Heather Shearer has started in her new position as Executive Officer for the Environment Protection Authority.
Heather hails from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire in the United Kingdom. After a long and successful career in local government, she left her last job as Area Manager with Warwickshire County Council before arriving in Tasmania
Heather says she is excited by her new role and was attracted to the challenges it presents.
"In some ways it is similar to some of the positions I occupied in the UK in local government. I am used to tackling problems and working through issues that quite often arise when a new position or board is created," she says.
Heather and her husband Nigel first visited her brother in Tasmania a few years ago and then made the decision to sell their house and move to Australia to live. They arrived in the state late last year.
"We were always keen to move down under - and we had initially thought of Queensland. But after we visited my brother, we knew Tasmania was the right place for us," she says.
Under her new job, Heather's role will be to provide executive support to the EPA Board in terms of its business processes and administrative functions.
The Environment Protection Authority will commence in Tasmania on the first of July. The new EPA Board will be announced next month.
Heather is currently located on Level Six in the Lands Building and her number is 6233 6714 - at the moment she is desk sharing with Kylie Bull. Say hello to her when you next visit Level Six.