COVID-19 Webinar

  • Professional Development
  • Free
25th Jun 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

LGAT Webinar - Leading in a time of a Pandemic

LGAT invites you to attend a webinar designed to provide guidance, inspiration and takeaway learnings in response to the unprecedented experience of COVID-19.  Hosted by LGAT CEO Dr Katrena Stephenson and LGAT President Mayor Christina Holmdahl, the guest speakers include:

  • An address from the Hon Peter Gutwein Premier of Tasmania
  • Mathew Healey, Director, Policy and Sector Performance, State Government
  • Professor Libby Lester, The University of Tasmania
  • Mayor Bec Enders & Sarah Wilcox, Huon Valley and Kingborough Councils

Supported by Edge Legal this webinar will also have a presentation from David Dilger, specialist employment and safety lawyer and co-founder at Edge Legal, on work re-integration and legalities.

The webinar is ideal for Elected Members, General Managers, Emergency Management, Human Resources Communications and Recovery Officers.  Registration for the Local Government Sector are now open at:

Date – Thursday 25 June, 10am-11am

For those outside the Local Government Sector who wish to register, the non-member rate is $30 per person. To register as a non-member please contact

To view a copy of the flyer please click here.


Mathew Healey

Mathew Healey has close to 25 years’ experience in public administration at the State and Commonwealth level, including as a former Director of Local Government.  Mathew has spent the last seven years leading a range of major projects, including the 2013 Bushfire Recovery Program, Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Rescue Taskforce, the development of the State’s White Paper on Health and Strong Families, Safe Kids, the redesign of the State’s Child Safety System.  Most recently, Mathew has supported the recovery efforts within the COVID-19 State Control Centre.

Mathew has taken up the position of Director, Policy and Sector Performance (Local Government), which incorporates all of the non-statutory roles of the previous Director of Local Government position.  The role continues to support the administration of compliance-related provisions of the Act, but is heavily focussed on the broader performance monitoring and improvement, policy and innovation related work of the Local Government Division.

Mayor Bec Enders - Huon Valley Council

Appointed to the role of Mayor in November 2018, Bec, a first-time councillor, has experienced two state emergencies.  The bushfires in 2019 and now the 2020 COVID19 Pandemic marathon.

“My eyes are now wide open to the effects of ‘disruption’ and the lasting impact that this has on lives and our economy. I have been fortunate to witness government operate at its best through emergency management, escalating their commitment to collaborate with all sectors.

“One of the greatest assets you can give your community is your own ability to lead and build prosperous relationships across multiple sectors”.

University of Tasmania, The Tasmania Project, Professor Libby Lester

Libby Lester is Director of the Institute for Social Change and Professor of Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania. She works across industries, government and NGOs to understand and promote the role of communication and media in good decision making, and she is recognised internationally for her research on environmental communications. Recent research focuses on how regional communities and industries adapt and change in the face of global crises, such as climate change and land degradation, and expanding networks of communications, travel and trade. Before joining the University, she worked as a journalist, reporting on social, political and environmental issues for major Australian newspapers and magazines, including The AgeGood Weekend and the Melbourne Herald.

Sarah Wilcox, Huon Valley Council

Sarah Wilcox is an engagement, communications and event management professional with extensive experience in public sector organisations. Currently the Communications and Engagement Advisor with Kingborough Council, Sarah has worked with the Huon Valley Council (during the 2019 bushfires), University of Tasmania and Greater Manchester Police in the United Kingdom. Her key strengths include relationship management, strategic communications, crisis management, community engagement, media liaison and business transformation, and she has successfully achieved a Certificate of Membership from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

This Webinar is supported by Edge Legal