasmania Economic Council, chaired by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, and the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce.

Naomi Edwards

Naomi Edwards


Naomi Edwards 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. Tasplan Super is an industry super fund managing nearly $4 billion of members' retirement savings,including the retirement savings of some 80,000 working Tasmanians.

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. She recently retired from the board of Hunter Hall, a listed global funds management company based in Sydney and London.

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 (UK and Australia) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Narelle Hooper

Narelle Hooper


A corporate adviser and company director, Narelle Hooper joined the Tasmanian Development Board in 2014.

She is also a director of the Documentary Australia Foundation and the St James Ethics Centre. Her professional focus is on how organisations can make practical changes to innovate and grow their organisations in the New Economy.

Narelle was founding co-chair of Fairfax Media's annual Australian Financial Review -Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

Among her roles, Narelle has advised the Business Council of Australia on aspects of its long term Economic Action Plan, co-chaired the 2015 Future of Work Forum for the Vivid Festival of Ideas and chaired the CEO Institute Summit 2015.

Narelle grew up in central western NSW where her family ran a dairy farm and the local pub. She studied journalism at Canberra University and has a Masters of Management (Financial Management) from MGSM.

Narelle worked as political correspondent for BRW, with ABC's national current affairs programs AM and PM and Radio National and SBS Television and was editor of the AFR's award winning BOSS Magazine.

Narelle is a Sydney Advisory Council member of the Centre for Social Impact and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan


Mark Ryan is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tassal Group Limited.

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.

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 also provides strategic advice to the AFL with respect to football in Tasmania.

Mark has extensive experience in the finance and turnaround management sector, with experience gained through Cox Miller & Robinson (Hobart), Price Waterhouse (Hobart, Melbourne & Toronto Canada) PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Toronto Canada & Melbourne), Arthur Andersen (Melbourne) and KordaMentha (Melbourne). Mark was previously a partner with KordaMentha.

Kim Evans

Kim Evans
Chief Executive

Kim Evans was appointed Secretary of the Department of State Growth in September 2014. Since April of that year, Kim had responsibility for establishing the new Department, which includes the functions of the former Departments of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources and Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts, together with Skills Tasmania.

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 over twenty years experience in the management of Tasmania's primary industries and natural resources.

Kim has previously, and currently represents 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.

He is also 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.