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.

Luke Curtain

Luke Curtain is the General Manager Corporate Services and Deputy CEO of Tasmanian Irrigation.

Luke joined the company in 2008 as a Project Manager of the Whitemore Irrigation Scheme, one of the first schemes to be completed by the Tasmanian Irrigation Development Board. Prior to joining the company Luke was a financial analyst with the Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Luke holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Tasmania and a Masters of Economic Studies from the University of New England. In addition, Luke is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mike O'Shea

Mike O’Shea is the General Manager Operations 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

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.

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.

Nik Byrne

Nik is Manager Engineering.

He has over 15 years experience as a professional mechanical engineer with significant expertise in planning and implementing water and industrial infrastructure projects. Nik was responsible for managing the delivery of the engineering, design and construction of the $104M Midlands Water Scheme. This scheme was successfully commissioned in July 2014 and incorporates a 7 megawatt, 640 meter head Pelton power station.

Nik is currently responsible for managing the engineering design, development and standards across all Tasmanian Irrigation schemes both in development and under construction.


Sonia Green

Sonia is Manager Information Systems

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.