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The Unconformity Inc. is a not-for-profit cultural organisation and Incorporated Association that is governed by a Board who represent diverse skills, experiences and community and arts sector representation.

The Board meets at least six times a year as well as actively participating in subcommittees that monitor progress against governance, finance, stakeholder engagement, HR and programming. The Unconformity Board features local representation while also drawing on intra- and inter-state expertise and networks.

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Rick Snell

Chair (2017–present)

Rick Snell grew up on the West Coast of Lutruwita/Tasmania where he attended Queenstown Central Primary School and RM Murray High School before leaving the region to pursue his studies. He followed a career in the Commonwealth Public Service with 28 years as a law academic at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) where he remains an Adjunct Associate Professor in Law. Rick’s research, ideas and teaching have been influential both within Australia and internationally, particularly in the area of Right to Information.

Rick was Deputy Dean of the Law School from 2014–18 and was an elected and active member of the governing council of UTAS from 2003–06.

Since 2018, Rick and his wife Esther have operated The Missing Tiger Bookshop in Queenstown. He also continues to undertake work advising international organisations and governments in the area of open government.

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Shane Pitt

Deputy Chair (2009 – present)

Shane Pitt grew up in Queenstown and wears many hats in the West Coast community.

An electrician by trade, Shane started his career at the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company and has since worked in domestic, commercial, industrial, mining, marine and aquaculture industries throughout the region for over 25 years. He is the Electrical Principal/Inspector at Bluestone Tin Joint Venture Mine.

In 2009, Shane was elected as Councillor of West Coast Council followed by Deputy Mayor in 2014 and Mayor in 2021.

Shane has been a long-term member and leader of a variety of community organisations, including Queenstown Club, Queenstown Anglers Club, Queenstown Lions Club, Scouting Movement, St Joseph’s School Board, Mountain Heights School Board and Project Queenstown.

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Janine Healey

Treasurer (2017 – present)

Janine Healey has more than thirty years of experience in Chartered Accounting, including fifteen years at KPMG, eight years at Deloitte and twenty years at Ruddicks before retiring in 2022.

During her time at Ruddicks, Janine specialised in succession planning for both individuals and businesses, and providing high-level taxation, commercial and strategic advice. She is currently Chair and Director of Interact IT Services Pty Ltd, Interact Hosting Pty Ltd, and a Director of Aurora Energy.

Janine has held various commercial directorships, including Tasmanian Railways Pty Ltd (2017–22) where she was Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Safety, Health and Environment, and People and Culture Committees; Hydro Tasmania (2002–15) where she was Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the HR Remuneration and Business Risk Committees; and the Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre Ltd (2005–12). She has also held several community roles including Launceston Chamber of Commerce (2000–20) with roles as President, Vice-President and Treasurer; and Australian Institute of Company Directors where she was Councillor and Divisional President.

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Annie McKay

Secretary (2016 – present)

Annie McKay is a West Coast business owner with two accommodation properties located in the township of Strahan.

Annie has been involved in the Tasmanian hospitality industry across the whole state, in roles such as cellar door manager, hotel manager and events coordinator.

Annie formed a close connection with the West Coast in the 1990s, taking regular weekend trips to the region before making the move to embrace the West Coast way of life in the 2000s. She has been involved in the community in many ways through local sporting groups, tourism committees and as a local Councillor since 2022.

Annie has a keen interest in the arts and enjoys watching ideas grow and evolve into creations.

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Jaymie Ling

Board Member (2023 – present)

Jaymie Ling is passionate about creating positive change and delivering value for customers through human-centred design and innovation. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work from the University of Edinburgh and several certifications in agile project management, problem-solving, decision-making, conciliation skills, and leadership.

Jaymie resides in Queenstown and is the Head of Customer Experience at TasWater. Before commencing with TasWater, he led the Partnerships and Projects directorate at HealthShare NSW.

Jaymie has over ten years of experience in project management, service design and customer experience in the public sector. He has led, delivered and sponsored many successful projects and initiatives that improved the experience and satisfaction for customers, clients and other stakeholders.

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Joy Chappell

Board Member (2009 – present)

Joy Chappell lives and works in Queenstown where she is the owner/operator of several tourism businesses including Mt Lyell Anchorage accommodation, RoamWild tours and transport, and The Paragon Theatre.

