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

In December 2015 Sally resigned after 10 years as 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 has been Corporate Treasurer of Clarence City Council since 1993, is a current board member of Tasplan Superannuation and 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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Mark Fishwick

Mark has enjoyed over 25 years of membership of community service organisations (Lions and Apex) and has developed a strong understanding of the benefits that philanthropic, volunteer and benevolent organisations provide to the Tasmanian community.  As a former National President of the Association of Apex Clubs of Australia (and now Life Member) and as a recipient of an award for community service from the International President of Lions, Mark is acutely aware of the pressures facing community organisations as they go about their work in making Tasmania a more inclusive, prosperous and connected place to live.

With 11 years as a Company Director in the private health sector, with specific roles in finance, audit and managing risk and as a Board Chair, Mark has well developed corporate governance skills that will also assist in his role with the Tasmanian Community Fund.

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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 and is also Chair of the Judging Panel for the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women (2015-2017).

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Sheryl Thomas

Sheryl has significant experience in assisting not for profit community organisations across Tasmanian in accessing funding to grow communities, through a previously federally funded program. While Sheryl has always lived in Launceston, her past employment positions has allowed regular visits to all parts of Tasmania, allowing for a greater understanding of projects that can contribute to successful outcomes. Sheryl also has commitments to education and training, and natural resource management.