President : Dr Amina Keygan
Amina is a demographer, population researcher, Burnie City Councillor and a mother of three who runs a small consultancy firm on the NW coast of Tasmania. She is a passionate advocate for growth, innovation and change on the coast—a place she has called home for the past 10 years after having relocated from Hobart. Amina enjoys the strong sense of community spirit and connectivity evident here. Her involvement in PTTP has stemmed from a desire to be more locally minded and affect real change on the ground by fostering relationships between those who grow, and those in need. She believes strongly in the right of all to access high quality, sustainable, local fresh food.
VP : Corey Speers
Corey has been a proud supporter and advocate for Produce to the People since its inception. Corey is the founder, owner and operator of Corey Speers Consulting and provides communications, media and engagement advice and services on the North West Coast. He has more than eight years experience in journalism, media, communications and public policy. Corey was the co-founder and business partner in Bruce’s cafe at Wynyard, which since opening in 2009 has become a popular cafe and social hub on the North West Coast. Following the sale of Bruce’s in 2015, Corey has been looking at ways to start giving back to the community and said that Produce to the People more than fits the bill.
Public Officer : Simon Gates
In 2005 Simon graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, graduated with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 2001, and was President of the Law Student’s Association at the University of Tasmania in 2004.
In 2007, after living and working as a volunteer in East Timor in 2005 and 2006, he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia. Between 2007 and 2011 Simon was Crown Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor General for the State of Tasmania, during which time he acted as Junior Counsel for the State in a number of High Court Constitutional Law cases.
Simon was appointed Legal Advisor (2011) and then Senior Legal Advisor (2012-13) to the State Attorney-General before entering private practice.
In July 2017, Simon became a partner at McLean McKenzie & Topfer
Treasurer : Claire Smith
Born in Sydney, Claire spent much of her childhood experiencing life across the country before relocating to New Zealand. Claire then returned to Australia in her early teens and moved to the North West Coast in 2015 from Perth, Western Australia.
Claire graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is a member of CPA Australia. Claire has more than a decade of progressive experience within the private sector and more recently the public sector, with five years at an executive level. Claire has broad industry exposure within recruitment, resources and public administration.
Claire has always had a strong connection with hospitality and all things food. Through her university days, she managed two local cafes in Perth, and then started her own cake business in 2011.
In a short time, Claire has become heavily invested in having an impact in the Cradle Coast region, and in 2017 Claire co-founded ‘The Coasters’ with the aim to connect like-minded aspiration young people building their lives and careers on the Cradle Coast whilst positively influencing the region’s future. Claire cares deeply about strong, effective and empathetic leadership and is committed to enabling positive change while supporting and inspiring others to reach their potential.
In 2018, Claire was appointed Director Organisational Performance at Waratah Wynyard Council and oversees Finance, Strategy, Governance, IT, Digital Innovation, Economic Development, and Special Projects.
Secretary : rotating
Lee-Ann Mundy is an accredited Nutritionist and Practicing Dietician, cyclist, outrigger, sea kayaker, lover of the Vespa and Southern Italy’s regional food and culture. She is passionate about the wellbeing of rural and remote communities, supporting and advocating for local food communities to pursue good, clean and fair food to enable sustainable small scale food production and connecting people, place and producers to a local food systems.
In 2013 she graduated cum laude from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, with a Masters degree in Food Culture and Communications specialising in Human Ecology and Sustainability.
Lee-Ann has worked for 14 years in nutrition consulting to government departments and community organisations and worked in public health, community nutrition and hospitals.
· Created facts sheets and resources used by dietitians, school health nurses, sports teams and teachers
· Worked with many school canteens and worksites to improve menus and worksite food options
· Tackled the weekend sausage sizzle one of my pet peeves!
