The organising committee for the 2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows is delighted to announce the following invited guest presenters:


Adam Edward
Adam Edwards


After 6 years as a Navy Clearance Diver Adam Edwards felt it was time to explore his creative side. At the age of 23, Adam began to pursue his dream of becoming a violin maker. He returned home to Tasmania and spent 5 years learning his craft.  

Seeing a Norwegian Hardanger fiddle at the National Folk Festival Adam decided to build his own, using Tasmanian timbers. In 2014 Adam travelled to Norway to study with renowned fiddle maker Salve Hakedal. He learnt the hands on the traditional techniques for building Hardanger fiddles before exploring further the history and traditions of his craft.


Chris Arnold
Chris Arnold


Chris Arnol joined the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) in 1985 as a recruit firefighter. In 2007 he was the first Tasmanian Fire Officer to receive a Churchill Fellowship.

In 2009 Chris moved to Western Australia where, as Assistant Commissioner for Country Operations, he was responsible for Fire, SES, and Marine Rescue services in Australia’s largest emergency service jurisdiction. In the wake of major bushfire Inquiries Chris helped drive corporate reforms that delivered a ‘new’ Department of Fire and Emergency Services in WA.

Chris was appointed as the Chief Officer (and Chief Executive) of the Tasmania Fire Service on 21st March 2016.


Geoff Dobson
Geoff Dobson


Geoffrey Dobson received a Master of Fine Arts, majoring in Theatre Studies from the University of Tasmania’s School of Visual and Performing Arts.  

In 2013 he was awarded the Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to investigate exceptional public and creative learning programs of leading multi-arts centres in the UK and USA.

Geoff is currently the Convention and Arts Centre Director (paranaple arts centre Director) for the Devonport City Council. Built in 2018, this centre is a visual and performing arts centre, incorporating the Devonport Regional Gallery.

Previously, Geoff was Director of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery.


Georgina Hardy
Georgina Hardy


Georgina Hardy is an Adoption Social Worker from the UK who has extensive experience in working with Looked after Children (including Refugee Children) and Children who have been placed for Adoption.  

She has received a 2018/2019 United Kingdom Churchill Fellowship to research interventions which support bereaved vulnerable Children in Care.

Georgina will be travelling to the USA and Australia to learn about these ideas before attending the Convention.


Glen Murray
Glen Murray


Glen Murray is the artistic director of Invisible Practice, producing independent and collaborative cross-platform projects that have a focus on the mature body in a performance context.

In his first career Glen was a member of a number of Australia’s foremost dance companies, primarily the Australian Dance Theatre, Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company, touring classical and contemporary repertoire nationally and internationally in a career spanning 17 years.

In 2011, Glen received a Churchill Fellowship To study community cultural engagement - UK, Ireland, Austria Portugal, USA.


Hazel McTavish-West
Hazel McTavish-West


Hazel MacTavish-West has a degree in Agricultural Science, a PhD in plant biochemistry and physiology pertaining to flavour/fragrance production, and almost 25 years of commercial experience utilising this science base for commercial food and non-food applications.  Hazel is widely recognised as an industry expert and engaging communicator, especially regarding the benefits of vegetables and other plant-based foods.

In 2018, Hazel completed a Churchill Fellowship study tour of the European food innovation supply chain: talking with primary producers, processors, breeders, research and commercial parties and developing a strong sense of the opportunities and challenges in the current and future commercial landscape, globally.


Louise Gilfedder
Louise Gilfedder


Louise Gilfedder is an ecologist and conservationist who has worked for the Tasmanian Government, UTAS and as a Director of Bush Heritage Australia. She is currently involved with the Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative (an international specialist group of the IUCN) and the Science Council of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.

She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 to investigate partnership models that encourage the incorporation of conservation into farming practices.

She is the author of a range of books and scientific publications on conservation ecology and management. In 2012 she was awarded an Order of Australia for services to conservation and the environment.


Dr Jonathan (Jon) Lane FRANZCP
Dr Jonathan (Jon) Lane FRANZCP


Dr Jonathan (Jon) Lane is a Psychiatrist who enlisted in the Army in 1989. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, 6 months of which was working with the US Mental Health Team at the NATO Role 3 Multi-National Medical Unit in Kandahar as the first ADF psychiatrist to be directly embedded with US forces.

In 2015 he went to the US looking at Military and Veteran’s Mental Health for his Churchill Fellowship. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and works at The Hobart Clinic. He is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Tasmania and is also doing a PhD through the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at University of Adelaide, developing Peer-Led counselling services for Military, Veterans, Police and Emergency Services personnel.


