Bianca Welsh is a co-owner of Stillwater Restaurant and Black Cow Bistro and is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness in the workplace among many things. She worked her way through the ranks at Stillwater and was offered to be a partner in opening Black Cow Bistro in 2008 at the age of 21. She became a co-owner of the reputable Stillwater restaurant in 2010 and in 2014 the group purchased the business above the restaurant the Mill Providore – soon to be transformed in to boutique accommodation.

Amongst some of her proudest accolades are the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence’s Young Restaurateur of the Year 2015, a state finalist in the 2015 Young Australian of the Year category having been recognised for her contribution to youth issues and was awarded the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Professional of the Year in 2017.

You’ll often find Bianca engaging in many ways in her community – be it public speaking, motivational talks or career sessions at various schools around the state or contributing in her position as a board member of both Cornerstone Youth Services and Design Tasmania. She has judged the Tasmanian Tourism Awards on multiple occasions, been a Tasmanian Australian of the Year judge and is an active Australia Day Ambassador. She was also part of a taskforce to address the skills shortage in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors in Tasmania and provided recommendations to the Premier to achieve the goal of another 40,000 visitors to the state by 2020.

She has a unique approach to how she runs her businesses and supports her team. She is acutely aware of mental health issues and has supported those that suffer with depression, anxiety and bi-polar, to eating disorders, substance abuse, life-changing circumstances such as death, suicides, illness, abortion and divorce and aims to provide a safe and comfortable work-environment whilst enabling her team to still to be productive with a sense of empowerment and achievement. Studying part time Bianca completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science in December 2018 to compliment her HR role within her businesses.

In her spare time, she surrounds herself with good food, wine, people and animals. She has recently become a mum and enjoys the challenge of balancing her roles.