List of TBCITB Staff

Dr Karin Mathison

Chief Executive Officer

Karin brings to the CEO role a strong background in the building and construction industry and expertise in organisational management, research and education. Prior to joining the Keystone Tasmania Board as a director in 2016, Karin worked across a range of industries as a small business owner, HR/IR consultant and as a Lecturer in Management at UTAS. Karin’s PhD was in Organisational Sociology and she has also completed Master of Education and Master of Commerce degrees. Karin has worked extensively across the Tasmanian community to assist individuals and businesses by improving systems and processes, streamlining governance processes, leading change management and implementing effective strategic planning.

Karin is a registered teacher in Tasmania and maintains an active link to the construction sector as co-owner of a custom-building business in Hobart. She is passionate about building capacity across the construction industry and is working with the Keystone Tasmania’s wonderful team of staff to energise the organisation and deliver the best possible training and workforce development outcomes for the Tasmanian community.

Paul Lockwood

Business Manager

Paul leads the Customer Service Team in distributing funds to the industry for apprenticeship incentives and all types of training including tertiary, VET and short course. He also oversees collection of the levy and preparation of Keystone’s accounting and financial reporting. Paul has an advanced diploma of business management from Federation University and MBA from UTAS.   

Paul’s background is in finance, information technology, project management and general management in heavy industry, transport, shipping and local government.

He has retained his links with the IT community and has particularly enjoyed working with the Keystone team, implementing new systems with the aim of continually improving service to the industry. Having joined the staff of Keystone Tasmania in 2014, he has had the opportunity to contribute to a period of significant change and is looking forward to the next phase of Keystone’s evolution as it broadens its contribution to workforce development in Tasmania’s construction industry.

Jenna Lowe


Jenna is Keystone Tasmania’s Accountant.  Jenna provides supervision to the administration team as well as accounting support to the Board.  Prior to joining the Keystone in 2016 Jenna worked in an accounting practice for five and a half years. During this time, she gained her Chartered Accountant’s qualification.  Jenna also has a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Accounting and Finance, obtained from the University of Tasmania.

Jenna’s hobbies include running, hockey, supporting Geelong in the AFL and hanging out with her cocker spaniel Barney.

Narika Spurr

Account Manager

Narika Spurr joined Keystone Tasmania in 2006 as the Senior Administration Officer. Following a period of maternity leave, she re-joined the team as Customer Service Officer (Accounts). Narika previously held roles within a national telecommunications company in administration, operations management and customer service team management. She also worked with a local Tasmanian council in administration, accounts and customer service for a number of years.

Narika’s career has always involved customer service, relationship management and office administration.  She feels that good customer service is the lifeblood of any business and enjoys her role interacting with the building and construction industry to provide the best possible experience for our stakeholders.

Narika loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her young tribe keep her active on all accounts.  She also enjoys music, food (eating not making!) and summer. 

Dr Anna Carew

Strategic Projects Manager – Capacity Building

Anna brings a rich perspective to her role at Keystone Tasmania from previous experience in: State Government workforce development and policy analysis (Skills Tasmania); researching, leading and publishing on the teaching and learning of engineering, science and construction management (University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong, University of Sydney); leading the development of diversity policy and its implementation for UTAS’ School of Land and Food; and in qualitative and qualitative data analysis (PhDs in Engineering Education and Wine Chemistry).  

Anna loves to get things done, and make a difference. She is skilled at joining people up, critical review of documents, proposals and budgets, and working with groups to take strategic approaches to making change. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the terrific team at Keystone Tasmania, and is committed to supporting best value capacity building for industry from the funds that Keystone Tasmania administer.

Shane Hayes

Strategic Projects Manager - Pathways

Shane is one of Keystone’s Strategic Projects Managers and is responsible for the Pathways portfolio. 

Shane is an experienced Project Manager practitioner and has an extensive employment history of effectively driving and managing large, high profile, stakeholder sensitive projects and project teams to meet objectives.  

Shane has a methodical, impact-oriented project management approach and is trained to use the Project Management Body of Knowledge framework. He is also experienced in utilising the Tasmanian Government Project Management Guidelines to manage projects. 

Shane has extensive experience in workforce planning and pathways projects, having worked with The Smith Family, DHHS Tasmania and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology on workforce development strategy and implementation.

Dr Kevin Swarts

Industry Liaison Officer

Kevin is a trade-qualified carpenter, construction estimator, experienced site supervisor, and a qualified builder. After moving from WA to Launceston, he studied business management at the University of Tasmania. Kevin also lectures in Marketing at UTAS and recently completed a PhD looking at managing complex customer relationships in the Australian construction industry.

Kevin enjoys drinking beer with mates, playing video games, and philosophising about the meaning of life. He also loves talking to builders, tradies, and construction workers about doing business and developing our industry to be the best in the world!

Merlin Thomas


Merlin has more than fifteen years’ experience in IT networking, team management, account management, office administration, budget preparation, and customer service.

She holds a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Engineering, Masters in Human Resources, Master of Accounting and a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

From 2020, she has been working part time as an administrator in a Tasmanian construction company, as well as on a contract basis with Keystone Tasmania.

Merlin believes people are the backbone of all businesses. Her broad experience means that she can understand issues from multiple perspectives, and she prides herself of delivering exceptional customer service. She loves interacting with people and looks forward to meeting the many employers and employees who are supported by Keystone Tasmania.  

Merlin likes to explore new places, chill out with family and friends, and experience new cuisine. Her passion is cooking - she loves it when people enjoy her food!

Lisa Jekimovics

Executive Assistant

Lisa joined Keystone Tasmania after 17 years in an administrative and media design role at CorComms. She has strong task management skills and a high level of professionalism and demonstrated initiative. She brings to the role a high level of skill across administration, executive support, website maintenance and media and design work. Lisa will support the Executive team, manage Board-related tasks and assist with in-house communication production.

On the weekends you will find Lisa with her horse, on the bike track with her family or enjoying a wine and cheese platter with neighbours and friends.