Tasmanian born and educated, Keryn has worked in the Tasmanian media industry for three decades both as a communications professional and award-winning journalist. She is a former State political reporter for both print and electronic media before rising to be the Head of News for WIN Television Tasmania – the first female for the network in Australia. She started her career at The Launceston Examiner.
For the past two decades, Keryn has worked as a senior media, public relations and communications consultant, initially for leading consultancy Corporate Communications Pty Ltd, and for the past 12 years, her own consultancy, Nylander Consulting. Her expertise is in designing and implementing communications strategies for a vast range of corporate, Government and not-for-profit organisations. Keryn has also had a long association with the wine industry starting with brand development of Moorilla Estate in 1990, to the creation of the Tamar Ridge wine label and more recently Keryn was a part of the management team and a shareholder in specialist contract winemaking business Winemaking Tasmania Pty Ltd from 2005-2013 in Cambridge, Hobart. Keryn has a strong understanding of the Tasmanian economic environment through her leadership for the past 20 years in a number of senior board roles in Tasmania - Keryn is currently inaugural Chairman of new National Basketball League franchise Tasmania JackJumpers, a director of Tasmanian energy retailer Aurora Energy, Tasmanian customer-owned financial institution Bank of us, and for Tempus Village Management Pty Ltd, (an innovative rural retirement and aged care village proposed on Kelvedon Estate, East Coast Tasmania). Keryn has also served as a director of the State’s peak wine body Wine Tasmania (2006-2014), a director of the Tasmanian Development Board (2001-2014), and Director and Chairman of Fahan School (2008-2017). Currently, she is working with clients in a range of areas including major project development and construction, aged care, tourism and hospitality and business services in Tasmania.
Keryn was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Tasmania) in 2013.