Michael Kent has contributed significantly to Tasmanian business, economy, community, charity and sport. A former leading businessman in the retail industry he has been active in supporting business and lobbying government through the Food Industry Council and Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce. Michael now focuses his skills in building the community. He has secured a significant grant to fund a Chair of Information Technology at the University of Tasmania. He is currently the chairman or director of many community organisations including the following: Tasmania Together, RSPCA, Variety Club, the National Heritage Foundation, Tasplan Superannuation Fund, Labour Union Co-operative Retirement Fund, Calvary Health Care, St Mary's Cathedral Restoration Committee and Hobart Aquatic Centre. He has also been a leader in the rebuilding of the Tasmanian racing industry. Michael is a mentor, leader and achiever who has given unconditionally to the betterment and success of the community.