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.
Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board February 2016
Rebecca Roth is a resin jewellery designer and small business operator based in Hobart, Australia. Working for a period of 12 years from her studio and boutique store and Salamanca Market stall Rebecca’s contemporary jewellery range was sold in galleries across Tasmania, Australia and overseas. Rebecca holds extensive sales and marketing experience within the hospitality, tourism and conference and events industries. Rebecca was co-founder of Hobart’s ‘The Market’, a Hobart makers market established in 2009 to help foster and commercialise some of Tasmania’s emerging artists and makers. Rebecca’s passion remains in assisting emerging artists to reach their creative and economic potential.
Rebecca is a former studio and retail resident at Salamanca Arts Centre and has held five years’ experience in curating exhibitions in her former retail space Rebecca Roth Gallery. Rebecca is an active member in the arts community of Tasmania.
Rebecca most recently worked with St Lukes Health in the role of Business Development Consultant. Rebecca’s close relationship to Tasmania’s emerging makers and artists coupled with her small business and sales and marketing experience brings to the SAC board a grass roots perspective and leadership of emerging artists’ potential.
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.
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.
Director – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined the SAC Board August 2017
Rachel Edwards is the editor in chief of Transportation Press, is the Non-fiction editor of Open Road Review, South Asia’s leading magazine of literature and culture, a regular guest on ABC radio discussing books and publishing, and was host of the long running Book Show on Edge Radio, in the guise of Paige Turner.
Rachel is a freelance writer and reviewer and her work has appeared in The Australian, on Radio National and in The Mercury. She is a former editor of Island Magazine and guest-edited a volume of the Review of Australian Fiction which featured Tasmanian authors exclusively. She runs a consultancy on the writing, editing and publishing processes and has worked as Writer in Residence with younger onset dementia clients at Alzheimer’s Tasmania.
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.
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.
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.
Image Credit: Photograph by Nicole Robson. Artwork by Lindsay Broughton.