TTC Executive


TTC is structured to maximise input from member organisations, while allowing for streamlined decision making.

Our operations are guided by the TTC Executive which is made up of representatives from all segments of our member organisations.

TTC Executive responsibilities include:

  • providing advice on the needs of member organisations
  • contributing to forward planning and new initiatives
  • endorsing the Strategic Statement and Annual Business Plan
  • promoting membership and services
  • overseeing the TTC budget to ensure member funds are well spent.

The Chair of the TTC Executive is the Deputy Director, State Service Management Office.

Current members

Louise MillsLouise Mills, Department of Premier and Cabinet. Louise is the Deputy Director of the State Service Management Office and has held this position since 2013. She was previously Deputy Director of Corporate Services and has held senior positions in policy and strategic planning across a number of other State Service Agencies. Louise has a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Tasmania, for which she was awarded the W. O. McCarthy Medal.
Nigel SmithNigel Smith, Department of Human Services. Nigel has been employed in the Centrelink Tasmania training team since 2005. He has undertaken a number of learning and development roles within Centrelink and the Department of Human Services (DHS). He is currently a Director of the DHS National Learning Network and has responsibilities in WA, SA, Vic and Tas.

Andrew Groom Australian Antarctic Division. Andrew is the Human Resources Manager at the Australian Antarctic Division (Department of Environment and Energy), a role he has held since June 2014.  He has over 18 years experience in a wide range of public sector HR work, covering both Federal and State Government. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania and is a Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.


Kate Hiscock Local Government Association of Tasmania. Kate is Strategic Communications Director at the Local Government Association of Tasmania. Her current role includes oversight of communications, engagement, events and marketing at LGAT. She has over 15 years experience in Local and State Government working in communications, policy, stakeholder engagement and corporate affairs. Kate has also worked in private sector consulting and for a State Owned Company and has a Master of Health Science (Health Promotion) from QUT and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from UTAS.

Penne Hughes

Pene HughesKingborough Council. Pene is the Executive Manager Organisational Development with the Kingborough Council and has 15 years; experience in local government. Pene has also worked in human resources in private enterprise and as a primary teacher. She is currently on the state Board of the Local Government Managers Australia (Tasmania).

Dr Julie Preston 

Dr Julie Preston, University of Tasmania. Julie is the Manager, Organisational and Career Development at UTAS. She has experience in career and leadership development for staff and students across higher education in Australia and the UK. Julie has postgraduate qualifications in adult learning, and completed a PhD in microbiology at the University of Newcastle. She is currently the Tasmanian Division President of the Career Development Association of Australia.

Yvette Steele, TTC Executive

Yvette Steele, Department of State Growth. Yvette is Director Human Resources at the Department of State Growth, and has held this position since 2010. Her role is very broad and encompases all aspects of HR, including organisational development. She previously worked with the Federal Government where her roles included workforce strategy, change management and L&D.

Kerrie Crowder

Kerrie Crowder, Department of Justice. Kerrie is Director Human Resources at the Department of Justice. She was previously the Director of Building Control and Administrator of Licensing and has held senior positions in staff development, education and human resources in the Department of Health and Human Services. Kerrie has a Master of Social Science (Public Sector Management) from the University of Tasmania.

Suzanne McCavanagh

Suzanne McCavanagh, Tasmanian Health ServiceSuzanne’s portfolio covers the functions of human resources, workplace health and safety, and industrial relations. With graduate and post graduate qualifications in industrial relations, human resource management and public administration, Suzanne is a strategic human resources, organisational development and workforce planning specialist with more than 25 years’ experience across the health, transport and education sectors.

Shane Crawford 

Shane Crawford, Waratah-Wynard Council. Shane is the General Manager of Waratah-Wynyard Council. He has over twelve years experience in Local Government and has also worked in human resources roles in private enterprise. Shane holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania.