Mr Don Jones (Chairman)
As one of our most prominent Launcestonians, Don has served our community in many different formats over a career spanning over 45 years. From commencing his working life as a solicitor, Don has proudly served Tasmania as both a Magistrate and Coroner. The list of community organisations that have benefitted from Don’s expertise is extensive and encompassing of many varied interests especially the plight of the most needy members of society.
Don has been married to Patricia for 45 years and has four adult children and 6 grandchildren. In any spare time Don enjoys a game of golf, gardening, reading and computers.
Ms Debra Hills
Debra is the CEO of Begents Electrical Furniture and Bedding. She has over 15 years experience at a business board level and is directly responsible for over 40 employees. Debra is married with a young family and has been involved with Lifelink Samaritans. Being born and raised in Launceston she is very passionate about this city and the people that live in it.
A Tasmanian through and through, Rob has lived in Launceston most of his life married to Jan, but spent time on the North West Coast with his employers, the ANZ Bank. Having spent 33 years in Banking, Rob has been a Finance Broker, working for himself for the last 16 years.
Rob has served on many Boards over the years (the LBS for 8 years, with 3 as Chairman) and enjoys many Interests, including sport of any kind.
John Stevenson (Treasurer)
Born Launceston in 1944 and married to Janet, with 2 children and currently 6 grandchildren, John was educated at Launceston Church Grammar School then worked in a Chartered Accountant's office for 10 years followed by 40 years as an accountant and estate clerk fo a firm of Solicitors.
He is a former LBS Board Member and presently volunteers at the Eskleigh Foundation, and a JP at HJAT office in Henty House.
His other interests include golf, tennis, gardening and spending time as a grey nomad.
Currently a Property Consultant with Ray White Launceston, Rob has many years of experience across various committees and boards, including the Northern Tasmanian Football Association (General Manager for over 17 years, St Kilda's Supporters Group, Newnham Neighbourhood Treasurer for 16 years and is a Life Member of numerous sporting clubs. Enjoys spending time with his partner Deb and loves cooking a bba while entertaining family and friends.
John Stuart, CEO
Hailing from Tasmania’s North West coast, John spent 28 years in the financial industry with the ANZ Bank. His work experience provides our Society with the skills to handle the complex and demanding nature of emergency assistance, both financial and practical. He has also been a small business owner in Northern Tasmania.
In 2014 he was awarded Life Membership of TASCOSS in recognition for his commitment and dedication to emergency relief efforts in Tasmania. John enjoys watching all sports and is a committed Hawks supporter.
He also enjoys fishing and travel.
Sheena has spent her career in the Banking and Finance industry, the latter of her 38 year career in senior leadership roles running Branch networks over 60 sites in South East Queensland. Born and bred in Launceston Sheena moved to Brisbane to pursue her Banking career after being appointed the first female Bank Manager for Westpac in Tasmania.
Sheena completed her Masters degree in Business Administration specialising in Sales Management at USQ Toowoomba. Sheena brings to the Board particular skills in Strategic planning, Compliance and risk, People leadership, Marketing, Finance, Business Development and Business relationship building.
Her passion for giving back to the Community has seen her hold Board positions with the Salvation Army, Australia’s CEO Challenge (Domestic Violence NFP), Australian Institute of Management (QLD) Awards Committee, a judge of the Telstra Women in Business Awards and founder of a Brisbane NFP working with disengaged young girls. She is currently Chair of Just Cats Inc. who operate Cat Management facilities for local council across the Northern Region of Tasmania.