Meet the team

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Deanna Hutchinson

Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 0401 539 020


Originally a farm girl from regional Queensland, Deanna spent twenty years commuting from Brisbane across the Asia Pacific region before moving to Longford with her family at the start of 2017.

Deanna began her career working in the education sector before specialising in technology development. She has held a variety of board and executive management roles in peak bodies. Deanna has a PhD in regional development, which examined relationships between local ideas about development and efforts to foster entrepreneurship. After her PhD, Deanna worked with the Regional Australia Institute, a think tank on issues concerning non-metropolitan Australia.

Deanna is good at finding shared spaces for working together and nurturing cooperative projects to try out new ideas. She is curious, collaborative and courageous. She is also a great listener and a deep thinker with lots of experience working with diverse communities to create change.

As CEO, Deanna provides support to the Burnie Works team, actively and creatively manages the organisation’s operational functions, and works closely with the Board to contribute to strategic directions and long-term sustainability.

Deanna loves a good adventure with her husband and their two boys. Sunday drives for fish and chips and ice cream are a favourite, when they're not Scouting. She is a lover of jazz and being outdoors – in the garden, on the beach, or in the bush.

Anne Langham

Anne Langham

Business Manager
Phone: 0490 901 882


Originally a Burnie girl Anne had lived and travelled extensively overseas before returning to settle in Penguin to raise her family.

Anne has been involved in a variety of management roles within the disability sector, Early Childhood Education and care services and a variety of non-profit sectors. Before joining Burnie Works in August 2022 Anne was employed in the Business and Recreation department at Burnie City Council as the Executive officer for City Link; supporting Burnie businesses in promotions, marketing and events. Anne joined the team at the Visitor Information Centre and was part of the passionate team promoting tourism, coordinating and working with volunteers, and managing cruise ship operations.

As a keen cyclist and enthusiastic spectator of cycling, Anne has been on the Cradle Coast Mountain Bike Club's committee since its inception. She has been integral to the development of the Penguin Mountain Bike Park as well as the Dial Range mountain biking trails.

Allison Daley

Phone: 0418 965 224


Born in Adelaide and raised in Burnie, Allison began working at the Burnie Paper mill in 1996 and in 2003 began work as a Community Development Officer with the Burnie City Council for 18 years until early 2021. In 2013 Alli graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Regional Resource Management, majoring in Community Development.

In August 2021 Alli began working for Burnie Works as administration officer, continuing her passion of working with the Burnie community while providing administrative support to the Burnie Works team.

In her spare time Alli enjoys spending time with her three grandsons and working on craft projects and restoring old furniture.

Fiona Loughran

Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
Phone: 0490 865 472


Fiona is a communications all-rounder with over eighteen years’ experience. She brings an extensive set of skills to the Burnie Works team, producing informative, educational and inspiring print and digital content.

Fiona has built her career in a variety of roles from account management in advertising to event management in Ireland and the UK. She has also spent 12 years working in Federal and Local Government.

Fiona takes pride in being an effective communicator. She cuts through jargon and specialist language to produce plain English content so that everyone can understand and take part in the conversation. She is enjoying developing her story-telling skills in a place-based collective impact way of working.

In her spare time Fiona enjoys horse riding and family adventures. She is a volunteer for local community and environmental groups, as well her local surf life saving club.

Olivia Lucas

Collective Action Officer
Phone: 0499 780 070


Olivia grew up in Burnie and joined Burnie Works in 2014 after graduating from the University of Tasmania in 2013. Olivia has developed her skills in collective impact and systems change over the last 10 years, supporting a variety of initiatives.

Olivia provides support to working groups, initiatives, and community members to identify and work to create more opportunities and positive outcomes in our community using place based collective impact tools.

In her spare time Olivia enjoys pottering around with her dog Betty, starting garden and craft projects, and catching up on tv and films.

Nikki Brannigan

Nikki Brannigan

Community Data and Evaluation Officer
Phone: 0491 176 739


Nikki has lived and worked in regional and remote areas across Australia, finally settling in pataway Burnie in 2015. Committed to the people and the place, she acknowledges its deep history, and is passionate about creating positive change with the community for the community. Nikki's experience in working for First Nations people and organisations informs all aspects of her work.

In her role as Community Data and Evaluation Officer she is committed to building data capability within our community for shared decision making and collective action. The numbers only tell part of the story, it is our understanding of what is happening in our community that provides the place-based richness to the data.

A passion for storytelling for understanding, shared learning and action is always at the centre of her work.

