RDA-South West members
The RDA committee is a ministerially-appointed body of people 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.
Duncan Anderson, Chair
Duncan is the Chair of RDA-South West. He has a military background serving as an officer with the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery and now works in education and training as Managing Director of Southern Region TAFEs, delivering courses across 14 regional campuses. Duncan has a special interest in connecting education and training with industry need so that students can work towards a jobs pathway. He serves with the SW Workforce Development Alliance and assists with the Department of Veterans' Affairs Armistice Centenary Grants Program..
Scott Robinson, Deputy Chair
Scott is Director of cutting edge marketing company, Jack in the Box. He has enjoyed remarkable success gaining a number of awards and is 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.
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.
Bernice is the chief executive officer at the South West Academy of Sport where she oversees talent development pathways for some of the region’s most promising athletes. Originally from South Africa where she was the inaugural manager of the Eastern Cape Academy of Sport, Bernice moved to Bunbury in late 2008 to take the reins at the newly-established South West Academy of Sport. She has a background in both high performance and community sports development and has worked to design and implement early talent identification development programs. She is currently studying towards a Masters of Business Administration at Edith Cowan University and is a Sessional Lecturer.
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.
Kevin has 35 years’ experience in native forest and plantation management as a manager with the Forest Products Commission. In addition to government experience Kevin has worked with the private sector for the past decade. He is a Director of Sandalwest – a leading forestry consultancy specialising in natural land fire, the sandalwood industry and forest products certification. Kevin is currently working on chain of custody systems. He has a key focus on regional collaboration to reduce bushfire risk to communities, industry and environment. He is a member of several community organisations in the Harvey Shire where he has lived since 1992.
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 manager 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. A JP, Charles has completed a post graduate Masters degree in Planning and Environment through RMIT. He sits on the SW Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre Advisory Board and Chairs the South West Academy of Sport Board. He is an Associate Fellow in the Australian Institute of Management.