Who we are

Our patron

HE_Warner_(2)Chatter Matters Tasmania is greatly graced by the goodwill of Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC Governor of Tasmania who has generously afforded us her patronage. Our gratitude is with her, and her Office.


Our Board

Robin Banks

It is with much delight that we welcome Robin as the new Chair of Chatter Matters! Here is what we have to say about Robin:

Valuing all people in their human worth, and with keen and expert knowledge of the law, Robin is a generous, warm and kind advocate filled with the passion that arises from deep integrity.

And of herself, Robin says this:

Robin has recently completed over six years as Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales in 1999, and was admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of NSW in 2000. While undertaking her studies in law, Robin worked full-time as the Project Officer to establish the Disability Advocacy Service in Alice Springs and then as the co-ordinator of that service, before moving to Sydney to take up the role of Co-ordinator of the NSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre. Shortly after completing her degree, Robin spent a year in Canada where she worked as a legal researcher with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Returning to Australia in 2000, Robin worked temporarily as a solicitor for the Northern Aboriginal Legal Aid Service acting for the family of a young Aboriginal man who died at Don Dale Detention Centre. She then returned to Sydney where she was employed in initially as a Lawyer and then as a Senior Associate at Henry Davis York. In 2004, Robin became CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), Australia’s largest public interest legal practice, and Director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House. Robin is a graduate of the 2006 Sydney Leadership Program (now Social Leadership Australia) and an accredited Mediator with the Resolution Institute. Robin was a member of the Women’s Advisory Council to the NSW Department of Corrections for several years while CEO of PIAC. Robin is a member of the Advisory Board to the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne and in her paid and voluntary work Robin continues to focus on human rights and equal opportunity, the development and implementation of proactive social and social justice policy and programs.

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Rosie Martin

This is what we say about Rosie:

Founder and passionate speech pathologist who keenly feels the privilege of having been trusted in therapy by vulnerable children, their families, and other individuals over many years; but who has lamented inequity in access to service.

And here is what she says about herself:

Rosalie ‘Rosie’ Martin is a generalist speech pathologist working in her own practice, Speech Pathology Tasmania. Rosie has particularly highly developed skills in supporting individuals with severe literacy acquisition disorders and autism – and their families. She has loved her own family life and raising her two sons – the delight of these fuelled her passion for the unique perspective the profession of speech pathology brings to human interaction at all levels of ability. She is also a group facilitator, a winger of everything that might be fun, and a lover of beauty in all its forms – especially the beauty of human kindness and honesty that makes us vulnerable.

Rikki Mawad

Us, talking about Rikki:

Vivacious, energetic, and incisively-thinking lawyer and advisor who juggles concepts and challenges with grace, while warmly progressing them toward freedom and abundance.

And she says this:

Rikki is an Arts/Law/Hons graduate of the University of Tasmania. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted as a Legal Practitioner in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2009.

In 2012, Rikki completed her Masters in Conflict and Dispute Resolution at James Cook University, and in 2013 graduated from the Tasmanian Leaders Program – all while working as an Adviser in the Federal Parliament, the Senate and the Tasmanian Parliament (2010 – 2014)

Rikki is passionate about education. The recipient of numerous awards for the furtherance of education, she has continued to make contribution on the Boards of organisations which support equity of access: the former Tasmanian Academy, the Colony 47 Partnership Brokers Scheme, the Link Youth Health Service – and now Chatter Matters.

Rikki is currently a Sessional Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, and is also working across a range of projects within the Tasmania Law Reform Institute. Her primary work relates to measures to improve access to justice for people with disability and complex communication needs in the criminal justice system.

An experienced traveller, Rikki has been through close to 50 Countries, including working and volunteering in Eastern Africa and South America.

Andy van Emmerik:

This is what we say about Andy:

Steady, just, wisely-circumspect and fun-loving engineer with an eye for fine things, and with interests and talents as wide as the sky.

And he says:

After 20 years of practising, I’m now a full-time consulting Business Development Manager. My entrepreneurial approach and thorough research of market impact is continuing to provide a high success rate. My strength is in development and securing of civil engineering projects however my interests are significantly wider.

This new career suits me personally as I love finding out about other people, their commercial problems and discussing opportunities for change.

Richard Martin

We say this about Richard:

Kind, visionary, ideas-man and serial volunteer with a small-business and investment background – wholly motivated by compassion and supporting others to support themselves.

And he says this:

Richard (Rich) Martin is a group facilitator with background in small business, training and mentoring. His particular interests are in mindful personal-development for men and others who have experienced disadvantage and loss. He works in his own businesses, which include property, storage and IT support, and volunteers other time in a wide range of local community-development projects.

Michael Salewicz

What we say about Michael:

Calm, kind and steady-thinking accountant with experience at his back and his face always toward freedom. He’s tried to retire but keeps finding interesting things to do.

And this is what he says about himself:

Michael Salewicz, CPA, of Bicheno, has a broad commercial background in finance and administration, having worked as a consultant in both the private and public sectors (education, insurance, telecommunications, accounting, water and local government) and with the Asian Development Bank (Manila). Michael holds the qualifications of Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Social Sciences (Sociology). He is a Member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

Becky Shrimpton

This is what we have to say about Becky:

Fabulous, effervescent, clear-seeing communications and marketing specialist filled with desire to share, give back, support and enjoy the beauty of a full life along the way.

And she has this to say about herself:

Currently the Tasmanian State Manager of Ministerial and Parliamentary Services for the Federal Government, Becky’s 30-year career spans three countries and has primarily involved leading communications for government and industry, and as the head of not-for-profit organisations. As Director of the Heritage Trails Foundation of New Zealand, she won the prestigious ASTA Smithsonian Award for environmental tourism, and went on to win many state and national awards as founding Director of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation in Western Australia. Becky was then asked to lead communications for the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (2000) in the UK, and was later appointed Head of Communications and External Affairs for England’s Commission for Rural Communities which focussed on tackling rural disadvantage. Moving to Tasmania over 12 years ago, as Director of Communications and Economic Development for Launceston City Council, Becky was awarded the Telstra Business Women’s Award for community and government. She also led International Communications & Customer Relations for the University of Tasmania.