Our Board

We pride ourselves on having a skills-based board. Every board member volunteers their time to bring to the table invaluable insight and guidance from their expert areas.
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Gail Ward


Gail is the Executive Director, Safety & Quality, Statewide Mental Health Services and was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to breast cancer screening in Tasmania in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List. Gail has a personal and professional interest in supporting quality disability services, and her knowledge and expertise in health service delivery is a great asset to the board.


Tony Giacon

Deputy Chair

Tony joined the Nexus board with a background in business management. He is currently the CEO of the Bleasel Group but also has experience in disability enterprises having served for over 13 years on the management committee of St Vincent Industries (The Rag Shop). Tony is committed to enabling every member of our community to reach their full potential, with a particular focus in the area of disability.

Garry Bailey

Board Member and Public Officer

After working as a reporter, and then editor, of the Mercury and Sunday Tasmania newspapers, Garry brings to the board a depth of media knowledge that is hard to find. He now supports a number of organisations with their media and advocacy, and works with a number of groups on a voluntary basis.


Garth Clayton

Board Member

Garth joined the Nexus board in 2019. He worked in senior roles in State and Commonwealth agencies and has since run an organisational development consulting business for the last 15 years. Garth has a strong focus and interest in building leadership capability and creating supportive, high-performance cultures. He also volunteers in the disability sector and refugee support areas.


Marcus Pringle Jones

Board Member

Marcus joined the Nexus board in 2015, bringing with him a strong commitment to community organisations. Currently working for Bell Potter Securities, Marcus has dedicated time to being on the advisory committee for the Salvation Army, a board member of the White Cloud Foundation and a committee member of the Sandy Bay Regatta.


Peter West

Board Member

Peter 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.

Renee Spencer

Board Member

Renee is the Managing Director of Tremayne Fay Rheinberger law firm in Hobart. She has been honing her law career for 20 years, bringing a wealth of experience to Nexus.

Since 2004, Renee has specialised in civil litigation, assisting both private and corporate clients in various areas, including insurance, personal injury, workers’ compensation, motor vehicle accidents, professional conduct, workplace relations, and building and construction.

In recognition of her expertise, Renee was honoured as a Preeminent lawyer in the 2023 Doyle’s Guide Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – Tasmania.

Renee has served as a board member for several not-for-profit organizations, reflecting her commitment to community service. At Nexus, she is passionate about contributing to an organization that does meaningful work in the community.

Apart from her professional commitments, Renee, a mother of two, loves spending quality time with her family.