Tagged as Tasmania's top political lobbyist and one of the most influential people in the state, Jan Davis is a passionate advocate for the industries in which she works.
A skilled communicator, Jan is adept at responding on message in both mainstream and social media environments. Well known for her ability to express key points of an argument clearly and to present information in an accessible manner, she is considered a go-to person by the media.
As well as her work as a consultant, Jan has held leadership roles in a number of industry groups in the agriculture and natural resources sector. She has recently been appointed as CEO of RSPCA Tasmania. Past CEO roles have included Protected Cropping Australia, the Agribusiness Association of Australia, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Growcom (Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers), Greening Australia, the Australian Mushroom Growers Association, and the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Australia. Jan has also served as CEO of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and Local Government Professionals (Tasmania). In all these roles, she has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker and a driver of change.
Jan is also an experienced non-executive director, with current roles including Australian Seafood Industries Pty Ltd, Landcare Australia Limited, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Tasmania) Ltd. She is currently an elected member of the Northern Midlands Council.
Previous board roles have included Fermentation Tasmania Ltd, the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Plant Health Australia Ltd, Horticulture Australia Ltd, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, and chair of the Australian Agricultural Colleges Corporation.
Having served on a number of key government and industry bodies nationally and across five states, Jan has an extensive network across many industry sectors.
With more degrees than you can poke a stick at, Jan never lets the grass grow under her feet. Her qualifications include a Master of Agribusiness; a Master of Environmental Planning; a Bachelor of Economics; and Graduate Diplomas in Environmental Studies and Education. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; a Fellow of the Australian Society of Association Executives; a member of the International Farm Writers Association; and a member of the national Rural Press Club.