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Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Scholarships announced

The Minister for Women, Jacquie Petrusma, recently announced the 2018 recipients of the Tasmanian Government Board Diversity Governance Scholarships.

The Scholarships will provide Tasmanian women with the opportunity to learn leadership and decision making skills from trained mentors, as well as equip them with the knowledge they will need to serve as company directors or on government boards and committees.

The Tasmanian Government has a target of achieving 50 per cent representation of women across government boards and committees by 2050.

The Women on Boards Strategy Annual Report 2017 shows that since the Tasmanian Women on Boards Strategy's release in 2015, Tasmania has had the biggest growth of women's representation on government boards across all states and territories, increasing from 33.8 per cent to 40.1 per cent as of September 2017.

This represents an increase of around 19 per cent in the ratio of women board members, and an increase of 6.3 percentage points in the number of board positions held by women since 2015.

The Strategy included a financial commitment of $150,000 over three years for a scholarship program for governance training through the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

The recipients of the four Company Director Course Scholarships are:

  • Kathryn Berry
  • Allison Clark
  • Mary Anne Ryan
  • Judith Tudball

The recipients of the 16 Foundations of Directorship Scholarships are:

  • Hanny Alston
  • Kate Bonner
  • Kate Burton
  • Lindy Cleeland
  • Angela Driver
  • Hina Durrani
  • Kathryn Fordyce
  • Sue Grau
  • Rebecca Greenwood
  • Marion Hale
  • Laura Harper
  • Lee Jefferies
  • Robyn Lewis
  • Lesley Mackay
  • Victoria Morton
  • Trisha Squires