About the MAIB Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Main Board of Directors

Current Directors of the MAIB


Chairman (Independent)

Appointed: 7 December 2010
Member: Audit Committee
Foundation Committee

Don Challen is an economist specialising in public finance. He is a Director and Deputy Chair of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Holdings Ltd and a Senior Adviser with Flagstaff Partners.

Don’s former roles include Chairman of the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation, Director of TasNetworks Pty Ltd, President and Trustee Director of the Retirement Benefits Fund, Chairman of Transend Networks Pty Ltd, Director of Hydro Tasmania, Chairman of the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, Director of Trust Bank, Member of the Australian Government Financial Reporting Council NS and Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance in Tasmania

Don is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.


Director (Independent)

Appointed: 1 January 2019
Member: Audit Committee
Claims Committee

Naomi Walsh is a finance professional with over 25 years’ experience in chartered accounting and commercial roles. Prior to joining the University of Tasmania in July 2018 she held finance and general management roles in the civil construction, tourism and hospitality sectors. Her qualifications include Fellow Chartered Accountant, Master of Business, graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors and graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.

Naomi has board roles including Commissioner of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania, member of Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board, member of Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee and director of Design Tasmania. Naomi was 2015 Telstra Tasmania Business Woman, Private and Corporate.


Director (Independent)

Appointed: 1 February 2020
Member: Claims Committee

John has over 30 years’ experience in the debt capital markets arranging finance for businesses, managing investment portfolios, and managing the risks associated with borrowing and investing activities. John was appointed a director and Chief Executive Officer of TASCORP in May 2002 until May 2014 and is the Chair of the Pauanui Business Association Inc.

John has a masters degree in business administration, has been a part-time lecturer in corporate finance at the University of Auckland and was previously a director of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Director (Independent)

Appointed: 1 October 2021
Member: Claims Committee

Kristen is a medical practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in private specialist general practice, population health, medical education, and medical regulation. She is a board member and Chair of the Tasmanian Board of the Medical Board of Australia.

Kristen has a primary medical degree from the University of Tasmania, fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a master of public health and tropical medicine from James Cook University, associate fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Profession Educators and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Director (Independent)

Appointed: 2 August 2021
Member: Audit Committee
Claims Committee

Lance Balcombe is a Chartered Accountant with a combined 40 years’ experience in public practice and Senior Executive roles in the Tasmanian Private and State-Owned Company sectors.

Until March 2021 Lance served as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of TasNetworks,(Tasmania’s transmission and distribution network service provider). Prior to that Lance was the Chief Financial Officer at Hydro Tasmania and also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Incat Group of Companies.

Lance is a Director of Liferaft Systems Australia Pty Ltd, the Ian Harrington Group Companies (Roadways) and operates his own business advisory firm, Wallasey Advisory Pty Ltd. Lance is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.