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Committee

Mr Ross MacDiarmid - Chair

Ross MacDiarmid serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint and has also served as Chief Executive Officer Dyesol Australia Pty Ltd, Chief Executive of the Australian Capital Tourism Corporation.

Ross has held general manager positions with Lockwood Australia, Smorgon ARC, Ansett Australia and the ACT Government.

 

Todd Eagles - Deputy Chair (Acting)

For the past decade Todd Eagles has been instrumental in progressing the  energy industry.  He currently leads energy efficiency programs, solar operations and is currently deploying battery storage technologies at ActewAGL Retail. Since 2013 he has led the strategic arm of the Electric Vehicle Council, developing projects coordinating national stakeholders to increase the capability of both the public and private sectors adjusting to the fast developing electric vehicle future.

Todd also has a particular interest in enabling a sustainable environment and holds a Bachelor of Education, Masters of International Business and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy.   Through living and consuming locally, and spending holidays regionally, Todd has become a passionate advocate for Canberra and the Capital Region.

Committee members
Ilea Buffier

Ilea Buffier has been a company director for over                                            fifteen years and a non-executive director for the past 5. She is currently serving on the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) ACT Divisional Council and their National Reporting Committee. Ilea is Deputy Chair of Northside Community Service and a member of their Finance and Audit Committee, having Joined the board of Northside 2013. She has been Managing Director and owner of Ninetwofive Interiors since 2003.

Ilea was awarded Telstra ACT Young Business Women of the Year in 2004 and holds a Diploma of Business. Ilea is a Graduate Member of the AICD, has been a Fellow of the Institute of Mangers and Leaders (IML) and is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Canberra Women in Business.

Ilea is a mentor for the Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator program, which helps new Canberra businesses whose purpose is to make a positive environmental and social impact. 

Peter Elford

Peter Elford is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professional with over 30 years of experience in the education and government sectors. 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 is currently the Director, Government Relations and eResearch for the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), a position he has held since January, 2014. Previously Peter spent nearly twenty years at Cisco in a variety of roles, including most recently as the Business Development Manager, Higher Education and Research.

Peter was born, raised and educated in Canberra and holds 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.

Suzanne Moulis

Suzanne Moulis is Chief Executive of Moulis Legal, a Commercial and International boutique law firm providing national and international clients with solutions to complex legal issues from offices in Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne. 

Suzanne is also a registered landscape architect, concurrently engaged by a number of NSW government bodies to improve urban development outcomes through independent design review. She holds a first class honours degree in landscape architecture, an MBA from the AGSM, is a Graduate member of the AICD, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and has professional experience of over 25 years.

May Ngui

May Ngui is the Regional Manager of GHD’s ACT and Southern NSW operations, based in Canberra.  GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Committed to creating lasting community benefit, GHD’s connected global network of 9000 diverse people delivers engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to public and private sector clients across Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America and the Pacific region. 

A chartered professional electrical engineer  and Fellow of Engineers Australia, May has over 30 years’ experience in the design and commissioning of electrical and control systems for water, wastewater and transport infrastructure and industrial facilities both in Australia and overseas, spending time in far-flung locations such as an oil rig on the South China Sea and in a cement factory in pre-1989 rural China.

May graduated from the University of Ottawa, Canada, with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering), Magna Cum Laude. She is a Graduate member of the AICD.

May is passionate about technical leadership and development of female leaders in the industry and is an active participant of Engineers Australia’s professional women’s mentoring program.

Nigel Phair

Nigel Phair is an influential analyst on the intersection of technology, crime and society. Currently he is Director - UNSW Canberra Cyber and a non-executive Director of Canberra Institite of Technology. Adjunct Professor Phair has published three acclaimed books on the international impact of cybercrime, is a regular media commentator and provides executive and board advice on strategy, risk and governance of technology.  

In a 21 year career with the Australian Federal Police he achieved the rank of Detective Superintendent and headed up investigations at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre for four years.  He is founder and managing director of a technology ‘start up’ company and has chaired a number of not-for-profit organisations. He holds a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Government & Commercial Law.

