About Chatter Matters

We are a young, charitable organisation with focus upon building awareness and skill in human communication. This means language, literacy and positive relatedness – the foundations of progress and human wholeness. Our goals are to kindly and effectively bring evidence-based and practical programs to population groups and individuals who have been disadvantaged in developing these skills, for whatever reason.

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


Our Board

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 speech pathologist working in her own practice, Speech Pathology Tasmania. Rosie is a generalist speech pathologist, but also particularly specialises 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 which 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 – but especially the beauty of human kindness and the honesty that makes us vulnerable.

Kristy de Salas

This is what we have to say about Kristy:

Dynamic, fun, compassionate IT-whizz with a sensitive social conscience and desire to contribute to the wellbeing of others.

And here is what she says about herself:

Kristy de Salas has 15 years’ experience as a Business and ICT Systems analyst, working with over 100 organisations to augment or transform their business with ICT. She received her PhD from the University of Tasmania and has undertaken research in the fields of Games Development, Business Process and Project Management, and ICT Curriculum Development since 2013. In addition to her role as Senior Lecturer at UTAS, Dr de Salas also holds the role of Producer for a local Games Development company – Giant Margarita Games.

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.

Greg Barns

This is what we say about Greg:

Big-hearted, compassionate, integrative-thinker, writer and barrister, with a strong and consistent voice for human-rights, equity and positive social change.

And here is what he says:

Greg Barns is a barrister, writer and company director. He is a cofounder of the Prisoners Advisory Legal Service in Tasmania and a former National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. Greg practices from Salamanca Chambers in Hobart and Stawell Chambers in Melbourne and specialises in criminal law and administrative law. He is the author of three books on Australian politics and writes a weekly column for the Hobart Mercury. He has been a director of a number of ASX listed mineral exploration companies.

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.

Rikki Mawad

Us, talking about Rikki:

Vivacious, energetic, and incisively-thinking lawyer and advisor who can juggle 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.

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.