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Pam is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania. She is the chair of NRM North, the past Independent Chair of the Southern Regional Planning Panel (responsible for statutory planning determination across southern NSW) and a former NSW Environment Minister. She is a member of the Northern Tasmanian Development Corporation Circular Economy Working Group and a member of the Tasmanian Ministerial Waste Advisory Group. Pam has extensive governance experience in the public and commercial (Australian Securities Exchange) sectors and has worked directly with community groups, industry and local government.

Elizabeth has been Chief Executive Officer of Rural Business Tasmania since 2006 and also holds an extensive board directorship portfolio. As well as her role with the hub, Elizabeth’s current portfolio includes Deputy Chair, Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (national peak advocacy body), Director of Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group, Director of Tasmanian Small Business Council, and Advisory Board Member for TIA.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Business in 1993 and as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors, Elizabeth worked for many years in private practice accounting firms and held senior positions in large commercial enterprises together with short-term consulting, audit and Chief Financial Officer projects for multiple businesses.

Michael is Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA). He has scientific research interests in the nutrition and health of farm livestock and has held numerous research and teaching appointments around the world after he obtained his PhD in 1993. He has a particular interest in the widespread on-farm adoption of research advances, and the difficulties that this can present. He also has an interest in the pedagogy of teaching in higher education.
Michael led the development of the strategy for TIA, 2021–2026, which emphasises the connection of TIA’s research with industry, both in the shaping of the research questions and also with the industry development that follows that research. The strategy also emphasises the connection of TIA with the other agricultural education providers in Tasmania, with the aim of articulating the provision and exciting more people to consider a career in agriculture.

Ian has been actively involved in agriculture, natural resource management, policy formulation, project development, management and community development over the past 30 years. He has represented community groups at state and national government policy level, as well as being a representative of national and state committees and boards. This has enabled Ian to present informed advice on issues affecting community groups and government, as well as allowing him to have significant input into the development of appropriate courses of action, evaluation and implementation of programs and policy across a range of jurisdictions. At local and regional levels Ian has been responsible for and involved with the development, implementation and monitoring of priority research projects, practical application projects and pilot projects that have secured government and private industry funding for their development and execution.

Terry Bailey is the Executive Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). He is an experienced senior executive and director with over 30 years of management and leadership experience in the public and higher education sectors, including as Executive Director of UTAS's UTAS’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (2019-2021), Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and Assistant Secretary responsible for heritage in the Commonwealth Government.

Directly involved in family business, Belinda’s skills span businesses in a multitude of sectors. Belinda’s leadership is demonstrated through her active participation at executive level on national and state boards and committees. She is the current Board Chair of Freshcare Limited, Deputy Chair of Environment Protection Authority Tasmania, and Emeritus Chair of Tasmanian Women in Agriculture. Belinda is Principal Consultant with Optimum Standard, a business management system consultancy building better futures for business across a range of industry sectors, including primary industry. In 2022 Belinda was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to primary industries.

Andrew was initially appointed CEO of Tasmanian Irrigation in May 2019 and reappointed in May 2022. He has more than 25 years of senior and executive management experience in the irrigation, urban water and electricity utility sectors spanning four states and territories. Recent positions include CEO of Cradle Mountain Water and General Manager Commercial and Strategy of Territory Generation in Darwin. Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Queensland and has extensive experience in finance, economic regulation, operational management, organisation development, leadership and change management.

Peter grew up on a farm near Nanango in Queensland. After studying at Gatton College he worked in the Queensland Government for 25 years as an extension officer focusing on native vegetation management strategies on farms. He moved to Tasmania in 2007 to take on the role of Manager Natural Values Conservation in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, before retiring in 2018. He has been involved in landcare and land management since the late 1970s and is presently chair of West Tamar Landcare Group. He is also Chair of Cradle Coast NRM, a Director on the Cradle Coast Authority Board, Director representing Tasmania on the NRM Regions Australia Board, and a Director on the Landcare Tasmania Board.

Peter has a lifelong connection to landcare as a community movement. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to vegetation management in Queensland. He has broad experience in practical land and vegetation management as well as experience as a farmer and community volunteer.

Our ParTners

The hub is proud to work with a diverse network of over 20 Industry Partners, Delivery Partners and collaborators to build drought and climate resilience through hub activities. Through this network, we span the entire breadth of the Tasmanian agriculture sector and can support farmers, agricultural businesses and communities.
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Funding & AcknowledgmentS

This program received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

The Australian Government is contributing $12.4 million over 4 years through the Future Drought Fund under various grants. Hub partners and the University of Tasmania will provide co-contributions of an amount at least equal to the Australian Government funding over the same period.

We acknowledge the palawa/pakana people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live and work. We honour their enduring culture and knowledges as vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and resilience of their communities.

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