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Monica Plunkett ( Vice Chairman)
I have worked in the advertising industry for over 20 years now – 10 years of my career was spent as a Senior Art Director at Clemenger Tasmania, and I have also worked in other design studios and advertising agencies in Tasmania and Queensland. For the last 6 years my husband and I have run our own advertising, design and marketing business in Launceston.
As the creative partner in Halibut, my role includes strategic planning for clients’ communication and marketing requirements, brand strategy and implementation, as well as advertising and design across all media – print, press, digital and so on.
As well as being very experienced in all aspects of advertising and marketing, over the past few years our business has had a great deal to do with tourism in our region. Halibut’s clients include Tourism Northern Tasmania (TNT), the Regional Tourism Organisation that came before TNT, Northern Tasmania Development (NTD), Launceston City Council (including all aspects of the Tourism department and Visitor Information Centre, as well as numerous smaller tourism operators.
Dan is currently employed by Fairfax Regional Media where he holds the position of Commercial Media Manager – Tasmania, overseeing the advertising departments for both The Examiner and The Advocate newspapers and their respective websites and niche publications.
During his time in this role Dan has been able to gain a great insight into the business communities across the North & North West of Tasmania and the challenges they face, with a particular interest in the issues within his hometown of Launceston. Previous to this position, Dan has held several senior roles at The Examiner over the past 10 years including Media Sales Manager, Tourism Manager, Features Manager and Real Estate Manager.
Richard Lawson (Treasurer)
Richard has been at WHK for over 15 years and brings a vast array of knowledge and experience to his role as Principal in the Business Services sector of WHK.
Despite specialising in Forestry, Richard thrives on the diversity of his client base, which is predominately small to medium enterprises.
Whilst Richard is primarily based in Launceston, he also travels to WHK's Scottsdale office every Friday. Richard has done this for over 10 years, developing solid client relationships through his availability and dedication to his clients.
Richard loves to spend time with his wife, daughter and son. He also enjoys playing golf, touch football and cycling.
I am currently a Board Member of Theatre North at the Princess, Theatre Council of Tasmania, and the University of Tasmania’s Northern Advisory Board. I I believe Launceston has great potential for further growth with the alignment of Council’s redevelopment plans, Northern Tasmania’s tourism strategies, and Tasmania’s increasing festivals and events industry.
I formally relocated to Launceston from Toronto, Canada in January 2011 to establish the Junction Arts Festival, as Festival Director. As a producer, curator, consultant, theatre devisor and writer I have devoted the last 16 years of my career to the development of contemporary visual art, theatre and performance in Canada and abroad. Through my various roles in directing organisations, being part of a senior management team, or in my previous voluntary work on numerous boards in Canada, I have knowledge and experience in curating, arts programming, event management, venue management, not-for-profit governance, strategic development, innovation, succession planning and long-term organisational capacity and growth. I have worked closely with all levels of government in Canada and in Launceston, and am intimately aware of the importance of advocacy and communication at all levels of government.
Todd is a registered architect, Director and co-founder of Cumulus Studio architecture and design. His skills have been recognised through the following awards:
2012 Property Council of Australia ( Tas)-Future Leaders Award
2010 Australian Institute of Architects ( Tas)-Emerging Architect Award
2001 Australian Institute of Architects (Tas) SWT Blythe Student Award
Todd has recently worked on the North Bank Master plan, Cataract Gorge Master plan and the revitalisation of the Penny Royal Gunpowder Mill.
Alderman Simon Wood
I was born and educated in Launceston, both my wife and I operate small businesses here.
Council and the Community must work together to create a unique place where there is an eclectic mix of retail, restaurants, homes and businesses. A place where people want to go, feel comfortable and proud, a place that encapsulates all that is Launceston and what the greater Launceston region has to offer. The CBD should be the starting point for tourists to begin their Tasmanian adventures, and are not only amazed by our fantastic heritage architecture and natural assets, but also thrilled to be met with a refreshing ‘can do’ attitude.
The CBD should be a place where people are encouraged to live. I believe that we should have an achievable target of 500 extra people living in the CBD by 2020.By actively encouraging people to move into the city we will turn the CBD into something significant.
Chris Griffin is currently the CEO of Tourism Northern Tasmania and has managed small and large commercial businesses, and was most recently employed as a Senior Executive for Tourism Tasmania.
During his four years at Tourism Tasmania he worked directly with the Northern Tasmanian tourism industry, and regional Tasmania as a whole. Prior to coming to Tasmania, Chris was General Manager Marketing for Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism, the largest Regional Tourism Organisation in New Zealand.
Chris’s areas of expertise include; Industry Relations, Brand Strategy, International Marketing, Digital Marketing, Destination Promotions and Airline and Event Partnership Marketing.
Rosalie has previously owned two businesses in Hobart, where she participated in their Hobart Advantage Card, along with all Centrepoint promotions.
Rosalie has recently taken up a new role with the NAB as a business banker, where her portfolio of small business owners/clients, are predominately in the CBD she would love to assist there businesses growth and to also encourage further participation with Cityprom promotions.
Andrew Pitt (Chairman)
Andrew’s varied background began with a science degree from UTAS in Hobart followed by four years of heart research in Sydney.
While in Sydney he completed a Masters in Environmental Management at Macquarie University. He moved to the UK in 2001 for one year, and ended up staying for seven. Roles included eye and health economics research firstly at the University of Oxford and then as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry.
He then moved into local government in Hampshire, with a primary focus on managing a multi-sector water partnership, but also involvement in corporate sustainability, festival organisation and community engagement. His final move in the UK was to Norwich in 2007 to establish a regional water efficiency programme, focusing on government, developers and the planning system but also including work with the British Standards Institute on rainwater and greywater standards.
Having left Launceston as an 18 year old in 1992, Andrew returned in 2009 and decided to stay. He is now heavily involved in the family businesses, consisting mainly of Neil Pitt’s Menswear but also accommodation and commercial lets. He has a consulting business and has conducted community engagement projects for the local water industry. He is heavily involved in the BOFA Film Festival and the Launceston Walking Club.
Luke Is the owner, operator of Wanted Streetwear in Charles Street, the business was started in at the end of 2013 and is proving to be a popular and successful clothing store, in addition to the Launceston store he also has a growing online retail business.
Having been in retail for a number of years Luke saw the need for a better way to tackle the rising crime in the CBD and so launched the Launceston Retail Watch Facebook page. The Facebook page has proven to be an invaluable tool in combating theft and an excellent avenue to help shop owners communicate in real time and share information.
Luke is a committed father of three and enjoys spending time with his family on the east coast, as well as wake boarding and fishing.