Meet our Brand Tasmania Council Members
Council members, who volunteer their time, include leaders of the private sector and representatives of the Department of State Growth and the Arts and the Department of Primary Industries, Water and the Environment. The council collaborates with leaders in various industry sectors and its members are inspired by Tasmania's rich natural and cultural heritage, as well as the resourcefulness, vision and creativity of the Tasmanian people.
Michael Grainger – Chair
Managing Director, Liferaft Systems Australia Pty Ltd
(03) 6273 9277
Michael Grainger was elected Chair of the Brand Tasmania Council in 2009. A former international yachtsman, Mr Grainger has dedicated nearly 20 years to building Tasmania’s world leadership in the manufacture and international marketing of marine evacuation systems and large-capacity liferafts for commercial and military use. He represents the marine engineering sector and is widely connected locally and internationally through board memberships.
Allanah Dopson – Deputy Chair
(03) 6223 7895
Allanah Dopson, Proprietor and Director of the Handmark Galleries in Salamanca Place and Evandale, represents the State’s vibrant Arts sector. Ms Dopson, who has served on the boards of the Design Centre in Launceston and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, is widely respected in the State’s Arts community. She joined the council in 2010 and brings wide experience in public sector Arts administration, as well as hands-on commercial expertise to her role.
Chief Executive Officer, Autech
(03) 6334 2464
The founder and CEO of Autech Software & Design, Darren Alexander represents the Information & Communications Technology sector. As well as running one of the State’s most successful export-focused ICT businesses, Mr Alexander is a member of the NBN Tasmania board and the Tasmania ICT Committee. He was the 2007 winner of the G’day USA Innovation Shoot-out in Los Angeles. Mr Alexander was the driving force behind northern Tasmania’s 5 Days of Innovation Festival in 2010 and contributes enthusiastically to the State’s corporate life.
General Manager Client Services, Department of State Growth
(03) 6165 5177
Mark Bowles leads a unit responsible for helping grow Tasmanian businesses and industries through client engagement. Mr Bowles was formerly General Manager of the Department of State Growth’s Trade and International Relations team, Chief Economist of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and has also worked in corporate finance, consulting and international marketing.
Managing Director, Britton Timbers
(03) 6452 2522
Glenn Britton represents the Forestry and Timber sector on the council. Mr Britton has moved his enterprise down the value-adding chain and is proud to be a third-generation manager of blackwood forests in the north-west that were first harvested by his grandfather and have been managed so carefully that environmental activists regard them as having high conservation value today. He helped represent the industry in the forest peace process of 2010-12.
Chief Executive Officer, TT Line
(03) 6421 7209
Bernard Dwyer has significant experience in the Tasmanian tourism sector, having worked for the past 14 years in various senior management positions with the Federal Group, including nearly nine years as its Director of Tourism. Mr Dwyer oversaw the development of the Saffire property and assisted in developing the Federal Group’s tourism portfolio under the nationally awarded Pure Tasmania brand. TT Line has flourished since his appointment and his experience in senior tourism and general management roles is extremely beneficial to the Brand Tasmania Council.
Secretary, Department State Growth
(03) 6165 5252
Kim Evans is the Secretary of the Department of State Growth, making him one of the busiest executives in Tasmania’s state service. Mr Evans provides a link between his department and the activities of the council.
Proprietor, Bruny Island Cheese
(03) 6260 6353
Nick Haddow established Bruny Island Cheese in 2003 and produces a range of acclaimed artisan-style cheeses from cow and goat milk. His business, incorporating a sourdough bakery, cafe and retail outlet, has become a favourite stop for food writers being shown around the island. Mr Haddow represents the State’s exciting food sector.
Managing Director, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
(03) 6234 4270
Mr Pennicott is the founder and Managing Director of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, a multiple award-winning business that operates eco-cruises from Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula and internationally successful Seafood Seduction tours from the Hobart waterfront. Mr Pennicott, who was Tasmania’s Australian of the Year in 2011, established the respected Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund which supports land care projects. He has circumnavigated Australia in an inflatable boat to raise $300,000 for the global fight against polio and has won numerous awards and accolades.
Director, Domaine Simha and Radpublic
0432 925 895
Louise Radman is a Director of Tasmanian wine company Domaine Simha and the founding director of Radpublic. With a career spanning 20 years in wine and luxury marketing, Ms Radman brings a wealth of experience in representing the State’s wine sector. A Len Evans scholar and a Roseworthy alumni, she is active on numerous boards and judging panels. Her specialties include brand identity, engagement, renegade and experiential marketing and public relations.
(03) 6247 9995
Tony Stacey, AM, is the Brand Tasmania Council’s longest-serving member. He was Managing Director at Blundstone’s in 1997 when a loose association of exporters recognised that a strong place-of-origin brand could deliver value to their businesses. Mr Stacey was the founding Chair when the independent Brand Tasmania Council was established in 1998 and has represented the Manufacturing sector’s interests for more than a decade. He is also active in the Arts scene and chairs the board of the Theatre Royal.
PO Box 957 Sandy Bay 7006
M: 0419 564 745
Robert Heazlewood, MBA, was the sole fulltime operating officer of Brand Tasmania for a decade until 2012. He brings entrepreneurial and individualistic flair to the council’s work, along with technical ability in electronic communications and as a cinematographer. His extensive connections within the business community and personal relationships with influential individuals have been critically important in extending the global reach of Tasmania’s brand.
PO Box 957 Sandy Bay 7006
P: (03) 6165 5053
M: 0409 559 670
Martin Turmine, a marketing specialist with 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors, joined Brand Tasmania in 2012 as Senior Manager. Mr Turmine was seconded from the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts to work with the Executive Director. Mr Turmine’s commercial and marketing skills represented the most significant boost to Brand Tasmania resources in a decade.