Our Board

Ian Nelson – Chair

Ian has recently formed his own consulting company offering workplace relations support to Tasmanian employers.  Prior to this, Ian was General Manager – Human Resources for the Huon Aquaculture Group.  Ian has also held positions as Manager Human Resources for Transend Networks Pty Ltd, Tasmania’s electricity transmission network operator, and as Manager Human Resources with Clarence City Council in Hobart.
Ian has broad experience in industrial and employee relations, health and safety management, and development of employment related programs that support sustainable work environments for employers and their employees. Ian’s experience also includes senior management roles focussed on strategic and business planning. Prior to moving to Tasmania, Ian worked in the offshore oil and gas industry in Western Australia, providing emergency escape/evacuation training programs to offshore oil and gas workers.
Ian is a graduate of the inaugural Tasmanian Leaders Program.  Ian is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds combined Bachelor of Commerce and Laws degrees and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Gayle Johnston – Vice Chair

Gayle is a lawyer, admitted to practice in Tasmania, South Australia and the Commonwealth.  She is Manager Operations at the Legal Profession Board of Tasmania.  Gayle is the former Department Manager, Legal Services for TasWater. She was previously General Counsel for the Integrity Commission and formerly a litigation partner at Simmons Wolfhagen. She has broad experience in general insurance work, acting on behalf of several national medical defence organisations, workers compensation and public liability for a national supermarket chain, and personal injury claims.  She is a former Board Member of HDNS, from October 2007 until November 2010, and again since June 2011.

Gayle holds a Bachelor of Laws from Flinders University, South Australia; a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, University of South Australia; a Graduate Diploma in Medical and Health Law, Melbourne University; a Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Services), Airservices College Australia.  She was a participant of the Tasmania Leaders Program 2012.

David Nowell

David joined the Board in June 2008. He brings extensive financial and administrative skills to the Board. He has held senior financial positions both within the public and private sectors. He also holds directorships in other not for profit organisations.

David is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Fellow of the Society of CPAs (FCPA). He has a Commerce degree and Master degrees in finance and law.

Jan Snashall

General trained nurse, St. John’s Hospital, Hobart. Jan moved to Sydney and worked at Concord Repatriation Hospital and in various other hospitals in NSW. Returned to Hobart and St. John’s Hospital and after a short while became Charge Nurse, Paediatric Ward, St. John’s Hospital in 1977, a position held until moving to Canberra in 1984.  Worked in surgical wards at Woden Valley Hospital and then became Assistant Director of Nursing (Night Duty – Management) Woden Valley Hospital, which is now the Canberra Hospital.

Jan returned to Hobart in1990 and once again returned to St. John’s Hospital, where she held various positions in Infection Control, Accreditation and Quality Manager and Administration Manager prior to the hospital being acquired by Calvary Healthcare.

In 2001, Jan worked for 6 months as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Council on AIDS & Related Diseases, followed by several years as a Board Member & then President of the organisation.  Later in 2001, Jan commenced as the Manager, Southern Area for St. Luke’s Health Insurance.  Jan retired from this position in 2011.  Jan has a certificate in Quality Management.

Miriam Coleman – B.Com CA GAICD

Miriam joined the Board in November 2014.  Miriam’s background is in finance and accounting. Her career highlights included senior accounting roles overseas with the multi-national company Norske Skog and interstate with FATS Pty Ltd a subsidiary of the Global company Meggitt PLC.   Miriam has worked in Public and Private practice in varying accounting roles.  She also established Relocations Plus as business Principal whilst also working as a consultant accountant to Local Government.  Miriam brings to the committee extensive accounting, project management, board reporting and financial analysis skills to the Board. Miriam holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with the University of Tasmania. She is also a Chartered Accountant and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Maree Fudge

Maree is a Director and co-owner of a small Tasmanian consultancy firm, RDS Partners.

She has almost 20 years experience in leadership, governance and management within the community sector in Tasmania and the ACT. Her professional experience has included people management, governance, capacity building, business and organizational development, research and evaluation. Prior to joining RDS Partners, Maree was responsible for the first TasCOSS Industry Development Plan for the community services sector and the progression of industry policy.

Maree is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and is currently a PhD candidate at UTAS – Participatory governance and political representation: Innovations in governance of shared public resources in the context of multiple users and a diversity of values (Marine case study).