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 then moved to the UK in 2001 and worked in health economics research at the University of Oxford, then as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. After this, he moved into the local government in Hampshire with a primary focus on managing a multi-sector water partnership. 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.
After returning back to Australia in 2009, Andrew is now heavily involved in his family's businesses Neil Pitt’s Menswear, as well as accommodation and commercial lets. He runs his own consulting business which has conducted various community engagement projects for the local water industry in Tasmania, and now works part-time for the University of Tasmania. Andrew is an active member of the community, also being on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, involved with the BOFA Film Festival and the Launceston Walking Club.
Monica has worked in the advertising industry for over 20 years – 10 years as a Senior Art Director at Clemenger Tasmania and in other design studios such as advertising agencies in Tasmania and Queensland. For the last 6 years, Monica and her husband Ben Plunkett have been running their own advertising, design and marketing business in Launceston called Halibut Creative. Monica's role includes strategic planning for clients’ communication and marketing requirements, brand strategy and implementation, as well as advertising and design across all media platforms such as print, press and digital.
Over the past few years, Halibut Creative has had a great deal to do with the local tourism industry, assisting clients such as Tourism Northern Tasmania (TNT), the Regional Tourism Organisation (pre TNT), Northern Tasmania Development (NTD), Launceston City Council (including all aspects of the Tourism department), the Visitor Information Centre and numerous smaller tourism operators. Monica has provided Cityprom with integral knowledge and insight into creative decisions and branding elements.
David is a well respected tax accounting professional, with over 8 years of industry experience. David has an background in small business and start-up entities, and has extensive expertise in training new business owners to use business software packages, such as Xero, MYOB, Banklink and Reckon (aka Quickbooks). David remains abreast of developing tax policy, specialising in the areas of business structures, goods and services tax and capital gains tax.
Having finishing his bachelor of accounting degree through the University of South Australia back in August of 2011, David went on to complete his Diploma of Chartered Accounting, becoming a certified member of Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand back in October of 2013. David has recently completed his Applied Masters of Taxation via correspondence through the University of New South Wales.
As a Board Member of Theatre North at the Princess, Theatre Council of Tasmania, and the University of Tasmania’s Northern Advisory Board, Natalia is an active member of the Launceston community. Natalie believes that Launceston has great potential for further growth through the alignment of Council’s redevelopment plans, Northern Tasmania’s tourism strategies, and Tasmania’s increasing festivals and events industry
Natalie relocated to Launceston from Toronto, Canada in January 2011 to establish the Junction Arts Festival, as Festival Director. As a producer, curator, consultant, theatre divisor and writer, Natalie has devoted the last 16 years to the developing contemporary visual art, theatre and performance in Canada and abroad.
Through various roles in directing organisations, Natalie's knowledge and experience include: curating, arts programming, event management, venue management, not-for-profit governance, strategic development, innovation, succession planning and long-term organisational capacity and growth. She has worked closely with all levels of government in Canada and in Launceston and is 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
Simon was born and educated in Launceston and operates a number of small businesses locally with his wife.
As a Council Alderman, Simon hopes to see the Council and Community work together to create a unique place where there is an eclectic mix of retail, restaurants, homes, and businesses.
"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". - Simon Wood
Simon would like the city to meet an achievable target of 500 extra people living in the CBD by 2020. He believes this can be achieved by encouraging people to move into the city and turning the CBD into something significant.
Chris Griffin is currently the CEO of Tourism Northern Tasmania (TNT), 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, Chris 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.
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.