Business Members Group

Mr Dale Elphinstone

Mr Elphinstone has considerable experience in Australia and abroad in the engineering, manufacturing and heavy machinery industries and is one of the longest serving Caterpillar dealer principals in Australia.

Mr Elphinstone is the Executive Chair of the Elphinstone Group. The companies held with a full, majority or substantial interest by the group employ over 2000 people, have combined annual revenues exceeding AU$1,300 million and operate in ten countries.

He is a Director of publicly listed Engenco Limited, Board Member of the Joint Commonwealth Tasmanian Economic Committee (JCTEC), and Chair of the JCTEC Business Members Group. Previous positions include Director of the Tasmanian Health Organisation; Director National Hire Group Limited; Director Caterpillar Underground Mining Pty Ltd; and Director Queensland Gas Company Limited.

Mr Elphinstone was raised at Highclere, Tasmania, on a mixed dairy farm, attended the Ridgley Area School and completed a diesel mechanic apprenticeship with William Adams in 1970. He is passionate about ensuring Tasmania's prosperity and calls northern Tasmania home.

Professor Janelle Allison

Professor Janelle Allison is the Principal of the newly established University College Division of the University of Tasmania, leading an innovative program to deliver a contemporary new curriculum, producing the workforce for Tasmania's future industries.

Prior to this, Professor Allison was the Pro Vice-Chancellor Community, Partnerships and Regional Development at the University of Tasmania and the Director of the Cradle Coast Campus and Institute for Regional Development. Before coming to the University of Tasmania, she was the Director of the Centre for Rural and Regional Innovation—Queensland at the University of Queensland's Gatton Campus.

Professor Allison has a particular interest in the areas of participation in higher education and regional economic development and in her current role advocates for an unwavering focus on producing graduates who are job-ready for industries where there is an employment need. Her strategic and creative thinking has established new ways to approach lifelong learning and, in collaboration with other parts of the University, community and business and industry stakeholders, she has developed a range of new educational initiatives which enable this.

Mr Wayne Bould

Mr Wayne Bould is Executive Chair and Trustee of the Bonney Group of Companies. He is also the current Chief Executive of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, and a member of the Tasmanian Government's North West Regional Reference Group.

Mr Bould has over 40 years' practical and managerial experience in the petroleum, forestry and mining sectors. He began his career with Golden Fleece Petroleum in Hobart in 1969 and partnered with Shell Australia in developing and operating Shell's downstream distribution business model. Mr Bould owned and operated a niche business that provided hands on specialist assistance to a variety of businesses across Australia. He was contracted as General Manager Timber Products Auspine Limited at Mt Gambier in South Australia. Mr Bould joined Newmont Australia in 2004, performing various roles before being appointed as Newmont Mining Corporation's Global Director Business Excellence. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Grange Resources Limited from 2009 until 2013, and was Managing Director from 2013 until 2014.

Ms Lynn Mason

Ms Lynn Mason is currently deputy chair of the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia, a director of Crimestoppers Tasmania, a member of a Board of Inquiry into Glenorchy City Council, and a member of Tasmania's local government Code of Conduct Panels.

Previously, Ms Mason has been chair of the Tasmanian Community Fund, chair of Metro Tasmania, a director of Quadrant Superannuation, a member of the Local Government Board, chair of Tasmanian Affordable Housing Ltd, Mayor of Flinders Council, President of the Local Government Association Tasmania, Senior Vice President of the Australian Local Government Association, Telstra Business Woman of the Year and Australian Business Owner of the Year.

Ms Mason is joint owner and financial director of her family's business operations, which include farming livestock on Flinders Island, and cropping, livestock, and equine agistment in northern Tasmania. Other business operations include commercial fishing and contracted aeroplane charter in Western Australia.

Ms Alison Watkins

Ms Alison Watkins joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in March 2014. She is a non-executive director of The Centre for Independent Studies and the Business Council of Australia.

Ms Watkins' previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of agribusiness GrainCorp Limited and of Berri Limited, the market leader in Australian juice, and Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ. Alison spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company from 1989–1999 and became a partner of the Firm in 1996 before moving to ANZ as Group General Manager Strategy. Ms Watkins has been a non-executive director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Woolworths Limited and Just Group Limited. She is a former Victorian President and National Board Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Watkins is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Watkins completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania.