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.
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.
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.
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.