The Board

Under its governing legislation, the TCF is managed by a Board of up to six members who, collectively, have sole and absolute discretion to make grants for worthwhile community purposes. Board members are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister. The Board has a legislative obligation to exercise reasonable care, act prudently and operate in an efficient, effective and economical manner. In addition, the Board has developed a Code of Conduct governing the operation of its members to ensure that its activities are conducted according to the highest standards.

The Code of Conduct is available on this website and is revised from time to time. Board members receive a fee, set by Cabinet, to acknowledge the responsible position they hold as trustees of a significant pool of public funding. Details are included in the financial statements. Members of the Board have a mixture of financial and community based experience, and reside across the state.

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Sally Darke - Chairperson

Sally is currently a Non-Executive Director of TasWater, Tas Ports, Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association and past Chairperson of Scotch Oakburn College. In August 2016, she retired from B&E after a 20-year association that included Non-Executive Director, Chairperson and Advisor to the Board of B&E. She is also a Panel Member for the Tasmanian Local Government Code of Conduct Panel.

Sally was formerly a Director in the Advisory practice of KPMG where she has provided state-wide consultancy services for many not for profit, government and private organisations. As a human resource consultant her core business has been strategic planning, executive recruitment, governance training, organisation, board and CEO performance review. Sally is keen to “make a difference” in the Tasmanian marketplace and motivated by the opportunity to provide best practice governance for the Tasmanian Community Fund.

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Frank Barta

Frank is a Board Member of Tasplan Superannuation and a member of the Hobart City Council Audit and Risk Committee. He was formerly the Corporate Treasurer of Clarence City Council and a past board member of Quadrant Superannuation.  He has undertaken a range of voluntary roles including Treasurer of both Guilford College and St Cuthbert’s School and providing hands-on support for an orphanage and school in rural India.

Through his involvement in Local Government, Frank is experienced in assisting local groups achieve outcomes for the community and seeks to expand this support to the broader Tasmanian community.

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Heather Francis

Heather has enjoyed a diverse career in the not-for-profit sector while undertaking roles in the areas of health and/or education across the state over the past 30 years.

Heather has also contributed at a governance level to a number of other organisations including through her Ministerial appointment to the Tasmanian Women’s Council, as a Board Director of Crime Stoppers Tasmania and also upon the National Board of the Australian Marketing Institute and as a member of the Board of Primary Health Tasmania. Acknowledged as the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Community/Government Sector) for Tasmania in 2013, Heather is currently CEO of the RHH Research Foundation, is Chair of the Judging Panel for the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women (2015-2017) and has recently been appointed as a Board member of the Legal Professions Board of Tasmania.

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Andrew MacGregor

Andrew has been active participant in community organisations on the east coast of Tasmania for the past thirty years. He is a past Councillor, and Warden, of the Portland Council and a past Break O’Day Councillor. Andrew is a Life Member of the St Helens Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Inc and is the current Chair of Break O’Day Community Financial Services Inc (St Helens/St Marys Community Bank®). Andrew was the founding Chair of the Break O’Day Business Enterprise Centre and held that position for ten years.

Outside of his community activities Andrew has been self-employed as a Registered Land Surveyor, Certified Practicing Planner and Project Facilitator practicing throughout Tasmania from his base at St Helens. He has also been a Company Director in a number of private development companies and the Chair of a national retail chain.


Alex McKenzie

Alex is a civil litigation and criminal defence lawyer in Burnie as an Associate at McLean McKenzie & Topfer.   He is currently the President of the North West Young Lawyers Committee of the Law Society of Tasmania and was awarded the prize for being Tasmania’s Young Lawyer of the Year for 2017.

Alex is the President of the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS), Board member of Wyndarra Health Centre at Smithton and Ten Days on the Island.  Alex is also involved in a variety of other community organisations in north-west Tasmania.