Simon Troman

Simon Troman is the Managing Director of Atratus Consulting,  a specialist renewable energy consulting firm.  He was previously Managing Director of IT Power / ITP Renewables, and has worked on energy projects worldwide.

Simon was with ITP for over ten years, growing the company in Australia and taking it into international markets. Before taking on ITP he managed a $205m government incentive program for off grid renewable energy, and worked with the CSIRO.  Simon has nearly thirty years’ experience in the renewable energy sector, ranging from hands-on construction, aid and development programs, research work and technology development.  Simon has qualifications in engineering and corporate governance. He is a past Director of both NFPs and commercial boards.

 

RDA ACT Committee Members

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.

Roles of an RDA Chair, Deputy Chair and Committee members

Chair

The RDA Committee Chair will lead a diverse organisation of individuals working in a complex environment to deliver high value outcomes for the community and the region. The Chair will be a recognised business or regional leader who will champion local jobs and regional growth.

They will network widely across industry sectors and attract and facilitate opportunities and investment in their region. They will be very knowledgeable about the economic, social, cultural and environmental opportunities and challenges facing their region; be well connected and a strong advocate for their regions; and draw their regional communities
together to build and drive economic growth.

The RDA Chair will provide strategic direction and leadership to the RDA Committee and ensure corporate governance arrangements are effectively designed and implemented. 

They will demonstrate strong leadership to the Committee and have a sound understanding of board or committee performance management, including people and organisational management processes.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities

The RDA Committee Chair will be accountable to:

  • Their communities for delivering outcomes that meet regional needs;
  • The Minister for meeting the Government’s expectations of the RDA;
  • The funding providers for ensuring that agreed objectives are achieved and resources invested are expended as efficiently and effectively as possible; and
  • RDA Committee staff for providing a safe and healthy workplace.

The RDA Committee Chair will have primary responsibility for ensuring that the RDA Committee grows a strong and confident regional economy that harnesses competitive advantages, seizes on economic opportunity and attracts investment.

The RDA Committee Chair will also ensure the RDA Committee and delivers against the outcomes, reporting requirements and performance measures specified in the RDA Funding Agreement. The RDA Committee Chair will also be responsible, along with the other Committee Members, for the good operational and financial governance of the overall organisation.

Deputy Chair and Committee Members

As the Deputy Chair or Member of the RDA Committee you will be an active contributor to the outcomes of a diverse organisation of individuals working in a complex environment to deliver high value outcomes for the community and the region. Members will be active in their regional communities and contribute to supporting local jobs and regional growth.

Members will be expected to leverage existing networks and develop new networks across industry sectors. RDA Committee members will be required to support the Chair to attract opportunities and investment to their region. They must be knowledgeable about the economic, social, cultural and environmental opportunities and challenges facing their region; be well connected and a strong advocate for their regional communities; and draw their communities together to build and drive economic growth.

The RDA member will work as an effective member of the RDA Committee toward a common goal or strategy and drive projects that target specific areas of economic development for the region. They will actively support committee governance and management processes.

The role of the Deputy Chair is to assume the role and duties of the RDA Chair, whenever the Chair is not available. The Deputy Chair also plays an important role in supporting the

Chair in day-to- day matters and will have similar skills to the Chair.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities

RDA Deputy Chair and Committee Members will be accountable to:

  • the Chair for supporting the activities of the Committee;
  • their communities for delivering outcomes that meet regional needs;
  • the funding providers for ensuring that agreed objectives are achieved and resources invested are expended as efficiently and effectively as possible; and
  • RDA Committee staff for providing a safe and healthy workplace.

The RDA Deputy Chair and Committee Members will be responsible for supporting the RDA Committee to meet the requirements of the Charter, deliver against the outcomes, reporting requirements and performance measures specified in the RDA Funding Agreement, and for the good operational and financial governance of the overall organisation.