Your aldermen

The Council of the City of Glenorchy is the ultimate policy and planning body, and our elected aldermen represent the interests of the residents, businesses and visitors to our community.

Mayor of Glenorchy

Kristie Johnston

Elected 2011

Kristie Johnston was elected as Mayor of Glenorchy in 2014 and was re-elected as Mayor in January 2018. Kristie is a qualified criminologist and lawyer and holds an Arts/Law degree majoring in Public Policy and a Post-Graduate Master degree in Criminology and Corrections.
As Mayor of Glenorchy, Kristie has many duties and roles within the community. One of her favourite duties is performing citizenship ceremonies to welcome new Australians. Kristie enjoys getting out and about meeting residents and community groups.
Kristie currently chairs the Safer Communities Committee, the Glenorchy Planning Authority, and the General Manager’s Performance Review Committee.

Deputy Mayor of Glenorchy

Bec Thomas

Elected 2018

In January 2020 Bec Thomas was elected into the role of Deputy Mayor.
Bec has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology and First Class Honours in Sociology from the University of Tasmania. In August 2019, Bec became the Adviser to the Hon. Sue Hickey MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Clark.
Bec is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor qualified personal trainer and Metafit Instructor. She founded Rising Kind in March 2019, as a way to promote positive mental and physical health and kindness and to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training.
Bec is the current chair of the Healthy Communities Advisory Committee and has a seat on the General Manager’s Performance Review Committee and the Glenorchy Planning Authority.

Alderman

Simon Fraser

Elected 2018

Alderman Simon Fraser is a qualified carpenter and joiner, and he now works as an associate teaching fellow at the University of Tasmania. Simon holds a degree in Commerce, with Honours in Information Systems and a Masters in Training and Development. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Simon’s three greatest drivers in his role are:
· to serve the Glenorchy community
· to learn more about the local government sector
· to make a difference in the community.
Simon currently sits on the Glenorchy LEARN committee and the Glenorchy Emergency Management Committee.

Alderman

Dr Angela Ryan

Elected 2020

Following the resignation of Alderman Matt Stevenson, Dr Angela Ryan was elected as part of a recount from the election results in January 2018.
Angela is a lawyer and anthropologist specialising in intellectual property law. She has practiced extensively across the UK, Europe and Asia including the Supreme Court of England and Wales and the High Court of Hong Kong.
In Australia, Angela attained an Honours degree in cultural anthropology at Deakin University and her PhD at the University of Tasmania.
Angela currently sits on the Glenorchy Planning Authority and the Audit Panel. She has a keen focus on local Glenorchy Heritage through the Glenorchy Historical Society.

Alderman

Peter Bull

Elected 2018

Alderman Peter Bull is a retired bank manager and finance broker having spent a 44 year career as the southern regional manager at ANZ and Tassie Home Loans.
Peter is motivated in his role as Alderman to ensure Council is held financially accountable and to promote actions which improve the City of Glenorchy where he has lived for over a decade. He strives to advocate for those with disabilities and ensure that decisions made by Council are considered and inclusive.
Peter has a seat on the Audit Panel and the Glenorchy Citizen of the Year Committee.

Alderman

Jan Dunsby

Elected 2014

Alderman Jan Dunsby is a lifelong resident of Glenorchy.
Jan has a career spanning many sectors including legal, accounting, defence and education roles. She also holds the office of Justice of the Peace and acts as a Bench Justice on a regular roster.
Jan currently undertakes volunteer roles with Claremont College Association, Paraquad Tasmania, Lady Clark Centre Inc and the Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group Inc.
Jan holds a seat on various committees: Glenorchy Planning Authority, Access Advisory Committee, Safer Communities Committee, Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Committee and Public Transit Corridor Steering Committee (currently in recess).

Alderman

Melissa Carlton

Elected 2018

Alderman Melissa Carlton is driven to see Council on track, delivering the community’s vision for Glenorchy, which she believes needs to have more involvement from young people at the decision making level, as it will ultimately shape their future. She wants to ensure the delivery of projects in Glenorchy that have tangible benefits for our community and help make Glenorchy city a vibrant city.
Melissa currently sits on the Access Committee and the Wellington Trust and has over 20 years experience working in the local government and not-for-profit sector.

Alderman

Kelly Sims

Elected 2018

Alderman Kelly Sims has spent much of her career working across the early childhood education sector. She holds and has taught qualifications in Business Management, Adult Training & Assessment, Early Childhood, Community Services and Advocacy. Kel was named the 2020 Tasmanian Mental Health Foundation Australia Ambassador and continues to advocate for our most vulnerable in various roles. Kel also runs several small businesses and regularly volunteers for charitable purposes. She strives to empower the community and represent the collective with integrity. She is passionate and committed to driving positive outcomes at all levels and currently sits on the Planning Authority, Arts & Culture Advisory Committee and the Healthy Communities Advisory Committee.

Alderman

Gaye Richardson

Elected 2018

Alderman Gaye Richardson has lived and worked in Glenorchy for most of her life. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has over 10 years’ experience as a Director of large and medium enterprises in both public and private sectors.
A strong advocate for the Glenorchy region, Gaye is passionate about promoting Glenorchy through government and business networks and is driven to restoring the municipality to a place that people aspire to be. She sees Glenorchy as the Arts and Cultural hub of the state as well as a progressive city.
Gaye seeks to promote greater use of our parks and open spaces, encouraging time spent outdoors to balance the growing demands of the digital world. She prioritises the preservation of Glenorchy’s heritage assets and further development of our Arts and Culture platform.
Gaye currently chairs the Glenorchy Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the Glenorchy Carols Committee.

Alderman

Steven King

Elected 2008

Alderman Steven King was first elected to Council in July 2008 and was re-elected to Council in November 2014 until February 2017, and in January 2018 he was re-elected to the current sitting Council.
Steven grew up in Claremont and after he married spent the next 26 years living in Moonah. He is a qualified A grade electrician and has owned businesses in Glenorchy for the last 28 years.
Steven is currently President of the Consumer Household Equipment Rental Providers Association and holds a Diploma of Management.
Steven currently sits on the Code of Conduct Committee and the Audit Panel as proxy.