Board Members

Tasmanian Amputee Society is governed by a voluntary Board of Management who oversees the organisation in accordance with its Constitution and Articles of Incorporation.

The Board are all amputees with personal experience of the barriers to be overcome as the result of limb loss. Our directors are individuals from corporate, community, health, and non-profit sectors. 

The Board’s ensures the organisation is above all accountable to stakeholders and its members. The board also ensures management processes are conducted legally and ethically and that risk is mitigated in the daily management and operation of the society

The board works hard to raise community awareness, while at all times ensuring the organisation operates within its compliance requirements

The Board of Management have established a number of Sub-Committees to oversee specific areas of governance and strategy.

OUR BOARD

Lyn Johnson

Lyn Johnson

President/Chairperson and Peer Support Coordinator

Lyn has been an LBKA since September 2001 and joined the Tasmanian Amputees in 2003. Lyn has held several positions on the executive and is the current President. She is the Tasmanian delegate on the National Amputee Advisory Council whose mission is to provide information and support to Amputee’s and their families while prompting an inclusive community.

Lyn coordinates the Peer Support program. Her interests are diverse, and she is also the president of the Devonport chapter of “Soroptimist International”. A member since 2001, this organisation is chartered with the development of women’s rights at a local, national and international level.

In her spare time, Lyn delivers “Meals on Wheels” for the St Johns Anglican Church, enjoys gardening, mosaics and spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Wendy Lane

Wendy Lane

Vice President

Wendy is a teacher and has been an amputee since the age of five. Her condition was caused by a below-knee, congenital bone disorder. She has lived with a prosthesis for more than 50 years and has firsthand knowledge of its challenges through all life stages.

Wendy’s work as a Support Teacher for the past 15 years, has broadened her experience and knowledge in supporting and advocating for students with disability and their families.

Wendy represents the Tasmanian Amputee Society on the City of Launceston Access Advisory Committee which is active in advising and reviewing access issues such as disabled parking and wheelchair access to businesses and events in and around Northern Tasmania.

Bruce Francombe

Bruce Francombe

Second Vice President

I am a below knee amputee and lost my lower right leg to a Chondro Sarcoma in early 1996. Because of my experiences as an amputee I can now be of some assistance to other amputees so I recently joined the Tasmanian Amputee Society and I was elected to the Board as a vice President at the recent AGM in 2019.

I live in Launceston and have been a resident here since 1963. I worked in the Telecommunications Industry in northern Tasmania for 40 years before retiring in 2008. Since retiring my wife and I have taken every opportunity whenever time permits to go away travelling on the mainland during the winter months. Mostly this time has been spent travelling through all of Australia’s outback desert country. We both have a very keen interest in photography, flora and fauna, Australian history and Indigenous culture so find the outback a fascinating place to visit.

When not travelling I volunteer at the Launceston General Hospital each week. I also volunteer with the Tasmanian Parks & Wlidlife Service and have spent time volunteering at Melaleuca, Cockle Creek, Maria Island and Maatsuyker Island.

Peter Hatters

Peter Hatters

CEO | Secretary | Public Officer

Peter has been living with limb loss for 47 years. He has 20 years’ experience working within the disability sector. Peter has qualifications in management, marketing and community services. He is co-coordinator of the Peer Support programme and current CEO for the Tasmanian Amputee Society Inc.

Peter has experience in Disability Employment, experience with the Disabled Australian Apprenticeship Scheme and the “On the job” Peer support mentoring and coaching scheme. Peter has worked for NDIS as a planner and now works with NDIS LAC partner “On review team” for Baptcare. Peter is a Scout Leader for Westbury Scout Troop.

Tim Marks

Tim Marks

Director | Hobart chapter | IT Manager

Tim is a long-time advocate within the disability community. He enjoys helping others and is actively involved with 18 committees. Tim has been a left leg amputee since 2010. Originally from Burnie he now lives in Glenorchy and is on the Glenorchy Access Committee and the Board of Physical Disability Australia.

Tim had years of experience looking after people with disabilities long before becoming a person with a disability himself. When not acting as a volunteer within the Peer Support Program he promotes the activities of ParaQuad Tasmania fostering sporting opportunities for people with disabilities and coordinating accessible and appropriate accommodation for those with disabilities and holidaying in Tasmania.

Tim is also planning candidacy for future local government elections in Glenorchy.

ELECTED EXECUTIVES
Mark Lane

Mark Lane

Director

Mark is the husband of an amputee and supports his partner and fellow director Wendy, with her mobility problems. Mark uses this experience to provide Peer Support to the families and other networks supporting amputees. Mark runs a Gardening business and heads many of the sub committees undertaking development work for the society.
Glen Jenkinson

Glen Jenkinson

Administration Manager | Committee Member

Glen is the Managing Director of Eydea Group a marketing and management company assisting in the development and growth of NFP and Allied Health organisations.
LIFE MEMBERS
Kerry Whittle

Kerry Whittle

Life Member | Founding Member

I am the founder of the Tasmanian Amputee Society, a double below knee amputee and its president for 9 years.

I became an amputee at the age of 17 as a result of a Road Traffic Accident. At that time, our limbs were made at the Repatriation Centre RALAC in Davey Street Hobart. The service then known Australia wide as the Artificial Limb Scheme, was funded within the department of Veterans’ Affairs, (DVA).

In 1994 the Federal Government Department of Health took over the service from the DVA. All amputees were concerned about their provision of future limbs and the ongoing funding to provide this service. With the support of the State Government myself and Bob McArthur contacted the then 550 known amputees within our state requesting their attendance at the inaugural meeting in the hope of forming an amputee support organisation for Tasmania.

This meeting was held at the John L Grove Centre in Howick St. Launceston on 19th March 1994. The consensus of those in attending the meeting was to form the Amputee Support organisation, later to become known as the Tasmanian Amputee Society, (TAS) a name proposed by Angela FotherIngham.

Bob McArthur was elected as president, me as Auditor and Kerry undertook Treasurer/Secretary. Later that year TAS was accepted as an incorporated body by the Department of Corporate Affairs becoming TAS Inc.

Within our term of administration, we were instrumental in getting the best deal per capita of the Federal Funding for our state. We encouraged our state government to purchase the Cad Cam System which was at that time the cutting edge of technology in the casting for artificial limb and prosthetic devices. 

We fought hard to get equal access to premises, improvements to the TT line disability berths and in holding events such as The Great Northern Wheelchair Challenge.  In February 1995 we organised a meeting in Sydney of many state organisations representing the then estimated 50,000 amputees within Australia. A national organisation was formed and named Amputees United of Australia Inc.  It has been a privilege to have been involved in the organisation’s development along with the strong and devoted support of other amputees, developing a better life for those with amputation or limb loss.

Mike Gibson

Mike Gibson

Life Member | Founding Member

Along with Kerry Whittle and Bob MacArthur I was one of the original people responsible for setting up the Amputee Society of Tasmania. I became the initial treasurer in 1994 and played a role in finalising the legal requirements of setting up the “Not for profit” incorporated organisation.

Our aim was to specifically support and promote the interests of amputees in Tasmania. In later years, I became the auditor of TAS through my accounting business Mike Gibson and Associates.

When I retired, I went into partnership with my son in law, daughter and wife Judy, to operate our farm business “MG Farm Produce”, growing potatoes for Coles. The family has grown and packed potatoes for over 20 years and we supply Coles with about 1500 tonnes of potatoes every year.

I am still involved with the Tasmanian Amputee Society, providing advice around company law, compliance and the regulatory requirements of business operation.