Mayor Kristie Johnston
Phone: 6216 6800 / 0437 967 786
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 Bec Thomas
Phone: 0407 461 273
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.
Alderman Peter Bull
Phone: 0417 038 749
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 organisations, particularly for Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs. He has extensive experience in governance issues and has had 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
Phone: 0419 328 469
Jan was elected as an 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, board member of Paraquad Australia Inc., and Treasurer of the Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group Inc.
Jan has been appointed to the Glenorchy Planning Authority, and holds roles on a variety of Council committees, including the Safer Communities committee, Citizen/Young Citizen of the Year selection committee, Hobart Glenorchy Public Transit Corridor Steering Committee, and is currently Chair of the Access 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
Phone: 0478 623 090
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
Phone: 0414 898 095
Steven is a qualified “A” Grade electrician and now business operator for the past 30 years in Glenorchy. He holds a Diploma of management and Cert IV in credit management and is currently the National President of the Consumer Household Equipment Rental Providers Association, representing 80 plus businesses.
Steven has many years’ experience in community service with time as President of Moonah Primary P&F and school council, President of AYC Men’s Basketball for several years, as a previous Scout leader in Glenorchy, and has coached numerous school sporting teams.
He had nearly 10 years previously as an Alderman serving on numerous committees.
Steven has six children and currently four grandchildren and he loves spending time with his family, watching AFL and cricket, working in the garden and trying to stay fit.
Alderman Gaye Richardson
Phone: 0417 532 566
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 Dr. Angela Ryan
Dr. Ryan is a lawyer and anthropologist. She was first admitted to practice law in 1990 and specialised in intellectual property law in Australia, Asia and Europe.
Upon returning to Australia, Angela attained an Honours degree in cultural anthropology from Deakin University. She did a number of stints in northern Australia – including as solicitor for Aboriginal legal aid in Katherine in the Northern Territory, and an anthropology internship in Kununurra, Western Australia, where she worked with an Aboriginal Corporation in the diamond fields.
Angela attained her PhD at the University of Tasmania. For her thesis, Angela returned to her interest in the cultures of Asia, having lived in Thailand before her family moved to Tasmania. Angela’s thesis delved into the questions of identity, heritage and place. Angela now focuses on local Glenorchy heritage through the Glenorchy Historical Society.
Angela is a long time resident of Glenorchy and attended both Dominic College and Cosgrove High School. She is on the council of the Royal Society of Tasmania and a member of the Law Society of Tasmania. She is currently undertaking a further degree in Data and New Technology law.