The Future of Work in North West Tasmania


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

Start Date

13th Sep 2017 6:00pm

End Date

13th Sep 2017 7:30pm


The Makers Gallery, West Park, Burnie

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Robotics, artificial intelligence, digital disruption – how will technology affect the North West 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 North West Tasmania.


  • Tom Quinn, Future Business Council
  • Evan Rolley, VDL Farms
  • Lara Hendriks, Department of State Growth
  • Gabrielle Gee, Marist Regional College


  • Dr Angela Castles, Community Partnerships and Regional Development, University of Tasmania

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 Lara HendriksLara Hendriks, Senior Director, Department of State Growth

Lara began her 20 year career in accounting and went on to work as a finance manager and small business consultant with Business & Employment.  In 2010 she joined the then Department of Economic Development and is now Senior Director at the Department of State Growth representing the portfolios of Antarctic Tasmania, Advanced Manufacturing, Defence, Maritime and Northern Engagement.

Lara is currently focussed on leading the whole of government response for the economic and social recovery stimulus packages and has carriage of the industry structural adjustment response to the north-west.

Lara authored the current Tasmanian Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan and the previous government’s North West Regional Economic Development Plan. She has carriage of the Our Fair Share Defence Strategy.

Lara is a member of the University of Tasmania’s North West Regional Advisory Board and a proud alumna.

Photo of Evan RolleyEvan Rolley, Chief Executive Officer, Van Diemen's Land Farms

Evan has called Tasmania home for the last 42 years and has run a successful beef and vineyard business in the Huon Valley for the past 20 years.  He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Moon Lake Investments, trading as VDL Farms, with responsibility for 25 dairies across some 20,000ha in North West Tasmania. Evan is also an Executive Director of Ta Ann Tasmania a local hardwood veneer and plywood manufacturer.

Evan has held a range of senior leadership, executive and Board positions in a wide variety of organisations.  Since 2007, he has been consulting to farming and other primary industries in Victoria and Tasmania on strategic infrastructure, stakeholder issues and sustainable land management.

His business experience covers company strategy, executive management, business risk and financial strategy, OH&S, stakeholder engagement, sustainable rural land development and commercial contract negotiations. Evan holds national awards for professional leadership and has published widely on a range of land management, value added production and infrastructure issues.

Evan holds Bachelor of Science in Forest Science and Management from the Australian National University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania.

Photo of Tom Quinn

Tom 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 Gabrielle GeeGabrielle Gee, Year 12 Student, Marist Regional College

Gabrielle is a Year 12 student attending Marist Regional College, Burnie. She is presently studying Legal Studies, Economics, Modern World History, and Studies of Religion. Gabrielle’s future ambition is to undertake a Bachelor of Arts and Law at the University of Tasmania commencing in 2018 at the Hobart campus. She grew up on the North West coast in the rural setting of Cuprona where her family run a beef and cropping farm. Her family combine the running of the farm with a successful fibreglass manufacturing business that has gained nationwide contracts especially with the development of fibreglass piping requirements for desalination plants. 

Gabrielle is a passionate sportswomen competing in athletics and playing coastal netball. At Marist Regional College Gabrielle is on the Students Representatives Committee and is Head of the Culture committee. She has experienced firsthand the challenge of running a family business that requires being adaptable, resilient and prepared to change with the times.

Photo of Angela CastlesAngela Castles, Associate Director, Community, Partnerships and Regional Development, University of Tasmania

Angela Castles's PhD investigated planning for productive activity in peri urban areas. She has a postgraduate qualification in land use planning and a Bachelor of Arts, with First Class honours in public policy.

Angela has experience in regional development and governance, community engagement and development and land use planning and strategy. She has worked at senior management level in local government and as a consultant managing and/or contributing to a range of projects for both public and private clients.

Angela's research interests include planning, community and regional development, new forms of agriculture and public policy.