Board Member

    Sally Darke


    Sally is currently a Non-Executive Director of TasWater and TasPorts and past Chairperson of Scotch Oakburn College. She was formerly a Non-Executive Director, Chairperson and Advisor to the Board of B&E. She is also a Panel Member for the Tasmanian Local Government Code of Conduct Panel.

    Sally was formerly a Director in the Advisory practice of KPMG where she has provided state-wide consultancy services for many not for profit, government and private organisations. As a human resource consultant her core business has been strategic planning, executive recruitment, governance training, organisation, board and CEO performance review. Sally is keen to “make a difference” in the Tasmanian marketplace and motivated by the opportunity to provide best practice governance for the Tasmanian Community Fund.

    Board Member

    Frank Barta

    Frank is a Non-Executive Director of Huon Regional Care and Southern Waste Solutions, and is a member of the Hobart City Council Audit and Risk Panel. He was formerly Corporate Treasurer of Clarence City Council and a Non-Executive Director of both Tasplan and Quadrant Superannuation. He has undertaken a range of voluntary roles including Treasurer of Guilford College and St Cuthbert’s School and providing hands-on support for an orphanage and school in rural India.

    Through his involvement in Local Government, Frank is experienced in assisting local groups achieve outcomes for the community and seeks to expand this support to the broader Tasmanian community.

    Board Member

    Andrew MacGregor

    Andrew has been an active participant in community organisations on the east coast of Tasmania for the past thirty three years. He is a past Councillor, and Warden, of the Portland Council and a past Break O’Day Councillor. Andrew is a Life Member of the St Helens and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Inc and is the current Chair of Break O’Day Community Financial Services Limited (St Helens/St Marys Community Bank). Andrew was the founding Chair of the Break O’Day Business Enterprise Centre and is a past Chair of Medea Park Residential Care Inc.

    Outside of his community activities Andrew has been self-employed as a Registered Land Surveyor, Certified Practising Planner and Project Facilitator practising throughout Tasmania from his base at St Helens. He has also been a Company Director in a number of private development companies and the Chair of a national retail chain.

    Andrew was appointed to the Board in 2018 and re-appointed in 2021.

    Board Member

    Alexander McKenzie

    Alex is a civil litigation lawyer in Burnie where he is employed as a Senior Associate at McLean McKenzie & Topfer.

    He is currently President of the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS). Alex is also the Deputy Chair of Ten Days on the Island and a former Deputy Chair of Wyndarra Health Centre at Smithton and former President of the Burnie Rugby Union Club.

    Alex is also involved in a variety of other community organisations in north-west Tasmania. Alex was awarded the prize for being Tasmania’s Young Lawyer of the Year for 2017.

    Board Member

    Michelle Swallow

    Michelle is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, has a Bachelor of Social Work, studied at the London Business School in Negotiating and Influencing, and is currently Director of Leadership and Change Consultants Pty Ltd.

    Michelle has  experience as a Non-Executive Director across a number of not for profit organisations and more recently as a Director of TasTAFE and Chair of their Audit and Risk Management Committee and a committee member of Regional Development Australia Tasmania.

    She has held a number of senior executive roles and has a background in leadership, advocacy and policy across health, VET, housing, community and capacity building in community, government and private sectors. As a business consultant Michelle enjoys working with values-based organisations.

    Michelle was appointed to the Board in 2020.

    Board Member

    Deb Mainwaring

    Intern Director

    Deb has been working in the Community Services Department at the Circular Head Council for the past 17 years and is currently the Manager of Connected Communities.  As part of this role Deb leads a team of passionate colleagues who together have developed realistic goals that provide important outcomes for the community. Connecting with the community and building positive relationships is integral to the success of the programs and activities that the Circular Head Council deliver.

    Deb has undertaken studies in Community Services, Emergency Management (Social Recovery) and a variety of work related training opportunities.

    With a passion for assisting the community, Deb volunteers with numerous community organisations.  Deb is confident that the experience that she will gain from being an Intern Director will provide her with the opportunity to further support community members and organisations.

Under its governing legislation, the TCF is managed by a Board of up to six directors who, collectively, have sole and absolute discretion to make grants for worthwhile community purposes. Directors are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister. The Board has a legislative obligation to exercise reasonable care, act prudently and operate in an efficient, effective and economical manner. In addition, the Board has developed a Code of Conduct governing the operation of its directors to ensure that its activities are conducted according to the highest standards.

The Code of Conduct is available on this website and is revised from time to time. Directors receive a fee, set by Cabinet, to acknowledge the responsible position they hold as trustees of a significant pool of public funding. Details are included in the financial statements. Directors have a mixture of financial and community based experience, and reside across the state.

Director Appointments

The Board has a mix of governance, financial and community-based experience. By convention, two directors are based in the south, one in the north and one in the north-west, with a chairperson from anywhere in the State.

Under the Act, Directors are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister with administrative responsibility for the Act. Before making a recommendation to the Governor, the Minister must first consult with the current Board. Directors are appointed for a maximum of three years and may be re-appointed.

Board Functions

Under the Act, the Board’s functions are to:

  • provide grants out of the Fund for community purposes as the Board thinks fit
  • manage the Fund, in any manner in which the Board thinks fit, so as to maximise the return earned on the Fund, having regard to the need to:
    • provide grants
    • exercise reasonable care and prudence so as to maintain the integrity of the Fund.
    • conduct its operations in an efficient, effective and economical manner.

At its discretion, the Board may:

  • distribute the whole or any part of the Fund’s balance
  • accumulate the whole or any part of the balance and invest that amount to distribute in future financial years.

In performing its functions and exercising its powers, Directors must:

  • act honestly in all matters
  • declare any conflict of interest, and not participate in decisions relating to such a conflict of interest
  • ensure that their functions and powers are performed in the best interests of the Tasmanian community.

The Board has developed a code of conduct governing the operation of its directors to ensure that its activities are conducted according to the highest standards. The code of conduct is available here.


To help ensure all decisions are made, and are seen to be made, fairly and impartially, Directors are unable to accept gifts from potential applicants or grant recipients.