Board member since October 2020Board member since October 2020
Jane is a proud Tasmanian, honoured to serve on the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Board, helping strengthen AWBF’s positive impact on the Tasmanian community and celebrating and promoting our special maritime cultural heritage through this world-class, award-winning event.
Jane is an experienced and well-networked policy expert whose unique combination of skills make her an asset for the AWBF and its operations within the current COVID-19 context, where it must navigate and effectively manage new risks.
Jane’s background in providing policy and strategic advice on Defence operations provides a strong risk management and planning focus, which informs her approach to problem solving. These skills are directly relevant to the risk management necessary for a successful post-coronavirus AWBF.
Jane has established and co-managed the Emergency Management Centre within the Department of Communities. This organisation manages the state’s government-run quarantine program which has contributed to limiting the spread of coronavirus in Tasmania. Jane’s longer-term role will be as the Department’s Emergency Management Coordinator providing specialist advice on matters relating to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
In 2019, Jane returned to Tasmania with her husband and daughter. She was motivated by the opportunity to live and raise her family close to the water and be involved in Tasmanian culture, of which the AWBF is a significant part. Jane has a passion for coastal life, the craftsmanship and cultural heritage associated with wooden boats and what a successful Festival means to Tasmanians socially and economically.