Community Based Support Tasmania

Meet The CBS Board Of Directors

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Ross Doddridge

 

President

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Ross has extensive experience in the state’s public sector thanks to a successful career as a public consultant spanning more than 30 years.

 

Ross was employed by the Department of Health and Human Services from 1976-2013.

 

During the first 18-years he worked with the Tasmanian Ambulance Service as an on-road paramedic and as a clinical instructor training students. In 1994 Ross transferred to the Human Resource Services of DHHS, where he worked in many roles before retiring as a human resource consultant.

 

Ross’ first involvement in Tasmania’s community-care sector dates back to 1994 when he joined the Board of Langford Support Services, which he has chaired since 2000.

 

Ross joined the CBS Board in 1998, has served as Treasurer and became President in 2009.

 

He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals.

 

In 2014 Ross played a lead role in steering the CBS Board renewal evaluation project, the culmination of which is an increasing realisation of the importance of governance for the aged-care sector and role definition for board members.

 

Ross is a Life Member of CBS.


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Chris Webster

 

Vice President

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A magistrate since 2006, Chris has 32 years’ experience as a lawyer in private practice and a partner in a Hobart legal firm specialising in personal injuries and insurance work.

 

During his legal career, Chris has held a number of professional and government appointments, including Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Hearing Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; Chairman of the Tasmanian Parole Board; member of the Medical Council of Tasmania and member of The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania.

 

Chris joined the CBS Board in 2004 and was appointed Vice President in 2011.

 

He is a Life Member of CBS and hopes his rich experience as a lawyer and member of various boards and tribunals will enable him to make a valuable contribution to the Board.

 

Passionate about the local community, Chris was the President of the Law Society of Tasmania, a former board member and President of TASCOSS, long-term member of the North Hobart Rotary Club and the founding member of the Hobart Community Legal Service where he continues to serve as a board member.


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David Asten

 

Treasurer

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A chartered professional engineer, David has worked in the electricity industry since 1970.

 

David worked with Hydro Commission/Corporation from 1966-72 and 1974-1999 in various roles including Electrical Design and Contracts Engineer, Electrical Services Engineer and Construction Support, and Electricity Distribution Design Standards Manager.

 

He was a Distribution Regulatory Manager and Projects Engineer at Aurora Energy from 1999-2001 before securing employment as an Electric Distribution Consultant for a statewide company specialising in private high voltage installations.

 

David holds a Graduate Diploma of Management from the University of Tasmania.

 

He is a corporate member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

David has maintained an active role in Rostrum, an Australia-wide organisation helping people to develop skills and confidence in public speaking, since 1975. A former National Secretary, David is currently the Tasmanian President of Australian Rostrum.

 

He is a committee member of the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania.

 

David’s wife became a client of CBS in 2002. David joined the Board in 2009 and was appointed Treasurer in 2012.


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Colin Finch

 

Director

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After 13 years working as a civil engineer in the United Kingdom and later in Kenya, Colin joined the Tasmanian public service in 1977.

 

He subsequently held a number of positions, including Project Manager for the Spirit of Tasmania during which time he managed a $180 million project based in both Victoria and Tasmania and was Deputy Secretary for the Department of Transport for five years.

 

Colin established Marine and Safety Tasmania in 1997 where he was chief executive officer for 15 years. He has been actively involved in national marine safety as Chair of the National Marine Safety Committee for two separate three-year periods (2000-03. 2010-13) and Deputy Chair for the intervening six years.

 

Since retirement in 2011, Colin has been engaged as a management consultant. Colin was a board member of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival committee from 2011 to 2014 and helped oversee the 2013 Wooden Boat Festival.

 

He is currently Treasurer of the Randalls Bay Coastcare Group.

 

Colin joined the CBS Board in 2014 with a vision to assist CBS management to address the key challenges facing the organisation, including customer-directed care, increasing competition and a rapidly expanding care sector.


