RDA ACT Committee Members are committed volunteers who represent the broad ACT communities of interest. Members use their broad and diverse skills base and their networks to:
- build partnerships to ensure governments and stakeholders are responsive to local priorities and needs;
- be a conduit between government and the community - a provider of information and driver of change; and
- advocate on behalf of the region to ensure the long-term sustainability of the region.
The current Committee of Regional Development Australia (ACT) comprises the following members:
Craig Sloan – Chair
He is a Chartered Accountant – Partner with KPMG, Government Advisory Services Division, specialising in the provision of financial, business and program advisory services. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia, and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Society of CPAs.
Born and bred in Canberra, Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Canberra (1986) before embarking on a career that took him to the United States, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Since returning ‘home’, he has been actively involved in a broad range of business, charity and community activities, including Chairman (2002-2009) of the Canberra Business Council.
Professor Barbara Norman – Deputy Chair
She is currently Foundation Chair and Head of Discipline, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra. Barbara holds a PhD from RMIT University (2010), a Master of Environmental Law (ANU) and a Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning (Melbourne University). She is a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Planning Institute and a Member of the Coasts and Climate Change Council.
Barbara is Co-Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures, a portal for research and education in the Canberra region on sustainability and climate change. She is widely published and presents at a range of conferences and forums, with a current focus on urbanisation and climate change.
She holds a Master of Marketing Communication (2002) and a Bachelor of Communication (1998). She has presented conference papers, been a professional consultant, and is a Member of the Chamber of Women in Business and the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Christine has contributed to community, business and government committees, with current positions on the ACT Fair Trading Advisory Committee and the Australian Motorcycle Industry Association. She has also shared her small business knowledge as a Mentor to a range of community groups, receiving numerous personal and business awards including the ACT Small Business of the Year (2003).
She holds a Graduate Diploma in Marketing (2006) and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (1988). She is a Board Member of the Exhibition Park Corporation, Tandem Respite Inc and the Capital Region Business Enterprise Centre, and has been a volunteer with the Canberra Business Council Small Business Taskforce, Lifeline and Snowy Hydro Southcare.
Jean is a member of the Risk Management Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Marketing Institute and Business Tuggeranong. She has received the Chamber of Women in Business Award for Outstanding Community Spirit.
He holds Masters degrees in engineering and business management, and has worked for many years in the field of civil engineering. He commenced his career with the Sydney Water Board and then took up a number of senior engineering positions in NSW local government. He is currently Chair of the Googong and Tralee Rezoning committees.
Gary has extensive experience in the provision of local government services, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and transport planning, urban design and development, economic development and the provision of community services.
Vicki is an active member of the Master Builders Association, the Canberra Business Council, the Landscape Contractors Association of NSW and the ACT, the Australian Institute of Horticulture, the Leukaemia Foundation and Family Business Australia. She has served and is still serving in various positions in these associations. Vicki is involved in many voluntary activities and projects and raises money for the Leukaemia Association and MS Australia.
Vicky is passionate about plants, people and the planet and is on the RDA Committee to give her an opportunity to make a difference within the local community. Vicki believes that it’s never too late to follow your dream and passion and is a shining example of this philosophy.
Peter Elford is a new member of the RDA ACT committee. He is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professional with 29 years of experience engaging with educational institutions and agencies in Federal Government. He is passionate about the role ICT plays in improving the way we work, live, play and learn, and has a particular interest in the impact of the National Broadband Network on Canberra and the surrounding region.
Peter has worked for the higher education and research community, spending seven years at the Australian National University (ANU) prior to joining the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) in 1990, and for industry, as an employee of Cisco Systems since 1993 where he currently holds the position of Business Development Manager, Education.
Peter was born, raised and educated in Canberra and hold a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the Australian National University. He is currently a resident of Gungahlin, and the Vice President of the Gungahlin Community Council.
Louise De Busch
Louise is employed with the ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry as a Partnership Broker for the Ready Program and Executive Officer for the Indigenous Business Chamber based in Canberra. She has many years of experience working in areas of developing sustainable partnerships from grass-roots to strategic projects with key stakeholder groups, across all levels of government.
She currently works with stakeholders across business and industry, education and training sectors, community groups and parent groups to broker partnerships that support young people and all of community to remain engaged or to re-engage in education or training and employment opportunities. She has played a pivotal role in reinvigorating the Indigenous Business Chamber of Australia based in Canberra and has a strong interest in strengthening indigenous economic participation strategies and participated strongly in establishing the successful inaugural 2012 ACT & Region Indigenous Expo through the ACT and surrounding areas.
Adrian Best as Director of Synerge specialises in contract and project management roles across government and industry. He has a passion and commitment to building capacity and competitiveness in our rural and regional businesses through education, training and skills development.
He is a State and National Tourism Awards Judge, a business Ambassador for South Australia, member of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute and holds a number of qualifications in business, tourism, hospitality, manufacturing and agribusiness.
He has extensive experience working with regional communities; growers and producers providing industry based strategic planning and commercialising new products and services for individual businesses.
Adrian has produced numerous reports for Rural Industries Research Development Corporation including studies on commercialising fibre, tropical fruits, dates and seaweed. He has also worked extensively on the Value Supply chain Management and Food Processing in Regional Australia programs for the Federal Government.