Company Directors

Margaret Reynolds

Chair – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board March 2019

Margaret Reynolds has a professional background in education, public policy development and human rights advocacy, and has been an elected member of local government and Federal Parliament over a twenty-year period and has represented Australia at the United Nations General Assembly.

Margaret was a Labor Senator and Minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments, working on a range of social policy reforms with a particular focus on the rights of women, First Australians and people living with disability.

Since retiring from parliament, Margaret has lectured in international relations and human rights at the University of Queensland. She chaired the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government Board (University of Technology, Sydney) to recognise innovation in council initiatives in community and cultural development.

In Tasmania Margaret was CEO of National Disability Services 2004-2012 and was appointed to State and Federal advisory committees to assist the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She was Chair of Screen Tasmania Board 2000-2010 and Chair of the Tasmanian Women’s Advisory Committee 2000-2005

She and her partner Henry live at Tasmania’s History House in Richmond where they are involved in promoting an understanding of Tasmanian history and recognition of built heritage.

Chris Tassell

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2016

Chris Tassell has extensive experience in arts and cultural heritage management including as Director of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston and Managing Director of the National Trust Tasmania. He has served on a wide range of arts and heritage Boards at regional, state and national level including the Australia Council.
During his time as Museum Director he oversaw the Museum’s redevelopment of the former Tasmanian Railways Workshops at Inveresk, which entailed the insertion of contemporary museum facilities into one of the state’s most significant industrial heritage sites.

Essen Bradbury

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2017

Essen Bradbury works as a legal practitioner with Finlay Watchorn, where he practises in the areas of commercial and property law, and wills and deceased estates. Essen also has a Bachelor of Commerce and has worked with both accounting firms KPMG and BDO. He has also served as chairman of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (Tasmanian division). Essen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws, and a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in accounting and corporate governance.

Kate Berger

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2018

Kate’s career paths include nursing, teaching ceramics, retail management and home executive. She has a Masters degree in Art in Public Space from RMIT, her project focusing on the integration of art into the health care environment. This progressed to becoming an ongoing business venture before she relocated to Hobart.

Kate enjoyed teaching ceramics to adults & children, which was her full time occupation for several years, but prefers to retain her creative craft as an exhibiting ceramicist and sells her work in a local gallery. She currently works as an operating theatre nurse.

Neil Haddon

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board October 2018

Neil Haddon is a visual artist and educator currently based in Hobart. Neil’s paintings have been exhibited in the U.S.A., Spain, France and the U.K. and his work is held in significant national and international collections.

Neil previously lived in the UK and Spain for several years working with artist run initiatives and collectives. In Tasmania, Neil co-founded the influential Letitia Street Studios, and Inflight ARI (now Constance ARI). He was Chair of Contemporary Art Tasmania from 2010 to 2016.

Neil divides his time between his studio in West Hobart and the University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts, where he is a Lecturer in Art.

Christie Sweeting

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board March 2019

Christie is a strategic and creative communications, marketing, branding and business development professional with experience across a range of business environments including state and local government, corporate, private enterprise and not-for-profit. She has worked in the arts and cultural sector as a paid employee predominately in communications and marketing, and as a practicing artist and designer. Christie also has experience in events and tourism sectors.

Through professional experience, Christie has developed strong management and leadership skills and enjoys leading, working in and advising collaborative and driven teams. To ensure her professional skills meet contemporary workplace expectations Christie believes in continuous learning. She enjoys working with internal and external stakeholders and representing organisations that she works for in a professional capacity, with the aim of enabling business development, growth and ultimately success.

Ian Broinowski

Director – Salamanca Arts Centre

Image Credit: Photograph by Nicole Robson. Artwork by Lindsay Broughton.


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