RDA-South West members
The RDA committee is a ministerially-appointed body of volunteers with a broad knowledge of the region. They have strong networks and bring a range of expertise to the table which enables the group to understand regional issues and so set priorities to meet demonstrated need.
Scott Robinson, Chair
Scott is the Busselton-based Director of cutting edge marketing company, Jack in the Box. He has enjoyed remarkable success gaining a number of awards and is the first three-time winner of the Business News '40 Under 40' group which recognises talented and emerging entrepreneurs. He is a mentor in the Australian start-up business initiatives, PushStart and StartUp Smart. Scott is also involved with the region's growing creative sector as an executive member of the Creative Corner, and is Chairman of Bridgetown High School Alumni as well as being involved in sport committee work.
Ian Telfer MAICD, Deputy Chair
Ian has had a distinguished career in the timber industry and in his community involvement. He is CEO at WA Plantation Resources and is a Director of the Australian Forest Products Association as well as serving as President of the Forest Industries Federation WA. These roles involve s mix stakeholder relationship management as well as operating commercially successful enterprises. In the community he Chairs the Bunbury Geographe Economic Alliance, Investing in Our Youth and is President of Pathways SW. Ian is also involved with St John Ambulance, including holding the position of Chair of the sub centre. He served on the ECU Advisory Board for nine years and was President of Basketball SW for nine years. Ian is a Rotarian.
Dr Natasha Ayers GAICD
Tash is the managing director and co-founder of AgriStart. She is part of a WA farming family and spent eight years as an agricultural researcher and lecturer at universities in Australia, the UK and America. Tash founded iPREP WA in 2014, a unique program involving researchers from all WA universities undertaking projects in industry, which won the 2017 Australian Council of Graduate Research award for industry engagement. She has been a WA Innovator of the Year awards judge since 2016. She has a PhD in Plant Biology and a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture. Her other board roles include non-executive director for Carbon Conscious Investments Limited and Harvestaire Pty Ltd, plus volunteer roles on not for profit organisations Busselton Jetty Inc and South West Angels.
Posy Barnes GAICD
Posy is CEO of JSW Training and Community Services. She has a background in management, PR and marketing and has worked in Australia and overseas. Posy has a wealth of experience in employment and training. She has an MBA, and has previously served with the South West Development Commission Board. She is a Certified Professional Member of Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) and serves on the Board of Pathways, an organisation that provides primary mental health services. Posy has also successfully worked to establish a Care School in the Bunbury area.
Dr Jack Carlsen
Jack has more than 25 years’ experience in regional economic development, tourism and related business growth gained through international research, teaching and through public and private strategic planning consultancies. As a university professor he collaborated with world-leading academics to conduct applied research projects and produce more than 150 research publications including five books on topics including family-owned tourism enterprises, wine tourism, island tourism, innovation networks and sustainable events. As founder and director of Tourism Research Services, he consults to all levels of government to develop economic and strategic policies and plans and works increasingly with the private sector to support regional investment, employment and value-adding through sustainable tourism-related development.
Greg works as a support officer at Bunbury Regional Prison where his work was recognised with a Commissioner’s Award. He is the NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year and has been named Noongar of the Year five times. He was a former ATSIC regional councillor and held the local government portfolio. Greg has strong bonds with the Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School and founded the Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation. He is currently Deputy Chair. A former worker at Harvey Shire Council, Greg was involved in football as a player and coach, first with the Harvey Brunswick Lions and then with the Harvey Bulls. He maintains a passion for family and community, having involvement with the South Bunbury Church of Christ where he is one of the pastors affiliated with the church. In 2020, Greg was awarded the Australian Corrections Medal for outstanding services to people engaged in the justice system.
Peter is an engineer and Senior Project Manager with the Water Corporation delivering a number of multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects. He was executive manager of Aqwest and worked with Westrail, delivering rail lines to the Wheatbelt. Peter was a Capel Shire councillor for many years and member of the Preston River to Ocean and Leschenault Regional Parks Advisory Committee. Other community engagement includes membership of the ECU Advisory Committee and experience working with the Regional Roads Committee SW. Peter was founding President of Dalyellup Surf Life Saving Club for 12 years. RDA work appeals to Peter who has previously served on the committee and returns for another stint.
Dr Robyn Morris
Robyn has an extensive background in tertiary education, academic and applied research, and runs her own management consultancy, CARE Consulting, while remaining an Adjunct Academic with ECU. She has a PhD in Organisational Behaviour and Psychology and a Masters in Economics. She has previously served on boards and groups including the Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance, Bunbury CCI, City of Bunbury Economic Advisory Committee, ECU South West, South West Institute of Technology, and Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government Research Advisory Committee and Rural-remote and Indigenous Local Government Reference Group. She is a current Business South West Board member. Robyn is well recognised for her leadership and strategic thinking skills and has a strong interest in regional economic development.
Claire Savage GAICD
Claire is a tourism professional with over 25 years' experience in tourism development and marketing in Australia and the UK. She has worked in tourism in a range of disciplines including economic development, natural resource management, heritage tourism and food and wine tourism and 10 years ago she founded Savagely Creative which specialises in experience and product development. She remains managing director. She is past Chair of FACET, the Forum Advocating Cultural and Ecotourism, and was project manager for Tourism WA's food and wine strategy, Taste 2020. Claire is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has additional tertiary qualifications in business, tourism and marketing.
Charles Jenkinson JP, AFAIM
Charles is the organisation's Director of Regional Development and holds a non-voting position on the committee as Secretary. He read for an honours degree in applied social science at Leicester University, and gained qualifications in regional development from UWA. He has worked in the field since 2006, taking a new direction after 21 years as a journalist, print editor and managing editor when he was nominated for a Premier's Award for Services to Indigenous people. A JP, Charles has completed a post graduate Masters degree in Planning and Environment through RMIT. He sits on various economic development groups and is an Associate Fellow in the Australian Institute of Management. In the community is currently Secretary of Dalyellup Beach Cricket Club, and was former Chair of the South West Academy of Sport, Chair of Manea Senior College and sat on the SW Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre Advisory Board.