Council

Prof Ross Large

 

Vice President - Prof Emily Hilder

 

Immediate Past President - Prof Sue Jones

Sue Jones has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Tasmania, and a PhD from the Australian National University in Canberra. She ran the Endocrinology Laboratory at the Royal Hobart Hospital for three years before taking a career break to have her children.

Sue worked at the University of Tasmania from 1987 to 2013, and her career path balanced scientific research with teaching and mentoring the next generation of zoologists. She won the 2008 ALTC National Award for Teaching Excellence (Biological Sciences, Health and related Studies), and held a national position as ALTC Discipline Scholar for Science in 2010-2011. Sue was Head of the School of Zoology from 2006-2011, overseeing its centenary celebrations in 2009. Upon her retirement, the University of Tasmania granted her the title of Professor Emeritus.

As a reproductive biologist, her scientific research focuses on the physiology of viviparous lizards and marsupials, and she is a keen amateur ornithologist.

Honorary Secretary - Tony Culberg OAM

Tony was born in Sydney, NSW, and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW and, after moving to Tasmania in 1974, a Diploma of Education at UTas.

He then taught in both High Schools and at TAFE until being declared redundant in 1990.

He first visited Tasmania in 1966, as a bushwalker on the Overland Track and then to Frenchman’s Cap.

Five years later he attended a national caving conference in Hobart, followed by two weeks of caving at Exit Cave, Mt Anne and Mole Creek.

Since 1990 he has both built up a tax practice and sold most of it so he could semi-retire. Tony has been irregularly heard on ABC Radio in Tasmania, commenting on tax issues and taking talkback sessions, since 1989.

He moved to Tasmania to pursue his recreation of caving, as Tasmania has the best accessible caves in Australia. He has no particular scientific training, other than that acquired while caving. In the early 1990s he ran a tourism venture, taking adventurous souls into, first, Exit Cave and later Mystery Creek Cave, both located south of the Ida Bay Railway. For some years he audited the books of the Royal Society of Tasmania and this year, 2009, stepped up to the more active role of Secretary.

Honorary Treasurer - Peter Meyer

Peter has a business and corporate career spanning over 40 years.

He was Managing Director and Chief Executive of several US corporate organisations in countries throughout the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Sub-continent and represented the parent company on the boards of subsidiaries.

He spent a further four years at the company’s world headquarters in the USA. From 1984, he worked in Sydney with another global corporation where he became the director of a business unit for the South Pacific Region and a member of the management committee.

Since 1993, Peter has contributed his extensive international experience and knowledge to companies in commercialisation and capital raising, in sourcing joint venture partners and facilitating acquisitions, but he particularly enjoyed assisting start-ups. Peter, who grew up in Switzerland, holds a precision engineering degree and has studied at further learning institutions including INSEAD, Brown, Macquarie and Sydney.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences and supports the MIT Open Courseware efforts.

Councillor - Mr John T W Hayton

 

Councillor -Mr Warren Boyles

Councillor - Ms Mary Koolhof

Mary Koolhof has had wide experience as a teacher in Tasmanian schools including stints as Senior Education Officer and Senior Curriculum Officer for the Department of Education. Mary was an inaugural awardee of a Commonwealth Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship and a recipient of several Goethe-Institut scholarships to study in Germany. She has a passion for teaching and was awarded a Rotary Salamanca Vocational Award for Excellence for her work with refugee students. Mary currently works for the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority in a number of part-time roles. She is a long-time supporter of Girl Guides Tasmania and sits on the Consultative and Appeals Committee of that organisation. Mary enjoys her voluntary work on the Tasmanian Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee. She is the commissioned author of several children’s books published by the Salvation Army for the Safe from the Start and Communities for Children initiatives. Two more children’s books are scheduled for publication in 2014: one tackling sibling bullying and one addressing cyberstalking.

Councillor - Ms Jeannie-Marie Leroi

Jeannie-Marie has a background in marine research and science communication, and is currently the Manager of Marketing and Engagement for the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology at UTAS. Her role includes developing, implementing and promoting a range of science engagement programs for school students, teachers and the wider community.
Jeannie-Marie is also the chair of the National Science Week State Co-ordinating Committee and is involved in Inspiring Australia programs to increase community engagement in science. She previously developed innovative science arts programs, such as Double Helix Drama science theatre and Science in Salamanca.
Graduating from UTAS with a Bachelor of Science, Jeannie-Marie worked at CSIRO Marine Research from 1986 – 2001, undertaking further study to complete a Masters of Science on the taxonomy of marine nanoflagellates. She has also worked for CSIRO as a science education officer, and has a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication.

Councillor - Christine Hurley

Councillor - Jenny Warren

Jen Warren worked as a librarian in Melbourne at Aeronautical Research Laboratories and Monash University, before retiring to Hobart in 2011.

TMAG Representative - Jennifer Storer

Honorary Editor - Dr Margaret Davies OAM

Margaret Davies was educated at the University of Tasmania, the ANU and the University of Adelaide from where she retired in 2002 after an academic career at that institution of 30 years.

Her research focused on the taxonomy and systematics of the Australopapuan frog fauna with an interest in osteology. She has discovered and named 34 species of frog during that research career and has published 118 papers, books and edited works.

An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of South Australia, she served as Secretary, Editor (for 13 years), Vice-President, President and Minute Secretary before returning to Tasmania where she became Honorary Editor of the Royal Society of Tasmania, a position she claims is to keep the brain active.

Honorary Librarian - Lynn Davies

Publicity Officer - Ms Mary Koolhof

Mary Koolhof has had wide experience as a teacher in Tasmanian schools including stints as Senior Education Officer and Senior Curriculum Officer for the Department of Education. Mary was an inaugural awardee of a Commonwealth Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship and a recipient of several Goethe-Institut scholarships to study in Germany. She has a passion for teaching and was awarded a Rotary Salamanca Vocational Award for Excellence for her work with refugee students. Mary currently works for the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority in a number of part-time roles. She is a long-time supporter of Girl Guides Tasmania and sits on the Consultative and Appeals Committee of that organisation. Mary enjoys her voluntary work on the Tasmanian Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee. She is the commissioned author of several children’s books published by the Salvation Army for the Safe from the Start and Communities for Children initiatives. Two more children’s books are scheduled for publication in 2014: one tackling sibling bullying and one addressing cyberstalking.

Special Projects Officer - Dr. Anita Hansen

Anita Hansen was educated at the University of Tasmania and the University of Newcastle where her studies have focused on natural history illustration.

Before returning to Tasmania in 2003 to complete a Masters and PhD, Anita worked interstate and overseas in scientific illustration, graphic design and project management, most recently with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) as an Education Officer/Projects and Publications.

ex officio member - Dr Eric Ratcliff OAM

Eric Ratcliff was born in Launceston in 1938, completed secondary education at Launceston High School and graduated M.B.,B.S. from University of Queensland in 1964. He qualified as a consultant psychiatrist in 1976 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1981. He was a long-serving General Councillor of the College, chaired a number of bi-national committees, and was awarded the College Medal of Honour in 2006. He has served a number of terms as Chair of the Northern Branch of the Royal Society. In addition to continuing psychiatric and medico-legal practice in Launceston, he is a recognised architectural historian, and has published on aspects of nineteenth century architecture and design in Tasmania and in England and on hospital and medical history in Tasmania. He was honoured with the O.A.M. in 2004 for services to psychiatry and architectural conservation.