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, Deputy Chair

Anne-Marie is Executive Manager at the Tasmanian Health Service. Her qualifications include a Masters of Public Health, MB BSc, B Bus, and she is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health...

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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 a corporate governance specialist and senior lawyer and operates a business advising a broad range of clients on legal, corporate governance, risk and compliance matters. She is also...

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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 25 years’ experience in senior...

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Jarred Moore

Jarred is a finance and strategy professional currently working at the University of Tasmania. Areas of work include residential accommodation, finance structuring and infrastructure development. He...

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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.

Danny has broad industry experience in senior executive roles in the social services, IT, utilities, agriculture and state and commonwealth public sectors.

Danny has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UTAS and a Masters of Business Administration degree from University of Queensland.

Danny has delivered presentations at a number of national and international conferences on innovative service design and recently attended the Harvard Business School Executive Development Program for Not for Profit Leaders.

Danny was recognised as the Tasmanian Professional Manager of the Year in 2009 and also achieved an international award for innovative social service workflow and IT design in Chicago in 2016.

Danny is currently a member of the Mental Health Council of Tasmania’s Senior Leaders Forum, Chair of the Transition to Work Community Investment Leadership Group, Chair of the Housing Connect Collaborating Partners Group, a member of the TASCOSS Board and a representative on the TASCOSS Industry Development Plan Working Group and the Ministerial Working Group on Housing.

Glen O’Keefe

Youth Solutions Manager

Glen joined Colony 47 in 2006 and worked as a front-line leader for many years in the employment services programs.  In 2013 Glen was appointed to the Executive Management Team. He is now the Manager of the Youth Solutions Division and promotes integrated support services across the organisation’s youth programs. Glen completed the Tasmanian Leaders Program in 2014 and is a board member of Mental Health Carers Tasmania.

Didi Okwechime

Housing & Homelessness Solutions Manager

Didi joined Colony 47 in 2004 after obtaining her Bachelor of Social Work and has worked across all aspects of Colony’s response to homelessness and housing which includes tenancy support, crisis assessment, casework and case management. Moving away from direct service delivery into leadership role in 2009 Didi focused her energies on developing the capabilities of front line workers and in building strong partnerships with external stakeholders. In 2016 Didi was appointed as the Manager Housing and Homelessness Services, now called Housing Solutions, which includes Housing Connect Front Door, Housing Connect Support and Community Tenancy. Didi believes that working in collaboration is the best way to achieve goals and truly make a difference, and that for lasting positive change to take place we need investment from the whole of community.   

Simon Wise

Social Enterprise Solutions Manager

Simon Wise joined Colony 47 in February 2017, Simon has over 25 years in management with organisations such as Coles, Harvey Norman and United Petroleum. Simon provides his commercial experience and strength in building relationships to the Colony 47 services. Simon works with industry leaders to improve youth employment and to seek industry investment in shared social outcomes, while offering a Solutions focused approach.

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.