Management

Nicola Morris CEO

Nicola commenced in her role on 1 March 2016, returning to Tasmania after four and a half years in Uruguay and China.

From December 2013 until August 2015 she was Business Head of New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay (NZSFU) and Vice President - Dairy for Olam International. NZSFU is one of the largest global dairying operations.

From October 2011 until November 2013 Nicola was Director of Farming Operations for Fonterra based in Beijing, China.

Nicola’s first experiences in Tasmania was as Chief Executive Officer of the Van Diemen’s Land Company and Tasman Farms Ltd, a position which she took on in March 2008. This company was Australia’s largest dairy farming business at the time. While in Tasmania, Nicola was also a Director of DairyTas and Skills Tasmania.

In New Zealand, Nicola was Chief Executive Officer of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (TATC) for fifteen years. TATC is a tertiary education organization which provides education and training to the wider farming community and new entrants to the industry using a number of commercial farming properties operated by TATC.

Prior to this, Nicola started her working career as an agribusiness banker.

Nicola holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in rural valuation and farm management, Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Banking, Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Public Policy.

Nicola is a registered valuer and farm management consultant. She has a strong interest in agribusiness and in encouraging young people into agriculture.

Mike O'Shea

Mike O’Shea is the Manager - Water Assets at Tasmanian Irrigation.

Mike joined the company in September 2010 as Manager Operations and with the creation of TI in 2011 assumed the role of GM Operations.

Prior to joining the company Mike worked in several senior roles within the forest industry both in Tasmania and on the mainland. These roles included operations, production, land and asset management and business development. In his role at Tasmanian Irrigation Mike, combines his extensive skills and experience to manage the infrastructure and supply of water to irrigators across Tasmania.

Owen Hoffmann

Owen Hoffmann is Senior Regional Manager North at Tasmanian irrigation having joined the company in May 2012.

Owen has had more than 20 years operational experience in the forestry industry across Tasmania including the management of a large contracting workforce in harvesting and haulage as well as large scale industrial operations. More recently Owen ran his own company providing consultancy services to the forest industry.

Owen has a degree in forest science from Melbourne University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He brings a broad range of skills to TI to assist in managing the relationships between assets owned by TI and the end users of those assets.

Amanda Zucker (currently on maternity leave)

Amanda Zucker is the Company Secretary and Manager Legal at Tasmanian Irrigation.

Prior to joining the company in May 2013, Amanda was a solicitor in Sydney working predominantly in construction law and commercial litigation.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Juris Doctor from the University of Technology Sydney.

 

Roger Sparrow (covering for Amanda Zucker)

Roger commenced work for Tasmanian Irrigation in March 2017 and has over twenty years' experience in a range of commercial, trading and legal roles in the finance, oil & gas and energy industries.

Roger holds a combined Bachelor of Commerce/Laws degree from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.  Roger is also Company Secretary for Tasmanian Irrigation.

Paul Ellery

Paul Ellery is Manager Build Projects.

His successfully completed projects include the Winnaleah Scheme Augmentation delivering 3,750ML. This project won the Civil Construction Federation's National "Earth Award" for work valued between $5M and $20M in 2012 . Paul has also completed the South East Irrigation Scheme (Stage 3) delivering 3,000ML, which commenced operation in 2015 and won the Tasmanian "Earth Award" for projects between $25M and $75M.

Sonia Green

Sonia is Manager Water Delivery & Services

Sonia joined the company in September 2016. She has over 18 years IT consulting experience on over 50 projects/business transformations locally and in Europe.

She’s worked in numerous industries from local utilities, government departments, to global consumer goods, aerospace and manufacturing companies. She’s been responsible for the development of Information Management Roadmaps and Reporting strategies coupled with architecture of and hands on technical implementation of Information Systems. 


Sonia has a degree in Commerce from the University of Tasmania and a Masters of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Hugh Christie

Hugh is Regional Operations Manager - South

Hugh joined the company in October 2016, following 17 years in the water and river health industries. These experiences started with a period as an irrigation extension officer in South Australia and has since included the development, negotiation and delivery of water entitlement frameworks, coordination of large scale infrastructure projects to deliver environmental water to wetlands along the River Murray, and the management of DPIPWE's water compliance and dam safety responsibilities across Tasmania.

Hugh has a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Institute of Management.