The Declaration of Poll reception was held at Moonah Arts Centre on Friday 19 January 2018 and ten Aldermen were welcomed to Glenorchy City Council.
Statement of Expectations
Download the 2018 meetings schedule. Please note: Aldermen will be attending workshops to build their skills within the Local Government environment. However, these workshops are not open to the public.
Contact Details for Aldermen
Download the contact details form as an easy reference for getting in touch with your Aldermen.
Mayor Kristie Johnston
Kristie is a qualified criminologist and lawyer and was admitted to the bar in 2004 upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice. Kristie has an Arts/Law degree with a major in Public Policy and also a Post-Graduate Master Degree in Criminology and Corrections, where she studied and researched the inter-relationship between transport and crime in the municipality of Glenorchy.
Kristie was first elected to Council in 2011 as an alderman, and then in 2014 as Mayor. She has a particular interest and focus on governance, community engagement and participation. Kristie takes a hands on approach to volunteering in the community and continues to contribute to various community groups and events, ranging from sausage sizzles through to event coordination and governance advice. Kristie uses her professional advocacy skills to work with the community to achieve better outcomes for Glenorchy.
She lives in Montrose with her husband Ben and two young children, Harry and Lucy. Kristie enjoys spending time with her family, getting involved in her children's many sporting activities, dancing, crocheting and gardening.
Deputy Mayor Matt Stevenson
Matt is an Executive Officer at the University of Tasmania, managing the operations of the Domain Nursing Campus in Hobart. His role at the University has encompassed international marketing, strategic planning and business development projects.
Prior to joining the University, Matt ran his own small business, was economic advisor to the now Premier of Tasmania, and worked in the finance industry in process improvement and change management, being part of the integration team working through organisational mergers.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance, and is currently undertaking his MBA, with a Corporate Governance specialisation. He also has project management certifications in PMBOK and Prince2 project methodologies.
Matt was a member of the St Therese's Primary School board for seven years, and is currently a member of the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council. He is a past Treasurer of the Northern Suburbs Athletic Club, and past member of the Glenorchy Abbeyfield House board.
Alderman Peter Bull
Peter is a retired bank manager and finance broker. He worked for ANZ and Tassie Home Loans, both as a southern regional manager for over 44 years. He also dealt with the State Government delivering the Affordable Housing Scheme and managed the State Government Housing Portfolio loans (eg: Ag Bank and TDA Loans). These loans were all aimed at getting people into homes and predominantly were in the City of Glenorchy region.
Peter has held the position of treasurer, secretary and president for numerous, particularly for Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs. He has extensive experience in governance issues and did regular training in this area along with customer service throughout his employment.
Peter has lived with his partner Sue Hickey for over a decade in Glenorchy and is father to three children, stepfather to Sue's daughter and has seven grandchildren. Peter is a man of his word and stands by his integrity and capacity for hard work. He recently suffered a life threatening illness, known as Guillaine Barre syndrome which left him in hospital for a year (105 days in intensive care) and whilst he has some limitations with mobility, he is healthy and eager to serve the City of Glenorchy to restore our residents' pride in their Council.
Alderman Melissa Carlton
Melissa is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Hobart YMCA and is based in Glenorchy in the KGV precinct. Melissa has strong ties to the community not only through the YMCA but also through the many organisations and committees she is a member of or supports including Rotary, Glenorchy on the Go and Wheelchair Aussie Rules.
Prior to working for the YMCA, Melissa worked for Hobart City Council and then the City of Launceston and has a wealth of experience in community recreation and facility management. She moved back to Lutana with her partner Peter in 2015 and started working with the YMCA.
Melissa is also a Paralympic Swimmer (1996 and 2000 Summer Paralympics) who trained with the City of Glenorchy swimming Club and spent a lot of her childhood competing and training at the much loved Glenorchy War Memorial Pool – not far from where she works now at the Council Chambers and YMCA.
Alderman Jan Dunsby
Jan was elected as a Alderman to Council in 2014 and returned in 2018.
