The NYPN Committee

We are all young professionals in one way or another and spend our days working in dynamic and diverse industries.The team is from a wide range of industries which creates many dynamic events to suit everyone. NYPN is a non for profit organisation, which means that the committee give up their spare time due to pure passion for the young professional sector in Tasmania. The committee also love to have a great time (and know how to have a great time) , so we can almost guarantee each event will be one not to miss!


sarah cannell, president

Marketing Manager | Tourism Northern Tasmania
As a born and bred Tasmanian, I started out as a passionate marketing graduate determined to not leave the island. I wanted to stay to work in a sustainable, growth industry which I believed in and supported.   So there was no question that Tourism Northern Tasmania was exactly where I belonged! I live to advocate for Tasmania not only as a passionate local but also as a particularly excitable marketing manager. Digital Marketing and Partnership Management is where I spend the bulk of my time, but I love that two days are never the same at Tourism Northern Tasmania HQ!

When I’m not sharing the good word of Northern Tasmania, my passions include food & wine, volunteering for my local Rotary Club and hanging out with my golden retrievers. 

Connect with Sarah on Linkedin.

Sarah Wells Northern Young Professionals Network

Sarah wells, committee

Marketing Consultant | Kingthing Marketing

Sarah has been on the NYPN committee for three years and offers insights into the digital marketing space. 

Monday to Friday she is the Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager at Walker Designs, her big passion is helping businesses be successful online and achieve their goals. In her spare time, she loves surfing, mountain bike riding and traveling. 

She believes that NYPN is an important platform for young professionals of EVERY industry to learn something new, meet new people and feel supported in the northern Tasmanian workforce. 

You can contact her by emailing
Or Connect with her Sarah on LinkedIn.


Hannah Steer, Treasurer

Auditor | Accounting


Aaron jones, Committee

Content Creator | Digital Marketer


Kaitlyn steer, Secretary

College Marketing Officer | University of Tasmania

Kaitlyn is an experienced Marketing Officer, currently employed at the University of Tasmania. She started her career working for a large advocacy organisation representing the views of the Tasmanian agriculture industry.

Skilled in marketing, corporate communications, business strategy and event coordination. Kaitlyn joined the NYPN two years ago to grow her network in Nothern Tasmania.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Degree in 2017 and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing in 2018.

Connect with Kaitlyn on LinkedIn


Damien Pikerton, Vice chair


Kelsey thomas,Committee

Since a year of soul-searching abroad, followed by studying a Bachelor of Business in Melbourne, I found my way back home to complete my degree at The University of Tasmania and begin my career at S. Group as a Marketing Strategist.

I am passionate about demonstrating the value of marketing and assisting businesses in developing and implementing innovative and results-driven brand & marketing strategies.

Having grown up working in our family business, and with my finger on the pulse of all things social media and digital marketing, I endeavour to help small businesses thrive and make a valuable contribution to our island home, Tasmania.


Brenden Theodore,Committee

Brendan has worked in the event and venue management space in the University sector since 2011. He joined the University of Tasmania in 2018 and is responsible for the delivery of the University’s major events and graduation ceremonies. Brendan has experience across a wide variety of events spanning performing arts events, large scale award ceremonies and dinners, conferences, concerts, festivals, public lectures and premium hospitality events.


Mitchell Kay, Committee


Steve Henty, Committee


francis richardson,Committee

Transport Data Analyst | Orana Enterprises

I started my career as a transport planner which is where I found my passion for the forestry industry, I have worked all over Victoria, South Australia and now in Tasmania where I manage a fleet of logging vehicles working all over the state.

This is my first year on the NYPN board where I am a strong advocate for the benefits of networking and look forward to making a change in the professional development culture within northern Tasmania.

Graduated from the Australian Maritime College with a Bachelor Degree in Maritime Technology Management in 2014 and a Bachelor Degree in Maritime Logistics Management in 2016.