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Launceston Public Forum: The Future of Work


Public Forum in Launceston

Start Date

14 Sep 2017 6:00 pm

End Date

14 Sep 2017 7:30 pm


The Annexe Theatre, Inveresk, Launceston

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E.; T. 6324 3052

The Future of Work in Northern Tasmania | Public Forum

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Robotics, artificial intelligence, digital disruption – how will technology affect the key industries in the North of the state? What do workplace changes hold for the future of the region? Join the Institute for the Study of Social Change and the Alumni Office for a panel discussion on the future of work in Northern Tasmania.


  • Angela Driver, Tasmanian Leaders


  • Tom Quinn, Future Business Council
  • Jane Bennett, TasFoods
  • Rebecca King, Kingthing Marketing
  • Lachlan Hinds, Year 12 Student, Scotch Oakburn College

Hosted by: The Institute for the Study of Social Change and the Alumni Office at the University of Tasmania

Sponsored by: The Department of State Growth

About Angela Driver, General Manager, Tasmanian Leaders

Angela has enjoyed the role of General Manager of Tasmanian Leaders since 2011, having completed their signature program in 2009. In 2017 she undertook the Harvard Kennedy School’s Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership with Ron Heifetz. In 2016 she completed a Brain Based Coaching certificate with the Neuro Leadership Institute and in 2013 was accredited in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Prior to working in leadership development, Angela forged a successful career in arts as an administrator, event manager, theatre director and community cultural developer. Her career highlight in the arts include establishing the Junction Arts Festival after completing a Churchill Fellowship researching performance event for social change in 2007. In 2011 she was awarded the Northern Young Professional of the Year, through the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

About the panellists:

Tom Quinn – Founder, Future Business Council

Tom Quinn is the founder of the Future Business Council, author of The Next Boom: A surprise new hope for Australia’s economy. He is a Director of the non-profit think tank Beyond Zero Emissions and is an Advisory Board member at Federation University Business School and Ndevr Environmental.Tom grew up in rural Victoria and has a background in public policy, research and business innovation with particular focuses on climate change, technology and sustainability. He regularly appears in the media to discuss the rapid transitions underway in our economy and how we can seize the opportunities the changes represent.

Jane Bennett – Managing Director and CEO, TasFoods

Jane began her career in the dairy industry processing milk on farms. She worked in the UK for two years before coming home to spend the next 18 years working with her family to develop the Ashgrove brand of dairy products and building a successful dairy processing business in a paddock on the family farm in Elizabeth Town in northern Tasmania.   Jane works or has worked as a non-executive director in a range of businesses including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CSIRO, Australian Farm Institute, Van Diemen’s Land Company, Tasmanian Ports Corporation and Nuffield Australia.

In addition to her work in the family business Jane has a range of experience in industry advisory bodies for food, agriculture, education and training and in rural and regional economic development.

Jane was named 2010 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and 1997 Australian ABC Rural Woman of the Year. In 2008 Jane did a Nuffield Farming Scholarship studying the Role of Regionality in the Marketing and Branding of Food.

Rebecca King – Kingthing Marketing

Rebecca is a multi-award winning marketing specialist who has worked in small business, State Government, the airline industry, media and now as a Director of her own national tourism digital marketing company Kingthing Marketing.  Rebecca is a leader in Australia’s tourism industry in the areas of industry development and online marketing. 

In the five years Rebecca held the position of Marketing Manager at Tamar River Cruises the company won 9 awards including Tasmanian Tourism Awards and the Telstra Business Award for Innovation.  Her managerial style, strategic business planning skills and proven track record for unprecedented growth led Rebecca to be awarded the 2006 Telstra Tasmanian Corporate Business Woman of the Year. Her love for all things online saw her leave the industry development role to start her own consultancy specialising in online tourism.

The business has gone from strength to strength and recently won the 2014 Tasmanian Tourism Award for Education and Training. In April 2015, Rebecca achieved the highlight of her career by winning Gold in the prestigious 2014 Australian Tourism Awards in the Education and Training category. In September 2015 Rebecca was appointed as a Director to the Tourism Tasmania Board overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation and has recently completed the Company Directors Course. 

Lachlan Hinds – Year 12 Student, Scotch Oakburn College

Lachlan commenced study at Scotch Oakburn College in 2016 and serves in a number of leadership roles as Debating Captain and a number of student committees. 

Lachlan is passionate about empowering young people to influence public policy, which is reflected in his successful lobbying to ban smoking at school crossings - a measure currently before the Tasmania Parliament. 

He was recently quoted in The Examiner, “Young people really do have a vested interest and a stake in the policy and the decisions that our politicians are making, so it's really important that they are having their voice heard”. 

As a casual worker since 2014, Lachlan will provide an informed perspective of a young person heading into the world of 'future work'.


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