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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr L. Grant (Chair)
Linus Grant is a former journalist, media executive and political adviser. He was born and educated in Burnie, was conscripted in 1965 and served in the Army in Vietnam. He worked as a journalist on the Melbourne Sun News-Pictorial, then as chief executive of newspaper companies in Papua New Guinea, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
Linus later was a senior media and policy adviser to two Cabinet ministers in the Howard government. He is currently chairman of the Longford Local District Committee and is a former president of Longford Rotary Club. He and his wife Dee Potter live in Longford.
Mrs L. Broomby (Deputy Chair)
Lynette Broomby has been a Board member of Eskleigh Foundation Inc. since November 2010. Lynette is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with 23 years of broad accounting experience. A contract accountant for the last 10 years providing accounting, strategic and system development services to small and medium size businesses.
Prior to this Lynette has held senior financial management roles predominantly in the manufacturing sector. This is coupled with chartered accounting experience in the area of corporate insolvency and taxation.
Lynette is married with two primary aged children and also runs a commercial piggery with her husband Alan on the West Tamar. In her spare time Lynette enjoys food, gardening, travel and the occasional hit of golf.
Mrs L. McKenzie (Treasurer)
Linda was born and educated in Launceston and resides in Riverside. She graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1995 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and became a Certified Practising Accountant in 1999.
Linda has held several management accounting roles in the private sector, working with predominantly manufacturing and wholesaling companies. Linda was appointed to the Board in 2015 and is also Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and a member of the House Committee.
Linda is married to Rodney and they have two young adult children. Linda’s interests include travel, photography, bushwalking, dance and karate.
Dr. F. Joske (Public Officer)
Dr. Fiona Joske was born in Melbourne in 1956 and moved to Tasmania as a teenager.
She graduated in Medicine from the University of Tasmania in 1979 and is now a General Practitioner with practices in both Longford and Perth. She is married to Dr. Tim Flanagan and they have two children.
Fiona joined the Board of Directors of Eskleigh in 2000 and is the immediate past Chair. She is a member of the Medical Board of Australia and a member of the Council of the University of Tasmania.
Mr T. Whyte
Tim Whyte is married with three adult children and resides in Dilston in Tasmania. Tim was born in Launceston and educated at Launceston Church Grammar School. He attended the University of Tasmania in Hobart where he gained a Bachelor degree in Law.
Upon gaining his law degree Tim commenced practice with Ritchie & Parker Alfred Green and Co., Barristers and Solicitors in Launceston Tasmania and became a Partner of the firm shortly thereafter. Tim’s principle areas of practice are in commercial and property law.
Tim is currently a Director and Deputy Chairman of the Board of B&E Ltd. And also a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee. Tim’s hobbies include rowing and in that regard he has actively participated in the sport by coaching various teams for the Launceston Church Grammar School and being appointed Director of Coaching. Tim also enjoys boating, fishing and spending quality time with is family.
Mr L. Morrell
Lionel Morrell, Honorary Life Member Eskleigh. Born and educated in Launceston. Married to Meredith, with one adult daughter. Completed studies in Hobart in 1979, BA Environmental Design, then Architecture in 1985.
Lionel was invited to join the Eskleigh Board in 1982, after having acted for Eskleigh in a professional capacity in superintending the construction of Haines Wing. Board Chairman 1988 to 1990 and member of House Management, Development (Present Chairman), Tasmanian Art Award at Eskleigh (Founding Chairman 13 years), Finance and Audit Committees.
Lionel’s interest in Eskleigh has been stimulated by his completion of a thesis Design of Extended-Care Nursing Facilities in 1984, incorporating a case study for the upgrading of Eskleigh Home at Perth.
Other community interests include National Trust (Tasmanian President 1987-2000) and Director Australian Council of Trusts among other community and conservation heritage groups in Tasmania.
Mr L. Baxter
Les Baxter is the Director, Agricultural Research and Development for Tasmanian Alkaloids Pty Ltd (TA). He is responsible for the strategic management of the TA Agricultural R&D program which aims to increase the yield and efficiency of agricultural and biological-based systems for the production of specific commercial alkaloids using innovative and technology-based solutions. Dr Baxter is also a member of the TA Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to joining TA, Dr Baxter was the Horticulture Research Program Manager with the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) which carried out Agricultural R&D in developing countries.
Dr Baxter has over 36 years’ experience in R&D management, general management, R&D, industry development and commercialization in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on agriculture, horticultural crops and extractive plant industries both in Australia and overseas. He began his career as a researcher working in plant breeding, agronomy and plant physiology on fruit and vegetable crops.
Dr Baxter holds a PhD from the University of Canberra, Masters Degrees in Agricultural Science (University of Queensland) and Business Administration (Southern Cross University), an Honours Degree in Applied Science (Horticultural Technology) (University of Queensland), and Diplomas in Agriculture (University of Queensland), Rural Techniques (Agriculture) (University of Queensland), Mathematics and Computing (University of Southern Queensland) and Law (Southern Cross University).