Meet the Board

Barry Neilsen

Barry Neilsen – President


Barry is a Senior Principal at Pitt & Sherry, with 40 years of experience in engineering and building projects. He has worked in all sectors of the industry, including construction, local government and as a consultant. He is a fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia

He is Chairman of Australian Building Surveying Services, recently completed a nine year term as a member of the Australian Building Codes Board and is the past-Chair of the External Advisory Committee for the University of Tasmania Engineering School.

Barry was appointed to the Hobart City Mission Board in 1998 as an ordinary Board Member.  In 2006 he was appointed to the position of Vice President, until his appointment as President in October 2011.

“Ever since I became involved with the Mission, I have been both humbled and appreciative of the enormous effort provided by the large team of volunteers that support so many of its activities. I am pleased to be able to be part of this team who willingly devote their time and skills for the benefit of our community.”

John Minchin

John Minchin – Deputy President


John is a professional engineer with over 36 years of engineering and management experience. He specialises in risk and compliance management, business continuity planning, business support services and strategic planning. In 2011 he retired as a Business Risk and Compliance Manager from Hydro Tasmania and subsequently volunteered to help the Mission to develop and implement a risk management system.

John has been a Board Member since 2012 and chairs the Governance Risk and Audit Committee. He is also Secretary and Executive Member of the Tasmanian Association of State Superannuant, and is active in the Association of Professional Engineers Australia.

“After full time employment, I gave some time to HCM to help with management process development, and I was impressed with the wonderful work being done with the less fortunate in our community.”

Robin Errey

B.A. (Hons), BSoc. Admin

Having retired from full time employment in 2008 from the Welfare and Community sector, in both State and Commonwealth public sectors, Robin retains an active interest in Social justice issues.

Robin holds voluntary positions with a number of not for profit organisation, and has an active church commitment.

Robin joined the Hobart City Mission Board in 1972.  During her time on the Board she has filled the roles of Chairperson and Secretary.  She is currently a member of the Governance, Risk and Audit Committee.  Robin continues to see the Hobart City Mission’s outreach service as dynamic, as it seeks to make a difference in people’s lives.

“In my experience, the Hobart City Mission has always been community-focused, ‘meeting people where they’re at’ in discovering and addressing their needs.  All staff contribute a great sense of purpose and ‘camaraderie’.”

Damian Egan

Damian Egan


Damian has been a partner of Murdoch Clarke since 1987, practicing in commercial, corporate and property law. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, past Chair of the Retirement Benefits Fund and a member of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee. He is also a director of a number of proprietary business corporations.

Damian joined the HCM Board in 2008 and is Chair of the Finance, Investment and Property Management Committee and a Director of HCM Property Management Trust P/L.

“I am pleased to volunteer as a Director of Hobart City Mission because of the commitment that the organisation makes to our community and the positive impact on the families/individuals/clients we support.”

Gil Sawford


Gil Sawford is a consultant, Human Resources advisor, and facilitator at WLF Consulting, who works with communities, organisations, teams and individuals to ensure the connection and achievement of objectives at all levels. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and combines 20 years of management and leadership experience in the public, tertiary education and community sectors, with over 20 years as a consultant. 

Gil’s community activities include former Chairman of organisations such as Plane Tree Studio, Chigwell Community Youth Support Scheme and Glenorchy Skillshare.

Gil was appointed to the Hobart City Mission Board as an Ordinary Board Member in September 2010 and served as Vice President from 2012 to 2013.

“Tasmanians are volunteers and I am proud to be a steward of HCM’s 150 years of being Hobart’s central source for enabling people who give to help those in need.”

Bernadette Ulbrich-Hooper

Bernadette Ulbrich-Hooper

GAICD, LLB. Grad Cert. in Legal Prac; B.App Sc. Grad Cert. of Education (TESOL)

Bernadette is a Member Relations Executive with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She is also a qualified Barrister and Solicitor, having completed a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice from the University of Tasmania.

Bernadette is a qualified winemaker, holding a Bachelor of applied Science Degree (Winemaking) from Charles Sturt University.  Additionally, Bernadette successfully completed the Company Directors Course in 2013 and the update in 2015.

Bernadette is a board member of Workskills Tasmania, a Job Services Provider for the Australian Federal Government and is also on the Veterinary Board of Tasmania. She joined the Hobart City Mission Board in August 2015 and serves on the Finance, Investment and Property Management Committee.

“I volunteer for the Hobart City Mission because it works tirelessly at the coal face of need in the community and is making a real difference in people’s lives.”

Dr Gabby Brown

Dr Gabby Brown

BBiotech (Hons), PhD

Gabby has worked in a variety of areas including research, education and community outreach. After completing a degree at the University of Tasmania, Gabby undertook a PhD in health science focussing on cancer research and the Facial Tumour disease affecting the Tasmania Devil.

Following her PhD Gabby began working as Education Officer for the Tasmanian Government’s Cancer Screening and Control Service. In this role she worked with a wide range of communities across Tasmania. Gabby later became a Project Officer for this organisation and is currently working as a Policy Analyst in the Department of Health and Human Services. She also volunteers as a Scout Leader in her local community.

Gabby joined the Hobart City Mission Board in August in 2015.

“My favourite thing is the Mission’s focus on real local issues and needs. Supporters know they make a difference in their community. I am honoured to be part of it.”

Peter Gartlan

Peter Gartlan


Peter Gartlan is an ICT Consultant with over 30 years experience managing and delivering business ICT products and services. Peter’s professional career includes many years as a partner and executive director of a major ICT infrastructure products and services provider.

Peter has also worked in senior roles providing strategic and operational assistance on business ICT systems, and as an advisor to government and industry on ICT policy and strategy. Peter now assists corporate and government organisations of all sizes to plan, deploy and deliver business technology to achieve their business priorities.

Peter joined the HCM board in June 2017.

“I volunteer for HCM because I want to help disadvantaged people in my community. I think anyone who enjoys good circumstances should share the benefits and support HCM.”

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