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Department of State Growth

Tasmanian Development Board members

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

Brian Scullin

Brian Scullin

Chairperson

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. 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.

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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 and President of the Retirement Benefits Fund in Tasmania.

Currently, he is Chair of OAK Possability, a not-for-profit provider of services in the disability sector, Chair of Propel Funeral Partners, and Chair of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation.

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Naomi Edwards

Naomi Edwards

Director

Naomi was appointed to the Board in 2016. She is Chairwoman of Tasplan Super, an industry super fund managing over $9 billion of members' retirement savings, including the retirement savings of some 130 000 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 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 companies Nikko Funds Management, Propel Funeral Partner and the national board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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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 has been a Head of Agency in Tasmania for over twenty years and was appointed Secretary of the Department of State Growth in September 2014, where he works closely with the Office of the Coordinator-General and Infrastructure Tasmania.

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

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Kim currently sits on the Boards of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation, Tasmanian Leaders, and the Theatre Royal, 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.

He supports growth in Tasmania’s visitor economy as a member of the Premier’s Visitor Economy Advisory Council, and the T21 Steering committee, and is the state’s representative on several national bodies including the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee.

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

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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.

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.

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In 2004 he founded the Excentor Group of Companies, a Sydney based independent software and professional services provider that employs approximately 2000 people. Greg has extensive corporate financial experience, including as Chairman of ASX and NASDAQ listed companies. He also sat on the board of an eastern seaboard law firm for ten years 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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Mike Wallas

Mike Wallas

Director

Mike started his executive career with Hewlett-Packard in South Africa and quickly progressed to  Senior Executive positions including that of Managing Director of a $400m Technology business.

In 1998 Mike emigrated with his family to Australia and he set up Enterprise Growth Solutions as a boutique Consultancy business advising medium and large clients on strategy, growth and expansion Internationally with strong focus on execution and value-creation. At the same time Mike set up a family office investing in early stage technology and Software businesses where he was able to add value as well as funding. A number of the businesses in the Portfolio have grown into strong International businesses.

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Mike’s Non-Executive Board roles started in 1996, and since then he has served on numerous Boards as NED or Chair. Notably Mike is currently Chairman of Houston’s Farm as well as CareLynx, an Aged Care Clinical management platform business.

Over the last 12 years Mike has become a successful Turnaround Specialist assisting distressed businesses in industries such as Agriculture ,Mining Services and Technology.

Mike is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).

Mike has throughout his career worked with businesses seeking to grow and expand creating significant value and job creation. He served for over 10 years as NED at City Fertility Centre, one of the premier IVF businesses in Australia.

His strength in Mergers and Acquisitions assisted the Group to join one of the world’s premium health groups in 2017.

Vince De Santis

Vince de Santis

Director

Vince is the Non-Executive Chairman of ASX listed industrial engineering company, Engenco Limited, having been appointed as a director in July 2010 and then Chairman in March 2016. He has also been a member of the company’s Audit and Risk Committee since July 2013.

Up until December 2018, Vince was the Managing Director of the Elphinstone Group which he joined in 2000 as the Group’s Legal Counsel and Finance & Investment Manager, before being appointed as Managing Director in 2008. Vince also served as a director of various subsidiary and joint venture companies.

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Prior to his time with the Elphinstone Group, Vince was a Senior Associate in the Energy, Resources & Projects team at national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, based in Melbourne.

Vince grew up in North-West Tasmania and is a graduate of the University of Tasmania where he completed a combined degree in Commerce and Law graduating with Honours in Law. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Tasmanian Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and Burnie Local Enabling Group Inc.

Kath McCann

Kathryn McCann

Director

Kath has an extensive senior executive career in the public and private sector across multiple sectors including tourism, aviation, education, hospitality and entertainment.

Kath has held senior executive roles with a range of prominent Tasmanian organisations including Hobart Airport, Tourism Tasmania and Federal Group focused in the areas of strategy, marketing, business development, communications and sales. Kath is currently working in the not-for-profit sector with the Beacon Foundation.

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Throughout her working career Kath has also held, and continues to hold, a range of Board positions. Currently Kath is the Deputy Chair and Director of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, a member of the Tasmanian Heritage Council and a Director of Oak Possability in the disability services sector.

Kath grew up and was educated in Tasmania and is a Graduate of the University of Tasmania where she completed her degree in Arts and Commerce with majors in Psychology and Marketing.