Our Team

Our Team



Alison Lai has been appointed to the position of CEO and will commence on the 23rd of July.

Jackie Hallam is currently the acting CEO.


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

Dr Jackie Hallam, Policy and Research Officer

Dr Jackie Hallam is the Policy and Research Officer in the ATDC and 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 Capacity Building Project Officer and A/2IC, Research & Policy Officer

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, AOD Sector Analyst

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

Member Relations Officer

This position is currently vacant.

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.

Jade Barker, Consumer Organisation Development Project Officer

Jade Barker – Jade started with the ATDC in June 2018 to facilitate the set up of a Statewide Consumer Organisation.

Jade has come from a community development and public policy background. Her motivation has long been health promotion with an emphasis on human and civil rights. Jade has formal qualifications in Community Development, Training and Assessment and Communications.

As the Statewide Coordinator for the National Peak Body representing sex workers, Jade was unwavering in her belief that equality is an unquestionable necessity. This is demonstrated by her commitment to working collaboratively for a vibrant, diverse community where we all have genuine opportunities to achieve our goals, as well as the power to shape the community’s future.

Jade has sat on many Tasmanian Community Sector Boards. She is an active member of the Tasmanian community and speaks locally and nationally campaigning for an end to systemic discrimination.

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