Councillor Profiles

Flinders Council consists of seven Councillors elected by the community during Council Elections. All Councillors are elected for a four-year term, including the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who must be elected Councillors to be eligible for these positions.

For information on past Mayors and Councillors, please contact the Council Office. 


Mayor Carol Cox

First elected:2007 (Mayor)
Term expires:2018

Mayor Cox spent her early years in the farming area of South Gippsland, Victoria. After studying Applied Chemistry, she moved with other family members to Flinders Island to take advantage of farming opportunities offered here. She continues to participate in a family business that operates a grazing property near Lady Barron as well as commercial fishing and charter boat operations. Mayor Cox was involved in many sporting and school-related activities and, after her children left home, wanted to give more to the Community, standing and being elected for Council in 2000.

She believes in a common sense approach to local government and administration, and is a passionate advocate of the Furneaux Islands' unique lifestyles. Mayor Cox recognises that population in the area needs to grow, and creating a positive environment where innovation and employment can flourish is critical to achieving this. Business growth is important to support the region’s safe, supportive communities and distinct lifestyle that is an attraction to people living and investing in the region.

For many years, Mayor Cox has been a strong advocate for protecting, enhancing and fostering the Islands' own particular way of life. She leads a Council firmly committed to serving the region’s passionately individual communities. In her spare time she enjoys golf, reading, and photography.

Flinders Council Committees: Furneaux Community Health Special Committee; Furneaux Group Aviation Special Committee; Furneaux Group Shipping Special Committee; General Manager Performance Review Committee and the Municipal Emergency Management Committee.

External Committees: As Flinders Council Representative: Northern Tasmania Development Corporation and the Local Government Association of Tasmania and as a Community member: MPC Hospital Auxiliary; Lady Barron Hall and Recreation Special Committee; Flinders Island Tourism & Business Incorporated.



Contact Details

T:03 6359 3514
M:0488 482 002
A:Post Office, Lady Barron TAS 7255

Deputy Mayor Marc Cobham

First elected:2007
Term expires:2018

Deputy Mayor Cobham has lived on Flinders Island since 1998. He has worked for state and federal government departments, the private sector, and has had his own small business. His tertiary qualifications include an Associate Diploma in Social Welfare and an Advanced Certificate in Team Leadership.

Devoting many years to community groups such as Landcare, Natural Resource Management, and the Emita Hall Committee, Deputy Mayor Cobham is always working to improve the region's natural environment and to supporting the efforts of others in the community.

Personal interests include: gardening, beachcombing, current affairs, enjoying the beautiful Furneaux Islands, and anything to do with cars & motorcycles.

Council committees: Code of Conduct Special Committee; Furneaux (Emita) Hall & Recreation Ground Special Committee; and the Furneaux Group Shipping Special Committee.

External committees: Furneaux Landcare.

Contact Details

T:03 6359 8498
M:0428 514 092
A:Post Office, Whitemark TAS 7255

Councillor Chris Rhodes

First elected:2014
Term expires:2018

Born on Flinders Island, Councillor Rhodes’ family dates back four generations. He started his working life in the fishing industry and after returning from prawn fishing in Queensland in his early twenties has been involved in farming. Councillor Rhodes started in the tourism industry 15 years ago and has developed one of the most successful businesses on the Island, recently purchasing a new boat to expand his business.

Councillor Rhodes also has links with foreign investors who own Vansittart Island where he runs Wiltshire horn sheep and is looking at running history tours in the near future.

Councillor Rhodes’ aims on Council are to help create an environment that will help young people start new sustainable businesses on the island, using the assets that are available here. He would also like to see the Council become more self-reliant rather than relying on government hand-outs and grants to maintain infrastructure and services.

Councillor Rhodes is a committee member of the Furneaux Field and Game Association, enjoys clay target shooting and hunting and has travelled to many part of the world competing. He also likes beach fishing, bush walking and spending time researching the history of the Islands..

Council committees:  Ideas and Innovations Committee.

External committees: Flinders Island Tourism and Business Association (Council Representative); and the Furneaux Field and Game Association.


Contact Details

T:0427 596 506
M:0427 596 506
A:Post Office, Whitemark TAS 7255

Councillor Peter Rhodes

First elected:2011
Term expires:2018

Councillor Rhodes was born in Whitemark and will be buried at Lady Barron. He is a contrarian and a Gemini and often brings a unique perspective to debate and discussion around the Council table. Councillor Rhodes is a qualified Trainer and Assessor, and has a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Macquarie University. After university he worked in community development before joining the Australian public service where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 2009. From 1997 to 2000, he was the IT Manager at Government House in Canberra. He now has a small stud cattle farm on Flinders Island and provides computer skills training and support locally.

