Company Directors

Rebecca Roth

Chair – Salamanca Arts Centre; joined 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.

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.

Rachel Edwards

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.

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.

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


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