About us

We are a proudly Tasmanian, not-for profit organisation dedicated to providing a number of solutions that change lives for the better…

About Colony 47
Our history
Our Values and the Strategic Plan towards 2019
Foundation 47

Our Management Team

Graham Flower, Chair

Graham is Managing Director of Hexagon, a consultancy specialising in leadership, organisational development and employee engagement. A Fellow of the AICD, Graham has extensive experience as a...

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Clyde Eastaugh, Deputy Chair

Clyde is a property professional, Company Director, businessman and is involved in Tasmanian not for profit organisations. He is currently a practicing Town Planner, Property Valuer and Advisor, a...

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Marg Marshall, Treasurer

Marg is a partner with Wise Lord and Ferguson and has over 20 years experience in chartered accounting firms. She is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Business (University of Southern...

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Nick Evans

Nick is Deputy Secretary in the Department of Justice. He has held senior roles in social policy and service delivery in Education, Human Services and Premier and Cabinet. He has qualifications in...

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Anne-Marie Stranger

Anne-Marie is Executive Manager of Tasmanian Health Service at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She holds a Masters of Public Health and a Graduate Fellowship Australasian College...

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Katherine Hough

Katherine is a Senior Executive at University of Tasmania and brings with her a wealth of experience working with Government and in-depth expertise in arts and cultural...

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Janelle O’Reilly

Janelle is Company Secretary and General Counsel at TasFoods Limited and comes to Colony 47’s Board with law and corporate governance...

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Mandy Richardson

Mandy is a business management contractor and consultant, Fellow of CPA Australia and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mandy has over 20 years’ experience in senior...

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Jarred Moore


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Our people

Danny Sutton

Chief Executive Officer

 Danny Sutton was appointed as the Chief Executive of Colony 47 in July 2016. Prior to this role, Danny was the Managing Director of RFA (a national consortium of state based mental health service organisations) and the Chief Executive of RFT in Tasmania. Danny has had extensive experience in senior executive roles in the ICT, utilities, agriculture and state and commonwealth public sectors. Danny has a Masters of Business Administration degree and was awarded to the Tasmanian Professional Manager of the Year in 2009. Danny is currently the Co-chair of Anti-Poverty Week in Tasmania, a member of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania’s Senior Leaders Forum, Chair of the Transition to Work Community Investment Leadership Group and a member of the Housing Connect Chief Executives Group. Danny has presented to a number of national and state conferences of consumer based outcomes and supporting systems and was part of a team that received an International Workflow Award in Chicago (USA) for work on the design and implementation of a consumer centred and outcomes based information system.

Glen O’Keefe

Health & Wellbeing Services Manager

 Glen joined Colony 47 in 2006 and worked as a frontline leader for many years in the employment services. Glen completed the Tasmanian Leaders Program in 2014 and holds a Diploma of Management. In 2013 Glen was appointed to the Executive Management Team. Glen manages the organisation’s Health and Wellbeing services, which includes programs that support members of the community in the areas of mental health, supported employment, youth employment and early intervention. Glen is currently on the Board of Mental Health Carers Tasmania.

Didi Okwechime

Housing & Homeless Services Manager

Didi joined Colony 47 in 2004 after obtaining her Bachelor of Social Work. Didi has worked across all aspects of Colony’s response to homelessness and housing which includes tenancy support, crisis assessment, casework and case management. Didi moved into a leadership role in 2009 and in 2016 was appointed as the Manager Housing and Homelessness Services which includes Mara House, Reconnect and Housing Connect.

Simon Wise

Market Development Manager

Simon Wise joined Colony 47 in February 2017 as Market Development Manager. Simon has over 25 years in retail management with organisations such as Woolworths, Harvey Norman and United Petroleum. Simon provides his commercial experience and strength in building relationships supporting Colony 47 services. Simon works with industry leaders to improve youth employment and to seek industry investment in shared social outcomes.

Carol Phillips

People & Culture Advisor

Carol joined Colony 47 in January 2017 after a career in administration and Human Resource Management roles for Tasmanian Government departments, Netball NSW, Sydney’s Mosman Council and the Norske Skog, Boyer Mill. Carol has a Bachelor of Social Science and Frontline Management qualifications. Carol manages the People and Culture functions including recruitment, training and development, performance management, Workplace Health and Safety and Workers Compensation and is committed to ensuring frontline staff have the training and support to fulfil their challenging roles.


Fraser Petrie

People & Business Manager

Fraser Petrie was appointed Business Services Manager in December 2016. Fraser has a Bachelor of Business and spent many years as an accountant to industry. Fraser’s career transitioned to the IT sector where he project managed the implementation of ERP (Enterprise Resource Management) software throughout Australia, PNG, Indonesia and Southern Africa. Since arriving in Tasmania he has worked in the NFP sector for several years. Fraser is a keen sailor and has sailed extensively throughout Australia, the Pacific and South East Asia.