Our Board

At Devil Island Project we have the privilege of being lead by a highly dedicated, dynamic and voluntary board who bring informed, experienced and objective views to the decision making of Devil Island Project. They are a hugely talented bunch with experience in television, conservation, animal behavior, biology, environmental work, politics, business, tourism and accountancy and finance just to name a few.

They are hugely passionate about protecting the Tasmanian devils and are always seen hands-on at our Devil Island Project fundraising events.

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Chairman – Kerry Finch
Kerry Finch was born in Hobart in 1948 and has spent most of his life in Tasmania. ABC radio listeners woke up to his 7NT breakfast program for most of 24 years. Kerry joined the ABC in Launceston in 1975 after working at 2MW Murwillumbah, 2KM in Kempsey and Launceston’s 7LA. The ABC station manager, Graeme Steele, gave Kerry the task of making 7NT ‘your radio station’ by localising the program.

He found it easy to transfer his community radio role to representing the community in parliament when he was elected to the Legislative Council division of Rosevears in 2002.
Kerry lives at the southern end of his electorate, in West Launceston with wife Carole and any off his three grown-up sons who happen to be home.

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Vice Chairman – Shane Gould
Shane Gould MBE, takes her place in Australia’s sporting heritage as one of the worlds greatest female swimmers. She swam at the Munich 1972 Olympics, and is still the only woman ever to win 5 individual medals, (3 gold, all in world record times, plus 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.) Shane was world sportswoman of the year and named 1972 Australian of the year and a National Living Treasure in 1998. In 2006 Shane was inducted to the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in the pioneer category and is one of 30 Legends of Australian sport. Her autobiography “Tumble Turns” was published in 1999.

Shane remarried in 2007, and continues to contribute to sport and swimming with her husband Milton Nelms as he consults with federations, teams and athletes around the world. Shane is also a consulting advisor the World Aquatic Research Centre base in Lund Sweden. Together, Shane and Milt have a current philanthropic swimming project in Fiji where Shane grew up.

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Treasurer – David Stronach
David has recently retired after concluding his working career owning and operating a small business for the past 20 years. David spent his childhood years living in Launceston, Moina and Storeys Creek, before returning to Launceston to attend the Launceston Technical High School. Upon leaving school at the end of 1960, David completed an apprenticeship in Fitting and Machining at the then Repco Bearing Co., before moving in the area of quality control a position held for a further eight years.

An extensive involvement in the ambulance service in Launceston as a volunteer over a number of years led to a desire and a career change into the area of Occupational Health and Safety. In 1972, David took up a position as Safety Officer at the TEMCO Ferro Alloy Plant at Bell Bay. In 1978, David was transferred to the BHP Central Engineering Division as Project Safety Officer on the Gregory Open Cut Coal Mine Project based in Emerald in Queensland. As this project developed from the construction phase to the operating phase David was transferred to the operating company as Safety and Training Officer, a position held until 1992.

A strong desire to return to Tasmania in 1992, saw David along with wife Joanna, purchase a gallery space in Bicheno on the east coast of Tasmania, where they successfully operated a retail art and craft gallery for 19 years. Along the way the business was expanded to include two visitor accommodation units.

With Joanna’s involvement in the first London Marathon trip, David became involved in the Devil Island Project from the beginning, falling into the position of Treasurer, a position he still holds.

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Secretary – Maureen Englefield
RN RM .Diploma in Business Studies. Secretary and Board member Devil Island Project Inc since 2007. Daughter of Major W Hawke MBE and Edith Sawyer. Born 21/01/1943, Dartford Kent UK. Settled Australia 2001 Citizenship 2006. Educated England, Egypt, Singapore and Southampton College UK. Career. Co owner East Coast Natureworld Tasmania 2001-2011, 1995 -1999 Director of Midwifery Services Devon, 1992 – 1995 Director of Midwifery Women and Childrens’ Services Redhill Surrey UK,1985 -1992 Head of Community Midwifery Guildford UK, 1976 – 1985 Community Midwife Guildford Surrey. 1965 -1968 Midwife North London 1961 -1965 Nurse Training Bournemouth Hospital UK. 1965 Married Bruce Englefield BSc MSc One son one daughter.

