TYO Patron

The TYO is honoured to enjoy the patronage of Tasmania's first female Governor, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM

Previously she was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute.  

She had also in her career at the University held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School. On 26 January 2014 Her Excellency was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the law, particularly in the areas of law reform and education.

Her teaching interests included Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminology and Sentencing, and her research interests included Sentencing and Criminal Justice.

She was a Commissioner of the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, with a particular interest in regulation, gaming policy and harm minimisation.

Professor Warner had been a Member of the Sentencing Advisory Council since 2010, and had assisted with the preparation of the Council’s discussion papers and reports.

She was a Member of the Board of Legal Education; a Member of the Council of Law Reporting; and Director, Centre for Legal Studies.

In addition to working with the Tasmania Law Reform Institute on its projects, she had been involved in providing advice and submissions on rape law reform, drug diversion and mental health diversion programs and abortion law reform. She also assisted other law reform bodies nationally including the New South Wales Law Reform Commission and the Australian Law Reform Commission.

As the former President of the Alcorso Foundation, Her Excellency supported social and cultural advancement in the community through its programs in the Arts, Environment and Social Justice.

She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007; Visiting Fellow All Souls College Oxford in 2009; the University of Tasmania Distinguished Service Medal in 2013; and the Women Lawyers Award for Leadership in 2013. She has been nominated as a finalist in the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards for her contributions to the law, law reform and legal education.

Her Excellency graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 1970, and a Master of Laws in 1978. She served as associate to the former Chief Justice, Sir Stanley Burbury, in the early 1970s.

She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and law reform reports. She first published Sentencing in Tasmania in 1991, which has since become an indispensable tool for judges and magistrates. She is a member of the editorial boards of Current Issues in Criminal Justice; Women Against Violence; and the Criminal Law Journal.  She has contributed the annual Sentencing Review to the Criminal Law Journal since 1998. Related to her role with the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, she has written a number of papers and reports for the Board.

Her Excellency is married to Richard Warner, and has two daughters. Richard was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 1999, and is actively involved in the Derwent Valley community. He is a keen horticulturalist, and interested in the re-use of redundant heritage buildings in Tasmania.

She is grandmother to five grandchildren, a passionate gardener, keen bushwalker and occasional cyclist.

TYO Choirs Patron

The TYO is equally honoured to have the patronage of Frances Underwood for the TYO Chorale program.

Frances is ambassador for, patron or president of a number of organisations including the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, the Story Island Project, Musica Viva Tas, St Giles, HEIS and Hobart Eisteddfod and is a founding patron of Van Diemen’s Band. Married to the late Governor of Tasmania, His Excellency, the Hon Peter Underwood she used her role at Government House to promote education and the arts as well as being the inaugural patron of The Children’s Book Council (Tas) Virtuosi Tasmania and Hobart Baroque. 

Frances Underwood is an experienced, qualified, registered teacher and education manager who has devoted much of her career to supporting the arts in education, in particular music. 

Her teaching experience, before being appointed a principal, included kindergarten/early childhood and several years as music specialist pre K–6. Frances has also taught music for the 0–5 age group in child care and is experienced at working with parents and teachers in a way that instils confidence in what may be an unfamiliar area. 

Frances agrees with music educator, Richard Gill, that children can be encouraged to think musically and should be given the opportunity to become musically literate, to make their own music and to appreciate music for the joy and happiness it can bring. The same can be said of adults. 

Frances has a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education (Early Childhood), a Graduate Certificate in Music Education, an A MUS A and in 2004 completed a Summer Course in Music Education at the Universtat Mozarteum, Salzburg. 

Frances is a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

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