Our Board

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    Nick Bedding, Chairperson
    Nick Bedding joined the Board in 2014, and has held the position of Chairperson since August 2018. Nick is the Managing Director of Symic Pty Ltd, a private investment company specialising in venture capital, property development and equity investment. Nick has extensive experience in the financial planning and stock broking industries and in merger and acquisitions in the financial services sector.

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    Jeanette Banks, Vice Chair –
    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.


  • Nicola Cox,
     Secretary and Public Officer –
    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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    Chris Stennard, Treasurer

    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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    Wendy Heatley, Board Member –
    Wendy is a lawyer with a Master of Business Administration who has worked in legal, policy and management roles in the Tasmanian and Commonwealth governments. Recently, she worked as a lecturer and tutor in business law at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania, where she enjoyed teaching domestic and international students. Wendy has a long record of volunteering for community organisations as a board member and office bearer.

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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.

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    Manoj Nair, Board Member –
    Manoj is a business leader with over two decades of techno-commercial experience in leading companies across the world. He has co-founded and has been on the Board of a couple of digital start-ups. He is currently involved with the Department of Education and the University of Tasmania to build predictive digital models that can help schoolteachers promote student engagement in their classrooms.

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    Sonia Caton, Board Member –
    As a practised non-executive director and lawyer, Sonia brings particular experience in developing income generating projects. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia. She currently chairs the Governance committee for a large NFP and sits on a number of mostly migration related state and national committees. She has long standing interests in encouraging social cohesion, innovation and the role of the arts in education.

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    Fahim Chowdhury, Board Member –
    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.


  • Phaedon Stough,
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    Phaedon Stough is the Founder and CEO of Innovation Bay, an exclusive network of tech start-ups founders and investors from across Australia and NZ.   Phaedon has been working with tech founders for over 20 years and is an advisor and investor to a number of innovative companies.  Previously Phaedon founded and ran the Mitchellake Group, a global boutique executive search firm and has recently returned to Hobart after six years in San Francisco.

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