Our Board

Miriam Moreton

Chairperson

Miriam is the Director for Moreton Group Solution. In this role Miriam has the privilege of working closely with a number of Tasmanian and National organisations to deliver innovative solutions to address barriers and issues inhibiting the organisations growth. Miriam holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Commerce from Deakin University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Miriam cherishes the opportunity to advocate for the advancement of women through her proud association with the Hobart Women’s Shelter.

Julia Hickey

Deputy Chairperson

Julia is currently the Manager of the Tasmanian Training Consortium part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, which is a self-funded, member-based organisation focussed on delivering professional development opportunities within the Tasmanian public sector. She has extensive experience in public administration in both Tasmania and Victoria, with a particular focus on governance and accountability, as well as policy and communications. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, and has long been interested in gender equality in the workplace and society more broadly.

Anita Dahlenburg CA GAICD

Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Anita has specialised in providing Business Advisory services to the small and medium enterprise sector for over 20 years, and has recently taken the opportunity to assist in the ‘ground up’ of business development by joining the Business Advisor team within The Enterprise Centres Tasmania.

Prior to this role, Anita has provided professional services to the private and not for profit sectors as a Partner at Deloitte and also in her own boutique accounting firm.

Diverse experience has been gained through working closely with clients from all industry sectors, along with having key stakeholder relationships in not for profit organisations, through providing services to assist with their deliverables and funding by way of advising or being on the board. A strong business acumen is present in all endeavours.

From Anita’s board role with Hobart Women’s Shelter and recently with Dress for Success Hobart, Anita has been able to apply her experience and knowledge plus the learnings from graduating the Company Director Coarse with the Australian Institute of Company Directors to the strategic decisions and direction of the Shelter.

Keirran Downham

Secretary / Public Officer

Keirran is a well-known, accomplished, and successful Tasmanian.

Keirran is the Managing Director and proprietor of Document Management Tasmania (DMTas).  DMTas aggregates a number of companies that together form the DMTas group, these are the Fuji Xerox Business Centre (Tasmania’s largest and most successful digital copier supplier), The Print Division (Tasmania’s Government printer and largest digital printery), Acrodata (Tasmania’s only Libraries Tasmania Accredited digitisation and storage provider) and The Business Centre (Tasmania’s premier business process outsourcing company).

Keirran is the recipient of 38 national performance and growth awards and was the youngest dealer principle for Fuji Xerox in their history. The DMTas group now employs over 70 staff state-wide and is growing.

A passionate philanthropist, Keirran has an anchored connection with his local and international community.  A strong believer in the role business has as contributing community members, Keirran takes a pay it forward approach.

In 2017 Keirran funded the building of a new school in the highlands of Bali, Indonesia. This school services up to 250 students and is also a hub for adult learning of an evening.  Prior to its construction, this area had no school structure in place. Nowadays his business funds the teacher’s salaries to keep the school operational.

In 2016 Keirran identified the White Ribbon program as key to social change in the domestic violence space and was the first privately owned Tasmanian business to be White Ribbon Accredited.  Keirran also assisted Tasmanian state government departments in their accreditation process.

Keirran, alongside a number of other prominent Tasmanian’s, is a White Ribbon Ambassador and commonly tasked with public speaking events on behalf of the organisation.  Keirran was one of the key speakers for the launch of the Department of Justice’s violence prevention program and has presented for White Ribbon at many venues, including schools, The Hobart Prison and Town Hall to name a few.

Keirran is very well connected within the Tasmanian business community and regularly assists them with services and advice.

Keirran is a sort after public speaker and often represents his own company and that of others, both in Australia and overseas.

Keirran is an experienced business entrepreneur well versed in acquisitions, business development, continuity, and risk management.  He also has a proven history of success in people management and leadership.

Rebecca Ryan

Board Member 

Rebecca is a Service Delivery Leader at Services Australia, with a focus on building employee capability and engagement. In this role Rebecca leads people from culturally and socially diverse backgrounds.

She is also an entrepreneur business owner at Becca Jean. A transformational life coaching business where she mentors warriors, to embody a space of empowerment, breakthrough emotional barriers, and rise to their true potential.

She lives with disability and is a leader who demonstrates disability does not place a limit on achievement and flourishing.

She studies Psychology at the University of Tasmania.

In all she does, Rebecca is a passionate advocate for social justice, equality, compassion, kindness, self love and leadership, especially for women and girls. She loves nothing more than to see humans achieve radical self acceptance and live their dream lives, often in the face of challenges and adversity.

Her motto is Dream, Grow, Live, Thrive.

Liz Gillam

Board Member 

Now retired, most of Liz's working life was in the public sector. During her time in the Tasmanian State Service, she held the positions of Deputy Director of the Local Government Office and the Office of Status of Women. The latter part of her career was with local government, working in policy development at the Local Government Association of Tasmania. Liz has held a number of Government Board appointments, including Chair of Tasmanian Electoral Commission and  Board Member of the Integrity Commission, the Public Trustee and the Local Government Board. In 2017 she was inducted onto the Tasmanian Honour Roll for Women for service to government.

As well as the HWS Board, Liz is a member of DIGnity Inc, a small not-for-profit providing supported gardening programs in community gardens.

Victoria Newton

Board Member 

Victoria is an experienced human resources professional with over 25 years’ experience.  She has worked in a diverse range of industry sectors; resources, health, manufacturing and utilities both in Australia and overseas.  She is experienced in leading cultural change, organisational design, managing talent and developing individual and organisational capability.

Victoria is passionate about contributing to the creation of work environments that offer value for both the employee and the employer.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Business Administration.

Carolyn Irving

Board Member 

Carolyn works remotely as a consultant with Canberra-based research firm, Rapid Context, undertaking qualitative and mixed methods social research projects for mainly government clients. Periodically she also plays a role in diplomatic training with the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies (CPDS). Carolyn moved to the Huon Valley in early 2017 with her partner and (Australian-Brazilian) daughter. She was previously a career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Her most recent posting was as Counsellor (Trade and Economic) in Brussels (2010-13). She also had postings in Paris and Brasilia. Carolyn joined the board in June 2018. She has a BA Hons (ANU) and MA Linguistics (UNE).

Amanda Lo

Board Member 

Amanda is a Director and Chief Medical Officer at General Practice Plus, a Tasmanian owned business providing high quality Primary Health Care to the Hobart population. She is a General Practitioner who has a special interest in caring for women and children using a biopsychosocial framework. Amanda joined the board in October 2019 and is dedicated to supporting women who are vulnerable.

Lucy Gillespie

Board Member 

Lucy Gillespie is a Senior Research and Policy Officer at the Commissioner for Children and Young People Tasmania, and has extensive experience working as a human rights research and policy specialist both in Australia and internationally.  Lucy has a deep commitment to children’s rights, and has worked in the non-government and government sectors, as well as for the United Nations, to promote and fulfil the rights of children, particularly in international development and humanitarian settings.  She most recently worked for UNICEF in Turkey on the Syria refugee crisis response.  Lucy also possesses a Masters in International Law and an Honours degree in Psychology. Lucy moved back to Tasmania in 2014, and lives in Hobart with her husband and young family.

Anna Lydon

Board Member 

Anna is a lawyer with Hobart law firm PWB Lawyers and has practiced exclusively in family law for over 10 years, beginning her career in Launceston before relocating to Hobart in 2018. Anna graduated from the University of Tasmania with a combined degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Assisting clients with parenting and financial matters as well as representing parents in the child protection jurisdiction, Anna appears regularly in the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court and Magistrates Court. Anna recognises that every family is unique and understands the challenges separation can create for women, children and their families.