Burnie Works Board

At its heart, place-based collective impact is a form of civic governance, supporting and facilitating community, service providers and partners to organise around areas of identified interest.

With the on-going investment of government and other funders, and to ensure the work is truly community led, it is important that there is a clear governance structure to support the work.

In the case of Burnie Works, the governance is provided by Burnie Works Ltd, which has been formed as a Company Limited by Guarantee with a Board of Directors. The Board is accountable for ensuring the organisation and initiative maintains the purpose for which they were established, that commitments to funders are delivered, and that it is truly representative of the community.

The Board is keen to ensure as many community members and partners as possible can contribute to the work, and enables a number of sub-committees, working groups and advisory groups to support the many aspects of the initiative.

The Board is also clear that it is ultimately accountable and responsible for the work and has introduced several formal reporting and monitoring processes to ensure it fulfills its responsibilities.

meet our board

Jacqueline de Jonge (Chair)

Commenced: March, 2021

Why I decided to apply to become a board member at Burnie Works.
“With many hands…Burnie works”…so, here are my hands to help make Burnie work. I don’t live in Burnie but there aren’t many days in a week when I’m not in Burnie, for work or extra-curricular activities or shopping or leisure. It is also the case that Burnie serves important economic and social functions for the North West Coast. So, it is imperative that Burnie doesn’t just work, but that it works well. I am fascinated in systems change and collective impact, Burnie Works has an impressive record of empowering its people to change complex systems…who wouldn’t want to be part of that!

The skills I bring to Burnie Works.
I’d like to hope I bring energy and enthusiasm for tackling the big issues, an ability to think strategically but also creatively and flexibly…a polite and respectful approach to challenging the status quo. Of all the different topics and issues that I get passionate about, the common theme and my greatest passion is education, education of self and of others. Lifelong learning that includes learning about and from as many people as possible. This is as much about my own learning as a result of being a member of the board as it is about supporting the learning journey of others, and of the Burnie community.

A little more about me.
When not at work, I am an operations and logistics manager, specialising in the transport of young people to their commitments and the “parent help” that goes along with soccer, netball, swimming, dancing, surf club and theatre. I am wife to Kurt, and mum to Harrison and Madeline.

Sarah Steel

Sarah Steel

Commenced: July, 2021

Why I decided to apply to become a board member at Burnie Works?
Having seen the contribution Burnie Works has made to the Burnie Community over many years I wanted to support the organisation and thereby contribute to the community myself.

The skills I bring to Burnie Works.
BA, MBA (distinction), GAICD, project and change management.

A little more about me.
I enjoy spending time on our hobby farm in the vegie garden and with the cattle. I enjoy yoga and running. These activities give me particular joy on the NW Coast of Tasmania where the weather is stable the environment is peaceful.

Roslyn Atkinson

Commenced: April, 2021

Why I decided to apply to become a board member at Burnie Works?
Family members have long resided in Burnie and I had worked in Burnie for over 20 years. Passionate about contributing to positive change for Burnie families, young people and community.

The skills I bring to Burnie Works.
I am a long-term advocate for early intervention and placed based initiatives and utilising community resources and assets to develop a holistic approach to solving “wicked” problems. I have a legal background and have 20 years’ experience working in the community sector.

A little more about me.
I love spending time with my daughter and groodle. I also relish holidaying overseas, bushwalking, camping and long walks on the beach.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Commenced: July, 2021

Why I decided to apply to become a board member at Burnie Works?
I am passionate about supporting individuals to achieve their aspirations, from young people to adults, and want to contribute my time to make a difference to the community in which I have chosen to live and raise my family. I have been living on the north west coast since late 2007, in roles working closely with industry, education, community and government in that time – I see the potential of this beautiful part of the world that we are lucky to live in and want to be a part of truly making Burnie and the broader region work for everyone.

The skills I bring to Burnie Works.
A diverse statewide and national network, corporate governance and senior management experience, along with strategy and business development.

A little more about me.
I enjoy travelling and being outside on our small property. I also have a passion for food and cooking.

Judith Fahey

Commenced: November 2022

Why I decided to apply to become a board member at Burnie Works?
For me, the future of the people of Burnie matters deeply. Having been raised in Burnie and electing to live, work and raise a family in Burnie, the notion that we can achieve more in our community when many hands unite has a strong connect to my lived experience. There is something about our city that has demonstrated time and time again, that when we work together, we can achieve great things. Burnie Works’ approach to collective impact is invigorating, challenging and increasingly necessary and I wanted to give back to the community through my involvement as a Board member.

The skills I bring to Burnie Works.
Having been an educator for over 40 years and contributed to many schools in the North West, I bring knowledge and experience from within of education and training and my professional networks to support Burnie Works advance its vision and influence.

A little more about me.
I am married to Patrick Grieve and we have two adult children. My hobbies include, reading, tending our garden, walking, holidays away and enjoying the company of family and friends.