Over the past 4 years TCI has been developed and nurtured by a diverse group of individuals who all believe in the importance of creating connections and networks between their own practices, organisations and the greater industry sector. These people have steered the fledgling organization through the often long-winded process of finding the raison d’etre, suitable structure and eventually incorporation – seeking not to become a peak body of peak bodies, but a group that seeks to connect the sector with itself, other sectors and all levels of Government. At the same time that this has been happening we have been able to participate and contribute to the development of the State’s Creative Industry policies, support programs and events for sector advocacy and facilitated or supported greater debate about the role of the creative and cultural sector within Tasmania.
As TCI Ltd heads into 2017 and becomes Creative Island we seek to extend our board membership to reflect the broad geographical, sector and practice differences that Tasmania exhibits – recognising that it is this difference that distinguishes this Creative Island. At the same time we recognise and give thanks to the significant number of people who have supported through their time and contributed to the development of the Tasmanian Creative Industries; Andrew Dickinson (former chair), Rye Dunsmuir, Leigh Carmichael, Rosemary Miller, Owen Tilbury, David Gurney, Marcus Barker and Jess Tyler.
Until April 2017 the organisation was steered by Peter Choraziak and Jane Longhurst as Co-chairs (since 2014) and supported by Peta Heffernan, Michael Edwards, Sarah Caddick, Joe Budgen, Nicholas Heyward, Laura Harper and Tony Bonney.