Tasmanian Governance Forum

How individual and collective leadership drive governance, decision-making and performance

Tuesday, 19 September 2023



This is your chance to discuss current issues in leadership, governance, and risk management in your state and connect with peers.

The Tasmanian Governance Forum gives you state-relevant and practical ideas and insights that you can implement immediately. Hear from the respected voices in governance and risk management and be empowered with market-leading knowledge and skills to help you tackle the challenges you face in your role.

Key themes for discussion include:

  • State of the economy with insights into Tasmania
  • Data drives the shift from complexity to clarity
  • How ESG metrics can drive organisational growth and value
  • Economic and global issues update
  • What your Board and Executive need to know about psychosocial risks and how to practically manage them

Speakers include:

  • Hon Ruth Forrest MLC, Independent Member for Murchison
  • Graeme Wells¸ Independent Economist, Adjunct Senior Researcher, UTAS
  • Dr Charlie Burton, Acting CEO, TASCOSS
  • James Price, Founder and Managing Director, Experience Matters
  • Dr Keith Suter AM, International affairs, economics commentator, Channel 7 Sunrise presenter
  • Josh Geelan, Partner, KPMG Enterprise, Business & Tax Advisory – Business Advisory
  • Corey Peterson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Student Services and Operations, University of Tasmania
  • Dave Dilger, Co-Founder of Edge Legal

Need accommodation for the Forum? 

RACV Hobart Hotel are offering guests or delegates who choose to book their own accommodation, 15% off the best-advised rate and a further discount if you are a RACV Member. Find out more by clicking the link here

Who should attend?

Business leaders and managers cannot afford to miss this update, including:

  • CEOs
  • directors
  • company secretaries
  • governance professionals
  • risk managers
  • legal advisers
  • anyone else with governance or risk management responsibilities

The forum is relevant for all sectors including listed, non-listed, government and not-for-profit.       


Hon Ruth Forrest MLC, Independent Member for Murchison

In May 2005, Ruth was elected to Tasmanian Legislative Council (Independent Member for Murchison) and re-elected in 2011 and 2017, elected Deputy President and Chair of Committees (2018) and member and Chair of a number of Parliamentary committees including the Tasmanian Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Ruth is Chair of the Legislative Council Government Administration Committee A and has chaired a number of Committee Inquiries over many years. Ruth is a strong advocate and supporter of the arts and tireless advocate for women, diversity and equality. She recently established a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Gender and Equality.

Ruth supports a number of community organisations including being Patron of Huntington’s Tasmania. Ruth serves on the Board of Unconformity, an arts organization supporting Tasmania’s West Coast and Engender Equality an NGO providing services including counselling services to victims of family and domestic abuse and violence.

Graeme Wells, Independent Economist, Adjunct Senior Researcher, UTAS

Dr Graeme Wells is an independent economist, having previously had an academic career in New Zealand, North America and, more recently, an Associate Professor at ANU and UTAS. He is currently adjunct senior researcher at UTAS. Since returning to lutruwita/Tasmania he has been a consultant and adviser to a range of environmental organisations and government agencies.

Dr Charlie Burton, Acting CEO, TASCOSS

Dr Charlie Burton is Acting CEO at Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS), the peak body for the community services industry in Tasmania. TasCOSS’ mission is to challenge and change the systems, behaviours and attitudes that create poverty, inequality and exclusion.

Charlie has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from ANU. His dissertation explored ideas about power, freedom, and achieving social change. He held a number of high-level research and policy roles in Canberra before moving to Tasmania in 2005 to work as an advisor to a federal Member of Parliament and then taking on stakeholder engagement and teaching roles at Utas. When not Acting CEO, his focus at TasCOSS is on developing policy and advocacy to reduce poverty and disadvantage, with a strong current focus on responding to the cost-of-living crisis. Outside of paid work Charlie has also been a strong advocate for the lgbtiqa+ community in Tasmania.

James Price, Founder and Managing Director, Experience Matters

James is the lead author of 'The Fourth Asset', a book written for boards and executives on managing their data, information and knowledge as the vital business asset it is. He designed, developed and delivers a lecture series on the topic to the postgraduate MBA students of the Business School of the University of South Australia.

James is the Chair of the Data Leaders, a worldwide volunteer group of some of the greatest minds in this space and a member of the South Australian State Council of the Data Management Association (DAMA). He leads a multi-national research project into the 'barriers to and the benefits of managing data, information and knowledge as a business asset', described by Gartner, the world's most influential IT industry advisory firm, as 'groundbreaking'. 