LEigh Woolley
Leigh Woolley



Leigh Woolley is a Tasmanian Architect with over thirty years professional experience as an architectural and urban design practitioner.He is the recipient of numerous professional design awards within these disciplines, most recently the 2018 President's Prize at the Tasmanian Architects Awards. His practice considers the landscape of the city as inherent to the form of settlement, and to its role in revealing place. His photography is held in state and national collections and is part of his working method. He is an Adjunct Professor in Architecture and Design (UTAS) and practices from Hobart.


Norm Reed
Norm Reed

NORM REED (2014)

Norm Reed has been a naval officer, missionary and is currently the pastor of a church that neighbours Risdon Prison.  After receiving a Churchill Fellowship in 2014, Norm founded Onesimus Foundation to specifically support children and families of prisoners in Tasmania.  Norm is actively involved in the prison and has developed some very innovative solutions to connect children with their incarcerated parents.



Danielle Le Rossignol


In 2011, Danielle Le Rossignol visited The Communication Trust and the Youth Justice Board in London to investigate programs to support juvenile offenders with communication difficulties. As a speech pathologist, Danielle has since worked with stakeholders including Tasmanian Magistrates,  Community Youth Justice, Ashley Youth Detention Centre and more recently, the Early Intervention Unit from Tasmania Police, to provide training and advice in this area.  Danielle currently works as the Manager of Professional Support Staff for the Department Of Education in Tasmania. She continues to play an active role in delivering training to staff from a variety of government agencies.


Sankar Sinha


Sankar Sinha was born in India where he completed his medical degrees. He had subsequent surgical training in urology and transplantation as a Commonwealth Medical Fellow in UK. A former International Guest Scholar of the American College of Surgeons, he worked in India and Zambia, and as Professor & Head of Surgery at the University of PNG before coming to Hobart . He founded the Wound Clinic at the Royal Hobart Hospital .

Sankar enjoys teaching, being recipient of multiple teaching awards from both UTAS and University of Notre Dame as well as from Australian Teaching and Learning council in 2010 and 2016. His present appointments are (1) part-time Staff Specialist Surgeon at the Royal Hobart Hospital, (2) casual academic Professor of Surgery, UTAS and Professor & Head of Anatomy at the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine in Sydney.


Zoe Rimmer


Zoe Rimmer is a pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal) community member and is currently the Senior Curator of Indigenous Cultures at TMAG. Zoe is passionate about decolonising memory institutions through utilising collections and archives to maintain, revive and elaborate cultural practices. In 2013, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore different directions, methodologies and outcomes in museum engagement with Indigenous peoples. Zoe recently co-curated the award winning touring exhibition, publication and documentary film, kanalaritja: An Unbroken String.


Marion Hale


Marion Hale has worked in improving health equity in the Tasmanian and Australian community for the last 25 years. Marion’s career has spanned crisis support, counselling, community development, policy development and population health.  She was the Women’s Health Policy Officer with Population Health in the state government from 2003 to 2013.

In 2012 Marion was elected to the Board of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT)and in 2015 became President with a second term in 2018.  Marion has a particular passion for the promotion of smoke-free pregnancy, and on her Fellowship studied smoke-free pregnancy programs internationally. Marion has used the knowledge gained on her fellowship to influence the Alcohol and Drug sector to be more responsive to the needs of women. Marion is on the Alcohol Advertising Review Panel and Smoke Free Tasmania and works hard to make the world a more equitable place.


Nick Haddow


Nick Haddow's obsession with great cheese started 25 years ago when he was given a bucket of fresh goat's milk whilst working as a chef. Since then, cheese has taken him around the world before it eventually landed him on the stunningly beautiful Bruny Island in southern Tasmania. His business, Bruny Island Cheese Co, which he founded in 2003, has received many accolades including being awarded the Telstra Australian Business of the Year – the only Tasmanian business to ever do so.

Nick has a successful media career that includes his role as co-presenter of SBS’s Gourmet Farmer. His most recent book, Milk.Made was published internationally in August 2016 to rave reviews and was awarded a prestigious James Beard Award in 2017.  As well as being a Churchill Fellow, Nick serves on the board of Brand Tasmania and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania. 


Ashley Huntington


When Ashley Huntington was awarded the Churchill Fellowship in 2012 the brewing industry in Australia was quite different. There were just half a dozen small brewers in Tasmania - now there are more than 20! Ashley travelled to Belgium and USA to study the use of fruit in real ale production and floor malting. He was able to speak to brewers in northern hemisphere, working in the area of natural and wild fermentation.

Winemaking was Ashley's life for nearly a decade in the Languedoc region of France before moving to the Derwent Valley in 2004, where he now spends all his time in the fermentation of grains and fruit other than grapes.




