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Our Board

The South West Development Commission Board is the governing body responsible to the Regional Development Minister for setting the direction and priorities of the Commission.

It has 10 members selected from community and local government nominations, and Ministerial appointments. The Commission's director is also a member of the Board.

Primary activities

  • Setting the overall strategic direction and goals of the Commission
  • Providing guidance on specific projects and initiatives
  • Formulating Commission policy
  • Reviewing progress at regular intervals to ensure established goals are being achieved
  • Monitoring Commission expenditure
  • Promoting economic development
  • Representing the Commission at relevant meetings and functions
  • Providing a conduit between the Commission and the community
  • Facilitating cooperation between organisations in the region

Current Board members

Stuart Hicks AO (Chairman)

Stuart Hicks is a business policy and planning advisor. He has previously headed a range of West Australian government agencies, including Transperth, the Department of Transport, and Department of Marine and Harbours. Mr Hicks has served as a commissioner of the WA Planning Commission, chairman of the National Transport Commission and chairman of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority. He is deputy chair of the Regional Development Council of WA and a member of the Regional Development Trust. In 2006 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the road transport industry, the public sector, and the community.
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Sue Daubney (Deputy Chair)

Sue Daubney is the managing director of Bannister Downs Dairy in Northcliffe. Having been awarded the WA Telstra Business Women's Innovation Award in 2006, she was further honoured to be announced the First Amongst Equals at the WA Business News 40under40 for 2010. Mrs Daubney has been a director of the Food Industry Association Board (WA) and a member of the Small Business Finance Panel (Reserve Bank of Australia), chair of the Food Industry Advisory Group (CCIWA) and sat on the General Council of the Chamber of Commerce (Perth) and the Agrifood Alliance of WA.  Mrs Daubney lives in Northcliffe with her husband and four children.
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Brian Piesse

Brian Piesse lives in Argyle and operates businesses in Busselton and Margaret River. A former Shire of Capel councillor, Mr Piesse is a member of the Rotary Club of Bunbury, the Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance, a member of the Edith Cowan University (South West) Advisory Board, a member of the CY O'Connor Institute Agribusiness Industry Advisory Committee, a member of the Kings Park Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Board of Management, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has backgrounds in strategic planning, executive management, business and market development, and education governance. He held senior executive roles in several major international chemical and fertiliser companies before returning to Western Australia in 1997. He is a former board member of the CRC for Soil and Land Management.
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Pip Close

Pip has extensive experience in tourism and business.  Her roles have encompassed numerous positions as general manager of hotels in a number of regions around Australia as well as strategic roles including working in tourism bureaus both overseas and in other parts of Australia. Pip has worked in marketing and undertaken roles with global brands including Marriott, Hyatt Hotels and Mirvac as well as speciality luxury lodges.   She has extensive background in destination marketing having worked for organisations such as the Australian Tourism Commission in London, Northern Territory Tourism Commission, Tourism Australia in Sydney, and Fraser Coast Tourism. She is currently CEO of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association.

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Wayne Sanford

Wayne Sanford is the Collie Shire president, a position he has held since 2007. A Collie Shire councillor since 2001, he sits on a number of Shire committees, contributing to areas such as local emergency management. He has chaired the Regional Centres Community Reference Group, ensuring community involvement in Collie's transformation in to a SuperTown. Mr Sanford is a Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance board member.
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Ernie Kay

Busselton resident Ernie Kay brings a wealth of experience to the SWDC board gained in senior executive and directorship roles in major international companies. These roles have spanned Asia and Europe and give him a unique perspective on how the South West can extend its presence and influence in an area that is vital to our future growth. Mr Kay currently works in management consulting and has also been involved with sporting organisations advising on marketing and sponsorship opportunities.
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Ed Valom

Ed owns and operates a farming property in Manjimup. He has a background in the timber industry that includes a stint managing the woodchip export terminal in Albany. He has previously served as a councillor and deputy president on the Manjimup Shire, and counts among his accomplishments the development of the Manjimup Timber Park. Ed is currently deputy chair of the Forest Products Commission, and has a strong interest in the community.
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Tania Jackson

Tania lives in Australind and has been the Harvey Shire president since 2011. She has been a shire councillor since 1997 and deputy shire president for eight years. Over the years Tania has represented local government on Tourism South West and is currently a member of Kemerton Industrial Park Coordinating Committee, Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance, Myalup Wellington (Water for Food) Ministerial Group, Peron Naturalist Partnership-Coastal Adaption Action, Greater Bunbury Regional Cities Development Plan Steering Group and South West Regional Planning Committee. She is the manager of Volunteer South West, a board member of Alliance Housing (WA) and a volunteer ambulance officer with Harvey St John Ambulance.

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Gary Brennan

Elected Bunbury Mayor in October 2013, Gary Brennan has provided leadership to the community to position Bunbury as the State's most progressive regional city and one of the nation's most progressive regional cities. He was raised in Carey Park and whilst his former careers have taken him away from Bunbury at times, it is here where he has spent the majority of his life. His sons and stepchildren were all born in Bunbury. He is married to Dr Robyn Morris and is a grandfather to five children. He also serves as a Justice of the Peace and is an Honorary Member of the South Bunbury Rotary Club and patron to the Bunbury City Band, Bunbury Swimming Club and City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club.

 

Elected Mayor in October 2013, Gary Brennan has provided leadership to the community to position Bunbury as the State's most progressive regional city and one of the nation's most progressive regional cities. He was raised in Carey Park and whilst his former careers have taken him away from Bunbury at times, it is here where he has spent the majority of his life. His sons and stepchildren were all born in Bunbury. He is married to Dr Robyn Morris and is a grandfather to 5 beautiful children.
His qualifications include Bachelor of Applied Science, Post Graduate Diploma of Public Administration, Graduate Diploma of Business, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and hold a Masters of Business Administration.  He also serves as a Justice of the Peace and is an Honorary Member of the South Bunbury Rotary Club and patron to the Bunbury City Band, Bunbury Swimming Club and City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club.