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Design Tasmania thanks departing CEO Sarah Blackblock

Tasmania’s leading design organisation, Design Tasmania, announces the departure of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sarah Blacklock. After five years advancing the field of design and the work of Tasmanian designers, on the successful completion of her contract, Ms Blacklock will step down from her role at the end of August. 

Ms Blacklock’s commitment and dedication has played a pivotal role in positioning Design Tasmania as a leader in the design sector. She has fostered relationships with key stakeholders and her efforts have helped to position Design Tasmania as a catalyst for positive change within the design landscape.

"Sarah has been instrumental in Design Tasmania’s success and sustainability, and we are grateful for her conscientious leadership," said Megan Perkins, Chair of the Board, Design Tasmania. 

"With her steady hand we’ve seen the organisation return to its pre-eminent position in the design community. Her departure marks the end of an era of rebuilding and repositioning. We are very appreciative of Sarah’s dedicated support of Tasmanian designers, and her significant contribution to the organisation.”

Under Ms Blacklock’s direction, the Design Tasmania team experienced steady growth and achieved significant milestones including presenting major Tasmanian design projects locally, intrastate, and internationally. Along with the team, Ms Blacklock delivered an exhibition featuring Tasmanian-born, internationally renowned furniture designer Brodie Neill’s work in both London and Launceston, two Tasmanian showcases at Melbourne Design Fair and the return of Design Tasmania’s signature event Women in Design.
Design Tasmania’s Board of Directors is initiating a comprehensive search for its next CEO. The Board aims to find a leader who can build upon the organisation's achievements and guide Design Tasmania into its next phase of growth. During this transition period, Jane Haley will serve as locum CEO, ensuring a seamless continuation of Design Tasmania’s operations and initiatives. 

"Design Tasmania is committed to championing Tasmanian practice, highlighting the value of design in people’s lives, and bringing design to as many as possible. Our programs, activities and advocacy continue to inspire and connect, and we look forward to investing further in our industry, and increasing collaboration to deepen our reach, impact and sustainability,” said Ms Perkins. "The Board is confident we will attract a highly capable and visionary leader, who will drive our mission forward. In the interim our operations will continue uninterrupted during this transition."

Design Tasmania’s community thanks Sarah Blacklock for her invaluable contributions and wishes her the very best in her future endeavours. 

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