Council committees: Clean Up Australia; Furneaux Group Aviation Special Committee and the Furneaux Group Shipping Special Committee.

External committees: Flinders Island District School Association (Council Representative).


Contact Details

T:03 6359 2267
M:0407 906 186
A:Post Office, Whitemark TAS 7255

Councillor Ken Stockton

First elected:2014
Term expires:2018

Councillor Stockton has been a regular visitor to Flinders Island since 1982 and a permanent resident since 2007. His early career was in the Investment Banking Industry, travelling between overseas operations involving currency and bullion trading and corporate finance. He was a founding member of the Australian Society of Corporate Treasurers and a Lecturer in International Finance. From 1982 to 1990 Councillor Stockton was owner and Managing Director of Southern Air Services and joint Managing Director of Turbo Aero Maintenance, operating and maintaining 28 aircraft from Moorabbin Airport. He then gained qualifications in Hospitality, Cooking and Food Safety and operated restaurant and accommodation businesses in tourist dominated locations, including Flinders Island.

Councillor Stockton is passionate about the local environment on Flinders, whilst recognising that some development will help ensure the future of our children and grand-children, and believes in encouraging growth of our resident population. He hopes his commercial and life experience skills will add value to Flinders Council and Furneaux Group residents over the next 4 years.

Personal interests include: travel, flying (particularly gliding), fishing (holding 3 world records in Australian waters), food, aviation warbirds, maritime history and military history. Community interests include: Lions Club, Furneaux Islands Community Shed, and the Furneaux Maritime Association.

Council committees: Audit and Finance Special Committee; Clean Up Australia; Furneaux (Emita) Hall & Recreation Ground Special Committee; Furneaux Group Aviation Special Committee; General Manager Performance Review Committee; and the Ideas and Innovations Committee.

External committees: Furneaux Islands Community Shed.

Contact Details

T:0428 855 022
M:0428 855 022
A:Post Office, Whitemark TAS 7255

Councillor David Williams

First elected:2006
Term expires:2018

Councillor Williams is very involved with the health and wellbeing of the community as well as with seeing that the use of community assets are maximised.

He has a been an ardent critic of the increasing level of State Government interference and red-tape that now engulfs much of Council business, taking away from on-the-ground service delivery and community engagement. The impact that bureaucratic interference has on local residents and lifestyles motivates Councillor Williams' efforts for change.

While a passionate advocate politically, it is Councillor Williams' endeavours within the community, promoting health and recreation, that he is especially regarded for. A leader in the islands' golfing and running communities, his recent run from Launceston to Hobart to raise funds for cancer demonstrates his “take life head on” approach.

Councillor Williams enjoys Flinders Island's stunning natural environment, the taste of the local wines and his home-grown veggies. He can often be seen running along one of the amazing bush tracks at dawn or dusk, or teeing off from the Whitemark Golf Course for a brisk round.

Council committees: Audit and Finance Special Committee, Code of Conduct Special Committee; and the Lady Barron Hall & Recreational Special Committee.

External committees: Nil.

Contact Details

T:03 6359 3563
M:0428 628 948
A:Post Office, Lady Barron TAS 7255

Councillor Gerald Willis

First elected:2011
Term expires:2018

Councillor Willis, a 6th generation Flinders Islander, returned in 2011 having lived in Melbourne for 11 years and Christchurch for 33 years. 

Councillor Willis has experience in the road transport and shipping industries from 7 years spent in and around the Melbourne port precinct.  In New Zealand he was finance controller during the setup phase of the first private national television network and spent over 20 years as Finance Controller and Company Secretary for a listed (NZ) chain of retail stores.  That role included controlling risk assessment and disaster recovery programmes and maintaining associated insurances, managing a leased property portfolio of some 60 sites, attending to legal matters of the business and managing board requirements.  He was heavily involved in managing the recovery of the business following the devastating Christchurch earthquakes.

Councillor Willis has been an active footballer, skier and sailor. 

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZ) and remains a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (NZ).

Council committees: Flinders CouncilAudit Panel; Code of Conduct Special Committee; Furneaux Community Health Special Committee; General Manager Performance Review Committee and Ideas and Innovation Committee.

External committees:  Taswater – Shareholders’ (council) representative and member of the Board Selection Committee

Memberships:  Furneaux Museum and Historical Association and Furneaux Maritime Historical Association and Flinders Island RSL.

Contact Details

T:03 6359 3574
M:0458 387 112;
A:10 Moonbird Street, Lady Barron 7255

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