Prior to moving to Queenstown, Joy was self-employed as a professional dressmaker. She has also been an Army Reserve soldier and has travelled through the UK, Mallorca and Florida working as a private cook for business owners and families.

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Ruth Forrest MLC

Board Member (2017 – present)

Ruth Forrest was born and educated in the North West of Lutruwita/Tasmania before pursuing a career as a registered nurse and midwife, childbirth and sex educator from 1982–2005. She is a member and past president of Australian College of Midwives (ACM) (Tas Branch) and was awarded ACM Fellowship in 2001.

Ruth was elected to Tasmanian Legislative Council (Independent Member for Murchison) in May 2005, and re-elected in 2011, 2017 and 2023.

In 2018, Ruth was elected Deputy President and Chair of Committees and Member and Chair of several Parliamentary Committees including the Tasmanian Joint Standing Committee on Public Accounts. She is Chair of the Legislative Council Government Administration Committee A and has chaired several Committee Inquiries over many years.

Ruth is a strong advocate and supporter of the arts and a tireless advocate for women, diversity and equality. She recently established a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Gender and Equality.

Ruth has completed her Masters of Midwifery (2010), the Tasmanian Leaders Program (2011), Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (2012), Graduate Certificate in Business (2013), the Australian Futures Project Parliamentary Leaders Program (2017) and the McKinnon Institute for Political Leadership's 2022 Political Leadership Program. In 2019, Ruth was named as one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence.

Ruth supports a number of community organisations including being Patron of Huntington’s Tasmania and serving on the Board of Engender Equality, an NGO providing services to victims of family and domestic abuse and violence.

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Mark Wilsdon

Board Member (2017 – present)

Mark Wilsdon has over thirty years experience in the arts, cultural, tourism and hospitality sectors. His original chef’s training in Nipaluna/Hobart led him to work in some of Europe’s leading restaurants. Returning home to Lutruwita/Tasmania, he has owned and operated several successful restaurants and hospitality businesses.

Drawn to the excitement of David Walsh’s vision, Mark started work with the organisation as a consultant to Moorilla Pty Ltd in 2002. In this role, he facilitated the operational design and opening of the award-winning Ether building and commenced a permanent role at Mona as Hospitality Operations Manager in 2004.

In 2006, Mark took on the new role of Executive Business Manager where he specialised in leading commercial operations and efficiencies, as well as identifying and pursuing growth opportunities for Mona while establishing and sustaining a major cultural tourism destination.

In 2016, Mark was appointed Co–CEO of the Mona group and was responsible for the strategic oversight and management of all operations. His specialty expertise includes business strategy, product development, destination management, marketing and visitor experience.

Responding to the challenge of a once-in-a-generation renewal project, Mark joined The Powerhouse Museum as Chief Operating Officer in August 2021. He is responsible for oversight of team development, organisational structure, operational planning and cultural and business capabilities, ensuring a sustainable and vibrant enterprise and culture.

Mark has contributed to many arts and industry boards and forums and, in 2021, was named the Tourism Industry Council’s Tasmanian Tourism Champion in recognition of his role in the emergence of Lutruwita/Tasmania as a leading cultural destination.

Mark’s grandparents, Snow and Mary lived and worked in Queenstown from the 1930s to the 1970s. His father, Harry Wilsdon OAM, was born and raised in Queenstown.

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Chloe Tanner

Board Member (2024 – present)

Chloe Tanner is an experienced marketing and business consultant with artistic roots. Originally a jazz musician, music programmer and festival all-rounder, she has worked for Mona, Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM).

As the former director of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, Chloe’s experience ranges from international business and marketing leadership for professional service firms to regional galleries, festivals and artist management in contemporary dance, contemporary art and music.

Chloe is the former Deputy Chair of the Australian Dance Theatre and an experienced board member in the not-for-profit and education sectors. She is currently undertaking place-based artistic research for her Masters of Curatorial and Museum Studies through the University of Adelaide.

Chloe holds a Masters of International Business, Masters of Marketing, Bachelor of Communication and Postgraduate Certificate in History, Politics and Society from The University of Oxford, UK. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

The Unconformity acknowledges the palawa people as the original and traditional custodians of lutruwita/Tasmania. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this land.