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Don Page

A valued representative of the local community, Mr Page was a Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly and State member for Ballina from 1988 to 2015 and Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals from 2003-2007.  Between 1988 and 1995 he held the positions of Assistant Minister for Public Works, Roads and Transport , Tourism, Planning, and Housing. Between 1995 and 2011 he held a number of Shadow Ministerial positions, including Forestry, Roads, Housing, Regional Development, Small Business and Regulatory Reform, Skills Development and Training and was the Shadow Minister for the North Coast from 2005. He became Minister for the North Coast and Minister for Local Government between 2011 and 2014. On his retirement in 2015 Mr Page was heralded by the local community as a true statesman and valued representative of the Northern Rivers community. Mr Page brings this wealth of knowledge and understanding of our region to the position of Chair of the Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers Committee.

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Tamara Williams

Tamara is an experienced financial advisor and manager, with over 20 years experience in the property investment banking and funds management industries. Her most significant roles have been Joint Head of Property Advisory at Investec Bank (Australia) Limited and Director of Property Advisory for Westpac Institutional Bank. Tamara has originated, executed and managed many property related transactions within specialised industries, including agriculture, retail, commercial, residential, hospitality, industrial, aged care and child care. She has advised many companies on the financial implications of their property holding strategies and worked with many boards and investment committees in this respect. Tamara is invested in the Northern Rivers region, owning and managing a suite of private businesses in hospitality, agriculture and property development sectors. Tamara is eager to provide her hands-on business experience, along with the discipline of her investment banking career, to significantly contribute to the strategy of the RDA and the Northern Rivers region.

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Daniel Simpson

Daniel is currently the Deputy Mayor of Richmond Valley Council and has in his portfolio the areas of Business and Industry Advisory Panel; Strategic Finance Committee and the Local Traffic Committee.  Daniel is also the President of the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson of the Mid-Richmond Community Bank and owner/operator of the Rod-N-Reel Hotel in Woodburn and Hotel Illawong in Evans Head.  Through sponsorship from the Rod-N-Reel, Daniel supports many community groups such as Rural Fire Service, Evans Head / Woodburn Preschool, Woodburn Netball Club, Woodburn Softball Club, and the Woodburn CWA. Daniel is passionate about the region – ensuring that it prospers in the short, medium and long term.  He brings to the Board the perspective of a young business owner with a young family looking to make a life in the Northern Rivers Area.

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Danielle Adams

Danielle has extensive management experience having spent over 20 years managing both domestic and international businesses, at one point managing 4 businesses in 3 time-zones, with 4 different languages spoken. She has a solid background in change management and business improvement development and extensive skills in sales and customer focused achievements. Her current role as General Manager of the Clarence River Fishermen’s Cooperative (CRFC) has provided her with the capacity to think more laterally, challenge the standards, to operate far more open mindedly and to engage and become involved in more rural and regional issues at hand.

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Graeme Hargreaves

Graeme Hargreaves is a macadamia grower from Dunoon, and has spent the past 23 years marketing Australian macadamias around the world. He has been CEO of a major macadamia processing company and chair or board member of several public and private companies. These included Horticulture Australia Ltd, a public company, investing more than A$100 million per annum. Previously, Graeme was an Australian Senior Trade Commissioner in Africa, the Middle East, New Zealand, South America, the Caribbean and Singapore for 22 years to 1987, assisting Australian companies to export to the countries he covered. Having spent his entire working life in export, he keeps his eye in by marketing Chilean prunes in several countries and chairing some committees of Horticulture Australia Ltd, notably the Office of Horticultural Market Access.

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Tom Senti

Tom has been a resident in Tweed Shire for the past 35 years, 15 years as an owner/operator of two small businesses in Murwillumbah and has developed, and manages, a commercial, retail, and residential property portfolio in the Tweed and SE Queensland. Tom has extensive experience in economic development, having spent 13 years as CEO and Executive Director of Tweed Economic Development Corporation contracted to Tweed Shire Council. Tom was a Foundation member of Economic Development Australia and has presented numerous papers on Sustainable Regional Economic Development at EDA Conferences across Australia, as well as providing key note addresses at Australian National Conferences and state conferences in NSW, WA, Victoria, Qld, Gold Coast and other regional areas. In 2003 in partnership with University of Queensland’s School of Economics and Policy Development, Tom developed a national award winning, economic modelling tool for Tweed and Northern Rivers. Tom also developed a number of significant projects and proposals for Tweed Shire Council, including; the Tweed NBN Telecommunications Infrastructure Action Plan; An Approach to Employment Generating Land, which promoted the development a 475 Ha Master Planned Estate Development at Murwillumbah; The Tweed Economic and Social Analysis, Health and Ageing Report; and developed the Tweed River Nature Link Project.

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Dr Susan Vinnicombe

Susan is a doctorally qualified specialist in the area of agritourism and entrepreneurship. With many years experience as an accountant, business advisor and university lecturer, Susan has advised and mentored many local businesses from the new venture phase through to growth and succession planning. Susan’s doctoral research, undertaken in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, focussed on entrepreneurs in agriculture and agritourism. In recent times she has been working on projects within the organic food industry assisting farmers to convert to organic farming practices and gain organic certification. Formerly a lecturer in the Southern Cross University MBA program she has taught both around Australia and extensively throughout South East Asia. In addition, Susan owns and manages several businesses in the region with a focus on small business development, property and agriculture. Working with the RDA board, Susan is keen to identify opportunities for regional development, agricultural diversification and economic activity in the Northern Rivers.

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Peter Carlill

Peter has gained many skills through the experiences he has had by being an active participant in the Northern Rivers Community. He spent 26 years as Director, Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd (Casino Meat Works) – the largest private employer in the region. As a former President of Kyogle Apex Club, a past President of North Coast Oilseed Growers Association, a life member of Kyogle Show Society, a Foundation member of Casino Rural Financial Counselling Service and Government Appointee to the Casino Local Land Board (now Trade & Investment Crown Lands), Peter has a driving passion to see the Northern Rivers progress.

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Chau Duncan

As an experienced Director for Investment and Trade Commissioner for both UK and Australian governments, Chau brings in depth experience with planning and strategy development and integration; including an awareness of drivers for government, economic resources, industries, and the importance of attracting investment for economic development to the RDA NR Board. She has worked across all aspects of international business, trade and investment development to drive strategic initiatives and lead investment team operations aimed at growing foreign investment interest, infrastructure projects, networks and outcomes through quality support, market intelligence and advice. As Trade Commissioner ASEAN promoting Clean Energy & Environment, Chau led a team across 6 countries to deliver initiatives that promoted the development & investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, low emissions technology & services, conservation (particularly forestry & biodiversity, and water), working with international organisations such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank; international Aid agencies such as Germany’s GTZ and AusAid to deliver infrastructure and project support. Chau recently joined the CBA as the Executive Manager for Corporate Financial Services in the Gold Coast. Chau brings a wealth of experience in business and relationship management, leading a team of professionals that deliver exceptional service to many businesses in the Northern Region. Chau has broad business and government networks across Australia and globally, strong experience in both foreign investment and trade, along with banking, finance and funding, and her background experience and achievements are aligned well with the needs of the Northern Rivers region.

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Michelle Bourke

Born and raised in the Northern Rivers, Michelle has worked as a lawyer in both Lismore and Ballina. She is currently a Board member of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association NSW. She has helped run property development businesses, legal businesses and tourist businesses over the past 20 years. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Law degree and has completed courses conducted by the Australian Institute of Directors on Corporate Governance. She has submitted numerous submissions to NSW Government Committees on proposed legislative changes.

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