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Inaugural Board of Directors takes office!

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Tuesday 9th May saw the inaugural Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors for the PMI Tasmania Chapter held. It was great to see an excellent attendance result. There sure is a lot of buzz about our brand new chapter. It's also exciting that we now have (at time of writing) 73 members; far exceeding our goal for the first year and it's only been a couple of months!

More great news is that 8 of the 9 Board positions were filled at the Annual General Meeting. The Director of Events role remains vacant and the Board are now considering how to fill this critical position. If you are interested in this position on the Board, feel free to contact us -

The Board represents a great mix of backgrounds and experiences and spans a broad range of industries. We are excited and pleased to introduce you to the Inaugural PMI Tasmania Board members:

President - Rebecca Greenwood "Bec" (2 years) -

Rebecca, known as "Bec" comes from the Consulting industry. She was instrumental in the formation of the chapter and chaired the PMI Tasmania Chapter Formation Committee. She has previously served on the Boards of Tasmanian Leaders Inc. and Big Monkey Theatre Inc. She has completed AICD training and is a project management consultant specialising in business establishment, improvement projects, project assurance and project systems. Originally from the UK, Rebecca lived in PNG for many years before settling in Tasmania.

Vice President - Choong Han Chu "Chu" (1 year) -

Chu also bears from the Consulting industry and, along with Bec, was the driving force behind the formation of the Chapter. Chu was born in Malaysia and began his project management career in the power generation industry, arriving in Australia in 1999 to lead a power station construction project. His experiential trajectory has seen him traverse projects in organisational re-engineering, infrastructure construction, systems integration and implementation and renewable energy. He has been running his one-man project management and business strategy consulting firm from his home in Southern Tasmania since 2006.

Secretary - Catherine Watson "Cath" (1 year) -

Cath has worked in project management for more than 20 years, starting as an accidental PM in UK telecomms. Since then, Cath has worked across a variety of sectors in project, program and PMO roles. She has co-developed and taught Cert IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma PM courses. In 2018, she moved to Tassie with her family to take up a PMO Lead role with Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management and recently took up a new role as the General Manager, Program Operations with Primary Health Tasmania. Cath has held Board positions with disability advocacy organisations in Queensland and Tasmania. Cath is looking forward to supporting the growth of the project profession in Tasmania.

Treasurer - Melanie Strachan "Mel" (2 years) -

Also, originally from Queensland, Melanie (known as "Mel") is a project manager specialising in Government ICT projects. She originally moved to Tasmania in 2020 (during COVID) to lead the Department of Health Program Management Office but is now owner and Managing Director of a SME consulting firm. Melanie has nearly 30 years experience in Program, Project and PMO roles and she has a passion for benefits realisation. Melanie has held Board positions for charities and not-for-profit organisations and is webmaster for both PMI Tasmania and a Queensland-based youth organisation.

Director of Volunteering - Johan Jordaan (2 years) -

Johan is an experienced project manager leading government road construction projects; previously mining. Johan was born in South Africa and has worked as a project manager in the mining industry, primarily focused on minerals processing and mining infrastructure development in the iron ore and manganese mining businesses. He moved to Australia in 2021 and is now working as a Project Manager for the Department of State Growth Tasmania in road construction. Additionally, he is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.

Director of Membership - Chris le Grange (2 years) -

Chris is from the Construction industry. He is a passionate project management professional with 25 years' experience in engineering and construction. He started his career in the gold mining industry and has since held various project leadership roles in large capital construction projects in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. He is passionate about creating value for the members of PMI Tasmania Chapter. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, masters in business administration and is PMP certified. In his free time, he can be found training for triathlons and learning to play the harmonica.

Director of Marketing - Ahmed Gamil (1 year) -

Ahmed has a background in the Mining industry. He is a Mechanical Engineer and has been working in project management, project planning, project controls and risk management for the past 12 years in various engineering industries ranging from construction to oil and gas. Since January 2022, Ahmed has been working in the capacity of a reliability engineer (Mechanical) at MMG Rosebery mine on the west coast of Tasmania.

Director of Education - Nerissa Haines (1 year) -

Nerissa is an experienced Portfolio and Project Management consultant with a 25-year career building strategic outcomes and delivering value in IT, finance, and mega infrastructure projects in Canada and Australia with companies such as Microsoft, Toronto Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the University of Tasmania. Nerissa is recognised with the prestigious TD Bank Lean Six Sigma 6σ - Continuous Improvement Program and CIBC Achievers Award for High-Risk Program work. She recently returned to Tasmania, consulting with local government on critical core IT and mega infrastructure portfolios.

These individuals have volunteered their time and dedicate themselves to furthering the advancement of PMI and the project management profession in Tasmania and we would very much like to thank and congratulate them.

PS - As per our Articles of Association, Board of Director positions are for 2 years. However, to mitigate the possibility of all/most positions changing at the end of the first time, a decision was taken to stagger the initial Board of Directors with some positions being for 2 years and other positions only for 1 year.

Update - June 2023

The PMI Tasmania Chapter Board of Directors are pleased to announce that we have appointed Alex Ferguson to the vacant position of Director of Events for the remainder of the 2023-2024 term of office.

Director of Events - Alexandra (Alex) Ferguson (1 year) -

Alexandra, ("Alex") brings a broad experience in project management, having led projects both locally and internationally. Alex, originally from Romania, began her project management experience while living in France where she has worked across multinational projects within diverse retail groups. More recently she has been working as a Project Manager in Digital Health with the Tasmanian Government. Alex has held board positions with non-for-profit organisations and local charities.



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