An accomplished business executive and highly valued member of Boards in both the business and community sectors, Richard Ireland is ready to expand on his significant contributions to the advancement of the West Tamar, a region he knows is poised for sustainable development and rich with potential.
A technology graduate from Brunel University in the United Kingdom, Richard Ireland is the founder and former Managing Director of Hazard Systems, a successful manufacturer and exporter of electronic warning equipment.
The company had its origins in South Africa in the 1970s and was later re-established by Richard Ireland in Launceston in the mid-1980s. The company won major national contracts and further expanded into world markets employing some 50 staff by 2003, winning Tasmanian Exporter of the Year, Premier’s Employer of the Year and Telstra Small Business Proprietor of the Year. Richard Ireland sold Hazard Systems in 2003, and the company still operates successfully today.
My experience in manufacturing for mainland and overseas markets means I am particularly keen to resolve our export and freight issues."
Boards and Community
Richard Ireland is a highly valued presence on the Boards of numerous northern Tasmanian associations in both the business and community sectors.
He is past Vice President of Launceston Chamber of Commerce and past Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, initiating a number of major projects:
"I see the development of our small business sector and the facilitating of linked business and community initiatives as being central to the future success of northern Tasmania.
For eight years Richard was Chairman of NRM North, overseeing the start of the Tamar Estuary & Esk Rivers program, a partnership between agencies managing the waterways which includes initiatives such as water quality improvement, a northern Tasmania storm water program and an ecosystem health assessment program.
Richard was also a founding member of Northern Tasmanian Development, which brings together eight Councils to facilitate and drive development.