Welcoming our new CEO

Welcoming our new CEO

On behalf of the Burnie Works board, and with much excitement, I announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer – Dr Deanna Hutchinson.

Deanna joins us as CEO to support the Burnie Works backbone team, actively and creatively manage the organisation’s operational functions, and work closely with the Board to contribute to strategic directions and long-term sustainability.

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 in the simulation and spatial information sectors, working with organisations in defence, health, mining, construction, and emergency management. Deanna joins Burnie Works with a PhD in regional development, where she 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.

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PICTURED: The Burnie Works team with our new CEO.

We are excited to welcome Deanna, who will join us in exploring better ways to build a healthy and happy community for today and the future.

Warm regards,

Jacqueline de Jonge

A little bit more about Deanna...

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

As a mother and keen outdoor adventurer, Deanna volunteers as Treasurer of 4th Launceston Scout Group. She is also on the Longford Town Hall Management Committee, designated by the Northern Midlands Council to activate the town hall as an arts hub, and designs collateral for the annual Longford Jazz Festival.

Why I decided to apply to become CEO at Burnie Works.
Burnie Works is exploring better ways for building a healthy and happy community for today and the future. Now, more than ever, finding ways to stay healthy and happy as a community and society involves rethinking some of what worked in the past. Old industrial-era school-to-work pipelines don’t function in the same way as they used to. Also, populations are changing and so are our community values, especially in relation to technology and the environment. How communities respond to these changes is vital for our collective wellbeing. This is why the work of Burnie Works is so important.

I started getting to know Burnie five years ago. Then, I was learning about regional development in North West Tasmania – what had happened in the past and people’s hopes for the future. I learnt about Burnie Works and was inspired by the creativity and courage of the people of Burnie to co-design solutions for community needs. The city and surrounds always feel to me like a place people live in, with all the mess and ups and downs that human life entails. Burnie has an economy, but it’s so much more. I want to add my hands to the many hands making Burnie work.

The skills I bring to Burnie Works.
I am good at finding shared spaces for working together and nurturing cooperative projects to try out new ideas. I’m curious, collaborative and courageous. I’m also a great listener and a deep thinker. I have lots of experience working with diverse communities to create change, and I bring patience, energy and know-how to understanding how things can work better. I like to hold open space for diverse contributions, and having my ideas challenged and improved. I also like to have fun at work – I think we all learn better that way!

A little more about me.
I love a good adventure with my husband Filip and our two boys, Eli and Robert. Sunday drives for fish and chips and ice cream are a favourite, when we’re not Scouting. I’m a lover of jazz and being outdoors – in the garden on the beach or in the bush. I can also pour a decent espresso (my husband owns Ernest and Ernesto, an espresso bar in Longford).