On Friday 23rd February 2018, 24 of Tasmania’s brightest leaders will graduate from the 2017 Tasmanian Leaders Program, taking the skills, knowledge and determination gained through the program to enact and enable innovative and positive change for Tasmania.

Over 11 months, the participants of the 2017 program have explored Tasmania’s key challenges and opportunities in areas such as community, business, economics and government through seminars, case studies, field trips and retreats. They have been exposed to hundreds of business and community leaders, experts and critical thinkers.

Often described as a life-changing journey, the program enhances each participant’s leadership capacity, while prompting them to develop a vision for Tasmania’s future. Graduating participant, Nick Probert, State Manager, Beacon Foundation, says “he is excited that that opportunity still exists in Tasmania to be able to influence and lead change and be a player on the field, not just watching from the sidelines.”

Megan Rozynski, Owner, Creative Hum, has seen how reaching out to a person or a community can change, and in some cases save, lives. She hopes to become a better person, a better parent and a better example for others in small business.

The program is intentionally diverse, and draws participants from all areas of Tasmania. It challenges participants to examine, develop and explore their viewpoints and ideas, and encourages new thinking and conversations to occur.

“TLP is fortunate and privileged to draw on such a breadth of volunteers willing to share insights from such varied political views, social backgrounds, challenging lives and entrepreneurial paths- their experiences were enlightening and inspiring for me. I have broadened my Tasmania-centric world view, developed a greater appreciation for the issues and possibilities here, and acknowledged that I can choose to be an active part of any change – there is no point sitting back wanting someone else to fix it”. Nicole Sherriff, 2017 Valedictorian

The graduating group will expand the Tasmanian Leaders Program Alumni to 248, adding to the already skilled and motivated group of individuals who are a valuable resource as both leaders and advocates for Tasmania.
Tasmanian Leaders Chair, Ginna Webster says, “These graduates add to our talented and passionate Alumni who are actively contributing to leadership in our community. We are looking forward to what these enthusiastic and inspirational group of leaders do next to make Tasmania a better place.
Major sponsors of Tasmanian Leaders are the Tasmanian Government through the Department of State Growth, RACT, the Federal Group, Nekon and WIN TV.

TLP 2019 will be open to new applicants on 1 June, 2018. For more information visit www.tasmanianleaders.org.au.

Background to Tasmanian Leaders
There are three missions within the broad remit of the organisation. Tasmanian Leaders is an independent not-for-profit organisation that identifies and develops leaders who are committed to creating and influencing a successful future for our state. The Tasmanian Leaders Program enhances participants’ leadership skills, networks and ability to influence through a dynamic year-long action learning program that is the primary output of Tasmanian Leaders Inc. The Tasmanian Leaders Alumni is a strong and growing network of graduates from the Tasmanian Leaders Program who apply their leadership capacity for the benefit of the Tasmanian community and each other.

2017 Tasmanian Leaders Program Participant List
Adrian Daniels
Health, Safety and Environment Leader

Benita Fordham
Commercial Manager
Vantage Group

Damien Arkley
State Customer Services Manager
Metro Tasmania Pty Ltd

Geraldine Hayes
Acting Superintendent
Department of Justice

Jason Licht
Associate/Registered Architect
Cumulus Studio Architects

Justine Brooks
Development Services Manager
George Town Council

Kate O’Shannessey
Finance Manager

Kirby Dillon
Principal Consultant – Injury Management and Ergonomics

Kristy Brown
Director People and Culture
Relationships Australia Tasmania

Lucy Blake
Associate Director
Myriad Research

Margo Peart
Anaesthetist / Clinical Senior Lecturer
THO – NW / UTAS Rural Clinical School

Marie Bennett
Coordinator place based services
Red Cross

Mark Wild
Director Corporate Services
Cancer Council Tasmania

Megan Rozynski
Creative Hum

Michael Woodward
Director, National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
University of Tasmania

Nicholas Dwyer
Senior Civil Engineer

Nick Probert
State Manager
Beacon Foundation

Nicole Sherriff
projects and stakeholder coordinator
Hydro Tasmania

Phillip Boxall
Section Head – Science Technical Support
Australian Antarctic Divsiion

Rachel Nichols
Human Resources Manager
Nichols Poultry Pty Ltd

Rowan Trebilco
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC

Sean Hollick
Community Service Order (CSO) Coordinator
Community Corrections – Dept of Justice

Spencer Gibbs
Productive Landscapes Coordinator
Cradle Coast Authority (Cradle Coast NRM)

Tom Woolley
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Jenn Heggarty