Board of Directors
The Migrant Resource Centre North is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Jane Douglas, Chairperson
Year Joined 2012
Jane holds a Bachelor in Arts and Law from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Certificate in Management from RMIT University and a Masters in Social Policy from Charles Sturt University. She is admitted as a Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Tasmania. Jane has experience in both private and government sectors, including private legal practice, human services service delivery, policy development and management. She is currently employed by the Department of Health and Human Services as Manager of Youth Justice Services in Northern Tasmania. Jane’s skills and experience will assist the organisation in strategic management and service development.
Jane has particular interest in the social integration of young refugees and migrants in northern Tasmania, with particular reference to those young people who become involved in anti-social or offending behaviours.
Roger Tyshing, Deputy Chairperson
Year Joined 2013
Roger has a background in agriculture and horticulture and holds a Diploma of Management. Since selling his farm in 2000, he has worked in Agricultural extension, Agripolitics, the community sector and as a project officer for a range of community and education projects. For the last 10 years, he has assisted businesses in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management sectors and more recently with all industry sectors, with their workforce development planning. Roger’s networks and insight into the training and employment opportunities in industry will benefit both the organisation and clients.
Roger believes in making a positive difference wherever he can and brings to the Board, experience in governance, strategic planning, facilitation and training through his active involvement over the years, in numerous local organisations and committees, including being President of Tamar NRM and President of Landcare Tasmania.
Andrew Frost, Treasurer
Year Joined 2015
Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Fellow of the institute of Public Accountants and a Member of Local Government Managers Australia. After completing the Public Sector Management Program in 2006, Andrew completed the inaugural Tasmanian Leaders Program in 2007 and won the Local Government Managers Australia (Tasmania) Award of Excellence (Open Category) in 2013.
Andrew has more than 15 years’ senior management experience in Local Government and Directorships across numerous industries and committees. Andrew has extensive experience in Risk, Financial, Project and Strategic Management, along with strong skills in Human Resources and Workplace Health and safety. Andrew has built wide-ranging networks throughout many sectors in Tasmania and assists with the preparation of the AICD Director Nexus Group Discussion North.
Andrew’s personal philosophy is that together we can achieve great things and to use creative thinking to tackle challenges.
Ixa de Haan, Director
Year Joined 2013
Ixa de Haan holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Certificate in Human Services. Ixa’s professional background is in human services, particularly focusing on vulnerable and disadvantaged families, including humanitarian entrant and refugee community members. More recently, Ixa has worked in community development within local government and is currently employed as the manager of a state-wide disability service provider.
Ixa has also participated in a range of community initiatives, including membership of the building committee for the Levi House Inc. redevelopment project; the Door of Hope drop-in centre; and Super Heroes Camp. Ixa’s community connections; existing relationships with humanitarian entrant and refugee families; and experience in community services will strengthen engagement with the organisation’s stakeholders. Ixa’s commitment is to nurture a culturally diverse society that is fair and inclusive.
Kai Kitchin, Director
Year Joined 2013
Kai is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional, with extensive experience working with children and adolescents. Kai’s professional experience includes case management, policy development and risk management. Currently, Kai is employed in a management role with Child Protection Services. Kai’s expertise, particularly in youth case management and risk assessment, will guide strategic and operational opportunities.
Kai believes that the children are our future and that every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. As a community, we all help children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. As a community, we assist children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. Kai’s vision is of a world where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us, as the core of what makes life so fascinating.
Maria Belen Yanotti, Director
Year Joined 2014
Dr Maria Belen Yanotti holds a PhD in Economics and Finance, and is currently an Associate Lecturer at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania. She is also a founding director of United Language Institute in Launceston, Tasmania. She has volunteered for several non-for-profit organisations in Argentina. She has lived abroad in Argentina and USA, and travelled extensively. Belen is an active member of the Launceston community, and is engaged in enhancing multiculturalism in Launceston, which involves welcoming migrants to the community.
She has wide experience in economics and finance quantitative research and business management, and brings with her experience in community projects and non-for-profit volunteering experiences. Her most recent roles were founder of United Language Institute and treasurer for the Postgraduate Student Association at UTAS. Belen’s strong background in economics and finance, together with her experience in businesses and voluntary work at non-for-profit organisations will provide significant benefit to the organisation.
Erin Bonner, Director
Year Joined 2015
Erin Bonner holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Human Resource Management. Erin is currently employed by Aurora Energy as the Resource Planning and Site Manager for the Customer Services group. Erin has considerable skills in areas including strategic business planning, financial management and human relations. Erin is looking to utilise these skills to help ensure the commercial strength and ongoing viability of the Migrant Resource Centre, in order that the valuable services provided by the organisation are available for future generations.
Erin lives in the northern suburbs of Launceston and has seen the positive impact achieved for the community by welcoming a diverse range of migrants to the area. She is committed to fostering the ongoing inclusiveness of new members to the community.
Fiona Woodfield, Director
Year Joined 2015
Fiona Woodfield holds a Bachelor of Education degree as well as post graduate qualifications in Health Services Management. Fiona is currently completing a further Post Graduate Certificate at the University of Tasmania in Business, with a focus on corporate governance and sustainability. Fiona has extensive experience in business and HR management in both Government and the private sector. Fiona’s strong background in management, contract management and quality and safety will provide significant benefits to the organisation. Fiona believes that everybody in our community has the right to a lifestyle that promotes and supports their health and wellbeing.
Fiona is currently employed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as the Area Manager, Disability and Community Services North in Launceston. Fiona is responsible for ensuring the effective, efficient and safe provision of a variety of professional services and programs delivered and funded by Disability and Community Services across Northern Tasmania. Her current portfolio includes specialist disability services, providing support to people living with disability, neighbourhood houses, sexual assault services, gambling support services, etc. Fiona has worked for the DHHS for the last 16 years working across a range of community and acute services in a number of management, project and quality roles and is currently involved in the trial and planning to full scheme of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Mark Deverell, Director
Year Joined 2017
Having spent 22 years of his working life in the human services sector, Mark has dedicated the past 15 years to working with people living with disability. Holding a Bachelor of Social Welfare, Mark has utilised both this training and the practical skills obtained, to enhance the lives of people living with disability. Most of Mark’s positions within the disability and community service sector – have been within senior and executive management teams.
Along with skills as a social welfare practitioner, Mark brings experience in managing large staffing teams, engaging in change management processes, service development and delivery, particularly identifying unmet need within Tasmanian communities. Mark has a keen interest in service collaboration and identifying service gaps that can be met through effective partnerships and joint ventures.