Committee

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

Craig Sloan is Chairman of RDA ACT, and a Member of its Governance Sub-Committee and Education Sub-Committee.  His particular interest is in growing and developing the economy of Canberra and its surrounding region in partnership with government and public and private sector organisations, to which he takes a proactive approach.
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

Barbara Norman is Deputy Chair of RDA ACT and a Member of the RDA ACT Environment Sub-Committee.  She has over thirty years’ experience in urban and regional planning in the public, private and academic sectors, with particular interest in urban and regional planning, sustainable coastal planning and climate change adaptation.
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.

Des Walsh

Des Walsh is Convenor of the Transport Sub-Committee. He is currently a Board Member of both Australian Business Volunteers and the Rotary Club of Belconnen.  He has a strong interest in the ACT business, community and social environments.
He had early careers in Chartered Accounting and Telecom and holds a Diploma of Public Administration. Throughout the 1970s he was a Commercial Attaché at the Australian Embassies in Tehran and Berne and the Australian Consulate-General in Bahrain, delivering export related services.
In 1987 Des was appointed Trade Commissioner for Austrade at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby and in 1990, at the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles. Following five years managing Austrade’s South-East Asia Desk, he was Trade Commissioner for the ACT and Southern NSW, before taking up the position of National Manager, TradeStart, assisting small-medium businesses to become sustainable exporters.

Christine Macauley

Christine Macauley is a Member of the Transport Sub-Committee.  She is also Director and co-owner of Robbo’s Motorcycles Pty Limited.  With some thirty years in this role, she provides a depth of knowledge ad experience in small business management in the Canberra environment.
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).

Jean McIntyre

Jean McIntyre is a Member of the Environment Sub-Committee.  Her interests include business development through strategic management to improve sales and service outcomes.  She is a self-employed Marketing Consultant (Marketing Angels), Managing Director of Sponsors Select, and a casual lecturer at the CIT in Managing Risk, Marketing, and Management.
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.

Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman is a Member of the Transport Sub-Committee.  He is also General Manager of the Queanbeyan City Council (since 2007), one of the fastest growing regional centres in NSW.  Previously General Manager at the Yass Shire Council, his experience in Local Government in the ACT region helps to bring a regional perspective to the work of the RDA ACT Committee.
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 Still

 Vicki is the Owner and Managing Director of Easycare Landscapes and Elemental Landscapes. She started as a one-woman business in 1999 and now employs over 20 staff.  As a qualified horticulturist and landscape designer Vicki has won numerous awards since she started, including Australian and ACT Horticulturist of the Year, ACT Winner of the Telstra Commonwealth Bank Business Owner’s Award 2009 and other awards for community and environmental work.
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

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.

Adrian Best

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.