Our team

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John Perry

John Perry is the inaugural Coordinator-General. The Office of the Coordinator-General is responsible for attracting investment, facilitating major projects and reducing the regulatory burden for business in the state.

Before taking on this role, John was based in New York and the Commercial Lead for the Atlantic Joint Business between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

Prior to New York, John managed Europe Business Planning for American Airlines, based in London having joined the airline on their fast track leadership program following completion of his MBA at the University of Cambridge in 2009.

Before his Masters, John was Head of Innovation and Enterprise for one of London's largest universities, where he and his team facilitated and developed the University's commercial activity.

Prior to that career transition, he was a senior corporate transactions lawyer with a 'top-10' London-headquartered international law firm having earlier been a partner with a large Australasian firm.

John co-founded and was the inaugural Chair of Tasmanian Leaders for eight years.


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Director – Investment Attraction
Peta Sugden

Peta Sugden is the Director – Investment Attraction. Peta's primary focus is to enable investment into Tasmania through investment matching. In this role Peta facilitates investment into major projects, with a particular emphasis on attracting investors from Asia. Peta is also responsible for project managing the Expression of Interest process for new Tourism Opportunities in National Parks and Reserve.

Peta has extensive experience working with all levels of Government and is particularly adept at project and stakeholder management. She has worked in various senior roles in both State Government and the private sector.

Prior to her taking up the position with the Office of the Coordinator-General Peta was the Deputy Director of Invest Tasmania.

Peta's private sector experience includes senior management positions within the Tasmanian poppy industry and a global inspection, testing and certification company.


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Small Business Advocate/Red Tape Reduction Coordinator
Stuart Clues

Stuart Clues holds the position of Red Tape Reduction Coordinator within the Office of the Coordinator-General. Stuart has senior industry experience across Tasmania's key sectors from banking to building; transport to industrial relations.

Stuart holds both a Bachelor of Business degree specialising in industrial law from the University of Tasmania and an MBA from Monash University.

Stuart is familiar with the challenges across all regions of the state, after spending the first 20 years of his life in the north of Tasmania and the second 20 years in the south. His previous role was as Executive Director of the Housing Industry Association (HIA).

Prior to HIA, Stuart was a senior executive with the Trust Bank which operated in Tasmania for over 150 years with branches in most Tasmanian towns and communities. He is also actively involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation which supports children with life threatening illnesses.

Reducing red tape is often about dealing with the day to day regulations that burden small businesses through being duplicative, heavy handed or serve no apparent purpose.

Stuart is a strong advocate for regulatory reform for small business. He has been working with both industry associations and the small business sector to resolve those micro reform issues that cumulatively frustrate and stifle businesses.

More information on the Red Tape Reduction Project