Interests, Environment and animal welfare, cooking, knitting crochet and tapestry, reading. sailing and cruising. Interests, animal behaviour, sport, bushwalking, music, ecology, protection of the environment, youth mental health. historical novels.

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Board Member – Fiona Hoskin
For 20 years – from 1989-2009, Fiona ran the kitchen in what became an iconic restaurant in Launceston, Tasmania – Fee and Me Restaurant, with her partner Peter Crowe. During those 20 years the restaurant scooped up many awards with the pinnacle of success coming in 2000 when it was named “Best Restaurant in Australia” in the American Express Awards. The National Award was an enormous personal achievement for Fiona and testament to her dedication to the industry. Since closing the restaurant, Fiona’s cooking career has taken a new path and seen her embrace the world’s smallest, smartest kitchen – the Thermomix. The German designed Thermomix is making a name for itself with chefs around the world as well as in domestic kitchens.
Fiona is passionate about many things – Tasmanian produce, eating well, caring for the environment and making a difference are amongst those passions. It is her passion that has seen her run the London marathon (twice!), organise dinners featuring high profile chefs and embark on writing a cookbook to raise funds over $130,000 to help save the Tasmanian Devil in its hour of need. “A Devil of a Cookbook” was released in May 2012 and was awarded the title of ‘Best Charity/Fund-raising Cookbook in the World 2013’ in the Pacific Region in the Gourmand Cookbook awards – an honour indeed.

 

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Board Member – Robert Pennicott

Robert Pennicott is the founder of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, a multi award winning ecotourism company in southern Tasmania. His passion and enthusiasm has seen the business he founded in 1999 evolve into a world-class operation. Bruny Island Cruises and Tasman Island Cruises take guests into a stunning coastal wilderness featuring towering sea cliffs, caves, blowholes, waterfalls and wildlife. The custom-built yellow boats provide up-close encounters with wildlife including seals, dolphins, migrating whales and seabirds. The Bruny Island Traveller provides a land-based exploration of Bruny Island’s spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce and intriguing history, including an exclusive tour inside the Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

Sustainability is at the heart of Robert’s tourism operations. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is a significant contributor to the local community where its operations are based and directly donates to a range of community and environmental conservation projects. These have included a $100,000 donation to the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund, which financed the eradication of a feral species on Tasman Island. In 2011, Robert circumnavigated Australia in a 5.4m inflatable dinghy and raised $300,000 for conservation and the worldwide eradication of Polio. In recognition of these and his many other philanthropic and business achievements, Robert was named Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2012.

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Chief Executive Office – Bruce Englefield
CEO For Devil Island Project since 2010. son of Jack Englefield and Gwendoline Annie O’Brien. Born 29/11/1942 Romsey Hampshire UK, settled Australia 2001 Citizenship 2006. Educated at Funtley Primary School, Barton Peveril Grammar School, Wood Norton Hall and Southampton University. Career. Owner East Coast Natureworld Tasmania 2001-2011, Owner and practitioner Animal Behaviour Centre (Devon UK) 1995-2001, Farmer Beaples Hill Farm 1995-2001, Senior Manager Video and communications Department, Barclays Bank UK 1989-1995, Technical Director Thames Television1978-1989, Sound Director Thames Television 1968-1978, Engineer BBC 1961-1968, Member International Society of Pet Behaviour Counsellors since 1998, Chartered Member of the Institute of Animal care Education since 1994, CEO Devil Island project since 2010 Chairman 2007-2010, President of the Wildlife institute of Tasmania 2004-2006, Judge of the International Sheepdog society 1996-1999, Member (England) National Sheepdog Trials team, 1997, 1993 and 1989. Australia Day Ambassador, 2011-2013. Named Australian of the year (Tas) 2010, Tasmanian of the Year 2008, Australian Small Business Champion (Tourism) 2010. Published, ‘Ewe Were Made For Me’ video and book 1994. Paper on Animal Cruelty presented at Australian RSPCA national symposium 2011. Married Maureen Patricia Kate Hawke RN RM, one son one daughter.