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.

Liz Gillam

Deputy Chairperson

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

Anita Dahlenburg

Treasurer

Anita is a partner with Private Deloitte and has over 20 years’ experience in providing accounting, taxation and business advisory services.

Anita is passionate about working with her clients to support them in their business' growth agendas, placing a strong emphasis on meeting client requirements and walking in their shoes to ensure success and growth.

Anita’s, diverse experience has been gained through working closely with clients from all industry sectors. From direct contact with decision makers in the Not for Profit arena to Mum and Dad local business, Anita pride’s herself on caring.

In addition to this Anita, has gained additional insights into running business’s through having her own practice prior to joining Deloitte and owning other business operations.

Anita not only understands the value of client relationships, but realises the importance of mentoring staff to achieve their career goals. The bringing together of like-minded people to achieve great results, whilst developing all those involved is essential in working in today’s market..

Recently, Anita has found it refreshing to take the new offering of Deloitte Private Connect to clients, revolutionising the landscape for business, further enhancing outcomes for clients in this space. Being at the forefront of cloud based accounting applications and technology delivers excitement to the accounting realm and is key to seamless interaction in a fast paced business environment.

Anita has strong networks within the wider Deloitte Partnership and utilises the breadth of all offerings to bring the best to her clients.

Reshma Dutta

Public Officer / Secretary 

Reshma’s portfolio on the Board is as their cultural diversity member. Reshma has a keen interest in people from different cultural backgrounds. She has great empathy for women and children who have suffered hardship.

Reshma holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Tasmania and Master of Taxation from University of NSW. Additionally Reshma graduated from Postgraduate course in Education specialising in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Reshma was an Adjunct Principal Lecturer for Fiji National University in the area of Taxation. Reshma has also lectured at University of Fiji in the area of Law (Contract, Torts and Company) and in the area of Taxation to second and final year students.

In the past Reshma has served as Director for Connect Financial, Board Member for Hobart College Council, Deputy Chair for Fiji Australia Association, Committee member for the Association of Non-English Speaking Background Women of Australia, Woodfield Lodge Incorporated and the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia.

Her interest in assisting women emerged through her work with recently arrived migrant women who needed assistance with finding their way into the community and accessing relevant Government bodies and services. Reshma remains passionate about assisting women and children who are vulnerable for any reason.

Elizabeth Avery

Board Member 

Elizabeth was appointed to the Board of Management in 2011.  Having obtained a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Tasmania, Elizabeth was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court in 2005.  For the past ten years she have been employed by Tasmania Police, specialising in Safe at Home prosecutions.

As an advocate for those affected by family violence Elizabeth joined the Board to promote the advancement of the rights of women and children in this area.

Rebecca Ryan  

Board Member 

Rebecca is currently a Service Support Officer in International Services area in Department of Human Services, interacting daily with people from culturally and socially diverse backgrounds. She has lived with a significant hearing impairment since a young age, and offers insight into the challenges faced by those with a disability. She is studying psychology at the University of New England. Rebecca is passionate about social justice and equality, especially for women and girls, and being a member of the board allows her to contribute meaningfully to these issues.

Keirran Downham

Board Member 

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.

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 is a consultant with Canberra-based research firm, Rapid Context, which assists public and private sector clients to create positive cultural change. Carolyn moved to the Huon Valley in early 2017 and lives with her partner and young daughter (plus collie and chickens) on a small acreage.

Carolyn 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.

Julia Hickey

Board Member 

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.

Amanda Lo

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.

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.