“It’s important for Tasmanian businesses to know great creatives are right here in Tassie, and the Diemen Awards helps recognise this”

Tom Waugh Diemen Committee Member.



Diemen Board

Sam Dobie - Chair

Senior Art Director - The20 Hobart Tasmania

Sam’s passion for creativity has led her to not only pursue her craft with some of Tasmania’s biggest brands, but she has also worked with emerging young talent through the National Award School program.

She took up her position with the Diemens because Tasmania’s creative talent is up there with some of the best in the world – and there is nothing more enjoyable than getting to recognise and award the people behind it.

Gary Nilsson - Treasurer

General Manager - Mercury Walch Hobart Tasmania

Gary’s career includes being a General Manager with GEON, Operations Manager with Penfold Buscombe and Print Manager and PrePress Manager with PMP Print. His 40 year career in the print industry now sees him in the role of GM of Mercury Walch, Tasmania’s largest print site with over 50 full time employees.

Gary has been involved in many local and national award committees including as Chairman of the PICA Awards for 3 years and the DIEMEN Awards in 2014, his current role is Treasurer.

Jess Gulliver - Secretary 

WorkSpace Manager - WOTSO WorkSpace Hobart Tasmania

Although this is Jessica’s first time on the DIEMEN Awards Committee, event coordinating has long been the focus of her career. She holds a Bachelor of Events Management and has worked as a theming coordinator for The Pure Co since 2015.

Jessica has also spent time working for Tasmanian ad agency Red Jelly as an account coordinator, and is currently the manager of the newly opened WOTSO WorkSpace in Hobart. She is thrilled to be bringing her passion and expertise to this year’s DIEMEN Awards.

Craig Pearce - Sponsorship Coordinator

Managing Director - Flying Colours Printing Launceston Tasmania

With over 38 years experience in the industry, Craig formed Flying Colours in 1994 and, from humble beginnings, has seen it develop into a diverse multi-million dollar printing business.

Craig has represented the industry on both a State and National level including Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) board member and committee member of the National Print awards. He has previously judged Apprentice of the Year for the DIEMEN and PICA Awards.

Chris Blom - Committee

Digital Art Director - Red Jelly Hobart Tasmania

With over 10 years in the industry, and 5 running his own studio Grafik, Chris now holds the role of Digital Art Director at Red Jelly. Always seeking the “why”, Chris’ current focus is digital design with a emphasis on crafted user experience. He is passionate about mentoring up-and-coming creatives, and the Tasmanian creative industries.

Tom Waugh - Committee

Co-owner/Cinematographer - Ignite Digi Hobart Tasmania

Tom is a Rosny College media (2007) and AFTRS (2010) Cinematography graduate who has worked across feature films, TV series, commercials and live broadcast in multiple roles.

Moving back home to Hobart in 2013, Tom teamed up with an aeronautical engineer to create a business specialising in camera movement, Ignite Digi.

Adam Glover - Committee

Digital Print Manager - Mercury Walch Hobart Tasmania

Adam began his career as a pre-press apprentice with a small printer in regional Victoria then moved to Melbourne to work advertising agencies, large print shops, universities and photographic bureaus before running his own print business in South Melbourne.

A sea change 12 years ago saw Adam move from Melbourne to Hobart to implement the digital pre-press department of the Printing Authority of Tasmania.

Currently managing the digital print and pre-media departments at Mercury Walch, Adam appreciates great design and loves the tactile nature of print. It is this appreciation and his years of industry experience that sees him become a committee member for the Diemen Awards.

Katie Hepper - Committee

Graphic Designer and Illustrator - The Understorey Hobart Tasmania

An emerging designer on Tasmania’s creative scene, Katie has already notched up considerable accolades since graduating on the University of Tasmania’s Deans Roll of Excellence in 2009.

Motivated by notable encounters with people and places, Katie thrives on opening her mind and creativity to new experiences and possibilities. An adventurous designer, she draws her inspiration from the wild Tasmanian landscape, reflected by a strong sense of place that informs her work.

Her design practice, The Understorey, reflects a multi-layered design process, which builds up from the roots to develop work of creative integrity and quality.