THE BOARD

Melanie Blackhall
President

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
Treasurer

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 The Falls Festival.

Abby McKibben
Board Member

Abby is extremely motivated by her role with Eat Well Tasmania Board and excited to be a part of a team of likeminded people all intent on influencing positive change to the health of all Tasmanians.

She has an undergraduate degree in International Business and Marketing at the University of Tasmania. In 2014 Abby was awarded a Nuffield International farming scholarship in 2014. She studied food provenance marketing in agriculture. Abby is an enthusiastic advocate for health and good nutrition including through her professional work.

Abby is the Brand Manager for Tasmanian salmon producer Huon Aquaculture. She has a passion for all things Tasmanian. Abby lives in the Huon Valley with her husband who is also a senior manager at Huon Aquaculture. Together they run a commercial Tasmanian native pepper berry orchard.

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.

 
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.

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