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Board of Directors

TASC Board of Directors – Contact Details

Dan Toombs, Management, Committee, Tasc



Dan Toombs is a former CEO of TASC.


He shares a long history with the organisation dating back to the early nineties.


As a lawyer, he is the recipient of numerous national awards, including the Australia Leadership Award, National Human Rights Law Award, Winston Churchill Fellowship and the Queensland Disability Award.


He now works at the intersection of law, innovation and technology, working most recently with Erin Brockovich, devising effective large-scale digital campaigns in areas of environmental and mass-torts, in particular pharmaceuticals and medical devices (Essure, Mirena, Xarelto, GM Recall).


He works with law firms both nationally and internationally via his company Fast Firms.


He is published by Thomson Reuters and is a regular contributor to a number of publications on the topic of law, innovation and technology, including the National Trial Lawyers, Law Practice Advisor, Law Marketing, ALPMA, the QLD Law Society and Victoria Law Journal.

Kurt Alexander, Management, Committee, Tasc



Kurt Alexander has over 22 years of general management, financial management, administration management, project management, industry and business analysis experience.


He has 10 years of professional consulting & analysis experience, coupled to this is five years extensive finance, modelling and management training in Australasia and the Middle East. Prior to this he had six years experience in the United States Navy (submarines) gaining valuable insight into government policies and procedures.


Recently Kurt has been involved in developing Virtual Reality platforms as an efficacious mode of therapy to assist veterans with PTSD and other debilitating disorders.


Kurt is married with 6 children, loves hunting, fishing, sports of nearly any kind and being among friends.

Justin Searle, Treasurer, Management, Committee, Tasc



Justin is Director at Clear Vision Accountancy Group and has been in the accountancy industry for over 20 years. He has developed firm relationships with other industry partners ensuring the delivers cutting-edge business development and profit optimisation advice.


Justin specialises in business strategic development, corporate and self-managed super fund structuring.


Justin’s approach to his business is replicated in his role as Treasurer ensuring TASC always receives, expert, practical advice in keeping up with the organisations. Financial demands as it grows and evolves to meet itss clients’ priorities.


Justin is married with three children and is an avid supporter and sponsor of the Toowoomba Golf Club and Willowburn Football Club.

Philippa Whitman, Secretary, CEO, Management Committee, Tasc



Philippa is the Principal Lawyer and Chief Executive Officer of TASC.


Philippa was admitted as a Solicitor of Queensland in 1983. She has practiced law since that time with a focus on commercial and administrative law, disability law and corporate governance.


Philippa owns a small cattle property that she operates with partners at Gladfield near Warwick, and spends her free time pursuing those interests.

Lesley Beames, Member, Management Committee, Tasc



Lesley has spent many years specialising in the people side of organisations. She has been a generalist human resources advisor, training and development consultant and marketing manager.


After working in higher education for over 20 years, Lesley is now pursuing her interest in writing and sharing her experience in communication, education and people management.

Michael Maguire, Member-Management, Committee, Tasc



Michael has had a long association with TASC – practically, from its inception in the early 1980’s. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for 10 years and a volunteer lawyer over a period of 27 years.


Michael’s background is as a lawyer/principal in private practice and in lecturing at university. He now practices as a mediator based in Brisbane and lectures at QUT and the University of Queensland.


Michael has 3 adult sons and a gorgeous baby daughter. His other interests include cycling and travel.

Alison Kennedy, Director, Management Committee, Tasc



Alison is the CEO for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, bringing strong leadership, corporate relations and sponsorship skills to the position. In the first 12 months on the Job Alison has introduced some new and exciting events to the calendar, increased revenue through both fundraising and the commercial arm of the business and has improved on the transparency and awareness of the Foundation in the region.

Dene Creegan, Director, Management Committee, Tasc



Dene started her career writing ISO9001 manuals for QUT, after a move into IT, she quickly developed a knack for designing Intranet solutions for multi-nationals. Moving to Scotland she became Director of IT for an IT services group, later changing careers to train as Business Practice Manager.  During that time, she was appointed the Project Lead on the construction of a purpose built Medical Facility and refurbishment of an NHS Day Hospital. Returning to Australia, Dene continued to build on her Medical Construction and Practice Management skillset and now is the General Manager of 7Springs Health + Dental.

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