She has been a lifelong volunteer in Glenorchy, culminating in the awarding of Glenorchy Australia Day Citizen of the Year in 2005. Her current roles include State President of Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania Inc, Vice President and Director of Lady Clark Centre Inc, Chair of Claremont College Association Inc and Treasurer of the Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group Inc.
Jan has been appointed to the Glenorchy Planning Authority and Hobart Glenorchy Public Transit Corridor Steering Committee.
For a change of pace, Jan enjoys following AFL football (black and white of course!), cake decorating, craft and social outings with friends.
Alderman Simon Fraser
Simon is a qualified carpenter and joiner who worked in the construction industry for several years before attending university and graduating with Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons). Simon also has a Masters degree in Training and Development. As part of his undergraduate honours project Simon researched the capacity for online forums to promote community engagement, focussing particularly on the now repealed “Tasmania Together” project.
Simon is a dedicated volunteer and is actively involved as a board member of several community organisations and as a literacy tutor at Glenorchy LINC. Simon is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Economic Society of Australia and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Simon has worked in several industries both in Australia and Singapore however for the past decade has focused on adult education, vocational, corporate and more recently tertiary working as an associate lecturer for the University of Tasmania. He is passionate about the power of education to change lives and enrich communities and is dedicated to promoting the benefits of lifelong learning to anyone who will listen.
Simon lives in West Moonah with his wife Ganga and their two daughters, Tyra and Neena and in his spare time likes to read, play tennis and build furniture in his local community shed.
Alderman Steven King
More details on Alderman King will be available soon.
Alderman Gaye Richardson
Gaye has lived and worked in Glenorchy most of her life and is a member of several community organisations.
Previously employed at a senior level in the education and aged care sector, Gaye is now a company director in several large state-wide aged care businesses and a medium sized enterprise in the Sport and Recreation sector.
As a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors she has an interest in governance and development of public policy.
Gaye enjoys gardening and is a committed bushwalker, having covered many of the more remote wilderness areas of Tasmania.
Alderman Kelly Sims
Kelly is recognised as a proactive leader across various early childhood, business and animal advocacy focused sectors in both Australia and New Zealand. She also holds a proven track record for supporting stakeholders to reach capacity while exceeding objectives.
Her experience includes overseeing large and small organisations, scoping stakeholder requirements, mentoring business leaders, supporting and leading teams, developing and facilitating professional development, meeting various goals/targets and; marketing to, directing, supporting and engaging others.. All of which are driven by legislative guidelines, a sound knowledge for approved frameworks and extensive operational experience via several industry platforms.
Her career spans from working directly with children as an educator, to becoming an education consultant and writing published articles for a worldwide educational resource provider. She is currently the CEO of a state-wide Family Day Care and community services provider and is the founding director for the professional development and customised training provider Education and Care Connections Tasmania. She voluntarily directs the IHNS Animal Advocacy Campaign in direct support of Big Ears Animal Sanctuary Tas.
Alderman Bec Thomas
Bec has lived in Glenorchy all her life and was educated locally, from Bowen Road Primary to Ogilvie High. Her first jobs were at ‘Purity’ (Woolworths) Glenorchy Central and Cooleys Hotel.
Bec has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Sociology and graduated with First Class Honours in Sociology in 2006, before embarking on a public service career in 2007, including policy, project and management roles at: Australian Bureau of Statistics; Sport and Recreation Tasmania; Tasmanian Institute of Sport; Local Government Division, DPAC; and Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate, DHHS (current). Bec is also qualified as a personal trainer and group exercise leader.
Bec has performed community volunteer roles as a Glenorchy District Football Club board member, Glenorchy on the Go Program Ambassador and member and Chair of council’s Sport and Recreation Advisory Committee. Bec loves spending time with her husband Ross and Kelsey the Kelpie, wine tasting, the gym, dressing up for a day out at the races, op shopping, jigsaw puzzles and helping to inspire and empower people to be the best versions of themselves, physically and mentally. She lives by the values of authenticity, courage, determination, independence and attention to detail and has a strong belief in fairness and equity.