OUR TEAM

CCA ORGANISATION CHART

SHEREE VERTIGAN AM

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 CEO, Sheree will continue in the acting role until July 2023.

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

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

SARAH BESTER

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CEO

Sarah joined CCA in October 2021, firstly as the Administration Assistant then soon stepping into the role of Executive Assistant to the CEO. 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

LESLEY DEANS

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Lesley joined CCA in September 2022, as the Communications Officer, (Maternity Leave Cover). Lesley studied Environmental Science at the University of Ulster and is a freshwater biologist by trade; with particular experience in river habitat and species surveys and community engagement.

A recent arrival from Scotland, Lesley is looking forward to getting to know North West Tasmania and making it her family home.

EMAIL: ldeans@cradlecoast.com

TANYA DENISON

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

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. In 2022, Tanya took on the role of Regional Economic Development Coordinator.

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

JENNY DONOVAN

PROGRAM MANAGER – REGIONAL PLANNING

Jenny joined CCA in 2022 and is overseeing regional planning and will be working closely with our member councils to manage systematic approaches to planning and economic development within our region.

Jenny is a planner and urban designer and has recently returned from Afghanistan where she worked for the UN delivering a program facilitating community inspired improvements to the built and social environments for women, children and people living with disabilities in Afghan cities.

Before this Jenny has worked with our Member council with Waratah-Wynyard Council on their settlement strategy, and before that she was a private consultant, member of the ministerial advisory panel on transport in Victoria and a lecturer at several universities in Victoria.

EMAIL: jdonovan@cradlecoast.com

SIOBHAN CAIRNS

ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

Siobhan was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, in 2019 she relocated to Burnie, Tasmania to raise her young family. In 2021, together with her partner they launched a local automotive business. Siobhan’s work experience includes admin, retail, and hospitality, and she is undertaking a Certificate 4 in business. Joining the CCA team in 2022, Siobhan sees working in local government as an exciting opportunity.

EMAIL: admin@cradlecoast.com

SPENCER GIBBS

NRM OPERATIONS MANAGER

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.