Chair – Michaela Lamprey
With a background in marketing and communications, Michaela joined Sprout Tasmania in December 2017. As Corporate Affairs Manager at Tourism Industry Council Tasmania since July 2017, Michaela manages TICT’s partnerships and events including the Tasmanian Tourism Awards Gala and the Tasmanian Tourism Conference. Michaela has a diverse series of past roles in Federal Politics and private enterprise, as well as having her feet firmly set in the agricultural world having grown upon a farm in the NW Coast of Tasmania.
Michaela thrives on empowering the producers within the Sprout Producer Program through sharing her professional skills, and took up the position as Chair in late 2018 feeling she had grasped the ethos of the organisation and was eager to see Sprout further succeed and thrive into the future.
Public Officer & Treasurer - Alexandra Seager
Alexandra ventured to Tasmania from the UK with her husband about six years ago, and now loves to call this island her home. Alexandra is the Manager Financial and Management Accounting at TasWater and brings to Sprout her valued skills in this area to ensure the organisation remains on track and viable into the long term. Alex is keen to do as much growing as possible at her home in Kingston, keeps heritage chickens and even owned a goat, until it ate everything!
Secretary - Mark Massie
Following a 30 year career in the Navy Mark retired to the Huon Valley and established Aurora Farm, a Dorper sheep farm near Geeveston with his wife, Deanne. Mark participated in the Sprout Producer Program in 2016 gaining valuable knowledge and thoroughly enjoying the year long scholarship. His participation in the SPP highlighted the benefits that Sprout is able to provide to small producers and the community as a whole within Tasmania and he is keen to ensure that others are able to likewise benefit.
Board member - Jorja Callow
Jorja is also quite new to Tasmania from growing up in the arid lands of South Australia. She brings qualifications and nearly a decade experience in Permaculture, after working on a well known certified organic and permaculture property in South Aus she continued growing and learning in sub-tropics of Northern New South Wales, creating Henskull Permaculture – a grass roots educational, consulting and design business. Here in Hobart, Jorja is the Garden Manager of the biodynamic kitchen garden at Stefano Lubiana Wines Osteria. Jorja, along with her husband, two dogs and an array of chickens have recently started setting their radical homesteading roots on 2.5 acres north of Hobart. Jorja brings a passion for local food, food security, seed sovereignty and respect for the traditional custodians of this land - past, present, and future!
Tony Scherer, Co-Founder of Sprout also sits on the Board as President.
We would like to thank our past Board Members, who have contributed to where Sprout is today from our inception in 2011:
Deanne de Leeuw