Jim joins us in this role to support the Burnie Works’ backbone team, undertake high level duties and assist the board in the recruitment process for the new CEO.
As a former board member of Burnie Works, we are fortunate that Jim can come into the role with a solid understanding of the organisation and our way of working.
Jim has a background in regional community development and has had an interest in Burnie Works for some time. He has a passion for rural and regional communities, and for supporting people to develop their community’s assets and strengths. He has had roles in managing large service delivery, education and research programs in regions, and is probably most well-known to the people of Burnie as the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania in the Cradle Coast region, where he managed the university’s developing role in our region.
We anticipate that the Interim CEO will be in place until a recruitment process has been completed early in 2024.
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.
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.
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 overseas. 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.
Project Officer Collective Impact
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 9 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.
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.
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.
Community Knowledge Project Officer
Phone: 0490 448 491
Almost 25 years ago Shandel made the trek over the wild West Coast mountains to Burnie. With a varied background in office management, self-employment and most recently asset-based community development, this “Burnie-ite’ brings a wealth of local knowledge and connections to the Burnie Works team.
Shandel is new to the collective impact space and is enjoying the learning and growth that comes with the work. Her skills and local knowledge are hard at work coordinating the Community Knowledge Collection project, seeking to imbed place-based knowledge collection as a way for community to make decisions about what needs to change and how, and celebrating the good ‘stuff’.
She is passionate about community engagement and doing this well; particularly with lived experience and people knowing what it is they need. As Shandel continues to learn about systems change, she is keen to use her collective knowledge to advocate for change, and values being able to support those she connects with to see the endless opportunities available to them.
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.