Board Members

Business East Inc. is a non-profit organisation goverened by a board of local business people.

Mathew Blunt


Mathew is currently the Community Projects and Facilities Co-ordinator at Eastside Lutheran College, bringing his specialised skills from the Parliament of Tasmania to the Education Sector.

In his time with the Legislative Council of Tasmania, Mathew was employed as Executive Assistant to The Hon Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Corrections, The Arts and Leader of Government in the Legislative Council.

He has worked in a variety of industries, including Hospitality Management, Insurance Claims and a successful Small Business Founder and Owner (Property Maintenance).

Mathew is married with 2 children and volunteers with Young Leaders of Tasmania and Tasmania Fire Service.

John Beard

Executive Officer

John manages the Business East. He was appointed in July 2001. John previously worked at the Commonwealth Bank. John has a sound knowledge of the finance industry. John can be contacted here.

Mandy Welling

Committee Member






Mandy is currently the Marketing and Sales Manager of One Hill Estate Retirement Village, Business Owner of Exceed Property, Board Member of the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania along with being one of the REIT’s registered trainers across the State.  After working as a Sales Consultant and progressing onto the role of Managing Director, Mandy was instrumental in turning around a business and nominated as a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014.  The decision to create her own business enables Mandy to implement those things with the most meaning … the highest level of ethics, focus on the client and most importantly … people before money.

Grant Herring

Committee Member

Grant is the Manager for the The Salvation Army Social Programs Development in Tasmania.  Working for  twenty plus years in Alcohol, Other Drugs and Corrections sectors as well as is employment services, following work with the education sector in advocacy for parents, students, and carers. A foundation member of JusTas, Grant actively seeks opportunity to improve outcomes from the justice system for individuals, their families, and the community.  Grant came to Tasmania in 1972 as a member of a project team to work in construction design, supervision, and project management.  This developed into a management role in the transport and logistics field,  engaging with agriculture, viticulture, and heavy industry. Winston Churchill’s statements that the ‘treatment of crime and criminals is an unfailing test of the civilisation;  the stored up strength of a nation’ has guided Grant’s work towards engagement of the whole community in crime prevention and restorative practice.

Margaret Hunyady-Sutherland

Committee Member

Margaret worked for 32 years in the advertising and marketing industry first based in the Neville Jeffress advertising Head Office in Sydney. In 1995 Margaret transferred to Hobart as Managing Director of the Hobart operation, and then in Melbourne (after a buy-out by TMP Worldwide a global advertising and communications organisation) as General Manager Victoria and Tasmania.

Retiring back to Hobart Margaret worked as Executive Officer for the Clarence Football Club for three years. Currently Margaret has her own business ‘speakup’ providing coaching in public speaking and associated communication skills.

Graeme Todd

Committee Member

Graeme has worked in different roles with various Councils over 19 years.  Within that time Graeme also  worked with Meander Valley Enterprise Centre and Tasmania Business Online. Graeme is currently Director of his own business Graeme Todd Consultancy.

Pamela Bird

Committee Member

John Beattie

Committee Member

After careers with the Commonwealth Bank and the AMP Society, John was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly as a member of Franklin in 1972.  He was subsequently elected for five four year terms.  From 1985-1988 John was elected by his peers as the Australasian representative of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

John was President of the Rotary Club of Bellerive for 31 years, and made a Paul Harris Fellow during that time.

John was President of the Cerebral Palsy Association and director of the Miss Australia Quest for five years.

John is currently the director of Variety Childrens Charity and Offical Tas Bash.  He was also the founding   director of the Tasmanian Branch of Variety Childrens Charity.

Greg Casimaty

Committee Member