Meet the Senior Management Team

Portrait of CEO of Hobart City Mission John Stubley sitting in chair

John Stubley


John first came to HCM in November 2013 following his role of Business Manager, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer at Optia Inc. John has substantial experience in a variety of public accountant and community sector director and management positions.

Before moving to the not for profit sector John spent 22 years as a chartered accountant, rising to Partner in his firm.

After some time on the board of Optia Inc as Treasurer and Chairman, John decided that his skills and passion were better suited to hands-on business management and strategic thinking found in not-for-profit organisations, with a focus and desire on helping others, compared to that of an accounting role.

He is motivated to assist and mentor staff to reach their full potential, and believes very strongly in the benefits and power of teamwork. John accepts he does not have all of the answers, but by working with a very capable management team, the best outcomes will be achieved.

John enjoys using his skills to help Hobart City Mission grow, prosper and excel through the provision of high quality services, creating an organisation that staff and volunteers are proud to be a part of. John also aims to give clients, supporters and stakeholders’ confidence through supporting and fostering a professional organisation.

John also has over 20 years of experience on a diverse range of not-for-profit boards. John is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bob Walker

Senior Manager, Family, Housing & Community Services 

Bob joined Hobart City Mission in 2015, where he worked in Integrated Family Support Services. He successfully implemented the DIY Dads program before stepping into the role of Family, Housing and Community Services Manager in 2019.

Bob has a Diploma of Community Services and Youth Work, and previously worked at Good Beginnings as Site Coordinator for 6 years.

Portrait of Michelle Folder, Partnership Manager at Hobart City Mission

Michelle Folder

Senior Manager, Communications & Fundraising

Michelle joined Hobart City Mission in 2011 having worked in the community services sector for many years. Michelle is passionate about community and the power this has to support all within it. She demonstrates this passion through her work at Hobart City Mission but also through her volunteering work including as past President of the Cottage School and current board member of the The Story Island Project. 

Michelle is a Director of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) Board and a member of the FIA State Committee for Tasmania. Michelle has an honors degree in psychology and in John’s absence she is Acting CEO.

Senior Manager of People & Culture at Hobart City Mission Jane Thiessen

Jane Thiessen

Senior Manager, People & Culture

Jane joined Hobart City Mission in early 2021 at a time of great growth for Hobart City Mission. The organisation recognised the need for a new business unit dedicated to the engagement of staff and volunteers. The People & Culture Business Unit was created to manage both staff and volunteers, with Jane leading the newly formed team.
Jane has extensive experience in the People & Culture space, most recently overseeing the business partnering relationship at RACT. Prior to RACT, Jane spent 7 years working in the corporate training environment and started her career with 17 years at Federal Hotels. Jane is passionate about employee engagement, recruitment and career progression. 
Portrait of James Roach, Business Services Manager at Hobart City Mission

James Roach

Senior Manager, Business Services 

James joined Hobart City Mission in April 2019, having worked previously as Business Manager of a law firm. James also has experience as an auditor. James has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Tasmania.

Verity Davis

Verity Davis

Senior Manager, Social Enterprise 

Verity joined Hobart City Mission in 2018 as the Community Engagement Coordinator. Verity spent 18 months in this role developing a Volunteer Engagement Strategy, and getting to know and understand the volunteer space.

Verity moved to the Social Enterprise Manager role in early 2020. She has a wealth of experience in retail marketing roles having worked previously as a dual centre Marketing Manager at Vicinity Shopping Centres (over 10 years in retail marketing roles combined) as well as Community Development and Communications Role in the dairy industry. Verity is passionate about sustainable fashion, looking great on a budget and sharing this passion with whomever will listen!