Our Speakers

In the wake of a very different year for Tasmania, we’ve shaped a new program to mark this moment. We’ll be hearing reflections on 2020 from leaders in government, education, community development, and business. We’re very pleased to introduce them to you here.

The Hon Peter Gutwein MP, Premier of Tasmania

Raised at Nunamara near Launceston and educated at Myrtle Park Primary School, Queechy High School and Deakin University, Peter Gutwein is a proud and passionate Tasmanian.

Peter, his wife Amanda and children Millie and Finn live in the Tamar Valley. The family still maintain strong connections to Bridport and North East Tasmania.

Peter was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in the seat of Bass in Northern Tasmania in 2002, was re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2014 and again in 2018.

In January 2020, Peter was elected Leader of the Tasmanian Liberal Party and Premier of Tasmania. He is currently Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Change, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Tourism.

He enjoyed a successful career in financial services working in senior management positions both in Australia and in Europe, and also spent two years as an adviser to a senior Federal coalition cabinet Minister.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, movies and spending time with his family. Peter also likes to keep fit by training regularly, has run marathons and is also a qualified black belt instructor in the Korean Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do.

Rufus Black, Vice-Chancellor University of Tasmania.

Rufus Black took up the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania in 2018. He was previously Master of Melbourne University’s Ormond College, an Enterprise Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing and a Principal Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Rufus’ private sector experience includes nine years as a partner at McKinsey and Company, serving clients in Australia and Asia, and as a Director for national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. His educational and social sector experience includes being the President of Museums Victoria, the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University, the founding Chair of the Board of Teach for Australia, a Director of the New York based Teach for All, and a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. He has worked extensively for the government at Federal and State levels. He conducted the Black Review into the Department of Defence and the Prime Minister’s Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community and was the Strategic Advisor to the Secretary of Education in Victoria. He was a Board Member of Innovation Science Australia. Rufus holds degrees in law, politics, economics, ethics, and theology from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Alicia Leis, Partner WLF Accounting and Advisory

With a professional advisory career spanning over 20 years, Alicia is a sought-after advisor to industry and government in the areas of strategy, risk, governance, stakeholder consultation, and special investigations. Building on a career which included time in both Melbourne and London, in 2013 Alicia was the third female partner appointed to WLF Accounting & Advisory, a wholly Tasmanian owned chartered accounting and advisory firm. Alicia has established a large and varied client base consisting of government, large private businesses, and government enterprises and won the Tasmanian Telstra Business-Woman of the Year in 2016 in the Corporate and Private Category for creating a new business stream and navigating disruption in the accounting industry.

Andrew Hillier, CEO Devonport Chaplaincy and Loaves and Fishes, Tasmania

Following nineteen years in the building and construction industry in Sydney and Tasmania, Andrew Hillier pursued his passion for community and social change by undertaking further study in theology, youth, and community work. Having worked as a youth pastor, in pastoral and senior leadership positions and, together with his wife, Alison established youth outreach services in central and western Sydney, he is now based in Devonport, where he leads the Devonport Christian Leaders Network. Andrew has developed a range of community-based solutions including Loaves and Fishes Tasmania, established in 2017. The organisation mobilises in excess of two hundred volunteers providing mentoring, training, food relief and support to hundreds of young people and families every week. Andrew is committed to seeing struggling lives transformed for the better and to empowering the whole team and all those they support. Andrew refreshes and rejuvenates in the great outdoors, where he enjoys bushwalking, kayaking, and exploring the extreme and remote.