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SWDC welcomes new board members

Thursday, 20 December 2018

The South West Development Commission’s board has been strengthened by the arrival of two new members, who bring to the table a wealth of experience and knowledge that will benefit the region.

The Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia chief executive officer Jackie Jarvis and Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes councillor Pat Scallan officially commenced their roles when they attended their first board meeting last month (November).

SWDC chair Nick Belyea said the new board members were valuable additions to the team.

“I am very pleased that Jackie and Pat have joined the Board and I feel sure they will make a valuable contribution,” Mr Belyea said.

Ms Jarvis said South West residents enjoyed a lifestyle that was envied by others.

“I am looking forward to working with the SWDC to see how we can diversify our local economy through innovation, attracting new industries and creating new knowledge-based job roles,” Ms Jarvis said.

Mr Scallan said he has been involved in the South West for more than 30 years and is keen to contribute to the continued development of the region, particularly that relating to community, infrastructure, tourism and industry.

“The area is destined for substantial growth over the next decade and we need to ensure we can facilitate and support this growth for all in the South West,” Mr Scallan said.

SWDC is an agency of the WA Government that sits under the umbrella of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Its board is the governing body responsible to the Regional Development Minister for setting the direction and priorities of the Commission.

 

About the new board members:

Jackie Jarvis

Jackie Jarvis is an agribusiness professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the finance sector, agricultural policy and workforce development. Jackie has worked with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, the former Department of Agriculture and Food, and in the not-for-profit sector. She is CEO of The Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia, and is a commissioner with the Forest Products Commission. She lives in Margaret River where she and her husband operate a commercial vineyard and winery.

Pat Scallan OAM

Pat Scallan is General Manager Projects – Talison Lithium Pty Ltd Greenbushes Operations. He has held a number of senior operational positions in the mineral sands industry at both Eneabba and Capel prior and has worked at gold mining operations at Western Deep Levels in South Africa. Mr Scallan has been the chairman and deputy chairman of the South West Regional Council of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy for more than 15 years. He is very involved in the local community and amongst other interests has been a councillor on the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire for over 18 years.

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