Our Team

Our Team


Alison Lai, CEO

Alison Lai commenced as the CEO of the ATDC in July 2018 following a 25 year career spanning the Tasmanian private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to stepping across to the ATDC, Alison is best known for her time as the CEO of Volunteering Tasmania and from her 10 years working in the Tasmanian Government. With a successful track record in leading a peak representativebody and extensive experience in government relations and grant administration, Alison is a passionate advocate for developing strong and meaningful relationships between government and the communities they seek to assist.

A long-term community volunteer across sport, animal welfare and community services, Alison has a particular interest in consumer representation in health service design. This has included consumer and community representative roles for organisations such as Breast Screen Tasmania, the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Services Innovation Tasmania (UTAS) and Primary Health Tasmania.

Alison can be contacted on 03 6231 5002 or by email at ceo@atdc.org.au

Dr Jackie Hallam, Policy and Research Manager

Dr Jackie Hallam: Jackie returned to the ATDC in January 2015, after eight years away spent raising a family and working as a consultant. Jackie has been employed in a variety of roles within the ATOD sector since 2000 such as a frontline worker, a researcher and workforce development roles. She has frontline experience with five years as an NSP worker.

Jackie’s research included a Doctorate at the University of Tasmania that examined harm reduction policy in relation to illicit drugs in Australia from 1980 to 2000. Jackie has also held sector capacity roles including Clinical Supervision Officer with the ATDC in 2006/7. This combination of roles means that Jackie has a 360 degree view of the ATOD sector. Jackie has worked in Government, non-government organisations and with UTAS. Jackie previously held the role of ATDC’s Workforce Development Officer but moved to this role in May 2016.

Jackie can be contacted on 03 6231 5002 or by email at policy@atdc.org.au

Olivia Montgomery, Sector Development Manager

Olivia Montgomery originally joined the ATDC in August 2014 as the Promotion Prevention and Early Intervention (PPEI) Project Officer and moved into the role of Sector Capacity Building Project Officer in July 2015. After a short stint away in 2016, Olivia re-joined the team in January 2017. Olivia came to the ATDC after a decade of working with the Department of Justice. She is a graduate of the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Law and a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice.

Olivia can be contacted on 03 6231 5002 or by email at scbp@atdc.org.au

Nick Merklin, Workforce Strategist

Nick Merklin holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Psychology, and was previously a volunteer counsellor for drug, alcohol and relationship related issues. Nick comes from a research consultancy background, having worked in Melbourne for the last 6 years in senior management positions, and more recently in Hobart. Nick has experience in developing, managing and running large scale research projects in a range of areas including social, service delivery, workplace management and customer satisfaction.

Nick can be contacted on 03 6231 5002 or by email at wfd@atdc.org.au

Lena Lashin, Administration Officer

Lena Lashin – Lena started with the ATDC in March 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Teaching degree from the University of Tasmania. She has experience in administration and has worked in various administrative government departments and non-government sectors in Tasmania.

Tracey Wing, Consumer Organisation Development Project Officer

Tracey Wing – Tracey joined the ATDC in October 2018 and has worked in Tasmania since 2002 in roles across the government and community sectors with a focus in frontline support, primary prevention, health promotion and education.  Tracey is spearheading a project to develop a consumer organisation which will ensure the voice of ATOD consumers and service users will be represented at all levels of sector planning and decision making. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in communications, film and media.

Kate Wright, Communications and Engagement Officer

Kate Wright – Kate joined the ATDC in October 2018 with undergraduate qualifications in business, marketing and formal qualifications in change management. Kate has a 15 year career in marketing communications across government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Her experience encompasses strategy, project and change management and internal engagement to deliver innovative communications programs to support business objectives.