Meet our Board

Our Board of Directors are appointed by the Treasurer and the Attorney-General. This is based on the recommendation of the current Board members.  They are also selected on the basis of their complementary skills and ability to add value to our Board.

The Board has adopted a Charter setting out its powers and functions and operational details relating to the Board.

Meet Therese

Therese Taylor –  BCom (Journalism), BA, Dip.Ed, GradDip Administration, GAICD

  • Chairperson and Non-Executive Director 
  • Member of the Investment Committee 
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee 
  • Original appointment: 20 October 2020 
  • Current term: 24 October 2022 to 20 October 2025

Therese brings extensive governance and executive leadership experience to the Board developed through a diverse career working across social and economic portfolios.

She has held several leadership positions in the Tasmanian State Service and in the not-for-profit sector, including CEO of Colony 47 for 10 years. Therese has extensive experience in policy development, service delivery, regulation, and building community capacity. Therese brings expertise in management, strategy, change management, organisational cultural development, governance and stakeholder management.

She has led major organisational and cultural change in complex environments. 

Her previous roles have developed a strong people focused practice and understanding of the client experience.  

An experienced non-executive director, with over 35 years of experience, Therese has held numerous directorships and chair roles across a broad range of industries and boards, including health, education, human services, rescue services, arts, and theatre.  

Meet John

John Mazengarb FCA, FCGI, FGIA, MAICD

  • Non-Executive Director
  • Appointed: 31 January 2023.
  • Current term: 31 January 2023 – 30 January 2026

John is an experienced non-executive director, including organisations operating in highly regulated and customer competitive environments, and a joint owner of an independent Tasmanian-based management consultancy business.

He is a Chartered Accountant and governance professional with over 30 years consulting experience including with PwC and IBM advising public and private sector organisations in Tasmania, interstate and overseas. He is also highly regarded as an experienced senior level program and project advisor, facilitator, and effective communicator in board roles and in stakeholder engagement.

During his career he has also held several contract senior executive roles in Tasmanian Government businesses overseeing planning and delivery of major business transformation projects.
He brings a wide range of professional services, business technologies, commercial, risk management and good governance skills to board roles he undertakes currently including as a Trustee Director of Spirit Super and Independent Member of the Investment Committee for TasBuild Ltd and former (2020) National President of Governance Institute of Australia.

In 2015 he co-founded a Tasmanian consultancy business GSD Advisors Pty Ltd (GSD), which currently employs forty experienced Tasmanians with diverse business, project, change, technology and process advisory consultancy skills.

Meet Mark


  • Non-Executive Director
  • Appointed 31 January 2023
  • Current term: 31 January 2023 – 30 January 2026

Mark was born and raised on the NW Coast, educated in Launceston followed by UTAS in Hobart.  A successful businessman in Tasmania during the 90s he was the Managing Director of EOAO Marketing Communications managing iconic campaigns for Gun buy-back, Social Services, Health, Road Safety, Tourism and Qantas.  Mark returned to Tasmania 2 years ago after 20 years, often in Asia, the US and Middle East working in marketing and e-commerce.

With over 20 years’ experience serving on Boards nationally and internationally, some of his prior roles include Chair, Verifact Risk Mitigation, Director, Guide Dogs and Chair, Mapien IR Law. He is currently a Director of RACT, Chair of Eye Co Retinal Therapeutics and Chair of MND Australia.  Mark is a former Telstra and Tasmanian Government Business Proprietor of the Year. Mark holds a BA in Economics and Asian Studies, Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance, Chartered Secretary, Qualified Mediator, Fellow of CPA and Fellow of AICD.

Meet Kim

Kim Barker, BA, Dip Ed, MAICD

  • Non-Executive Director
  • Appointed 31 January 2023
  • Current term: 31 January 2023 – 30 January 2026

Kim has vast experience in various high-level health, social justice and human rights roles as a member of a range of boards and tribunals. She worked in the guardianship and administration regime for nearly two decades, most recently as Tasmania’s Public Guardian and prior to that as a member of the Guardianship and Administration Board (now  a Division of TASCAT).  She was also a long term member and Deputy President of the Mental Health Tribunal, a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and of the Parole Board.

Kim’s corporate governance experience includes directorships on the Motor Accidents Insurance Board and the Relationships Australia (Tasmania) Board.

Kim currently serves as a Commissioner on Tasmania’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Commission.

Meet Michael

Michael Dontschuk BSc (Hons), FFTP, GAICD

  • Non-Executive Director
  • Chair of the Investment Committee
  • Original appointment: 4 July 2017
  • Current term: 21 August 2023 to 20 August 2026

Michael Dontschuk is a finance professional with over 40 years’ experience in investment, finance, treasury and financial risk management.

He currently is a professional non-executive director and sits on a number of company boards including Australia Ratings and Public Trustee.

Previously he has been an executive with Grange Resources Limited, Group Treasurer of ANZ Bank, Managing Director of Treasury Corporation Victoria, President and Director of the Finance and Treasury Association of Australia, Manager at Bankers Trust, Director at Motor Accidents Insurance Board (Tasmania) and has worked extensively in corporate financial advisory and investment banking.

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