Gillian is the Festival and Event Specialist for Visit Northern Tasmania. She has had a long career working in the sector in both a public and private capacity and is the co-founder of Festival of Voices, the Australian Musical Theatre Festival and agriCULTURED - a new winter event for the north. She believes in the power of events to bring together communities of interest who share a passion for their chosen activity, with visitors to our state, to create pride in our island and add value to our visitor economy. Whether you want to design a new boutique or public event or explore a new opportunity - Gillian can offer advice and techniques designed to bring forward the best of your ideas and ways to test concepts. She can identify issues to be aware of before you start which can trip you up in your planning if not built into your research and testing, along with advice about planning and budgeting to increase creativity and reduce risk. Don’t hesitate to come along and make your pitch - it might be Tasmania’s next big event!
I have been in my current position of Regional Economic Development Coordinator with Regional Development Australia - Tasmania for the past 8 years. During this time, I have gained a wealth of knowledge, skills, experience and connections that enable me to recognise opportunities and potential markets, whilst using my knowledge base and awareness of government policies and priorities to establish connections that lead to successful outcomes for businesses, organisations and the wider community.
For the Building Better Regions Fund program, I acted as a key source of information, advice and assistance and subsequently fostered relationships with several applicants. My input, including evidence-based information, was incorporated into 10 applications worth over $35 million.
Having lived in Tasmania for the past 11 years, my family and I could not think of a better place to be. I see Tasmania as the most amazing place on earth and I feel incredibly optimistic about the possibilities and opportunities that could further enhance our great island state even further.
In 2013, my wife and I founded Vinyl in the Vines to organise parties at cellar doors with DJs, inspired by our European summer holidays discovering beautiful places with DJs adding music to the moment.
I work at Australian Community Media (the company that owns The Examiner and Advocate) and I produce the tourism magazine Tasmanian Travelways which is Tasmania's largest distributed tourism publication. Two years ago I was challenged with overhauling and ensuring the viability of the magazine (which has been around since the 60s). I have unashamedly fallen in love with the tourism industry and I am ridiculously proud of how far Travelways has come, I am excited about the future! During my time at Australian Community Media, I have also been lucky enough to oversee and create some more niche publications (passion projects) such as the Tasmanian Food Guide and some lifestyle publications centred around the North of the state which has allowed me to work with some amazing people within the tourism and hospitality sector. I am on the tail end of completing my graduate certificate in Tourism and Cultural Heritage at UTAS and will soon begin my masters. Recently, I accepted an invitation to join the board of the Launceston and Tamar Valley Tourism Association, this role will see me working within my own community at a grassroots level.
My passion lies in destination marketing and content creation and I am a big believer in collaboration! Because having one job is not enough I also run dog training classes and do private dog training consultations. I started studying Canine, Equine and Feline psychology at the age of 18 and have consulted out of vet clinics and businesses. I have been very fortunate to grow up in a family that owned their own successful businesses. Because of this, I understand the challenges of owning or starting a small business but also the satisfaction that comes with being able to say "I made that
Mitchell is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years experience across both public practice and industry based accounting positions. He brings both local and overseas experience, specialising in management reporting, cashflow management, finance process improvements and investment analysis. By taking a dynamic and innovative approach, Mitch can help you grow your business, increase cashflows, build your wealth and minimise tax, enabling you to focus on what you do best. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and a round of golf.
As President of the Great Regional City Challenge, principal of Community Led Impact Partnerships (CLIP), co-designer of the community platform launcestontogether.com.au and Festival Director of the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival, Owen’s current goal is to mobilise the Launceston community at scale and “make this region great”.
He has a background of 5 decades of business experience and has started and run businesses in tourism accommodation, hospitality, business consulting, community consulting and film.
Contact Owen via email at email@example.com.
Sam is co-founder of Willie Smith’s Cider Makers, with 4th generation apple orchardist, Andrew Smith. The operation is based on the Smith family farm in the Huon Valley in Tasmania and has grown rapidly to become one of Australia’s leading Craft Cider companies picking up a host of awards along the way. Sam became President of Cider Australia in 2014 and is passionate about the difference the growth of craft beverages can make to regional, agricultural communities around Australia. He stepped down from that role at the end of 2020 after uniting the industry behind the 100% Australian grown ‘trust mark’ designed to help drinkers better understand where the fruit in their cider comes from.
Prior to that Sam had a corporate career spanning 15 years and 3 continents working in senior marketing and innovation roles. Sam has a passion for brands and for great drinking experiences and is excited about the opportunity Tasmania has ahead of it with the global tourism focus and abundance of fantastic food and beverage available. Connect with Sam on LinkedIn
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