Josh Geelan, Partner, KPMG Enterprise

Josh is a Partner in KPMG Enterprise and joined the KPMG partnership in 2021. Josh commenced his career in public practice in 2007. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a director with a large second tier firm. He has a background in SME tax, advisory and compliance with a strong focus on ESG and Corporate Reporting. 

From 2013-2015 Josh was a co-founder of a cloud tech and mobile app startup based in Wyoming, USA. Josh is a previous board member of Tasmanian Land Conservancy Inc. and Anglicare Tasmania.

Corey Peterson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Student Services and Operations, University of Tasmania

Corey Peterson has worked at the University of Tasmania since 2010 advancing from Sustainability Officer to Chief Sustainability Officer charged with advancing a holistic organisational sustainability agenda. He is the current President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) and on the board of the Southern Tasmania Regional Waste Authority.

Corey has worked in Jakarta as a GIS project manager and supported science and managing laboratories in Antarctica for 16 years both at stations and aboard research vessels. Concurrently with his Antarctic work, Corey worked at MacKillop College as the Network Manager and Sustainability Promoter for 12 years. Through Federal government grants, he organised the school’s 165,000 litre stormwater collection system, the first grid-connected photovoltaic system on a Tasmanian school, a food garden, four solar hot water systems, double glazing and ICT efforts to reduce energy use.

Dr Keith Suter AM, International affairs, economics commentator, Channel 7 Sunrise Presenter

Dr Keith Suter is considered to be one of Australia’s most influential Global futurists and media commentators in national and foreign affairs. Dr Suter is an experienced, professional and awarded presenter renowned for explaining complex global and business issues in a way his audiences can digest and understand. 

He has been appointed to many prestigious roles throughout his career, including Chairperson of the International Commission of Jurists (NSW), Director of Studies at the International Law Association (Australian Branch) and Managing Director of the Global Directions think tank.After 25 years, Keith recently retired from the role of Chairperson of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of Australian Red Cross (NSW).

Dave Dilger, Director Edge Legal

David has particular expertise in industrial relations and safety. David doesn’t just focus on legal solutions. His advice has a real practical edge to it drawn from experience in various senior executive management roles in the telecommunications, franchising and agriculture industries – even leading one organisation to a National Finalist and Joint State Winner of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) People Management Awards.

David fundamentally understands the IR system from an employer perspective, having been the Chief Workplace Relations Officer of a peak Employer Organisation where he delivered training to businesses on behalf of the Federal Government following the introduction of the Fair Work Act. He has been instrumental in enterprise bargaining strategy, particularly in organisations with workforces over 500 people and multiple Unions.


MC: Anita Robertson, Independent Non-Executive Director, Chair, Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee Member, Major Projects Committee

Anita Robertson joined the TasRail Board in December 2021. She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with more than 25 years’ experience in finance and governance.  Anita is currently the Business Manager of St Virgil’s College Hobart, an independent Panel Member of the Risk & Audit Committee for the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, and a Tasmanian State Councillor for the Governance Institute of Australia. Previously she was the Chief Financial Officer of RACT and Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary of Metro Tasmania and has held senior finance roles with Deloitte and PwC. 

David Harradine, Partner, KPMG

David is the lead Partner for KPMG’s Management Consulting Practice in Tasmania and the leads the firm’s government services in the State. He has served as a board member and chairman for not-for-profit organisations including the Archdiocese of Hobart, Centacare Evolve Housing, St Joseph’s Affordable Homes, and CatholicCare and is deeply involved in initiatives to alleviate homelessness and housing stress.

David has advised on major business transformations, been responsible for digital transformation and organisational change projects, and overseen such projects as project sponsor and members of governing bodies.

Jane Beaumont FGIA, General Counsel and Executive Director Risk, University of Tasmania, and Tasmanian State Council Member

Jane has been General Counsel and Executive Director Risk for the University of Tasmania since February 2019. Her early career was with Maddocks, Ambulance Victoria, TasNetworks and the Department of Treasury and Finance Tasmania, all in General Counsel or Senior Management level roles. Jane was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, and Victoria, Australia in 2002 as well as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia.

Jane is Director of UTAS Properties and Company Secretary for UTAS Holdings. Jane is also a Director of the Governance Institute of Australia (Tasmania), Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Society of Australian Universities and Tasmanian Women Lawyers.

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