OUR TEAM

CCA ORGANISATION CHART

SHEREE VERTIGAN AM

INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

In July 2021, Sheree took a leave of absence from her roles on CCA’s Board of directors and Regional Economic Development Steering Group Chair to fulfil the position of Interim CEO, Sheree will continue in the acting role until July 2022.

Sheree was born in Tasmania, studied at the University of Tasmania (BA, Dip Ed, M ED), and worked for the Tasmanian Department of Education in a variety of roles across the State including serving as Principal of Reece High School in Devonport. Sheree left the Department to take up the position of Executive Director and National President of the Australian Secondary Principals Association, and Executive Secretary for the International Confederation of Principals.

Prior to joining Cradle Coast Authority as the Interim CEO, Sheree worked as a consultant and project manager across education, community development and strategic planning and implementation within individual private and NFP businesses and government departments.

Sheree’s experience, expertise, and commitment to the region, shape her leadership and are key, to ensuring that the CCA strategic intent to build stronger councils and a stronger region is the centrepiece of the Authority’s work.

EMAIL svertigan@cradlecoast.com

TEGAN MCKILLOP

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CEO

Tegan joined CCA in 2021, as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She brings with her over fifteen years’ corporate administration experience, specialising in recent years in strata management and commercial property management. This has seen Tegan managing a portfolio of 4500 units and leading large body corporate meetings, often with over 50 participants. However, Tegan’s dream role has always been as an Executive Assistant, and she is delighted to be back in the EA seat.

Having just recently moved to the region, Tegan is keen to explore the wonders of the Cradle Coast and loves nothing more than to take her dog for an evening stroll along the coastline.

EMAIL ea@cradlecoast.com

PATRICK HARVEY

FINANCE MANAGER

Patrick has held a number of accounting positions in businesses on the Cradle Coast for the last 25 years, before joining CCA in August 2020 as the Finance Coordinator/Accountant, in November 2021, Patrick took on the role as Finance Manager.

Patrick has experience in the wholesale/retail, manufacturing and not for profit sectors. He was also previously the team leader of the finance hub at Cradle Coast Campus of the University of Tasmania and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

EMAIL pharvey@cradlecoast.com

JESSICA BERECHREE

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Jess joined CCA in September 2021, as the Communications Officer. Jess is a recent graduate from the University of Tasmania, holding a Bachelor of Business (Marketing). Jess has experience in sales, digital marketing, social media, and website management with a focus on the retail and small business sector.

Born and raised in Burnie, Jess is extremely passionate about our region and loves raising her young family here.

EMAIL: jberechree@cradlecoast.com

HELEN TRUSCOTT

REGIONAL NRM MANAGER

Helen joined CCA in September 2021 as Regional NRM manager for CCA. Born in New Zealand, Helen holds a Master of Environmental Science and has spent the last 20 years working in Australia. Helen comes from a background of operational and efficiency management and enterprise growth in the private sector before moving into natural resource and land management.

Prior to joining CCA, Helen worked with Aboriginal Groups in Northern Australia on the integration of Traditional Knowledge into land management programs and developing opportunities that assist in the ongoing preservation of natural values while creating social and economic benefit.

EMAIL htruscott@cradlecoast.com

SPENCER GIBBS

PROGRAM MANAGER – REGIONAL LAND PARTNERSHIPS

Spencer joined the CCA in 2011, delivering sustainable agriculture programs for the Cradle Coast farming community. He progressed to become the Regional NRM Manager for CCA and more recently has taken on a new role within the team as the Program Manager – Regional Land Partnerships. Spencer’s new role sees him overseeing the delivery of the Australian Government funded environmental and agricultural projects under their Regional Land Partnerships Program. Spencer has a Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Manager as well as many years’ experience in management in both the travel and food industry.

EMAIL sgibbs@cradlecoast.com

IONA FLETT

NRM PLANNING AND MERI COORDINATOR

Iona joined CCA in 2017 and is responsible for CCA’s Three Hummock Island project (protecting Hooded Plovers from feral cats), coordinating NRM Planning, and the monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and improvement (MERI) work required for our Regional Land Partnerships projects. Iona has been working in science and natural resource management since 2002. In Queensland, she worked on several large waterway restoration projects, managed water quality monitoring activities across the region, delivered an update to the region’s Water Quality Improvement Plan, and coordinated stakeholder engagement groups. Iona has a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, Master of Resource Management (Coastal and Marine Management), a Cert IV in Project Management, and experience in the public service, academia, and consultancy.

EMAIL iflett@cradlecoast.com

ALI DUGAND

AGRICULTURE PROJECT COORDINATOR

With a background in Natural Resource Management Ali originally joined the CCA team as Biodiversity Coordinator in 2009. In 2014 Ali moved into the local agricultural production landscape as a Field Agronomist for highly specialised pyrethrum, before returning to CCA as Agriculture Project Coordinator in 2019 as part of the Protecting our Productive Soils project. Ali is qualified in many aspects of Natural Resource Management and Ornithology with an active interest in precision agriculture and the biodiversity values that improve the production systems on farms.

