Our Board

Maree Fudge
Chair
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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 the University of Tasmania – 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).

Debra Rigby
Vice-Chairperson, Consumer Advisory Group Convener
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Debra Rigby

Debra is a retired lawyer who immediately preceding retirement was for 13 years Commissioner for Criminal Injuries Compensation and for 15 years President of the Mental Health Tribunal. These roles were held concurrently.

Prior to this she had fulfilled many senior roles in the government sector including Senior Lawyer, Department of Justice, Legislation and Policy, Deputy President of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania and Senior Criminal Counsel Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania.

Debra was on the Board of the Hobart Clinic Association from 2009 to 2017 and held the roles of Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee.

Debra holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice from the University of Tasmania, is Admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia and holds a Master of Laws (Tribunal Procedures) from Monash University.

She is a Graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Miriam Coleman
Audit and Risk Committee
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Miriam Coleman

Miriam’s background is in finance and accounting and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Clarence City Council.  She has held senior accounting roles overseas with the multi-national company Norske Scog 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 extensive accounting, project management, board reporting and financial analysis skills to the Board.

Miriam holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Tasmania. She is also a Chartered Accountant and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jo Jones
Quality and Safety Committee
Tom Lewis
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Tom Lewis

Tom trained in aquaculture and microbiology and currently is a consultant to the agri-food sector in Tasmania and Australia. Tom has spent much of the past 30 years working at the commercial-academic boundary in industry-focused aquaculture, food safety and agri-food projects. His professional experience ranges from hands-on development and design of technical operations to high-level strategic management. His broad business and technical  background helped in his work to establish such varied not-for-profit organisations as The Allergen Bureau, FermenTasmania and Oysters Tasmania.

Tom is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian institute of Food Science and Technology and holds a PhD and a Master of Business.

 

Jacky Purves
Mary Anne Ryan