Our People

Sherri Ring

The Mind Games Race for Research is the brainchild of Sherri Ring, Managing Director of Energy Health, a corporate health, team building and workplace wellness specialist company. Sherri is the founder and sole director of The Mind Games Australia Pty Ltd.

A leader in workplace wellbeing and a creator of unique and creative ways to deliver wellness, she is the driving force behind the event. Sherri is paid a management fee to cover a small part of what she contributes to The Mind Games.

Sherri works closely with Leishman Associates and Soda Projects to deliver a very unique and specialised team building experience that will be hard to forget!

Sherri has brought together an advisory group of volunteers with diverse skills, a passion for the cause and a desire to make their community a better place to live and work.

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Megan Tudehope

Megan is Chief of Marketing and Communication at Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre. Over more than 20 years, Megan has worked across the marketing and communication spectrum, in organisations big and small, public and private, in Australia and internationally. She has written front page stories, advised ministers and CEOs, managed media storms in the healthcare sector and responded to real storms in the energy and insurance sectors. She also proudly led media and marketing for Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality during the 2014 referendum, helping Tasmania return one of the highest ‘yes’ votes in the country.

Mike Austin

Mike is Director of Red Ant Engineering, a Tasmanian based Design and Product Development Consultancy business. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in helping companies across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific bring their ideas to life.  He’s been the author and co-author of several design patents and has worked with some of the world’s most recognizable consumer electronics companies.

He got into Engineering for all the wrong reasons – the glitz, the glamour and the big bucks.  But as it turns out, it’s the thrill of creating something new, something better, or something just plain cooler that makes his work life fun.

Larissa Bartlett

Larissa has a PhD in occupational health and wellbeing from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania. For this work Larissa was awarded the American Psychological Association’s Work Stress and Health Student Researcher Award and has published ten peer reviewed research papers on the benefits for health and work of mindfulness, positive psychology and behaviour choices. She is currently leading the establishment of the ISLAND Project, a large, population-based dementia prevention study aiming to reduce the future rate of dementia in Tasmania. Larissa is also an experienced mindfulness coach, working with clients who seek to build hope, optimism, self-efficacy and resilience, and to live their best lives.

Heather Francis

Heather has mostly worked in the health sector, but became involved in research during a stint as an academic at UTas.  She is passionate about the role of medical research in improving the health status of our communities and knows that there’s so much more to be done.

Acting on this, she began working with the RHH Research Foundation a decade ago and, as CEO, has enjoyed the creative side of raising funds, including through high-level events.  There’s a certain satisfaction about getting kids into a sugar-high at the Foundation’s Easter Egg Hunt which attracts around 3,000 participants, while throwing abseilers off Tassie’s tallest building to raise in excess of $100k for investment into the annual medical research grant round is also very rewarding.

Heather’s serious side finds her on a range of Boards that have impact at every corner of her home state, Tassie.

Janet Carty

Janet Carty is an experienced registered nurse and health executive. Janet currently works in the COVID-19 Emergency Coordination Centre.

Janet’s nursing background has enabled her to create a diverse career across clinical practice, strategic planning and research; legislation and policy; financial and human resource management and leading for change.

Janet has a great appreciation of the importance of mental health to positive overall outcomes. Janet is relationship focused and understands the importance of strong teams. Initiatives such as The Mind Games provide an ideal forum for engagement and opportunities for participants to learn more about and improve their own and others mental health and wellbeing.

Angela Abbott

Angela is the COO of Colony 47, a NFP committed to creating positive change in our community by addressing the barriers to housing, education and employment that are faced by many young Tasmanians.

Bringing a broad range of experience across the hospitality, corporate, vocational and higher education sectors, spanning over 20 years. Angela’s primary focus has been business, strategy, HR and operational management within these industries which she is now applying in the community services context.

Angela has been involved in the Mind Games since its inception and is passionate about her involvement within the community and supporting Tasmanians to achieve their goals in life.

Jude Franks

Over her extensive career in the tourism industry Jude has been involved and driven projects, strategies and experience development, many of which have helped to shape the Tourism industry we know today.

Jude has been the Director of many organisations, particularly in the tourism industry. She is currently a Director of RACT, The Steamship Cartela Trust, and an Executive Director of the Mt Wellington Cableway Company.

Jude has been involved in The Mind Games since its inception, not only because it’s a fantastic event and cause, but also because of her serious FOMO! ;). She is a proud and passionate Tasmanian.

Craig DowSainter

Craig is Managing Director of Roar Film, in addition to his role as Executive Producer across Roar’s TV, digital and online education businesses in Australia and UK. Prior to Roar he was in international marketing and has won Austrade’s Tasmanian Exporter of the Year award twice. Roar’s most recent film, Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky, won Best Documentary at the 2021 Australian International Documentary Awards.

Through Roar’s interactive digital education business Roar Educate, Craig applies his passion for instigating positive change through education and interaction in the areas of social equity, health care and mental health awareness.

Adrian Daniels

Adrian is an executive leader at Hydro Tasmania, with twenty years’ experience in the energy industry. Adrian has an extensive background at leading whole-of-business and community focussed strategic planning and has a passion for influencing improved workplace wellbeing and psychological safety. Adrian is a graduate and current Board member of Tasmanian Leaders, focussed on transformative leadership and increasing leadership networks to contribute to Tasmania’s socioeconomic vibrancy.

Lisa Free

Lisa is the CEO at Hobart Community Legal Service. Prior to this role, she served as the General Manager at COTA and has extensive experience as a managing director and executive leader in various sectors, including business and financial services, public transport, and communications.

Lisa has now redirected her leadership efforts toward the community sector, where she passionately advocates for fostering positive social change.

Furthermore, Lisa has a history of involvement with the Mind Games. She previously worked as a consultant, providing support for PR and fundraising initiatives. In 2022, she took the initiative to launch the Mind Games Leaders’ Challenge, resulting in an impressive additional fundraising amount of $40,000.

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