New Intern Director Appointment

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One Tasmanian community leader is embarking on an invaluable 12-month development program, taking on the role of inaugural Intern Director on the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) Board.

Deb Mainwaring, from Circular Head, will be taking up the volunteer role for 2021 and will be mentored by the TCF Chairperson, Sally Darke.

Ms Mainwaring is the Manager Connected Communities with the Circular Head Council, volunteers with the Stanley Town Hall Committee and has a long association with hockey and other fundraising in the region.

Ms Darke said that the new role had been developed to build the capacity of Tasmanians to serve on boards and to broaden the diversity of the Tasmanian Community Fund Board.

“We have long recognised the opportunity to develop our community leaders, and this role in particular will be excellent for participants wanting to build their governance skills,” she said.

“Deb will participate in TCF Board discussions, observe the grant assessment process and be given the opportunity to assess our large applications during the year.

“Not only is she a committed and active community member in a regional part of our state, but she has a strong desire to improve her governance and leadership skills, which will assist her greatly in her work and volunteering.”

Ms Mainwaring said she is looking forward to gaining experience in how the TCF operated and how strategy guides grant assessment and decision-making processes.

“I have been at council for 17 years in the Community Services Department and been involved with the TCF over that time by helping organise community grant writing sessions,” she said.

“The TCF’s guidance and support to our community has been outstanding and I can’t wait to learn more about how it works and share my learnings with the community.

“I deal with sporting and community groups every day and although it’s a huge commitment, I am going to get all I can out of this experience.

“I’m a strong believer in giving communities a hand up and the TCF is vital to the Tasmanian community sector through the funding of programs and infrastructure.”

Ms Mainwaring will commence her role as Intern Director in January next year and will travel the state and attend board meetings throughout the year.