The Future of Work in Northern Tasmania


Explore how technology transformation, workplace change and consumer demands might impact the future of work

Start Date

14th Sep 2017 6:00pm

End Date

14th Sep 2017 7:30pm


The Annexe Theatre, Inveresk campus

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Robotics, artificial intelligence, digital disruption – how will technology affect the Northern Tasmania's key industries? What do workplace changes hold for the future of the region?

Join the Institute for the Study of Social Change and the University of Tasmania Alumni for a panel discussion on the future of work in Northern Tasmania.


  • Tom Quinn, Future Business Council
  • Jane Bennett, TasFoods
  • Rebecca King, Kingthing Marketing
  • Lachlan Hinds, Scotch Oakburn College
  • Further panellists to be confirmed.


  • Angela Driver, General Manager, Tasmanian Leaders

Supported by the Department of State Growth, through the Alumni Office at the University of Tasmania and co-hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

Logo of State Government of Tasmania Logo for Make it Tasmania

Refreshments from 5.30pm.

About the speakers

Photo of Tom QuinnTom Quinn, Founder, Future Business Council

Tom Quinn is the founder of the Future Business Council, author of The Next Boom: A surprise new hope for Australia’s economy. He is a Director of the non-profit think tank Beyond Zero Emissions and is an Advisory Board member at Federation University Business School and Ndevr Environmental.

Tom grew up in rural Victoria and has a background in public policy, research and business innovation with particular focuses on climate change, technology and sustainability. He regularly appears in the media to discuss the rapid transitions underway in our economy and how we can seize the opportunities the changes represent.

Photo of Jane BennettJane Bennett,  Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, TasFoods

Jane began her career in the dairy industry processing milk on farms. She worked in the UK for two years before coming home to spend the next 18 years working with her family to develop the Ashgrove brand of dairy products and building a successful dairy processing business in a paddock on the family farm in Elizabeth Town in northern Tasmania.   Jane works or has worked as a non-executive director in a range of businesses including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CSIRO, Australian Farm Institute, Van Diemen’s Land Company, Tasmanian Ports Corporation and Nuffield Australia.

In addition to her work in the family business Jane has a range of experience in industry advisory bodies for food, agriculture, education and training and in rural and regional economic development. Jane was named 2010 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and 1997 Australian ABC Rural Woman of the Year. In 2008 Jane did a Nuffield Farming Scholarship studying the Role of Regionality in the Marketing and Branding of Food.

Photo of Rebecca KingRebecca King, Director, Kingthing

Rebecca is a multi-award winning marketing specialist who has worked in small business, State Government, the airline industry, media and now as a Director of her own national tourism digital marketing company Kingthing Marketing.  Rebecca is a leader in Australia’s tourism industry in the areas of industry development and online marketing.

In the five years Rebecca held the position of Marketing Manager at Tamar River Cruises the company won 9 awards including Tasmanian Tourism Awards and the Telstra Business Award for Innovation.  Her managerial style, strategic business planning skills and proven track record for unprecedented growth led Rebecca to be awarded the 2006 Telstra Tasmanian Corporate Business Woman of the Year. Her love for all things online saw her leave the industry development role to start her own consultancy specialising in online tourism.

The business has gone from strength to strength and recently won the 2014 Tasmanian Tourism Award for Education and Training. In April 2015, Rebecca achieved the highlight of her career by winning Gold in the prestigious 2014 Australian Tourism Awards in the Education and Training category.   In September 2015 Rebecca was appointed as a Director to the Tourism Tasmania Board overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation and has recently completed the Company Directors Course.

Photo of Lachlan HindLachlan Hinds, Year 12 Student, Scotch Oakburn College

Lachlan Hinds is a prominent figure in student leadership at Scotch Oakburn College and Northern Tasmania. He was born in Launceston and attended Port Dalrymple School in George Town, where he was School Captain and Dux of the School in 2015. Lachlan commenced study at Scotch Oakburn College in 2016 and serves in a number of leadership roles as Debating Captain and a number of student committees.

Lachlan is passionate about empowering young people to influence public policy, which is reflected in his successful lobbying to ban smoking at school crossings - a measure currently before the Tasmania Parliament.  He was recently quoted in The Examiner, “Young people really do have a vested interest and a stake in the policy and the decisions that our politicians are making, so it's really important that they are having their voice heard”. 

As a casual worker since 2014, Lachlan will provide an informed perspective of a young person heading into the world of 'future work'.

Photo of Angela DriverAngela Driver, General Manager, Tasmanian Leaders

Angela has enjoyed the role of General Manager of Tasmanian Leaders since 2011, having completed their signature program in 2009. In 2017 she undertook the Harvard Kennedy School’s Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership with Ron Heifetz. In 2016 she completed a Brain Based Coaching certificate with the Neuro Leadership Institute and in 2013 was accredited in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Prior to working in leadership development, Angela forged a successful career in arts as an administrator, event manager, theatre director and community cultural developer. Her career highlight in the arts include establishing the Junction Arts Festival after completing a Churchill Fellowship researching performance event for social change in 2007. In 2011 she was awarded the Northern Young Professional of the Year, through the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.