Meet our team

Meet the Tasmania team

We have a dedicated team of staff to assist with any member queries and requests for information.

The Tasmanian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has a dedicated team of staff to assist with any queries and requests for information. As a member you will be assigned your personal Members & Directors Executive to provide membership support.

Please find our staff members and contact details below:

  • Cathie Goss GAICD - State Manager
  • Ann Harvey - Members & Directors Executive (Education)
  • Tanya Stephenson - Members & Directors Executive (Events)
  • Bernadette Ulbrich-Hooper - Members & Directors Executive (Membership)
  • Karen Clarkson - Office Services Coordinator
  • Samantha Morris - Members and Directors Programs Coordinator
  • Verity Ikin - Office and BCML Coordinator

Contact Details

Hobart Corporate Centre,
Level 4/85 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS
7000 Australia

PO Box 681
Hobart TAS
7001 Australia

Phone: (03) 6242 2200
Fax: (03) 6242 2222

Meet the TAS Council

The Council assists in providing guidance and strategic input into the direction of the Division.

Current members of the Tasmanian Council are:

  • Jo Archer FAICD
  • Heather Chong FAICD
  • Ann Cunningham FAICD
  • Rhys Edwards FAICD
  • Derris Gillam FAICD
  • Janine Healey FAICD
  • Sarah Merridew FAICD
  • Rod Roberts FAICD (President)
  • Diane Tompson FAICD

The Role of the Council

The Tasmanian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has a Tasmanian Council to assist in guidance and strategic input into the direction of the Division. The Council also approves all membership applications and subsequent upgrades of membership.

The role of the Council is defined in Article 9.3 of our Constitution. To give effect to that role, the objectives of the Councils are:

A. To provide advice to the Australian Institute of Company Directors Board and CEO on:
I, Policy matters affecting the role of directors
II, Australian Institute of Company Directors membership matters
III, The strategy and policies of the Australian Institute of Company Directors itself and management issues that may arise from time to time.

B. To administer the membership of the Division, approving new members and upgrades.

C. To represent the views and aspirations of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in the Division’s territory and to develop relationships with leaders in directorship, regulation and politics who reside or are active in the territory.

D. To support the Division Manager with regard to:
I, Events
II, Member service, member recruitment and retention and member grade matters
III, The general conduct of the Division, including Director and Board Development programs

Council Procedures

A Council consists of at least five and not more than ten members elected by the members of the Division. Each Council elects a President who serves for a period of up to three years at the discretion of the Council. Each Council also appoints one of its members, usually the Division President, to the Australian Institute of Company Directors board for a period of up to three years. One third of Council members retire each year, although a retiring member may be eligible for re-election. The maximum time a Council member may serve is nine years, or three terms if less.

For more information on the role of the Council and it’s directive please view our by-laws.

Event Highlights

Highlights of previous events in Tasmania

Essential Directors Update

19 October 2016

Almost 200 of Tasmanian AICD members gathered at the C3 Convention Centre on a brisk Hobart morning for this year’s Essential Directors Update.

Graham Bradley FAICD discussed topics ranging from the importance of boardroom culture to recent changes to economic policy and the legislative framework surrounding directorship in Tasmania and Australia.

Facilitated by Tasmanian Divisional Councillor Janine Healey FAICD, this year’s attendance was the largest in recent memory; approximately 6000 members attended the series nationally, proving the importance of the Update in the consideration of members professional development.

Events in TAS

L-R: Ian Lundy GAICD and Lyndal Herbert GAICD

Events in TAS

L-R: Michael Burnett GAICD, Colin Allen FAICD and Paul McTaggart GAICD

Events in TAS

L-R: Rod Roberts FAICD, Graham Bradley AM FAICD, Janine Healey FAICD

2016 Gold Medal Award

7 October 2016

John Pitt FAICD has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Tasmanian community, being awarded the prestigious 2016 Australian Institute of Company Directors Gold Medal.

