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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 6 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

Nick Belyea, Chairperson

Nick Belyea has extensive high-level experience in aviation, tourism and transport, in both the public and private sectors. He spent nine years as CEO of Broome International Airport and worked at the Department of Transport for 10 years overseeing aviation, rail, port and freight policy. He has a house in Augusta and splits his time between Perth and Augusta, increasingly spending more time in the South West.

Jennie Franceschi, Deputy Chairperson

Jennie Franceschi is the managing director and part-owner of Advance Packing and Marketing Services. Jennie is passionate about regional development and supporting Australian farmers. She is an experienced exporter and lives in Manjimup.

Jackie Jarvis

Jackie 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.


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.

Pat Scallan OAM

Pat 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.


Julie Hillier

Collie businesswoman and community advocate Julie Hillier brings with her more than 20 years of experience in human resource management and organisational development. In addition to having worked in corporate roles, Julie has also worked at a senior level in the oil and gas industry in the UK, Norway, France, Singapore and Australia.  From chair of the Collie River Valley Marketing Group to a member of the advisory board for Next Gen Collie, Julie is involved in a number of community initiatives.


Tony Dean

Tony brings a wealth of experience in community leadership and a whole of South West perspective to the board. He is currently the president of the Shire of Nannup, was previously the Member for Bunbury, and spent seven years a Bunbury City councillor. He is president of the South West Local Government Association, president of the Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils, and a state councillor for the Western Australian Local Government Association.