Board Members

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


Nick Nermut


Nick worked in the banking and financial industry in various parts of Tasmania for over 30 years, and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working with small business.  Nick was able to use this knowledge in helping people start up their own business through the government NEIS scheme. Since leaving that industry, Nick has worked as a business consultant, manager and accountant. 

A few years ago Nick took a sea change doing a diploma in massage and starting his own massage business.  Now semi-retired, Nick continues to be self-employed in various small businesses. 

Nick has always had a keen interest, and been involved in, the community and in different community organisations including being on management boards and taking leadership roles.                                 


Grant Herring

Deputy Chairman

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.

Mathew Blunt

Public Officer

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


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.

Margaret Hunyady-Sutherland


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.

Michael Chung

Committee Member

Michael spent 50 years in the fresh produce industry.  During that time he extended the family business to air freighting refrigerated air shipments of specialty produce to cruise ships at exotic destinations across the world, as well as supplying cruise ships at Australian ports.

He also supplied Antarctic shipping and worked closely with Hobart Ports Corporation in developing Hobart as a cruise ship destination in the late 1990’s, jointly attending the Hobart Ports exhibition booth at the cruise ship convention Sea Trade in Miami and hosting a mini Taste of Tasmania for convention delegates interested in Australia as a destination. 

In 1998 his Company sponsored Tall Ships Australia.  He was also a Director of the Tasmanian Freight Logistics Council.   Michael briefly retired before entering the tourism industry as a bed and breakfast operator.  Michael is the owner of Oceana B&B in Howrah.

Andrew McCormack

Committee Member

Andrew is the proprietor of Assessment Plus, a business that specialises in Work Health & Safety Management Systems. He is a Lead Auditor in Auditing Management Systems, WHS Management Systems (ISO 45001:2018) and certified with Exemplar Global.

Andrew has extensive experience working in various industries and understands the challenges that organisations face. He is looking forward to working with other committed and enthusiast Board Members to further enhance the growth of business on and around the Eastern Shore.

Sarah Mundy

Committee Member

Sarah is the owner and restaurant manager of Gastown East in Bellerive and has been involved in the hospitality industry both here and overseas for over 10 years. 

Sarah brings with her strong skills in people management and fresh ideas to the business sector.  Sarah is looking forward to engaging with the wider community of Clarence in her new role.

Greg Casimaty

Committee Member