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Tasmanian Development Board

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Tasmanian Development Board

The Tasmanian Development Board supports the industry development activities of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts. The board's primary focus is the creation of investment and associated employment through supporting the implementation of the government’s economic and social strategies, in particular the government’s Economic Development Plan.

The board has specific areas of responsibility under the Tasmanian Development Act 1983 and has governance of the legal entity Tasmania Development and Resources (TDR).  The board provides independent advice to the Minister for Economic Development on matters relating to this portfolio and its associated responsibilities.

Members of the Tasmanian Development Board are appointed pursuant to Section 5 (3) of the Tasmanian Development Act 1983. Current members are:

Lyn Cox

Lyn Cox

Lyn Cox was appointed to the Tasmanian Development Board in February 2011.
He was a partner in professional services firm Deloitte, including over 10 years as managing partner for Tasmania.
He has extensive business experience from his 40 years in practice in the areas of, change management, assurance, risk management and listing companies on the stock exchange.
Lyn is currently Chairman of Tasmanian financial institution B & E Limited and a member of General Council of Tasmanian Health Organisation- South.
He was Tasmanian President and a National Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, National Director and National Treasurer of the National Heart Foundation.
Lyn has a Batchelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Kelleher
Mark Kelleher was appointed to the position of Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts in May 2009. This is a business-focussed Tasmanian Government agency, which covers a wide range of functions across export and trade facilitation, investment attraction, industry development, tourism, the arts, and sport and recreation.
As part of the role, Mr Kelleher is the Chief Executive of the Tasmanian Development Board and a member of the Tourism Tasmania Board. He is also a member the Tasmanian Infrastructure Advisory Council and is on the board of Tasmanian Leaders Inc.
Preceding his appointment to the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts, Mr Kelleher was Managing Director of Roaring 40s, a leading Australian-based renewable energy company developing and operating wind farms in Australia, China and India, from September 2005 until May 2009. During this time he was also a board member of the Australian Clean Energy Council.
Previously, Mr Kelleher was with Hydro Tasmania for approximately 12 years. During that time he held a number of senior positions including General Manager Business Development and General Manager Corporate and held lead roles in major projects, such as the Tasmanian electricity industry restructure, Basslink and entry into the National Electricity Market.
Prior to this, Mr Kelleher was with Telstra, where he held a number of key positions in financial and strategy areas, and was the Tasmanian Financial Controller before joining Hydro Tasmania.

Mr Kelleher has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Tasmania) and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. He is also a graduate of the senior executive program at London Business School.


Professor Janelle Allison

Professor Janelle Allison was appointed to the Board in February 2012. Professor Allison is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor (Regional Development), Director of the Cradle Coast Campus at the University of Tasmania.

Professor Allison has a particular interest in the areas of participation and regional economic development.  Her strategic and creative thinking has established new ways to approach engagement in learning.  As PVC (RD) and Director of the Cradle Coast campus she provides strategic leadership and developing strategic initiatives in collaboration with Faculties and many community and business/industry stakeholders. She has a particular interest in transforming regional economies and skilling the workforce. Her research interests are around niche high value manufacturing and food production and the role in regional economies.


Peter Gillooly

Peter Gillooly was appointed to the board in June 2003. Mr Gillooly has extensive business experience and most recently held the position of Chief General Manager at Tattersall’s Holdings Pty Ltd.

He has held a number of directorships with companies including Burswood Ltd, the Landscape Pastoral Company Pty Ltd, the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria, and is currently on the board of Acrux.


Michael Grainger
Mike Grainger was appointed to the board in November 2004.

Mr Grainger is Managing Director of Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA), manufacturer of marine evacuation systems and large capacity liferafts for the international ferry and defence market. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry.

He is also a founding member of the Tasmania Maritime Network, Chairman of the board of TT-Line Company, a Director of the board of the international shipping organisation Interferry, the Chairman of the Brand Tasmania Council and member of the Det Norske Veritas International Ferry Committee.



Keryn Nylander, BA, APRIA

Keryn Nylander was appointed to the board on 20 March 2000.

Ms Nylander was formerly News Director for WIN Television Tasmania and a senior consultant with public relations consultancy Corporate Communications. She now runs her own PR consultancy, Nylander Consulting and is a part of the management team of specialist contract winemaking business Winemaking Tasmania Pty Ltd.

She is a director of B&E financial institution and a Director of the State's peak wine body Wine Industry Tasmania Ltd. Keryn is a former director of Business North and member of the Premier’s Physical Activity Council.


Brett Torossi
Brett Torossi is a property developer with significant experience in urban and commercial developments. Her current major project is ‘The Green’, an innovative and sustainable development that will be home to around 500 families in the northern suburbs of Launceston. The Green has been planned to create a cohesive, safe, vibrant and inclusive community.  Ms Torossi’s passion for urban design excellence provides the components that enable individuals and families to find joy in their lives.

Other current projects involve a dynamic commercial development in Hobart and a successful and well known tourism development on Tasmania’s east coast. The results are award winning, community focused, leading edge and ecologically sustainable developments.

Brett Torossi is a Board member on the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation and the Festival of Voices, plus Trustee -Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Commissioner – Tasmanian Planning Commission, Board member – Tourism Tasmania and Brett has also been on the Tasmanian Development Board since January 2006.



Darren Alexander
Darren Alexander was appointed to the Board in August 2012. Darren has been involved in the Tasmanian ICT industry for the past 14 years, regularly travelling the world to promote Autech and Tasmanian ICT.

Darren’s passion is Tasmanian small business, ICT and in particular the National Broadband network. Darren is committed to growing the Tasmanian ICT sector and a strong advocate for the on-going development and success of Tasmanian small business and Tasmanian ICT companies.

Darren represents the ICT and small business industries on a number of boards including a past President of TAS ICT, Tasmania’s peak industry body, and past Chairman of TCCI Small Business committee. Chairman of the 5 Days of Innovation Festival held in May 2010 and 2012.

Most recently Darren was appointed by the Prime Minister of Australia and Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy as a “Digital Champion” of the National Broadband Network. Darren was also appointed by the Premier of Tasmania as a member of the Digital Futures Advisory Council.

Darren is the CEO of Autech one of the most awarded ICT Company in Tasmania, winning more than 24 State and National and International Awards. Autech was named “Australia’s most innovative company at the Inaugural G’Day USA innovation shoot-out in “New York” Darren was chosen by a panel of prestigious judges including the Wall Street Journal – Autech is the only Tasmanian Company to win this award.




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