The Launceston engineer has had a long and successful career as the managing director of one of the state’s most successful businesses, pitt&sherry, building the company from a microbusiness with less 10 employees in 1984, to one of Australia's top 20 engineering consultancies with over 200 employees across seven different offices.

The award was presented on 7 October at a gala lunch by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania and attended by national Chairman, Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD, together with over 100 of Tasmania’s leading business people.

Events in TAS

L-R: Norm McIlfatrick MAICD, Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickley FAICD, Ann Cunningham FAICD

Events in TAS

L-R: Her Excellency Governor Kate Warner, John Pitt FAICD, Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD, Tim Johns MAICD

Gender Diversity – A Conversation

6 October 2016

The Tasmanian Division hosted an informative conversation on the topic of gender diversity in the boardroom and senior executive level. The participants were Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD, AICD Chairman and one of Australia’s leading businesspeople, together with Greg Johannes, leader of the Tasmanian State Service.

Key points of the discussion touched on the Tasmanian governments commitment to 50% female representation in the senior executive roles and directorships, and the wider AICD initiative of 30% gender diversity on boards by 2018.

Events in TAS

L-R: Sally Drake FAICD, Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD & Greg Johannes

Financial Sustainability in the Not for Profit Sector

21 to 22 September 2016

AICD’s Not-for-Profit (NFP) Sector leader, Phil Butler GAICD was joined by local NFP business leaders in Launceston and Hobart to discuss the 2016 AICD Not for Profit Governance and Performance Study.

The challenges of financial sustainability, community, client and government expectations and the impact of funding changes - particularly for disability and aged care service providers – were all discussed with questions from engaged audiences rounding out an interesting discussion.

Events in TAS

L-R: Wendy Mitchell, Jo Archer FAICD and Jennifer Baird GAICD

Events in TAS

L-R: Karen Frost and Ella Dixon

Events in TAS

L-R: Phil Butler GAICD, Kym Goodes MAICD, John Stubley GAICD and Christine Edwards GAICD

Events in TAS

L-R: Ron Ward FAICD, Diane Tompson FAICD, Ed La Perle

Innovation: Director’s Briefing with Dr Robert Kay

7 September 2016

Governance innovation speaker, Dr Robert Kay provided a thought-provoking presentation on the challenges faced by boards in innovating both themselves and their organisations.

Incorporating the outcomes of his recent research with over 100 Chairs on the relationship between governance and performance, Robert discussed the importance of understanding and accepting risk as a critical component of innovation, and ideas on how to incorporate that when pursuing opportunities for growth and change.

Director’s Briefing with Dr Robert Kay

L-R: Michael Burnett GAICD and Derris Gillam FAICD

Director’s Briefing with Dr Robert Kay

L-R: Mark Nugent MAICD, Kate Wager, Mark Cooper and Dr Robert Kay

Leader's Edge Luncheon with Glenn Cooper AM FAICD

23 June 2016

Reinforcing its reputation for hosting some of Australia’s most influential business people, the Australian Institute of Company Directors Tasmanian Division lunch on 23 June featured Glenn Cooper AM FAICD, Executive Chairman of Cooper’s Brewery.

Part of its Leaders Edge series, the lunch attracted a diverse audience ranging from directors and senior executives to family business owners including local micro-brewers, hop growers and distillers.

Glenn, a fifth-generation Cooper, talked about how Coopers began in the 1850s with a medicinal brew that has grown to become Australia’s largest family-owned brewery.

Glenn’s obvious passion for his business engaged the room as he outlined Coopers challenges including how they withstood a protracted takeover bid from multinational brewing giant, Lion Nathan.

Leaders Edge Lunch  

Leaders Edge Lunch 

Director’s Briefing: Sports Governance

24 May 2016

Cathie Goss GAICD, AICD Tasmania State Manager, recently hosted sporting governance luminaries, members and guests in an energetic and inspired presentation into the challenges, changes and issues surrounding some of Tasmania and Australia’s biggest sporting bodies.

