Meet our Brand Tasmania Board
Nick Haddow – Chairperson
Nick is the founder and Managing Director of the Bruny Island Cheese Co., the Glen Huon Dairy Co. and the Bruny Island Beer Co. The Bruny Island Cheese Co. was the first Tasmanian business to be awarded the Telstra Australian Business of the Year (in 2013).
Nick has an established media profile developed through his role as co-presenter of the SBS series the Gourmet Farmer. He has also co-authored several books. His most recent book, Milk.Made, has been published internationally and was awarded the James Beard Award in 2017.
Nick was on the Board of the Brand Tasmania Council Inc. for 7 years.
Jenny Gale – Board Member (Ex Officio Member)
Jenny’s distinguished career evolved from her commitment to equity: to ensure every single Tasmanian has the best possible education, irrespective of their circumstances and particularly their gender.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Education, Jenny first taught mathematics at Queechy High School. She went on to teach and hold leadership positions in the north of the State, becoming Principal of Smithton Primary School in 1998.
Jenny was appointed Director of the Office for Educational Review in 2000, and subsequent leadership positions included General Manager of Learning Services South East, General Manager Strategic Policy and Performance, and Acting Secretary of the Department of Education.
In 2016 Jenny was the first woman to be appointed substantively as Secretary, Department of Education. In this role, Jenny initiated the public sector’s Women Supporting Women group, which supports women’s leadership aspirations and is also now working with non-government and local government leaders to broaden networking opportunities for Tasmanian women.
In 2017, Jenny was appointed Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Head of the State Service, positions that enable her to make a significant contribution to policy development and implementation that will impact our State for future decades.
Brett Torossi – Board Member (Tourism Tasmania nominee)
Brett is the Founder and Principal of New Ground Network, a property development and project management company based in Tasmania and Victoria. Brett's developments have won numerous state and national awards across Tourism, Architecture, Design and Urban Planning.
Brett's skills base covers the full range of direct development activities – feasibility (financial and market assessment), governance, risk assessment, acquisition, urban design, planning, site remediation, engineering design, construction, sales, marketing and community engagement
Beyond her development activities, Brett operates Avalon Coastal Retreat, Avalon City Retreat and Rocky Hills Retreat on the East Coast of Tasmania. These are highly successful, award winning, luxury tourism businesses with national and international profiles.
Jessica Richmond – Board Member
Jessica is the Commercial Manager at Grange Resources, an ASX listed company headquartered in Burnie. Jessica is a trained lawyer and recently led the company through an international arbitration. Through her role with Grange, Jessica has seen first-hand the importance of Tasmania’s reputation in international markets and the need to develop innovative strategies for managing and promoting our brand.
Kim Clifford – Board Member
Kim is the Managing Director of Incat Marketing, and a Director of Incat, one of Tasmania’s most innovative and well-recognised businesses. As Managing Director of Marketing, Kim oversees the marketing and promotion of the Incat product, organisation and personnel. She is a skilled marketing executive, with particular strengths in international customer relations, public diplomacy and intricate business transactions across Europe, the Americas, Indonesia, China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
Kim is an experienced company director of a dynamic and innovative international company. She has a diverse commercial business background and her expertise covers operational maters, as well as strategic long term planning. Kim is the Honorary Consul for Japan in Tasmania.
Kym Goodes – Board Member
Kym is the CEO of TasCOSS, a position she has held since 2015. Kym has worked across a range of government, private and community sector roles. Kym has extensive experience in strategy, planning and stakeholder relationships/management, and her work is highly regarded across Tasmania. Kym was recently recognised in Tasmania’s top ten influential leaders by an annual report published by the Mercury newspaper.
Kym has extensive networks across Tasmanian and national organisations due to the diversity of her consulting work and current role. TasCOSS works closely and collaboratively with ACOSS and the national member organisations on a range of shared issues.
Leigh Carmichael – Board Member
Leigh is the Creative Director of Dark Mofo and DarkLab. For the past 14 years he has worked with David Walsh to develop and implement the Mona Brand.
Leigh is a Board Member on the Australian Council for the Arts and he has sat on Tasmanian Government Arts Advisory committees.
Michael Cooper – Board Member
Michael is the former Chief Executive Officer of Juicy Isle Fruit Juices Pty Ltd. He has extensive experience in beverage manufacturing, along with third party distribution, exports and industry development. Michael is currently the Managing Director of Willar Pty Ltd, a private investment company.
Philippa Dawson – Board Member
Philippa is an experienced senior executive with a record of achievement in complex domestic and international organisations across multiple industries. Philippa has extensive experience in working across cultures, leading and developing diverse teams both onshore and offshore. She has over 20 years’ experience in general and financial management and corporate governance, with core strengths in partnering to create solutions that enhance economic development for governments, organisations and businesses and facilitating knowledge transfer.
Philippa is currently the CEO of Fermentasmania, an industry-led, not-for-profit industry cluster established to accelerate innovation, growth and collaboration for fermentation-based enterprises. In this role, she is responsible for driving the Fermentas aspiration to be an internationally-recognised centre for excellence for the design, production and marketing of fine fermented food, beverages and other products.
Philippa’s former role was the Chief Operating Officer at Austrade. In this position she was responsible for managing the organisation's finance, human resources, I.T. property, security and legal teams across a global organisation with 1200 staff located in 81 overseas offices and 38 offices across Australia and an annual operating budget in excess of $200 million and $137 million in administered funding.
Robert Atkinson – Board Member
Robert is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Robert has over 20 years experience in higher education and recruitment and joined UTAS in 2017 from a senior leadership position with a London-based higher education provider.
In his role at UTAS Robert has successfully developed and implemented new marketing and recruitment strategies and concepts, leveraging the unique positioning of Tasmania and the University as a destination for high quality education.
Sheralee Davies – Board Member
Sheralee is the Chief Executive of Wine Tasmania and is responsible for promoting and protecting the unique and differentiated Tasmanian wine brand and building the reputation of Tasmanian wine around the world.
Sheralee’s professional background has been predominantly in the wine sector, and has encompassed communications, public and media relations, strategic planning, marketing, events, membership, sponsorship, board and committee management. This professional experience has included global and national roles and responsibilities, which has contributed to Sheralee’s perspective and confidence in Tasmania’s unique positioning.
Sheralee is a strong supporter of uniting Tasmanian businesses and the community under a single brand, as a means to realise Tasmania’s potential and future success of the State.