The project team is an independent body with incorporated status. It is entirely voluntary. The project team consists of
Bob Gordon, President
Bob is a Board member of MyState, an ASX listed financial company. He has considerable experience in a wide range of Board and Senior Executive Roles. He also has extensive experience with not-for-profit organisations and is a Life Member of the South Hobart Progress Association, a Foundation Supporter of From the Shadows Inc.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Project Chair, business networking, sponsorship and grants
Dr Dianne Snowden AM, Secretary
Dianne is an historian specialising in convict history and the children of the Orphan Schools. She is president of the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. and founder and convenor of the Friends of the Orphan Schools. Dianne is also Chair of the Cascades Community Advisory Committee.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Project Secretary, historical research, community engagement
Ros Escott, Treasurer
Ros is a family historian with an active interest in convict women and their stories. She was a sponsor of the Footsteps towards Freedom statues project. She is treasurer for the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. and Convict Women’s Press Inc. and serves on the Cascades Community Advisory Committee. Ros has over 30 years’ experience with not-for-profit organisations.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Project Treasurer.
Lorraine Davidson, Senior Vice-President
Lorraine Davidson is a retired teacher, a sixth generation Tasmanian with a passion for local history.
RESPONSIBILITIES: schools liaison, fundraising
Caroline Haigh, Vice-President
Caroline is a researcher specialising in Tasmania’s convict history and the lives of women and children in Tasmania during the 19th century. She is a member of the Friends of the Orphan School Research Committee.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Historical research, grant applications
Darryl Massie, Public Officer
Darryl is a retired solicitor who practised in both Melbourne and Hobart for 30 years specialising in corporate law and commercial litigation. His long term interest in family history research prompted him to volunteer as a transcriber for the Founders and Survivors project and, more recently, as a member of the committees of the Female Convicts Research Centre Inc. and the Convict Women’s Press Inc.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Assists the Committee with compliance issues and acts as an intermediary with not-for-profit regulatory bodies.
Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Member
Jennifer is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA). She is the PAHSMA representative on the Project Team.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Tourism and marketing advice