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Nexus Board

Marcus Pringle Jones

CHAIR

Marcus Pringle Jones joined the Board in 2015.  With a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Tasmania and post graduate studies in finance his career focus has been in the financial services industry working for organisations such as Macquarie Bank, HSBC, CBA and for the last 3 years with Bell Potter Securities in Hobart. 

Marcus has worked in Sydney and Brisbane before returning to Hobart to raise his young family.

Marcus also has a strong commitment to community organisations including being on the advisory committee to the Salvation Army, a Board member of the White Cloud Foundation and a committee member of the Sandy Bay Regatta Association. 

White Cloud’s main focus is to help increase resources and improve access to support for people, families and carers who live with depression and their work has included providing a multi-disciplinary clinic to women suffering early stage pre/post-natal depression.

Nexus Disability Support Services Chair, Marcus Pringle-Jones, clean shaven, wearing a black suit and tie

Garry Bailey

Public Officer

Garry Bailey brings a depth of knowledge of the media that is hard to find comparison for in Tasmania – having worked his way from reporter to editor of the Mercury and Sunday Tasmania newspapers. 

He now supports a number of organisations with their media and advocacy as well as working with a number of groups in a voluntary basis. 

In addition to his media skills Garry brings a wide range of business management experience to the Nexus Board.

Nexus Disability Support Services Board Member, Garry Bailey, clean shaven, wearing a white and grey striped collared shirt

Deb Bailey

Deb Bailey joined the Nexus Board in September 2020 and brings a wealth of community service experience to the Board.

Since moving to Tasmania Deb has worked with the Legal Aid Commission, establishing and coordinating the specialist elder abuse unit and she is currently the Principal Solicitor at Women’s Legal Service Tasmania.

Before moving to Tasmania, Deb held senior policy and management roles at the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, assisted in the establishment of the National Redress Scheme and worked in private legal practice.   

Deb’s work career spans roles from being a sworn officer in Victoria Police through leading family violence programs in Kakadu and Western Arnhem Land, developing new policy approaches to supporting victims of crime through the court systems in north-east Victoria and the ACT and working in the Commonwealth Office for Women.

Deb retains a strong commitment to social justice and the prevention of abuse of vulnerable people including people with disability. She is committed to best practice service delivery and her program development and policy work is grounded in pragmatism.

Deb has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice and a Master of Laws. 

Kerry Burns

Kerry Burns has a Science Degree from the University of Tasmania and worked for more than thirty years with the Tasmanian government, mainly in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

He has extensive public policy experience on social issues—including in the health, disability, and housing fields -  as well as in broader intergovernmental relations.

He was involved in the early stages of Tasmanian government policy responses to the 2011 Productivity Commission report on the NDIS, out of which he developed a strong interest in how these reforms are implemented in the community.  Kerry joined the board of Nexus in 2012 and took over as Chair from Ged Dibley in 2016.

Nexus Disability Support Services Board Member, Kerry Burns, clean shaven, wearing black suit and pink and blue striped tie

Yvonne Golder

Yvonne Golder joined the Board in 2017. She is a legal practitioner with many years of experience, working over a wide range of Law. Yvonne has worked in both Private Practice and the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania and has both experience and a management qualification.  She also has considerable expertise from her involvement in business, which spans over 30 years.

Jo Hall

Jo Hall joined the Nexus Board in 2013. A policy analyst in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Jo has worked in disability policy for over 8 years. She helped establish the inaugural Premier's Disability Advisory Council in 2007, which provides advice to government agencies on improving access for, and inclusion of, people with disability.

In 2006 Jo managed the introduction of the Companion Card to Tasmania for people with disability who require support from an attendant carer to participate in the community. For events cardholders receive a free ticket for their companion carer.  

Since 2011 Jo has been involved in supporting intergovernmental negotiations for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  Jo was attracted to the Nexus Board because of the organisation’s Active Support model and its commitment to providing holistic, rights-based and high quality services.

Gail Ward

Gail Ward is a Registered Allied Health Professional in Diagnostic Radiography who has worked in public hospitals in Melbourne, in private practices and also at the Royal Hobart Hospital.  She is experienced across the full range of acute diagnostic services. Since 2003, Gail has been the State Manager of Tasmania’s cancer screening programs, and from 2009 to 2011, was also Director of Oral Health Services Tasmania. Gail has both a personal and professional interest in supporting quality disability services, and believes her knowledge and expertise in health service delivery will be another asset to the existing strengths of the Nexus Board. In the 2018 Australia Day Honours List, Gail was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to breast cancer screening in Tasmania.

Peter West

Peter West is an audience development and communication specialist and is General Manager of Optus in Tasmania.

Peter has been fortunate in his working life to help change and grow some of our most challenging and loved organisations - such as the Tasmanian Football League, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and RSPCA Tasmania.

He is a founding board member of the not-for-profit charity - Water for a Village (providing clean fresh water to Ethiopian villages), Deputy Chairperson of the Wrest Point Sandy Bay Regatta Association and is a member of the Australian Olympic Team Appeal Committee.

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Two ladies on a fun run with the Derwent River and Tasman Bridge in the background.
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