Your WITH Tas Committee 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 Committee again includes women from a great range of backgrounds and businesses who have equally varied skills. From Tourism Tasmania to a boutique hotel, event management and and businesses of all sizes, this small group of women all have two things in common - true commitment to tourism in our beautiful state and supporting other women in the industry.

Jill Bannon - WITH Tas Committee

President: Jill Bannon

Jill has been a member of WITH Tas since it’s beginning, holding the positions of treasurer, general committee member and membership and database coordinator.

Jill operates her own conference and event management business – Jill Bannon Corporate Event Management (Tas) – which specialises in boutique and mid-size conference and event management.

She also works for one of Tasmania’s foremost charities – Cancer Council Tasmania – organising and coordinating the fundraising events in southern Tasmania.

With over 30 years in the hospitality, tourism and event management industry, and having lived and worked in the north, on the west coast and in the south of our island, Jill is a passionate advocate for developing the conference and event business within Tasmania.

Rita Warrener, Vice President, WITH Tas

Treasurer: Rita Warrener

This is Rita's third year on the Committee but she has worked in tourism for several decades across retail travel, tourism marketing, industry development. Her current role is Policy & Industry Coordinator at Tourism Tasmania.

Rita stays in the industry because she genuinely believes that tourism provides economic and social benefits for Tasmanians, and is an industry that is sustainable into the

She is also I’m involved in T21, check out the strategy at

Rita says she's fortunate to be working in such a positive industry. Visitors love Tasmania and the people who work in the industry are passionate about what they deliver.

Secretary: Helen Hopwood

Helen and her daughter Meg run Sandy Bay Apartment. They have lived in Tasmania all of their lives but traveled extensively intrastate, interstate and overseas. Helen is passionate about tourism and has been involved with WITH Tas since its inception in ?? Helen has a an extensive knowledge of Tasmania and the wonderful tourism opportunities in our beautiful state.

Helen has been a member of WITH Tas since its foundation.



Cally Lyons, WITH Tas Committee Member 2018-2019

General Committee: Cally Lyons

Cally Lyons is an entrepreneur who works with the adventurous sharing Rathmore Tasmanian rural retreat. Passion, energy, positivity, vision & grit have shaped her fascinating lifetime of growing up on a Queensland sheep property, successful business ventures including travel consultancy in the 70s, corporate catering, events, hosting 70 bed international accommodation.
An authentic country experience at Rathmore with elegant heritage or rustic chic accommodation for up to 28 and perfect retreat, workshop or seminar venue is now offered.
At 19 she ventured overseas for almost 4 years, working in London and travelling through Asia, Europe, North & South America, culminating in an Ecuadorian archaeological dig, living in the jungle on the equator and 3 months in Bermuda.
Completing Diplomas in Financial Planning & Technical Analysis, a Graduate Diploma in Finance & Investment & a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Cally has worked in communications, equities, financial planning, philanthropic investing and with charities.
Rathmore offers a memorable experience, exceeding people’s expectations, encouraging guests long to stay a while, “to look out, look up & look within”, to cook campfire or messroom meals or dine elegantly in the 1828 sandstone homestead, toast marshmallows over the fire, enjoy nature and wildlife under millions of stars, explore, hike, trout fish or commune with platypus in the Dew Rivulet.
Cally is a passionate advocate for raising the bar of the guest experience in Tasmania, regional dispersal of tourism and longer stays for guests, collaborating, supporting, inspiring and networking with tourism organisations & operators.
Having received wonderful welcoming and invaluable support from WITH TAS, Cally is keen to make a contribution on the committee.

Women in Tourism & Hospitality Tasmania

General Committee: Mary Brownell

Mary has had a long association (and love affair!) with the Tasmanian tourism industry over a couple of decades. It all started in 1993 with the publication of a book , “A Guide to Heritage Accommodation in Tasmania” and grew from there.

After setting up the Tasmania Travel Company with a local travel agent, one of the first online inbound booking agencies in Tasmania, Mary then moved into Tasmania’s South Regional Tourism as Marketing Officer for the Southern region for 6 years. Following that she sold Tasmanian tourism properties through Roberts Real Estate.

Putting her passion for heritage into action, in 2004 she reconfigured an attractive old commercial property into Roxburgh House Apartments offering boutique accommodation.

Roxburgh House is now expanding to become a bigger operation, The Rox , with retail as well as residential apartments for both visitors and residents – an exciting chapter!