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Jacqui Allen

 

Director

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Jacqui has been a member of the CBS Board since January 2015.

 

An alumni of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s Executive Masters of Public Administration, Jacqui also has qualifications in marketing and arts management.

 

A former Ministerial Adviser for the West Australian Government, Jacqui also managed a number of government capital works programs in her role as Manager of Capital Works for the Department of Culture and the Arts.

 

She was the Deputy Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts from 2009 until December 2012, when she joined the Tasmanian Government in the position of Deputy Secretary, Culture, Recreation and Sport.

 

In her current role as Deputy Secretary, Cultural and Tourism Industry Development with the Department for State Growth, Jacqui works across the two sectors to enhance Tasmania’s reputation as a wonderful place to live, visit and invest.

 

Jacqui’s past board positions have included Western Homebuyer’s Social Housing Fund, Perth Theatre Trust and the Meela Childcare Centre (Chair). She is currently also a board member of Ten Days on the Island.
Jacqui has a long-held interest in the aged-care sector.


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Andrew Meredith

 

Director

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Andrew has been a member of the Board since February 2015.

 

Prior to this he filled a temporary position on the Board of Edge Radio at the University of Tasmania, a role he enjoyed and which prompted a keen interest in the Tasmanian not-for-profit sector.

 

An accountant at Wise Lord & Ferguson in the Business Services division, Andrew brings with him a wealth of business and finance experience having worked for his family-owned medium-sized enterprise, Meredith’s Orchard, which he managed for eight years.

 

Andrew currently manages a Tasmanian-based primary production business, a role he shares with his father. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business degree and recently completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Tasmania.

 

He hopes to bring a financial and business perspective to the Board which he was inspired to join after seeing his grandparents enjoy a significantly improved quality of life in their later years due to the assistance provided by organisations such as Community Based Support.


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Ben Goodsir

 

Director

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Ben Goodsir has been a member of the CBS Board since November 2016.

 

Ben has over 18 years of management and leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and a Masters of Management and Public Policy from the University of Melbourne.

 

Ben was a manager at the Allen Consulting Group in Melbourne (economic consulting firm) for several years, prior to returning to Tasmania in 2002. Since then, Ben has held senior management positions in various State Government Departments including Premier and Cabinet, Treasury, and Economic Development. Recently, Ben spent two and half years working as a senior advisor to the Tasmanian Treasurer.

 

Currently, Ben is a Director at the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.


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Dr Peter Tucker

 

Director

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Dr Peter Tucker has been a member of the CBS Board since January 2017.

 

Peter has enjoyed a diverse working life here in Tasmania and in the UK. He holds a Bachelor of Business (1991) and Master of Town Planning (1994) from UTAS and a Graduate Diploma of Management (1996) from Deakin University. He is a past state manager of the Tasmanian Heritage Council and past CEO of Aged and Community Services Tasmania.

 

In addition, Peter has worked as an advisor in ministerial offices for both Labor and Liberal state governments.  He is currently Chief of Staff to the Independent Member for the Federal seat of Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP.

 

Peter is also a qualified CPA accountant, a qualified Chartered Accountant, graduate of the AICD’s company director course and holds a PhD is from the School of Government at UTAS.

 

His other board positions are Chair of Holyoake Tasmania (an NGO that provides counselling services for people affected by addiction) and a Director of NRM South, a statutory authority delivering land management programs in southern Tasmania.


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Samantha Meyer

 

Director

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Sam joined the CBS Board in January 2017.

 

Sam has more than thirty years’ experience in communications roles, including as a senior news reporter and producer, public relations consultant and communications manager for government, university and non-profit organisations. She has held a number of national roles in communications management, based in both Hobart and Canberra.

 

In addition to her professional expertise, Sam has provided pro bono communications support to a number of charity organisations in the health and education sectors.

 

Sam is currently Manager Brand and Communications for Hydro Tasmania. She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.