Our Board

In 2017 Landcare Tasmania amended it's Constitution to provide for a skills based Board to be responsible for the proper management of the affairs of the organisation. Directors are elected by the membership for a term of 3 years and a maximum of 2 terms (with provision for a third term if needed to fill identified skills needs or for reasons of succession).

George Rance (Chair)

(BSc (AgrEcon), FAICD)


George is highly experienced company director and Chair. He is a director of Workforce Health Assessors and Chair of the MV Cartela Restoration Trust, a not for profit restoring one of Hobarts iconic steamships. George was also a long term CEO of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, the peak body for Tasmania's farming sector. He occupied the role from 1987 to 2001, where he was also responsible for the organisation's Landcare program. 


Kate O'Shannessey

(B. Bus)

Kate_cr.jpgKate has recently taken up a new role as CEO of General Practice Plus, a Hobart medical practice. Prior to this she was the Finance Manager of Tasmanian ICT company TasmaNet, and has held a number of accounting and finance positions with Deloitte, BDO and Nyrstar. In 2017 she completed the Tasmanian Leaders Program, and is a member of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia.




Ben Hooper

(MBA (Ag Inv), GradCertMgt, GradCertAgbus, AvdDipFBM)

P1090315.JPGBen is the owner of 'Springmere Estate', a family farming business focused on livestock production near Beaconsfield in northern Tasmania. He is an active participant in Landcare activities on the farm, a member of the board of Tamar NRM (a Landcare Tas member group), and Chair of the Tamar Branch of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. Ben has extensive experience in representative organisations, having held positions and roles in Sheep Meat Council of Australia, the TFGA Red Meat Council and Cattle Council of Australia.

Katrina Spark

(B. Bus, MBA)

20181118_Katrina_cr.jpgKatrina is a Retail Customer Executive with National Australia Bank in Hobart. She has over 20 years experience in retail, banking, operations, business development, distribution and sales, and has been recognised for her commitment to customers, leadership and development of others. Prior to moving to Hobart, Katrina was an active member of her local Landcare group in north west Tasmania.


David Skipper

(GAICD, B.Bus Ag Comm, G Cert Acct, B.Acct)

20181118_David_cr.jpgDavid is the Managing Director of Tasmanian Agricultural Producers, a business specialising in the storage, handling and sale of grain for the Tasmanian grain industry. He has held previous roles in real estate, Financial Controller, Commercial Manager and Company Secretary. David is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and a strong supporter of the community sector. He is President of the East Launceston Junior Football Club, is on the Board of Self Help Workplace and a is on number of grain industry committees and organisations.

Josie Kelman

(B. NatEnvt, PhD(EnvMgt))

Josie_Kelman_cr.jpgJosie is a director and principal consultant of Enviro-Dynamics, a Hobart-based consultancy offering services in environmental management including environmental impact assessment, conservation planning and natural resource management. Josie has previously worked for the University of Tasmania, Queensland Herbarium, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and the University of Queensland. She has a long involvement in practical, on ground planning and delivery of Landcare projects, and is currently Convenor of the Derwent Catchment Project (a Landcare Tas member group).


Tony Clarke


20181118_Tony_square.jpgTony is a dairy farmer with properties in north west Tasmania and at Westbury. In between farming commitments, he has held positions in agricultural consulting and quality assurance and has also worked in a range of positions for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. Tony is a qualified chef (every organisation needs one of these!) and has recently taken up a new role as Chair of Dairy Tasmania, the peak body for the State's dairy industry.