Alex South is a Senior Prison Officer at HMP Belmarsh, London. She holds qualifications in Riot Control, Hostage Negotiation and Case Management for Prisoners at Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm. In 2018, she completed her Winston Churchill fellowship which saw her visit Canada, Australia and the United States to research how prison officers experience stress and trauma in their working environments. Alex has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Psychology with the Open University, and is currently studying for a Masters in Forensic Psychology with the  OU.


Anthea Vreugdenhil


Anthea Vreugdenhil lives in Hobart, Tasmania and is Associate Professor in Social Work at the University of Tasmania. She joined the University in 2007 after twenty-five years as a social worker and researcher in South Australia and Tasmania. Anthea has an active research program in the area of care, with a focus on aged care, dementia and caring societies.

Following her fellowship Anthea worked with colleagues from the Launceston General Hospital to develop a home-based exercise program, based on world’s best practice, for people with dementia. The project which demonstrated that it was beneficial for people with dementia (and their carers), improving functional ability and quality of life, has had an impact well beyond Tasmania.


Cate Doherty


Cate Doherty is a primary school teacher and assistant principal, who is passionate about supporting students through primary school to become confident literate individuals. She currently works in a small, rural school in Tasmania and has been integral in supporting her school to improve their students’ literacy standards. In 2015, she completed her Masters of Education at the Australian Catholic University, in which she carried out research into practical ways to improve reading fluency. Cate was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in November 2016. In 2017 she travelled to the USA, Ireland and the UK to investigate cost effective interventions to improve children’s literacy.


Darren Hopkins


Darren Hopkins is an Inspector of Police with the Tasmania Police Service. He has spent the last 32 years working as a police officer, 30 of which he has been involved in Search and Rescue.  Darren is a Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator and is also the Inspector in Charge of Northern Search and Rescue.  During his career he has been involved with training other coordinators both locally and nationally.  He has coordinated many marine and land search and rescue operations across the state of Tasmania.  

Darren's interest in search and rescue was the driver behind his application to study lost person behaviour across the world with the assistance of his Churchill Fellowship.  Darren studied in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom .  Those practices gleaned from the Fellowship are now adopted and utilised by all Search and Rescue Controllers across the state.


Stephen Geason


Stephen Geason places emphasis on utilizing his skills as an architect to contribute and assist those in need of gaining a better quality of life via a considered built environment . In 2015 Stephen travelled to Scotland, Netherlands and Scandinavia on his fellowship to conduct meaningful research into dementia friendly environments. Stephen has developed dynamic relationships with senior living providers, The Wicking Dementia Research Centre and consults to the largest senior living architectural practice in the world who are vested in delivering world’s best practice for people living with dementia.  Stephen is one of the lead architects alongside Thomson Adsett engaged to design Korongee dementia village in Tasmania.


Dr Rebecca Jones


Dr Rebecca Jones has studied the genetics of Australian trees, particularly eucalypts, since 2000. She contributes to several different fields of genetics, publishing in areas such as conservation genetics, taxonomy, evolution and speciation, and her research has helped guide the management of eucalypt genetic resources.

Rebecca’s 2010 Fellowship followed the sequencing of the Eucalyptus grandis genome that year. She visited key international laboratories working with the Eucalyptus genome, to learn techniques for the analysis of the genome sequence and investigate the research potential of the new genomics resources.


Brad Williams


Brad Williams has an academic background in archaeology, anthropology, cultural heritage management and environmental planning; however he has a passion for built heritage and in particular the procurement and use of natural building resources in the colonial context. 

In 2009, Brad undertook a Churchill Fellowship in the use of traditional lime products in sandstone conservation in England and Scotland as well as education and training programs to disseminate that information. Brad currently works as heritage advisor to Southern Midlands Council and as a consultant to the Heritage Education and Skills Centre and is working towards a greater awareness of built heritage conservation and traditional materials techniques in the building and restoration industry. 


Travis Tiddy


Travis Tiddy is a fifth-generation Queenstowner who is deeply invested in an arts-led revival of his community. The founding director of the biennial Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival (now The Unconformity), Travis is an award-winning designer, director and community arts and cultural development practitioner. Travis holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication (First Class Hons) through University of Tasmania (2005), a Churchill Fellowship (2011), and the Premier’s Young Achiever in Tourism Award (2014). Travis has previously been Deputy Chair of Tasmanian Regional Arts, a board member of Ten Days on the Island, and on the TasTAFE Event Education Reference Panel.


Dean Maddock


Dean Maddock joined the Tasmanian Prison Service in November 1999. During his time in the Prison Service Dean worked in all areas including serving as a Team Leader in the Tactical Response Group from December 2002 till December 2016. Dean currently holds the rank of First Class Correctional Officer.

Dean started the Tasmanian Sustainability In Prison Project in July 2014 with the aim of reducing prison violence through horticulture, animal programs, strengthened community ties, recycling, material repurposing and education, currently runs eight different programs.