The Tasmanian Polar Network was incorporated in 1999 and has more than 70 members drawn from all areas of the Tasmanian Antarctic community including private business, educational institutions, research bodies and government agencies.
TPN members are able to provide a wide-range of specialised goods and services to all organisations operating in the Southern Ocean and in Antarctica.
The TPN is an independent body but enjoys strong bi-partisan, political support.
The TPN’s vision is for Tasmania to be the world’s leading hub of excellence for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector.
The TPN’s mission is to strengthen, promote and grow Tasmania’s business, education, training and research expertise in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector.
The TPN draws its funding from member subscriptions and an annual grant from the Tasmanian Government through Antarctic Tasmania in the Department of State Growth, which provides a permanent secretariat for the TPN. The TPN has a role in advising the Tasmanian Government on issues relating to the sector.
The TPN’s strategic direction is managed by an eight member TPN Executive Committee who represent the members. The executive is appointed annually at the AGM which is held in September.
The TPN committee meet four to six times a year and their role is to guide the strategic direction of the network.
They report to members at general meetings. Committee members promote and represent the members of the network to the Antarctic community both nationally and internationally.
As an incorporated body the TPN Is required to comply with its Rules of Association.
Committee MemberErin joined the TPN Committee in 2023 as a representative for Hobart International Airport. She is currently Head of Corporate Affairs at Hobart International Airport and on the board of directors of Economic Development Australia. Erin has extensive experience in the public sector in both Australia and New Zealand, leading economic and business development, economic and statistical data analysis, master planning, and stakeholder engagement.
Committee MemberTim Waller, who has a longstanding association with William Adams, has recently taken on the role of Business Manager for Antarctica. With 25 years of experience in various mechanical and managerial positions within the company, Tim made a transition four years ago to become the Regional Sales and Support Manager for Australasia at Elphinstone Pty Ltd. Now that he has returned to William Adams, Tim is enthusiastic about carrying forward the exceptional standards of customer service and support previously provided to the Antarctic region through his current position and now as member of the TPN Committee.
Committee MemberMiranda joined the TPN committee in September 2023. She has been researching, writing, exhibiting, and lecturing on human inhabitation in extreme environments for more than 20 years. To pursue her long-term interest into how humans live, work, and thrive in Antarctica, she relocated from the Netherlands to Hobart in 2015. Moving further south, she joined the logistical traverse of IPEV and drove her tractor to Concordia Station in 2018. Miranda has a unique combination of Antarctic deep field experience; practical skills as building engineer; involvement in and understanding of architectural practice; and longstanding academic expertise. Through her interdisciplinary Antarctic work, she has built connections with national polar programs, their logistic and infrastructure departments, as well as key ice core research institutes in Europe, the US and Asia.
ChairRichard joined the TPN committee in 2005 and became Chair in 2017. He represents the TPN on the Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Group. He is former Chair of the Australian Ship Suppliers & Services Association and a member of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority domestic commercial vessel advisory committee and the Tasmanian Joint Defence Industries Steering Committee. Richard is Managing Director of Tasmanian Shipping Supplies and Director of Offshore Unlimited, businesses working in the marine and Antarctic sectors.
TreasurerKevin was the Tasmanian Ports Corporation’s (TasPorts) TPN representative from 2013 to 2018 before establishing Moore Maritime Consultancy Pty Ltd in early 2019. He became Treasurer of the TPN in 2019. For over forty years, Kevin Moore worked in port commercial management (TasPorts & Ports North), international & domestic shipping (ANL, WWL & SCC), transport and logistics (Praxis Logistics & LIFT Holdings) in Australia and overseas. He is experienced in the fields of sales, commercial, operations, yield management and planning & development for all types of shipping (auto/roro, bulk and container trades), inland logistics and commercial port management.
Deputy ChairStefano Parodi is a founding member of the TPN and in 2017 joined the TPN executive as the Deputy Chair. Stefano is owner and director of Tasmanian World Wide Shipping (TWWS). As a maritime shipping agent specialising in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean niche spheres, TWWS handles all vessel and charters/owner port call requirements. These include customs, quarantine, port authority and stevedoring service. TWWS also handles freight forwarding and customs brokering services. Stephen’s clients include the National Antarctic Programs of Australia, the United States, China, France, Korea and Switzerland putting him at the forefront of international Antarctic logistics in Tasmania.
SecretaryPhil joined the TPN Committee in 2018. He currently holds the role of Executive General Manager for Commercial and Trade at TasPorts. A key focus of his position is to facilitate trade for the state of Tasmania and connect Tasmanians with visitors through its major ports. Phil brings with him a wealth of professional experience and knowledge of the tourism and transport sectors from his current and previous executive roles. He is passionate about Tasmania’s role as the ‘Gateway to Antarctica’ and committed to creating opportunities and growth for the sector.
Senior Deputy ChairIndi joined the TPN Committee in 2019 as a representative for Tasmanian-based scientific and research communities. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science and an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in the area of Antarctic and oceans law, policy and politics. She has a background working with universities, government and international organisations in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector.