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.
FERMENTATION TRANSFORMS… for more information www.fermentasmania.com
For interview requests please contact:
Kim Seagram firstname.lastname@example.org mob 0427 314 153
Philippa Dawson email@example.com mob 0419 558 153
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