We help young people access opportunities they might not otherwise have access to by supporting a range of charitable programs and activities. This is done annually through the MyState Foundation grants program.
The MyState Foundation grants program supports not-for-profit organisations that work towards empowering the youth of Tasmania. Each year, we grant between $1,000 and $10,000 to eligible organisations; and to date, we have awarded over $2 million in grants to more than 120 not-for-profit organisations, for nearly 300 initiatives. These are a rich, diverse group of organisations and charities that are engaged in education or development projects for young people. They may provide opportunity for further education; increase financial literacy or assist young people living with a disability to access special education, care and support. Previous grant recipients include Devonfield Enterprises, Colony 47, Geeveston Community Centre, Beacon Foundation, Hobart PCYC, Camp Clayton, Oak Enterprises, Uniting Care Tasmania and Molenda Lodge.
The MyState Foundation has an independent board of five members who are selected by MyState Board Members and the community.
Two Foundation Board Members are also MyState Directors, who are appointed to this role by the MyState Board; and three members are drawn from the community based on their business experience.
Our current Board Members are:
Robert Gordon. Chairman
In addition to his role as Chairman of the MyState Foundation, Bob is also a Director of MyState Limited, a position which he has held since November 2006. Bob is the current President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and President of Football Federation Tasmania as well as being involved with a number of other charitable causes in Tasmania. He has been a company director for 17 years, including six years as Chairman of antecedent Credit Union, Connect Financial.
Melos Sulicich. Director
Melos is the Managing Director and CEO of MyState Limited and was appointed to the MyState Foundation board in July 2014. In a career spanning over 30 years, Melos has worked in a diverse range of businesses and industry sectors covering petrol retailing, financial services, industrial services, healthcare, transport and logistics. Melos is a previous non-executive director of social enterprise WorkVentures, and is a previous rider of Tour de Cure, taking part in many Signature Tour’s raising funds for cancer research and prevention.
Magdalena Lane. Director
Magdalena is an Advancement Manager at the University of Tasmania, where she manages cultural philanthropy and is in her final year of a Masters in Writing at Deakin University. She has managed the development of cultural projects including Tasmania’s first cultural policy for State Government and for local cultural organisation, Detached. Magdalena is a previous board member of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, Contemporary Art Tasmania and the Festival of Voices.
Audrey Mills. Director
Audrey is a director and principal of Hobart law firm Dobson Mitchell Allport and practices primarily in insurance, workplace relations and dispute resolution. Audrey is a past board member/director of TGIO Ltd, Australian National Railways Commission, Australian Women Lawyers Inc, Anglicare Tasmania Inc, Medical Board of Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Law Society Council. She currently chairs the Law Society's Employment and Equal Opportunity Committee and she is actively involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations.
Miles Hampton. Director
Miles is the current Chairman of MyState Limited and was appointed as a Director of MyState Foundation in December 2013. He was appointed a Director of MyState Financial and subsidiary companies in September 2009 and was Managing Director of real estate public company Roberts Limited from 1987 until 2006.