Nathan Calman is the CEO of TasFarmers. His previous role was Brewery Manager at J. Boag and Son Brewing in Launceston and, prior to this, he worked in a number of roles within the broader Lion business in NSW and TAS over the past 13 years. Nathan brings experience in the fields of Food Science, Lean Manufacturing, Governance and Strategy. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Adelaide, the Master Brewer Qualification from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in the UK, a Master of Business Administration from UniSA and has graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.
Karen’s current role is the CEO of Rural Youth which is responsible for Tasmania’s premier rural event – Agfest. Agfest attracts over 60,000 visitors during the three days to visit the sites of over 700 exhibitors. Before joining Rural Youth five years ago, Karen worked in the not for profit sector in a training and business development role for TL3. This followed an extensive career in banking and managing a range of commercial enterprises in Launceston. Karen will bring her skills in critical thinking and strategic planning to the work of the Board.
Paul Veerhuis comes to the Board with over 20 years of experience in the banking and finance sectors. Following roles in the private sector, Paul joined the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) in 2005. Paul works in APRA’s banking supervision division, overseeing a portfolio of banks. Paul is APRA’s representative on the International Credit Union Regulator’s Network.
Dr Joey Crawford is an Academic at the University of Tasmania by day, and a serial entrepreneur by night. He is currently Managing Director of carbon negative gin distillery, Negat-ve Distillery, and has been recognised locally, nationally, and internationally for his innovative research and development. He holds a PhD, Bachelor of Business (First Class Honours), and Bachelor of Education (Professional Honours) from the University of Tasmania. Through managerial roles and employment within the private education industry, Joey developed a well-grounded understanding of strategic challenges in management and leadership that has led to ground-breaking educational and leadership development research being implemented locally and across the globe.
Lauren works in emergency planning for Department of Education, Children and Young People having previously served as a police officer for twenty five years in areas including drug and criminal investigation, prosecution and executive administration roles before transitioning to the business unit of the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management (DPFEM). She was responsible for the development of strategic policy and departmental responses to vulnerable community groups, including people with disability. Lauren is now the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for the DPFEM. Lauren holds a Bachelors Degree (Prof Hons) in Public Sector Leadership and Management and a Bachelor of Social Science from UTAS.
Angela joined the Board on 3 October 2022. Angela brings expertise and many years of experience in marketing, communications, advertising and public relations to Self Help Workplace. Angela has worked with Tourism Tasmania and the Bank of Us and is currently employed as the Marketing Manager with St Giles.
Renee Malby joined the Board in July 2023. Renee is the Founder of Therapy CoLab that offers a comprehensive mentoring and administrative solution designed to support practitioners from all disciplines across Australia. Renee has worked extensively in the aged care and disability sectors both at provider and peak body level in NSW, Victoria and now Tasmania.
Ms Hindrum joined the Board as an intern director in April 2023. The role of intern director was created to encourage and support people to become directors in the not-for-profit sector, particularly people with a lived experience of disability. Sonja brings a wealth of experience in the arts/cultural field as a volunteer and co-ordinator in events such as Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Tamar Valley Peace Festival and Junction Arts Festival. Sonja also has personal experience as a carer and advocate. Ms Hindrum is currently completing a PhD at the University of Tasmania. Part of the research is working with a methodology of Care.