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Palawa man Jake Smith appointed CEO of Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service

Callan Morse -

Jake Smith has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service.

The proud Palawa man joins the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service (TALS) with extensive experience in business and major organisations within Tasmania.

Mr Smith said he was proud to join a team which does incredible work supporting Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

"Every Aboriginal person in Tasmania has the right to access legal representation, we are an inclusive service and work right across the state with all community groups," Mr Smith said.

"Here in Tasmania, there is still a lot of work to be done in closing the Gap and this will be a continued focus for us."

Mr Smith is also a Board Member of RSPCA Tasmania and up until recently, Connect42.

TALS chair, John Clark said the organisation was delighted to have appointed an Indigenous Tasmanian to the head of the organisation.

"We are very pleased to announce Jake Smith as our new CEO and to have a Palawa man join the team to lead the legal service for Tasmanian Aboriginal people," Mr Clark said.

"He comes to us from Australian Red Cross, where he held a variety of roles, including State Director and as Red Cross' Statewide Community Programs portfolio, which included Justice, First Nations, Mental Health and Aged Care."

Prior to working with Red Cross, Mr Smith was the General Manager of the MACq 01 Hotel from 2017-2020, a role he also held prior to the major destination hotel opening in 2016-17.

Mr Smith is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Tasmania.

He replaces Max Duncan who has returned to New South Wales after serving a brief tenure as the the organisation's CEO earlier this year.

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