EMAIL adugand@cradlecoast.com

TOM O’MALLEY

REGIONAL AGRICULTURE LANDCARE FACILITATOR

Tom has been working at CCA since 2014, currently coordinating the small landholder property management planning programs including facilitating workshops for farmers. He is qualified to deliver agricultural subjects in University, including soil health management and pasture identification and was previously a microbiologist in the dairy industry with an in-depth understanding of food-borne pathogens, and pathogens in pyrethrum.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Applied Horticultural Science, Bachelor of Applied Agricultural Science with Honors, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Agriculture, Plant, Pathology). He has experience in whole farm planning (property management), soil health and pasture identification (for animal nutrition), natural fertilizer application (compost teas and extracts), agricultural research (designing and managing research projects in field, glasshouse, laboratory techniques, DNA/RNA extraction, virus testing), microbiology/mycology (microscopic and biochemical identification and detection of numerous microorganisms pathogenic to both plants and animals and teaching agricultural science.

EMAIL tomalley@cradlecoast.com

HANNAH SADLER

NRM ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Hannah Sadler has held a couple of different positions in the NRM team at CCA, NRM Facilitator, Land Coordinator and most recently as NRM Engagement Officer since September 2019. Hannah has worked in natural resource management, agriculture, and local government in Western Australia and around Tasmania. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies and a Certificate III in Digital Media. Hannah has extensive experience in working with local government, industry, farmers, volunteers, and school groups. She has a passion for this region, its community, and natural resources.

EMAIL hsadler@cradlecoast.com

NICK JAMSON

NRM PROJECT COORDINATOR

Joining CCA in July 2021 as an NRM Project Coordinator, Nick is currently delivering CCA’s Rice Grass control projects in the Rubicon Estuary and the Circular Head Region. Nick also provides support for the Tasmanian Weed Action Fund Program.

Prior to joining CCA, he worked as a consulting environmental scientist for the mining, agriculture and infrastructure industries in the fields of land rehabilitation and management, soil science and environmental chemistry. He has also worked as an environment advisor on a major rail project spanning multiple states. Nick has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) majoring in Natural Resource Science.

EMAIL njamson@cradlecoast.com

FIONA MARSHALL

AGRICULTURE PROJECT COORDINATOR

Joining CCA in September 2019 as an Agriculture Project Coordinator, Fiona delivers environmental improvement programs for the Giant Freshwater Crayfish in targeted Cradle Coast rivers and protecting and enhancing saltmarsh communities in the Circular Head region.

Fiona has over 30 years’ experience in the natural resource management field at both operational and management levels. She has had extensive on ground experience in soil erosion, river management, and river erosion works, property planning, and community engagement. Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Physical Geography and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

EMAIL fmarshall@cradlecoast.com

MARGOT OOREBEEK

REGIONAL CAT MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR

In November 2019, CCA welcomed Margot to the position of Regional Cat Management Coordinator supporting the implementation of the Tasmanian Cat Management Plan, to improve the levels of responsible cat ownership across the region.

Prior to joining the CCA, Margot had worked for eight years as a senior zoologist for an environmental consultancy and wildlife research company conducting fauna management for the mining, gas, and construction industry as well as undertaking vertebrate pest management for local government. Her specialty is ornithology and she has conducted research projects in the Netherlands, the Arctic, the Kalahari and across Australia. Margot holds a Cert III in vertebrate pest management, a Master’s Degree in Behavioural Ecology and a PhD in Ornithology.

EMAIL moorebeek@cradlecoast.com

TANYA DENISON

FUTURE ENERGY FACILITATOR

Tanya Joined the CCA in January 2020 to coordinate the opportunities in the growing renewable energy sector, via the Future Energy Hub (located within CCA’s office in Burnie). Tanya’s professional background is in the mining and construction industries and small business, and previously held the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Contractors Federation and five years as Alderman with the City of Hobart.

Tanya is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia, holding the credential of EngExec. Tanya holds a Masters degree in Disaster Resilience and Sustainability and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

EMAIL tdenison@cradlecoast.com

DEANNA HUTCHINSON

PHD CANDIDATE, CENTRE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT – SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Deanna started with CCA in November 2019 as a PhD Candidate with Swinburne University. Her research is focused on strengthening the support for entrepreneurs. She has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and has worked in innovation since about 2000, working on national eLearning projects in the early days, moving into international simulation and VR, launching a world-first risk management game in the mining industry and later a magazine.

Deanna’s last role was as CEO of a business association in the spatial industry, where a big focus was businesses working with governments on digitising property information and climate and resilience matters. Common to all of these is a quest to improve people’s lives and livelihoods through innovation, and a drive to disrupt systems that are in the way. Deanna admires the Tasmanian way of innovating and her research is exploring what we can learn about supporting local entrepreneurs. She grew up in regional Queensland and moved to Longford, Tasmania from Brisbane in 2017.

EMAIL dhutchinson@cradlecoast.com

SARAH BESTER

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

Sarah joined CCA in October 2021, as the Administration Assistant. Sarah joined the team with a diverse background in small business, retail, arts, and design and has experience in admin, social media, and marketing support. Sarah maintains a strong connection to small business mentoring other small creative businesses. Sarah holds a Cert IV in Fashion Design and Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Business Studies.

Born and raised in Burnie, and returning here to live in 2017, Sarah has a heart for the Cradle Coast and is excited to see the region thriving.

EMAIL: sbester@cradlecoast.com