Our Board

The HOPES Inc board consists of a dedicated group of committed volunteer members.

Learn more about the HOPES Inc Board

HOPES Inc are always looking for new talent to add to our board. If you’re are interested, please contact us.

Sue Hodgson


Sue has had almost 30 years experience living and working with people with acquired brain injury, having co-founded Headway Tasmania in 1986, and then becoming a founding member of HOPES in 1993.

Sue has a Bachelor of Education Degree, and a Masters Degree in Social Science (social research). She is a past chair of the Ministers Disability Advisory Committee and is passionate about people living with a disability having the right to productive lives in the community.

Tammy McCance

Vice Chair

Tammy has had a diverse career over the last 30 years including Commonwealth, State and Local Government bodies as well as private enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. She has a degree in Business with a focus on Human Resources and marketing.

After retiring Tammy’s focus has been on her lifetime enjoyment of creating in painting, sculpture and various crafts.  She hopes to share her skills wherever possible.

She has three daughters and five grandchildren who she believes keeps her feeling young.

Ellen Johnson


Ellen has worked 40 years in various roles including medical director’s secretary at the Douglas Parker Rehabilitation Centre, Payroll and HR office at Rehabilitation Tasmania, Legal Secretary at Tress Cox and Maddox Lawyers Sydney, Administration Assistant at the Australian Physiotherapy Association and subsequently the Institute of Public Accountants.

Since2000 she has run her own business that provides consulting and practical services in Bookkeeping, Payroll and Human Resources to small businesses in Tasmania and Queensland.  Ellen is currently transitioning to retirement working two days a week and enjoys gardening, home renovation and spending time with her two rescue greyhounds.  

Ellen accepted the nomination to HOPES Inc Board hoping to share her knowledge and skills to assist with the governance of HOPES Inc.

Harun Abdullah

Board Member

Harun worked in the community sector for 11 years assisting men with issues concerning homelessness and drug and alcohol.

Harun has been employed in the Australian Public Service for 27 years and currently works for the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) in a face to face customer service role.

Harun has been actively involved in Muslim community organisations for over 30 years and is currently Trustee of Hobart Mosque  and a Board Member of the Islamic College of Melbourne.

He has a B.A (Hons) from University of Tasmania with majors in History and Political Science.

Harun has personal experience of Acquired Brain Injury and the challenges faced in making a successful return to employment.

Harun is an enthusiastic supporter of Hobart Hurricanes in the T20 Big Bash.

Liz Coleman

Board Member

Liz has been a resident at Laetare Court since 2013.  She has a lived experience of being affected by Hypoxic Brain Injury.

Liz has studied and completed at Victoria University:

  • Cert IV Community Services – Disability Work
  • Diploma Community Services – Welfare Studies
  • Bachelor Social Work

Georgina Doughty

Board Member

Georgina has been associated with Hopes for the past eleven years as a parent of Tom who is a resident at Laetare Court.

Georgina has attended the monthly residents' meetings as a family support person and is familiar with the day-to-day workings of Laetare Court.

As a member of the Board, Georgina sees her role as a representative of the residents and their families who are currently residing at Laetare Court.

On a personal level, Georgina comes from a teaching background. Her current interests are reading, walking and singing in a choir. She is also a hands-on grandparent to five little ones.

Ruchita Redkar

Board Member

Ruchita is a CPA and has completed Master in Professional Accounting from UTAS and Bachelor in Management studies from University of Mumbai, India with specialization in Finance and has 14 years of a collective experience in the different fields of accounting.

She is currently working in a public practice providing statutory compliance service for wide variety of clients with different business structures across variety of industries.  She also provides business advice to clients, helping them to improve their cash flow and increase profit margins along with tax planning advice.

Ruchita has also worked for not-for-profit organization undertaking financial duties of budgeting, Accounts receivable and payable, maintaining of asset register, compliance and preparation of mid and end of year financials for the financial audit.

Mark Lamont

Board Member

Mark graduated and worked in Hobart as a vocational psychologist before moving to Melbourne with his family in the late 1980s to undertake a Masters degree in clinical neuropsychology. He continued to work in acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation, including roles as Senior Neuropsychologist with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service in Albury NSW and Team Leader with the Brain Injury Service at Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne. Since returning to Tasmania in 2010 he continued in private practice providing ABI training for service providers throughout Tasmania, regional Victoria and regional NSW. He is a Life Member of the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania.

Now retired, Mark enjoys camping, bush walking and travelling, as well as being a volunteer tutor with the Adult Migrant English Program through TAFE.