[MEDIA RELEASE] NTDC has appointed a new Independent Chair

NTDC is delighted to announce the appointment of Anthony Mitchell as its independent chair to lead the organisation through the COVID recovery period and beyond.

Mr Mitchell is a globally experienced senior executive, chairman and board member, specialising in strategic transformation. He has worked across the world in diverse and complex industries and cultures in North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

He holds an MBA (Exec) with a major in strategy from Sydney University and postgraduate diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University.

Mr Mitchell said it was a privilege to be appointed chair of NTDC and assist the economic development of an area with tremendous potential and maintaining momentum was a key focus of his and the board.

“The economic development strategy developed by NTDC provides a clear pathway for the advancement of the region,” he said.

“While COVID is an initial setback, it will in no way restrain us from immediately establishing the engagement, execution processes and structural frameworks necessary for its implementation. In fact, COVID only strengthens our resolve to move forward with it at speed. It also underscores the need for us to all ‘work together’ in overcoming its challenges, and in the development of the region as a whole.

“The region is rich with a wealth of resources and skills and offers an enormous amount not only to the broader Tasmanian and Australian economies, but to the global marketplace.”

NTDC is owned by seven local government councils – City of Launceston, West Tamar, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, George Town, Break O’Day and Flinders Island.

Member spokesman City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said Mr Mitchell’s global experience and track record in delivering strategic and cultural change would be a tremendous benefit for NTDC and the region.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Anthony to NTDC,” Councillor van Zetten said.

“He’s a global operator with a proven track record. He’s a citizen of the world who has been involved for many years in strategic management and business transformation at a very high level.

“We’re looking forward to working together through NTDC and seeing Northern Tasmania become one of the great regional areas of the world.”

Members also recognised Professor Sue Kilpatrick who served as interim chair since November.

Professor Kilpatrick welcomed Mr Mitchell and said his appointment would bring new skills and strategic direction.

“NTDC’s future will be well-positioned under Anthony who will bring a step-change to the organisation and region,” she said.

Mr Mitchell founded a consulting company focused on strategy, execution, change management, performance management and capability development and has worked with diverse organisations such as the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, Timor Leste Government, Apple Computer, CPA Australia, Emirates Airlines, Westinghouse, Phillips, Halliburton, Unilever and Prudential.

Among his experience in chairing various organisations was developing and leading Oxford University Alumni professionals in an innovative leadership forum attended by CEOs and senior executives from the USA, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The program attracted 20 very high-level key academics and speakers from around the world including Oxford and Yale faculty, dignitaries such as the third highest ranking official at the United Nations and a former Prime Minister, a former direct report to US President Ronald Reagan, as well as a number of senior executives such as the Deputy Chairman of the London Stock Exchange.

We are excited to start working with Mr Mitchell, and are looking forward to sharing our progress and accomplishments with you.