Greg d’Arville FAICD facilitated a panel including Tony Harrison, Director of Cricket Australia, Kim Enkelaar, a Director of Football Federation Tasmania, and Graeme Holloway FAICD, former board member at Tennis Australia. The panel highlighted how good governance provides the platform for any sport’s culture, and a springboard to its growth and success.

The panel covered off on a range of governance topics, from recent reforms and modernisations of sporting boards, the risks of online gambling in sport, reputational risk around the use of social media, and board diversity, both as a gender and cultural issue.

The event was a great success, as evidenced by our panel having more questions than time to answer them! AICD thanks Greg, Tony, Kim & Graeme for donating their valuable time to provide our members with a great opportunity to develop their sporting credentials.

Directors Briefing Sports Governance

L-R: Panellists Tony Harrison, Graeme Holloway FAICD, Kim Enkelaar, and Facilitator Greg d’Arville FAICD

Premier’s Round Table Luncheon

9 May 2016

The Australian Institute of Company Directors' Tasmanian Division, hosted The Premier of Tasmania, the Hon. Will Hodgman MP at a Round Table lunch. The Premier discussed his government's vision for Tasmania's economy, capitalising on recent developments in our tourism industry, and increasing and promoting diversity at all levels of business.

Guests included leading business representatives and AICD MD & CEO, John Brogden FAICD.

The floor was then opened to some keen questions for the Premier on his government's plans for a prosperous Tasmania. The presentation was very well received:

“The event today and my experience with the AICD is always very professional, well planned and brings appropriate value for the time invested in my busy role to attend.”
         – Ms Kym Goodes MAICD

Premier’s Round Table Luncheon

Pictured L-R: Mr Miles Hampton FAICD, The Hon. Will Hodgman MP, Mr Melos Sulicich GAICD, Mr John Brogden FAICD

Premier’s Round Table Luncheon

Pictured L-R: Ms Kym Goodes FAICD, Ms Jo Archer FAICD, Ms Ann Cunningham FAICD

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TAS Division News

This section will keep you up-to-date on what's going on in your state.
Stay tuned for the opening of our Tasmanian Business Centre and Member Lounge, a quiet space to work, relax between appointments and take meeting while you are in Hobart.

TAS Council fills elected seats

The Call for Nominations period officially closed on 22 August 2016 at 5pm. No nominations were received.

On 4 August 2016, the Tasmanian Division Council called for nominations to fill its two (2) elected seats made vacant by the retirement of Councillors Jo Archer FAICD and Diane Tompson FAICD in accordance with the AICD By-Laws.

As permitted by the AICD By-Laws, both Jo Archer FAICD and Diane Tompson FAICD chose to stand for re-election immediately upon retirement.

The Call for Nominations period officially closed on 22 August 2016 at 5pm. No nominations were received. As a result, Jo Archer FAICD and Diane Tompson FAICD will automatically be appointed into the two (2) elected seats for a final three year term with effect from 1 October 2016.

Your Division Council (as of 1 October 2016)

  • Jo Archer FAICD
  • Heather Chong FAICD
  • Ann Cunningham FAICD
  • Rhys Edwards FAICD
  • Derris Gillam FAICD
  • Janine Healey FAICD
  • Sarah Merridew FAICD
  • Rod Roberts FAICD (President)
  • Prof David Sadler FAICD
  • Diane Tompson FAICD

Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Governance Scholarship Program 2016

Scholarship applications open on 17th August 2016

This program is funded by the Tasmanian Government and supported by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. It aims to drive a more rapid increase in the number of Tasmanian women who are board-ready and to foster emerging female talent.

Applicants must be Tasmanian residents and be prepared to commit to the course timings and related requirements including assessment completion.

Read more about the Scholarship Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Scholarship applications are now closed. If you would like more information, please email