Our Board

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    Sonia Caton, Chair –
    Sonia is a nationally recognised immigration lawyer and former Chair of the Refugee Council of Australia. She is a graduate of the AICD and brings a depth of board experience with not-for-profit and for-profit companies. She was recently instrumental in devising and launching Australia’s leading online Inclusion training program. Sonia teaches law, mentors lawyers, and is committed to access and equity for all, but particularly in relation to new arrivals to Australia. Sonia is also a migrant to Australia and speaks two languages other than English.


  • Nicola Cox,
    Vice Chair –
    Nicola joined the Board in January 2019. Nicola has an extensive professional background in ICT executive roles, including Co-Founder, CEO, Consultant and Project Manager. Nicola is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Recipient of Tasmanian Premier’s Board Diversity Scholarship. Nicola sits on the board, and is the public officer, for Community Transport Services Tasmania. Nicola continually builds on her board and directorship knowledge. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at the local football club and exploring Tassie’s natural beauty.
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    Fahim Chowdhury, Treasurer –
    Fahim joined the Board in November 2020. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Global Association of Risk Professionals. Fahim has extensive experience in financial markets and treasury management. Originally from Bangladesh, he has a keen interest in Tasmania’s multicultural society. He is a passionate social cricketer and devotes his spare time towards the development of the game. Currently he also chairs the Board of the Huon and Channel Cricket Association.

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    Jeanette Banks, Secretary –
    Jeanette joined the Board in December 2012. She is employed as the Public Health Evaluation Officer with the Public Health Services in the Department of Health. Jeanette has worked in government for the past 24 years in policy and project management work in various departments. This includes asset management, managing community support programs, health, young people policy development and housing. Her passion for community development has seen her volunteering over the years with Lifeline, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania and mentoring programs for young people.

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    Chris Stennard, Board Member
    Chris has been the Board Member of MRC Tas since 2015. He is employed as CFO and Company Secretary of the Incat Group of Companies. Chris is a Fellow of CPA Australia. He has had experience in the manufacturing, service, IT, insurance, and banking sectors. He is interested in social and community issues.

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    Victor Stojcevski, Board Member –
    Victor has a Macedonian background and joined the Board in late 2017. He arrived in Tasmania from Victoria in 2004, and has a LLB (Hons)/BA (Hons) (majoring in English Literature). He has two daughters. He is Project Manager at the Magistrates Court of Tasmania. Victor’s varied background includes leadership roles within the justice sector, particularly in court and law reform and therapeutic jurisprudence, and in suicide prevention. Victor is a member of the Law Society of Tasmania and the Asia Pacific Coroners’ Society.


  • George Elkhair
    , Board Member –

    George holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors – MAICD and also a Fellow of CPA Australia with over 35 years of commerce/business experience. George currently sits on various boards and subcommittees for community-based organisations as well as private companies. He is involved in business mentoring in Tasmania and is a mentor to many individuals. George migrated from Egypt to Australia with his family when he was young, and is bi-lingual.

    He enjoys family time and has various sporting interests, including cricket and soccer.


  • Dr Tania Lado Insua
    , Board Member –

    Tania is native from Galicia (Spain). She is an ocean engineer with several years of experience in management. She is currently on secondment to Blue Economy CRC as the Manager, Research and Partnerships from her ongoing role as Strategic Research Funding Manager at University of Tasmania. She is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Victoria, British Columbia where she contributes to tsunami and data analytics research. Tania has successfully led several multidisciplinary programs and teams with a diverse range of stakeholders. She has extensive experience in business development, finance and corporate operations, risk and change management. She has worked in academic, industry and not-for-profit strategic leadership roles in Australia, USA, Spain, and Canada. Tania is passionate about equity and culturally diverse communities.


To communicate with the MRC Tas Board please email board@mrctas.org.au