Melanie Blackhall

Melanie joined the board as a passionate advocate for healthy eating to fuel life. This passion emerged from time spent in the Torres Strait where access to quality food was not guaranteed.

Melanie has worked across a variety of sectors including in not-for profit, private enterprise and in the public tertiary education and public health sectors. She is an experienced project manager and has delivered research funded by industry and has excellent stakeholder management/ relationship building skills.

Melanie works as a medical researcher & lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania. Her research interests are in functional food, identifying food components that can afford additional health benefit, whilst building evidence around the value of healthy eating. She is a small business owner and the current Chair of Nutrition Society of Australia (TAS chapter) sitting on the National Council for Nutrition Society of Australia representing Tasmania.

Michelle Weir
Vice President

Michelle has a strong interest in healthy eating which has resulted from both her personal and professional experience.

At home, she is raising 2 small children and setting up good eating habits for her family.

Professionally she works for Red Jelly as an Account Director where her key clients are in the retail sector, both national and international food retailers, who are focussed around food and eating well.

She is an active and motivated Board member with over 18 years in marketing and advertising.

Michelle specialises in client and stakeholder management, high level strategy, people leadership including creative and financial team management, marketing and communications and campaign execution and management.

Simon Boughey
Public Officer

Simon joined the Board to help drive processes to encourage Tasmanians to eat more fruits and vegetables, along with other key food groups, as part of a healthy eating plan.

Simon has worked in community and regional development for over 25 years. He has expertise in sustainable natural resource management and the environment. His work has included working with all levels of government in a range of projects and key research organisations.

He worked as an advisor to the Minister David Llewellyn. This advisory work extended into his past role as CEO with the Cherry Growers Australia where he provided advice on agriculture, trade and regional development to State and Federal Ministers.

Since mid-2017 his consultancy, Boughey and Associates, has worked on a number of local and national regional development projects.

Sam Bayley

Sam Bayley (B.Com, M.EnvMgt) owns and runs Southern Harvest Seeds, a business he set up in 2008.

He has helped schools and community groups set up food gardens. He is passionate about growing and eating healthy food.

In the past his work has included finance and accounting with Arthur Andersen and the Swiss Bank Corporation; environmental management with the Furneaux Group Natural Resource Management Strategy and Greening Australia; and project management as the site manager for The Falls Festival.

Caroline Graves
Board Member

Caroline is a Barrister with Michael Kirby Chambers in Hobart and practises in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Protection , Coronial law and general litigation and appears regularly in the Magistrates Court and Supreme Court of Tasmania.

Caroline spent 13 years with Tasmania Police in numerous roles and as a legal policy officer with the Director of Public Health in tobacco control, alcohol and drug policy and public and environmental law ,including food safety regulation.

She joined the Board of Eat Well in 2011 with a passion for population health. Tracing her family tree back to the First Fleet and early Tasmania, Caroline maintains a loyalty to fresh Tasmanian produce from our wonderful State.

Finn Dorney
Board Member

Finn joined the Board as he is passionate about promoting healthy eating. Finn believes there are many myths about healthy eating and is pleased to sit on the Board of an organisation that helps people navigate through this.

Finn Dorney is a Private Client Adviser at Shadforth Financial Group. Finn has Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Information Systems degree from the University of Tasmania, and Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning. Finn also holds the internationally recognised CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® practitioner designation, the highest certification within the financial planning industry.

Finn has worked with Shadforth Financial Group since 2004 and has gained broad experience within the financial advice industry. Finn is passionate about developing and maintaining long term relationships with his clients and enjoys helping people achieve their personal financial goals. Finn also sits on the Board of The Nick Balcombe Foundation Inc.

Abby McKibben
Board Member

Abby is the Brand Manager of Huon Salmon and has worked with the family farming company Huon Aquaculture since completing University in 2002. Abby is an enthusiastic advocate for holistic health and nutrition and lives in the Huon Valley with her husband who is a Farm Manager (also) at Huon Aquaculture.

Both are passionate and proud Tasmanians who enjoy travelling around Tasmania enjoying the beautiful food on offer and learning from our producers and artisans whenever they can. Together with her husband she also runs a small commercial Tasmanian Native Pepper Berry orchard.

Abby has an undergraduate degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Tasmania and in 2014 was awarded a Nuffield International Farming Scholarship to study food marketing overseas. A report outlining key recommendations for Tasmanian producers wishing to use provenance to market their products was presented in 2016.

Abby is extremely motivated by her role with the Eat Well Tasmania Board and broader network and excited to be part of a great team of like-minded people working together to help influence positive change to the health of all Tasmanians.

Ainstie Wagner
Board Member

Ainstie has been the Executive Chef at Government House for many years with her first stint starting in that position in 1987 as the first female Executive Chef and the youngest at 24. She has left a few times to explore other work and to refresh her skills.

This is her 4th time back to Government House working in the same capacity but this time including a big involvement in the new community engagement program which includes student work placements, day programmes for veterans, and teacher development.

She is involved with lots of community fundraisers and information sessions with community groups, and numerous school kitchens preparing and serving the food the students have grown and preparing meals for large charity functions.

She is a member of the Rotary Club of Salamanca and is past president of the club where she also served on the board for 3 years. Ainstie is a strong and ardent supporter of small, local produce suppliers and she constantly promotes and advocates the importance and benefits of eating their food.

She is also deeply interested in making Tasmanian local produce accessible and affordable to all families. Ainstie is super excited to be part of such a dynamic, focused board that is so working closely with professionals and the community.