Cityprom is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is a diverse, skilled and experienced group of member businesses which includes representatives from The Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Northern Tasmania and the City of Launceston.
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.
You may recognise Amanda from the Oxfam Shop where she resides as Manager. She has worked in retail for over 19 years developing a wide range of skills which includes volunteer management, community engagement, school presentations and campaign work.
Holding a Diploma in Management and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management, Amanda is also passionate about helping other businesses start and grow, consulting with owners about social media, marketing and management.
Amanda also enjoys being a part of the sporting community, sitting on the ACL Cricket Club board and also playing with their Ladies team.
David runs his own public practice accounting firm. With nearly a decade of industry experience, david has an background in small business and start-up entities, and has extensive expertise in coaching new business owners in business administrating. David is Chartered Accountant with an Applied Masters of Taxation specialising in the areas of business structuring, small business concessions, property development and capital gains tax. David was nominated for the Tasmanian Young Achievers award in both 2017 and 2018, in relation to his extensive voluntary contributions to the not for profit sector in Launceston and Northern Tasmania.
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.
Chris’s experience lies in the tourism and travel sectors, having worked for over 20 years across all facets of these interrelated industries.
After finishing his post-graduate studies at University of Otago, majoring in Marketing Management, Chris started his career working as the Marketing Manager for Taieri Gorge Railway, before being acquired by the national rail and ferry operator of New Zealand, Tranz Rail, to head up their International Sales team at the age of 26.
Two weeks prior to September 11th and the crash of Ansett – Chris undertook the somewhat risky venture of relocating to Melbourne to start work in the travel industry with Grand Pacific Tours, and eventually worked for Australian Pacific Tours and other companies. A return to Christchurch New Zealand saw him take on the role of General Manager Marketing of Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism, the largest regional tourism organisation in the country.
Currently Chris is in his seventh year as the founding CEO of Tourism Northern Tasmania, a position he came to after migrating to Tasmania to accept the role of Group Manager Marketing for Tourism Tasmania in early 2008.
In addition to his regional leadership role, Chris also holds board positions with CityProm and Northern Tasmania Development Corporation.
Chris is married to Phoebe (a good Tasmanian born country girl) and together they have managed to successfully (to date) raise two daughters Lily aged 8 and Josephine aged 6.
David graduated from UTAS in Hobart with a Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Science and made the move North to explore career opportunities. David has since worked as a surveyor in Launceston for the past 10 years.
David works for 6TY°, working alongside Surveyors, Architects, Engineers and Planners on a daily basis. This has given him exposure to all facets of the development industry. He has worked on many large projects in Launceston, such as the development of The Charles, CH Smith and the Brisbane Street Mall redevelopment.
It is his passion for preserving Launceston's unique qualities while being progressive and open to new and interesting projects which led him to the CityProm Board.
Outside of work, David enjoys his role as a scout leader and is a member of the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise.
Nick Daking is a Launceston local and extremely passionate about Launceston as a city, its business community, and its citizens. Nick wants to ensure that Launceston is a city full of opportunity, and is motivated to help make the changes necessary for Launceston to become one of the most liveable cities in Australia.
Nick enjoyed a fantastic childhood growing up in Launceston and believes it is one he would like his children to experience. Nick loves the lifestyle Launceston offers and plans on calling Launceston home for many years to come. Nick has an Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering and for many years working with an International Funds Manager where he specialised in finance construction with large developments across the country.
Nick has spent years building and managing hospitality businesses within in Launceston and during this time he has also been an active Board member of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.
It is an inherent drive to grow things, to focus on continual improvement and sustainability and to build great relationships with talented people, which has allowed Caroline to achieve success across multiple industries in her professional life thus far. Having worked in sales and marketing, the media, animal welfare, psychometric testing and not-for-profit governance, Caroline's ability to swiftly master new skills, to build strategic relationships quickly and to understand nuances of each industry has been honed. Caroline gained her first Board role in 2013 as a Director for a childcare centre and since then she has continued to seek out not-for-profit work due to its importance to the community.
Caroline is the Chief Operating Officer of Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market and is passionate about supporting and growing local food systems as well as having a special interest in how we manage waste at events in Launceston. Under Caroline's stewardship, and through working closely with the Launceston City Council's FOGO team, the market now composts 98% of the waste generated each Saturday and is leading the way with event waste management in Tasmania.
Caroline is excited about the possibilities which are currently arising for Launceston and she believes that Cityprom will be a driving force in creating a vibrant CBD full of opportunities for future generations.
Dr Maria Yanotti is a Lecturer in Economics and Finance at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) UTAS. Maria is an applied economist specialising in housing finance, banking, and household economics and finance. She has published in leading domestic and international journals. She is sought out for her knowledge on mortgage and housing markets. Maria performs quantitative analysis on large datasets to understand decisions and behavioural patterns of individuals, households, borrowers and lenders. Maria is also currently working on culture valuation and has contributed in an economic analysis for an Arts Festival in Tasmania, the value of performing arts and the value of food in farmers’ markets. Prior to the appointment at UTAS, Maria has studied and taught at the University of Iowa, United States, and acquired her Laurea Cum Laude (licenciatura) in Economics in Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina. She moved to Tasmania, Australia in 2009.
I am deeply committed and involved with the community I live in. Launceston’s CBD bring a lot of liveliness, activity and cohesion to the city and its inhabitants. The CBD dynamics not only affect local residents but touristic attraction as well as potential migrants. As a local resident, a migrant into the region, and a member of TSBE UTAS, I am very interested in contributing into the CBD’s development in an environment of rapid change for Launceston and Tasmania. TSBE UTAS is committed to engaging with and contributing to local discussion and growth, and as a TSBE academic staff member I have full support from TSBE to engage with Cityprom.