About the MAIB Board of Directors

Board of Directors

MAIB 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 of Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Holdings Ltd and a Trustee Director of the Retirement Benefits Fund. He is Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission of Victoria and a Senior Adviser with Flagstaff Partners.

Don retired as Chairman of the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation in May 2016 and was formerly Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance in Tasmania.

KATE CUTHBERTSON  LLB (Hons), BA, Grad Cert in Legal Practice

Director (Independent)

Appointed:           27 November 2015
Member:               Claims Committee
                                Foundation Committee

Kate is a lawyer with over 16 years’ experience practising in the areas of Criminal Law and General Litigation. She commenced practice as a Barrister at Malthouse Chambers in Hobart in February 2010 and was appointed Head of Chambers in August 2014. In addition to her work as a Barrister, Kate is a member of the Anti-Discrimination and Mental Health Tribunals and is Deputy Chairperson of the Racing Appeals Board.

Kate is also the Vice Chair of Mosaic Support Services, a Board Member of the Theatre Royal Management Board and a Director of Contemporary Art Tasmania. Kate is a graduate of the AICD’s Company Directors course.


Director (Independent)

Appointed:           1 May 2013
Chairperson:       Audit Committee

Michael Dontschuk has over 30 years’ experience in investment, finance, treasury and financial risk management.

Michael is also a Director of Australia Ratings and Principal of Dontschuk and Associates. He was previously Group Treasurer with Grange Resources Limited and the ANZ Bank, Managing Director and CEO of Treasury Corporation Victoria, President and Director of the Finance and Treasury Association of Australia and worked in corporate debt advisory and investment banking.


Director (Independent)

Appointed:         16 May 2017
Member:             Claims Committee
                              Audit Committee

Evelyn Horton is an experienced company director, sitting on the Boards of MLC’s Superannuation Trustees and Mission Australia.

Evelyn has over 30 years experience in finance related roles in banking and government, with significant experience in risk management, finance and public policy.


Director (Independent)

Appointed:         1 January 2019
Member:             Audit 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 Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania, member of Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board and director of Design Tasmania. Naomi was 2015 Telstra Tasmania Business Woman, Private and Corporate.