Mrs Joanne Neilson (BBus)

Contact Details

Phone: 03 6226 7139

Mobile: 0428 562 451

Fax: 03 6226 2107

email: Jo.Neilson(at)

Postal address: University of Tasmania, Private Bag 110, HOBART, TAS 7001

Role in IMOS

As the senior administrative position in IMOS, reporting to the Director, major responsibilities are:

  • Ensuring the conditions of the IMOS funding agreement are met, particularly the submission of the Annual Business Plans and Annual Progress Reports.
  • Provide high-level executive business management support, assistance and advice to the Director and the Advisory Board on all matters relating to IMOS administration and operations.
  • Oversight of the IMOS Office, and management of the Office staff.
  • Development of policies and procedures for IMOS, manage the budget and contracts with the Operators, and assist the Director in the development of strategic relationships with other relevant projects, the government, other stakeholders; with the key objective being to sustaining IMOS into the longer term.

Biographical details

Employment history includes senior positions in financial management (13 years), and administration of national research programs (forestry 4 years, marine 7+ years).  She has senior management experience in finance, budgeting, human resources, policy development, strategic planning, change management, contract negotiations and oversight of governance processes. 

Outside work, Jo is co-partner in a small farm specializing in beef cattle production, and enjoys bush walking, gardening, swimming and heading to the remote desert and tropical areas of Australia for extended camping holidays.


Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2012

Certified Practising Accountant, CPA Australia, 2001-2010

Certificate in Governance Practice and Administration, Chartered Secretaries Australia, 2008

Bachelor of Business, University of Tasmania, 1993