Delivered at the TasCOSS Annual General Meeting, Wednesday 25 October 2023, Hobart.
As many of you would be aware, last year we held a Special General Meeting (SGM) to propose amendments to the TasCOSS Constitution following a comprehensive strategic review. Of the changes which were proposed, the most significant was the amendment to the TasCOSS Board selection, election and appointment process. These proposals were passed unanimously at the SGM.
In line with the new skills-based framework, TasCOSS recently conducted the 2023 Election of TasCOSS Board Directors. The following individuals were successfully appointed to the TasCOSS Board as Directors, each for a two-year term of office:
- Dr Lisa Denny
- Bruce Levett (re-elected)
Congratulations to Lisa on your successful appointment. Lisa is a workforce demographer, who provides expert research and strategic policy advice, with a focus on education, skills, work and population change. She has extensive experience both in the public sector and the not-for-profit sector, having also worked as ministerial advisor and more recently in academia. Lisa is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and has previously held board-level roles with the Tasmanian Skills Institute and the Fahan School.
Over the course of a 20+ year career, Lisa has developed strong strategic-policy acumen and an exceptional depth of knowledge in relation to Tasmania’s economy and society, including the community services industry, which will be a tremendous asset in her new role as a TasCOSS Director.
I’m pleased to confirm Bruce has been re-elected to the TasCOSS Board, in what will be his second consecutive term of office. Bruce and his vast skill set is a great asset to the TasCOSS Board. A special mention to Georgie Ibbott and Penny Egan, who have been appointed to the important roles of Vice President and Treasurer respectively.
On behalf of the TasCOSS Board, I’d like to pay thanks to outgoing Director, Emily Briffa, for her time and dedication to TasCOSS and to the Tasmanian community services industry.
Finally, I’d also like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in the application process for your interest in what is a truly rewarding role.