Board of Directors

Leadership is provided by a skill-based voluntary board made up of people from the community.

Ian Wright | Chair

Ian is an accomplished leader and former CEO of a Tasmanian-wide provider of children’s disability services.  He has 30 years of experience in public practice accountancy and auditing.  His passion for serving the community is evidenced by numerous Board positions.

Jane Gaetani-Black | Vice Chair

Jane’s health sector experience is extensive. With expertise in project management and governance Jane’s senior management roles typically involve the development of health and related aged care policies, programs, and services. Skilled in collaboration and communication Jane implements significant health system and operational changes to meet contemporary healthcare directions and needs. Jane’s leadership style promotes both natural and social justice and equality.  

John Crawford | Treasurer

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John is a Chartered Accountant and Business Valuation Specialist, working as a Partner of Launceston accounting firm Watson & Hegarty. He has a broad experience working with a range of clients and industries throughout Tasmania, including NDIS and not-for-profit institutions.  Growing up in Launceston, John is a proud resident of Launceston and a strong believer in the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Elisabeth Baraka | Director

Elisabeth has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer, non-profit manager, and non-executive director. She has worked globally on rule of law, human rights, and sustainable development, and is currently the Chief Operations Officer at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility. 

Erin Bonner | Director

Erin has considerable skills in strategic business planning, operational and financial management, risk analysis and human resources.  She currently works as the Strategic Workforce Planning Manager and Site Manager for Aurora Energy. 

Previously served as director from 2015-2022, Vice Chair and also chaired the Audit and Risk Committee.

 

John Kirwan | Director

John Kirwan has had over 40 years of experience in operational, policy, and advocacy roles, in the health industry in WA, NT, and Tasmania. John holds Fellowships from the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Australian Human Resources Institute and has a specific interest in Aboriginal employment and advocating for the use of ‘stewardship’ as a preferred model for the public sector.

 

Roger Tyshing | Director

Roger brings to boards, experience in governance, strategic planning, facilitation and training through his active involvement over the last 35 years, in numerous local and statewide organisations and committees, previously holding roles as Chair of Migrant Resource Centre North, President of Tamar NRM and President of Landcare Tasmania.

Roger’s background is agriculture, horticulture and training. He believes in making a positive difference in the communities he lives in. He does that by bringing his skills and experience to the roles he takes on, paid and voluntary.

Dr. Frank Madill AM MStJ | Ambassador

Appointed in 2019, Dr. Madill plays a vital role in promoting MRC’s mission and services and representing the organisation at events and functions, speaking about our work and the impact we have in the lives of new arrivals and migrants. Author, retired GP, and former Minister of Multicultural Affairs and Police and Emergency, Dr. Madill is dedicated to the community of Launceston and is a life member of numerous organisations. Dr. Madill is a recipient of the Centenary Medal and the Serving Brother of St John medal.  He has also been awarded Order of Australia for services to Parliament, Medicine, and the Community.

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