Operations Team

Jodhi Wilkinson - Executive Officer

Jodhi Wilkinson

Executive Officer

Jodhi brings with her to SWITCH spaces extensive knowledge and experience having either worked in, owned or operated a broad range of business, government, not-for-profit and community based health care services.

People and community are at the heart of Jodhi’s foundation.  This is why you will hear her in continuous dialogue about the importance of relationship building and connection. It is these very drivers that motivate and guide Jodhi in both her professional and personal life.

Outside of SWITCH Jodhi can been seen enjoying the fabulous landscape that is Tasmania with her family, friends and community.

Martin Brinkman

Martin Brinkman

Business Advisor

Martin has run a project management and coaching business for the past 14 years. With a civil engineering degree and Masters in Business, Martin has also invested heavily in coaching and mentoring skills with which he actively services Switch Tasmania’s clients.

With expertise in cultural change, collaboration, identifying strategic capabilities and developing individuals and teams, Martin sees his advisor role as a terrific opportunity to share his skills and knowledge with local small business owners. Martin is passionate about making Tasmania an even better place to live, work and invest.

Martin’s also happy to talk red wine, bushwalking and fitness, but will be more interested in hearing all about your business, and why you do it.

Jess Jansz

Jess Jansz

Operations Coordinator

Jess is supported by more than 10 years’ experience in Hospitality and Tourism Industry. She is passionate about making a positive difference to local business and currently operates a newly established consulting firm, focusing on People and Organisational development. Jess’s work experience is supported by a range of qualifications including a Master’s in Business Administration, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Cert IV in Human Resources.

When she is not busy raising three young boys and finishing off her degree, you’ll find Jess on top of a mountain or with a glass of wine in the beautiful Tasmanian sunshine.

Digital Mentors

Julie Foster

Julie Foster

Digital Mentor

Julie has a great understanding and practical working knowledge of the current trends in digital marketing including social media website design, ecommerce and payments gateways. She can also help you choose and set up Point of Sale, Accounting and On Line Booking platforms.

Julie has built up her knowledge and skills from over 25 years in the corporate financial sector working in Senior Management, Sales, HR and Marketing roles. She is also the co-owner of the surfwear store, Passport Surf, which has been part of the Devonport retail scene for more than 30 years.

Karl Rolfe

Karl Rolfe

Digital Mentor

From an industrial electrical/electronic technical background I have been a power user of office software since 1990 and computers since 1980. I have 7 years experience as a technology trainer and for the past 2½ years have had my own IT consultancy business.

My areas of special interest are automation, data handling and cyber security and I am also experienced in website maintenance and social media for business. Seeing computers take care of mundane repetitive tasks and helping users find solutions to frustrating computer experiences are two things which please me the most.

Corey Speers

Corey Speers

Digital Mentor

With more than 20 years’ experience in communications, media and community engagement in a range of sectors, Corey is able to use his work experience to help you. Corey has worked in the Local and Federal Government spheres, for newspapers, in private industry and on his own small business.

Corey has experience in design, marketing, communications, social media, media liaison, corporate image, promotions, public relations, pre-press, advertising, writing, editing, journalism, copywriting and research and evaluation.

Corey is a proud Brand Tasmania Partner and a passionate advocate for all things Tasmania. Corey completed a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Journalism, Media and Communications and Public Policy) in 2007 at the University of Tasmania.

Our Board

James McCormack

James McCormack

Chairman

A management consultant with expertise in regional labour markets. James has held senior executive roles within the Australian Government across various portfolios.

Jan Bonde

Jan Bonde

Deputy Chairman

Jan is the Mayor of Central Coast, and also has extensive agribusiness experience.

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Public Officer

A retired solicitor with a long term interest in corporate and organisation governance.

Philip Viney

Philip Viney

Treasurer

An experienced CPA, Phil operates his own accountancy practice in Ulverstone.

Anthony Brandsema

Anthony Brandsema

Secretary

Anthony is a co-owner of the highly regarded agricultural enterprise, J and A Brandsema at Turners Beach.

Sandra Ayton

Sandra Ayton

Sandra is the General Manager at Central Coast Council.

Daryl Connelly

Daryl Connelly

Cofounding Switch Tasmania in 2011, Daryl served as Deputy Chairman before being offered the paid Executive Officer role in 2013. Daryl currently works as the Chief Executive Officer at the Cradle Coast Authority. He holds a Master of Business and is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.

Phil na Champassak

Phil owns and manages the acclaimed boutique hotel The Madsen, at Penguin.

Ben Pangas

Ben Pangas

Ben is a Counsellor and Workplace Coach based on the NW coast of Tasmania. He has 20 years of experience working in development in diverse cultural contexts including internationally and with Indigenous cultures. His coaching service was the recipient of the Innovative Learning Tasmania Award, 2017.

Carolyn Watson-Paul

In 2011 Carolyn started Henry’s Ginger Beer with her husband Marc. She has now also joined the CCA Economic Development team to manage the Regional Employment Trials project.