MEDIA RELEASE 06 11 18
How do you get talented Tasmanians to return to the State?
You create exciting new opportunities for them…and Tasmania
The FermenTasmania Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Philippa Dawson as its inaugural CEO – luring her back from Sydney and Canberra and a career building Australia’s export and investment opportunities and diplomatic ties around the globe through her position as COO of Austrade, her work with the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade and roles with the UN and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
“Philippa brings a wealth of experience and globally respected networks back to the apple ‘cider’ isle. We are so privileged to be able to work with her. It is also exciting she is returning home to a job that will help provide future Tasmanians an opportunity to move or return to, and invest in, our fabulous State” Kim Seagram, FermenTasmania Chair
FermenTasmania is about building an incubator that will serve as a regional economic development driver, all based around fermentation: that delicious microbial alchemy transforming barley into beer, grapes into wine, milk into cheese and cabbage into kimchi. Aiming to add ever-more value into local produce before it leaves our shores, FermenTasmania is all about helping create businesses and career paths through the development of new products, the commercial research associated with new product development, skills and training initiatives and tourism opportunities.
Commencing her position on the 6th of November 2018, Philippa will hit the ground running with our successful Cluster Grant from Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) already in place. Working closely with FermenTasmania co-founder Tom Lewis and the FermenTasmania Board, she will help drive this exciting project. FermenTasmania is a collaboration between Industry who have been driving this project from the beginning, the University of Tasmania and Government, and will endeavour to showcase how a true triple helix partnership can really work.
“I am really excited to be returning home to work on such a significant initiative as FermenTasmania. The smart specialisation focus of the FermenTasmania concept builds on those areas of Tasmania’s competitive strengths in food and agriculture. It aligns these with the significant global demands for quality produce and also provides great opportunities to combine Tassie know how and innovation with unique tourism experiences. Tasmania’s well placed to be recognised as a world centre of excellence for fermentation. I am looking forward to using the knowledge and skills that I have gained to help drive this industry-led with government and university partners”. Philippa Dawson, FermenTasmania CEO
Thanks goes out to Maree Tetlow and Northern Tasmanian Development Corp. who were instrumental in the recruitment process and to FIAL for assistance in the interviewing and appointment of Philippa and for the Cluster Grant which without we would not have been able to make the appointment possible.
FACT: Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation known to man.
For more information please contact:
Kim Seagram firstname.lastname@example.org mob 0427 314 153
Philippa Dawson email@example.com mob 0419 558 153
FermenTasmania is a start-up company aiming to foster the growth of fermentation businesses by creating new products, facilitating commercially focused research and innovation, developing industry training opportunities and technical tourism courses.
Industry-driven and commercially-focussed, FermenTasmania is working to establish a world class centre for fermentation in Northern Tasmania, based on an industry cluster model.
We are seeking to appoint our inaugural Chief Executive Officer to help build the cluster into an organisation that is a world leader in fermentation. Guided by a dynamic Board, the CEO will be responsible for establishing the organisational structure from the ground up.
Ideally, our CEO will have experience in economic development and clusters; and a basic knowledge of fermentation would be a plus. More details are set out in the position description. The Board may be open to innovative ways of providing the services and skills needed and to a variety of operating models.
The Position Description is available in the PDF attached
For further information, contact Kim Seagram (FermenTasmania Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
Applicants must submit a statement addressing the selection criteria and a CV to Maree Tetlow, CEO, Northern Tasmania Development Corporation at email@example.com by close of business 7th Sept. 2018.
Have your say about the future of Tasmanian agriculture - what does the future look like and how do we get there?
Big or small - we all make a contribution and it is important that the project hears from as many in the industry as possible. Here is more information about the Tas Ag Future project www.facebook.com/TasInAg/videos/1859769860736033/
Click on this link and find out how you can participate. http://www.utas.edu.au/tia/research/research-projects/projects/tas-ag-future
ABC Radio interview regarding announcement
Fermentation is the delicious alchemy that transforms milk into cheese, grapes into wine, cabbage into kimchi and barley into beer. Fermentation is also helping to transform the future of our Tasmanian agri-food economy.
Tasmania has a growing reputation as a producer of world-class fermented food and beverages. Wines, spirits, beers, ciders, cheeses, yoghurts, kimchi, kombucha, pickles – you name it, there are Tasmanian producers turning out award-winning fermented gems every day.
FermenTasmania Ltd has been working on behalf of a range of businesses involved in fermented food, drinks and other products who are keen to co-operate to deliver a 'step change' in excellence of design, production and marketing. Well-known food industry stalwart, Kim Seagram, is Chair of FermenTasmania Ltd. She announced today that the group has been awarded a significant grant through Food Innovation Australia Ltd’s national Cluster Grant program.
ABC Radio interview regarding the announcement
“FermenTasmania was one of only 3 successful bidders out of a national pool of over 38 submissions,” she said. “This grant will provide matched operational funds for the next 3 years and is worth up to $800,000”. “This project will deliver is a unique opportunity for Tasmania to strengthen our position in the quality food and beverage sector by facilitating collaborations between and within industry, government and academia to help create new businesses, careers and opportunities in the agrifood sector. It will also create new tourism experiences through the offering of technical courses for not only passionate foodies but also culinary professionals from around the globe,” she said.
Dr Tom Lewis, CEO of FermenTasmania, believes that the grant will stimulate innovation and focus research on commercial fermentation outcomes. He expressed appreciation of the support of many groups who have worked together to progress this exciting project. This includes the Northern Tasmania Development Corporation, UTAS, the State Government and the many producers and community members who have a passion for fermented products.
Dr Lewis said the group’s next challenge is to secure the rest of the funding needed to build the ‘sand pit’ production facility which will enable the cluster to move forward.
Media Contacts: Kim Seagram, 0427 314 153; Tom Lewis, 0417 537 806
6th June, 2018
To our FermenTasmania supporters near and far,
Thank you sincerely for your ongoing support for this emerging opportunity for Tasmania. As you know FermenTasmania is all about empowering the community - including business, the University and Government - to create a vibrant, sustainable future around the bedrock industries that are our agribusiness and food sectors.
The time is right. The opportunity is huge. We are working hard to make it become a reality!
Thank you for your time, energy and passion for this project and your skills and knowledge behind all we do, we look forward to continuing to work with you so we can build not only the facility but the future we want to be a part of.
On behalf of the Board of FermenTasmania Ltd
Chair - Kim Seagram
Executive Director - Tom Lewis
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