Kira Coghlan

Participation Officer
Phone: 0491 176 751


Having lived across the Northwest her whole life, Kira has a deep understanding of how important place and identity is to Burnie, particularly to define itself from the other towns and cities close by.

Kira initially started in the community services sector in 2005 as a volunteer program coordinator, while raising a young family. This interest grew over time and saw Kira engaging in other volunteer roles such as Community Representative on East Devonport Child and Family Centre Local Enabling Group, and Chairperson of the Eastern Shore Community House (now renamed East Devonport Community House).

After completing formal study, Kira moved to Burnie and started working in the sector in 2016 and has had a range of roles across several areas, including mental health, employment, education, and families.

As Participation Officer Kira brings a strong interest and passion to increase the ways in which the community can design, and lead systems change. She knows first-hand how these experiences can support individual and community growth.

Kira lives with her husband, three children and Golden Retriever named Biscuit. In her, very limited, spare time she enjoys watching British comedy and begrudgingly goes to the gym.

Kylie Mulcahy

Co-Design and Implementation Lead (F1D)
Phone: 0490 026 029


Kylie has worked across Australia in early childhood education settings.

In recent years, Kylie has led an innovative team at the Burnie Child and Family Learning Centre. Their strengths-based and collaborative approach has led to award-winning programs in early childhood development.

Kylie now leads the implementation of the Northwest First 1000 Days project in Burnie, Smithton and Devonport. This project is an incredible opportunity for community to lead the way to better outcomes for future generations.

Mikkayla Leckie

Participation & Community Knowledge Collection Officer
Phone: 0490 448 491


Kia ora tātou. Ko Mauao te maunga. Ko Moana-nui-a-Kiwa te awa. Nō Tauranga-moana ahau. Ko Leckie tōku whānau. Ko Mikkayla tōku ingoa (greetings all, my mountain is Mauao, my water is the Pacific Ocean, my land is Tauranga, my family name is Leckie, and my name is Mikkayla.)

Mikkayla was born in New Zealand and moved to Tasmania in 2022 to be with her family. She has a Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Waikato and spent 8 years enjoying the smiles and screams of Early Childhood Education.

After moving to Burnie, she began a role overseeing community hubs, meals, soup vans, and events across the North West. During this time, she started training to become a Community Knowledge Collector with Burnie Works. This created a very rewarding learning pathway that led to her current position - Participation & Community Knowledge Collection Officer. Mikkayla is passionate about encouraging all voices to be heard, especially when it comes to the decisions that affect our community.

In her spare time Mikkayla loves spending time at the beach with her dogs, reading, or enjoying our local natural spaces.

Matthew Lamprey

Project Coordinator – No Loose Threads
Phone: 0417 404 658


Matthew has lived on the Central Coast for most of his life with his family and four children. He is an experienced Project Manager, with extensive and diverse skills and a background in the construction industry.

Matthew is the lead on the 'No Loose Threads' project, an ambitious statewide project to co-design with six Tasmanian communities and other stakeholders a set of frameworks for a Tasmanian place-based collective impact approach for sustainable long-term social change.

Matthew can build good relationships. He believes that listening and getting curious are key - and that they help us understand the world and how we can make positive change in our communities.

With a growth mindset, he is committed to lifelong learning and ensuring his actions reflect his core values.

In his personal time, he is a passionate advocate for health and well-being. He enjoys spending time outdoors with family, bike riding, and exploring spirituality.

Lydia Turner

Community Knowledge Collection Officer


Lydia is proud to live and work in Burnie and is thrilled to connect with locals through the Community Knowledge Collector Project.

Lydia originally trained as an Agricultural Scientist and moved into Social Research to better understand the needs of farmers. After 15 years of growth with UTAS, she had a short and very sweet stint managing Children’s Services for City Mission.

She recently joined her entrepreneurial husband to work in their family hospitality businesses, The Chapel and Communion Brewing, and continues to look after People and Culture there. Three teenage boys keep them grounded and laughing, and the whole family is besotted with their puppies Louie and Pip.

In her new Burnie Works role, Lydia is focusing on how we can continue collecting local knowledge in safe, sustainable and meaningful ways that help bring about positive community change.

West North West Working

Jobs Hubs have been established around the State to increase employment, labour force participation and engagement with education and training. The Hub servicing the North West and West Coasts and King Island is ‘West North West Working’ (WNWW). 

WNWW is funded by the Tasmanian Government and is hosted and being implemented by Burnie Works, using our place-based collective impact and systems change approach. 

Please visit their website if you would like to contact a member of the WNWW team.