OUR TEAM

CCA ORGANISATION CHART

DARYL CONNELLY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Daryl was appointed as CEO of Cradle Coast Authority (CCA) in December 2019 to oversee a period of organisational reform, including a renewed focus on economic development and Council collaboration. Prior to that, Daryl was Co-founder and Executive Officer at Switch Tasmania, a not for profit organisation established in 2011 to support people with a business or business idea, where he remains on the board. Other committee roles include the Tasmanian Libraries Advisory Board, the RDA Tasmania Committee, the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Tasmania) and the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, where he is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, supporting a number of PhD and Honours students. Daryl holds a Master of Business from the University of Tasmania and is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program. He is Cradle Coast born and bred, has two amazing daughters and lives at Forth.

CONTACT DARYL

CLAIRE SMITH

DIRECTOR STRATEGIC SERVICES

Claire joined CCA in 2015 and is currently the Director Strategic Services. Prior, she held senior finance roles in the resource and recruitment sectors. Claire holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a graduate of the 2019 Tasmanian Leaders Program. Claire is also a Councillor on the CPA Tasmania Divisional Council, President of the CPA Regional Member Network and in 2017 received the CPA Tasmania Divisional President’s Award for Excellence (Young Leader) for her work establishing ‘The Coasters’ – a highly regarded network providing young people with career development and networking opportunities across the Cradle Coast.

EMAIL csmith@cradlecoast.com

MIKE THOMSON

REGIONAL NRM MANAGER

Mike joined CCA as the Regional NRM Manager in August 2020 with a key focus on integration between CCA’s natural resource management and economic development work along with the management of the NRM team. Mike holds a Masters Degree in Applied Science and has an extensive commercial and technical background having worked much of his career in aquaculture in a variety of senior positions in both Australia and Europe.

EMAILmthomson@cradlecoast.com

PATRICK HARVEY

FINANCE COORDINATOR / ACCOUNTANT

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.

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

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.

EMAILsgibbs@cradlecoast.com

JEMMA O’NEILL

CORPORATE SERVICES COORDINATOR

Jemma joined the CCA in 2015 and is currently responsible for human resources, payroll, office management, WHS and communications support. Jemma has a passion for efficiency and processes and implements many organisational policies and procedures across the organisation. Jemma was previously a successful senior Media Sales Consultant for 11 years, achieving several national Advertising Awards. She holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management, Certificate IV Competitive Systems and Practices (LEAN) and is a current UTAS post-graduate student studying a Graduate Certificate in Business.

Jemma is also a member of The Coasters Working Group, planning opportunities and events for like-minded aspiration young people who live and work in the Cradle Coast.

EMAILjoneill@cradlecoast.com

CAROL BRACKEN

PROGRAM MANAGER – REGIONAL FUTURES PLAN

Carol joined CCA in a newly created position in July 2019 to develop and implement a workplan which will see The Regional Futures Plan working effectively in the Cradle Coast region. Carol has over ten years experience in project and program management with the Department of Defence, ten years experience running her own orchard and nursery business and eight years as a Councillor on the West Tamar Council. She has a Masters in Information Technology and an Honours Degree in Science (Biochemistry). She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

EMAILcbracken@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.

EMAILtdenison@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

MATTHEW DICKSON

COUNCIL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Matthew joined the Strategic Services team of CCA in January 2020 to manage the Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA) Program.

He is also the Co-founder of WorkBox Safety (cloud-based safety software) and continues to work as a Safety, Quality and Environmental Systems Consultant, a Lean Practitioner and Elphinstone Simulated Work Environment Facilitator. Matthew’s expertise was gained in the Civil Construction Industry where in his various Systems and Business Development roles he positioned businesses to grow amidst increasing compliance. Matthew has a Master of Business Administration (UTAS), Diploma in Competitive Systems and Practices (UTAS), Graduate Certificate in Human Factors and Safety Management Systems (USouthAust), Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies with Honours (UTAS), and a Bachelor of Science (Geography and Mathematics) (UTAS).

EMAILmdickson@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

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.

EMAILdhutchinson@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

SOPHIE WRIGHT

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CEO

In August 2019, Sophie joined CCA as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She is an energetic and proud Tasmanian and while ambitious, she is also humbled by the opportunities that present. She is currently studying a Diploma in Human Resource Management and is an elected member of the Premier’s Youth Advisory Council.

Sophie is also the CCA representative and social media coordinator for The Coasters – a group of like-minded aspiration young people who live and work on the Cradle Coast influencing the region’s future. The Coasters was established in 2017, is managed by a group of passionate volunteers and hosted by CCA.

EMAILswright@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

MARY RODDY

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (COASTAL PATHWAY)

In April 2019 Mary joined CCA to fill a new position project managing the delivery of 21km of Coastal Pathway across three municipal areas. Mary has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) and has previously worked in the construction sector delivering the construction of bridges, piling projects, and marine projects.

EMAILmroddy@cradlecoast.com

ANNA WIND

ENVIRONMENT PROJECT COORDINATOR

Anna first joined Tasmania’s West North West Councils in 1996, which later became the CCA, as a Coastcare Facilitator, establishing Coastcare groups. Anna re-joined CCA in 2006 as a Coastal Facilitator, then Facilitator Team Leader supporting community Coastcare, Landcare and Friends of groups. As Coastal Coordinator, Anna worked closely with community groups, councils, and the Parks and Wildlife Service on project implementation in the region and managed the Community Skills, Knowledge and Engagement, and the Coastal Programs.

Anna currently works part-time and is still working in the areas she is most passionate about, the coast and the community, to deliver coastal saltmarsh protection and Rice Grass projects. Anna holds diplomas in Community Services and Management and has years of experience in coastal management.

EMAILawind@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

PRAKASH THAPA

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE ASSISTANT

Prakash joined CCA in August 2020, as the Administration and Finance Assistant. Prakash is an accounting graduate with experience in both local and international areas of accounting, holding a Master of Professional Accounting and Business (MPAB) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with the specialisation in Accounting and Finance. Prakash is originally from Nepal and is excited to make the Cradle Coast Region his new home.

EMAIL pthapa@cradlecoast.com

MITCHELL WEATHERILL

ABORIGINAL NATURAL RESOURCE ENGAGEMENT OFFICER (AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICE)

Mitchell started with CCA in January 2021 and will continue his studies at Hellyer College while completing a Certificate III in Land and Conversation Management. Growing up in Waratah Mitchell found a passion for bushwalking and he enjoys all things outdoors such as motorbike riding, fishing and kayaking. Mitchell relocated to the coast to complete his studies. He is excited to learn more about Aboriginal heritage and pass this new knowledge onto others.

EMAILmweatherill@cradlecoast.com