· Facilitated cooking workshops with local communities and families
· Acted as media spokesperson for print media, radio, television and Dietitians Association of Australia
· Independent judge for the Australian Food Media awards Nutrition Category, 2010
· Mentor new graduate Dietitians and Nutritionists Produce to the People Advisory Committee
Born in Adelaide, moved to Dampier WA when I was 5 and then we arrived in Luina, Tas, on my 10th birthday. I loved growing up amongst the rainforest of the West Coast of Tasmania and would spend as much time as I could exploring the stunning and peaceful environment in my backyard – I will forever love that gorgeous earthy smell when you stand in the heart of a rainforest, eyes closed and face to the sky.
Fast forward to late teenage years and I was off travelling again, around the coast of Australia. Then away again to Adelaide at 21, where I stayed until 20 or so years ago, when Tassie called to me once more. I love it here and am grateful and happy to now call Tassie home.
I have had lots of different jobs in my adult life; pharmacy assistant, bar attendant, door to door saleperson (I lasted one day with that horrendous job), drug courier (in a hospital), teacher aide, early childhood educator (previously known as ‘child carer’) and now, currently, disability support worker. In my role as child carer, I had a focus on the outdoor environment and teaching the children about nature…about ways that they could support and protect our environment and oceans, and the thrill of growing their own vegetables. In the two child care centre where I worked, I was able to obtain money through Junior Landcare and NRM grants that could set up vegie gardens, worm farms, rain water tank etc. I believe it is so important to teach our children, the future caretakers of our environment, respect and consideration for our planet and its inhabitants – as early as we can.
Two years ago, when I heard about Produce to the People, it resonated with me and I immediately got in contact to ask if I could volunteer. Since then, I have enjoyed every moment that I have spent amongst the wonderful people that work there. I do have a confession, though – gardening is actually not on my list of favourite things to do; not even in the top 10 – but, I do enjoy helping others and that is what Produce to the People is all about. Pretty well, top of the list.
Penelope – a thirteen year Tasmanian - has a background in small business, social enterprise + community development. Over the past eight years she has helped develop a way for the most food insecure in the NW Tasmanian region to access fresh, locally grown vegetables, some that might have gone to waste, some grown by local farmers and backyard gardeners. For this work Penelope was awarded the inaugural delicious. Produce Awards | ABC Local Radio Community Award, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation's "Solved" Award and was a Tasmanian finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and she was honoured to be chosen as one of AMP's Inaugural Tomorrow Fund recipients. Produce to the People won the Tasmanian Community Group of the Year in 2017 and has been featured on Ben's Menu, Food Lab by Ben, ABC TV Gardening Australia and ABC Tasmania 7.30, in Country Style and Jamie Durie’s The Outdoor Room magazine and Penelope in PiP magazine, The Planthunter and the glorious book "For the Love of Food". Penelope also was privileged to speak about PttP on stage in Portland at the World Domination Summit in 2012.
She has helped entrepreneurs launch, run + grow their businesses as a Small Business Consultant with a Business Enterprise Centre + developed an amazing network of womentrepreneurs in Tasmania.
Her past life includes stints as Manager of high end muesli manufacturer Whisk & Pin, owner of Elevenses a niche cake mix business that was sold in gourmet food stores around Australia, a consultant to small food producers based at some of the very successful Farmers Markets held in NSW and as the Manager of a small five star hotel in the Blue Mountains.
Penelope has a Graduate Certificate in Business from UTAS, a Cert 4 in Small Business + an Advanced Certificate in Community Welfare. She has coaching training, Reiki 1 + 2 certification, is a member of Australian Reiki Connection Inc. Association of Australian Reiki Professionals, and is currently working on her Diploma in Counselling.
Produce to the People began its first project in 2009 auspiced by the North West Environment Centre Inc and NWEC have been the major auspice organisation for all our grants until our own Incorporation. The Children’s Food Education Foundation also auspiced grants on our behalf in 2014.
The auspiced bit basically means that NWEC Inc. & CFEF were the Incorporated Association with DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status that held any grant money PttP might be successful in obtaining and any Government money. They co-signed any grant deeds and were ultimately responsible for financial acquittals for those grants.
Produce to the People Inc are responsible for all new grants post January 2016 and financials can be obtained via our Treasurer.