About RDA Great Southern
Regional Development Australia (RDA) is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to enhance the development of Australia’s regions. A national network of RDA committees has been established to achieve this objective.
Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of 52 committees across Australia, including the Indian Ocean Territories and Norfolk Island, made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support economic and workforce development, local procurement, strategic regional planning and inform government programs and infrastructure investments.
RDA Great Southern Staff
Simon joined the RDA in April 2009, when his chief responsibility was to manage the establishment of the new organisation after its transition from the Great Southern Area Consultative Committee.
Simon brings over 25 years’ experience in corporate, community and government organisations where his skills and experience in business management, product development, community consultation and marketing has served him well. His experience includes working with several State and Commonwealth agencies including the NSW Dept of Environment and Conservation, the Commonwealth Dept of Human Services in Canberra and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in North Queensland.
An active member of the Great Southern community, Simon also serves on several boards and committees and enjoys maintaining strong local and regional networks.
Renee joined the RDA Great Southern team in October 2022 and is actively supporting RDA in the areas of human capital (education and training), skilled migration, and sustainable communities through investments and social initiatives.
Renee has 18 years’ experience in corporate organisations, nationally and internationally, and is a member of CPA Australia.
When not in the office, Renee commits to her visual arts deadlines and serves on various art and community committees.
Catherine has joined our team to facilitate the implementation of upcoming projects and provide strategic support to the organisation.
Catherine has a strong business background with a Masters and over 11 years’ experience as a project manager on mega events around the world, including Commonwealth Games and FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Originally from a farming community in Zimbabwe, she now calls Albany home and is dedicated to developing the Great Southern community through economic entrepreneurship and sustainability. Spare time for Catherine is spent in nature, volunteering and exploring the unique diversity of this region. She can also often be found kindly coercing people into building cat enclosures or soliciting native seedlings, plants, and general growing tips.
As Executive Assistant, Kaye works closely with the CEO, Committee Members and Great Southern Universities Centre staff, providing secretarial and administrative support that allows our office to operate efficiently. She manages all office procedures to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. She assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures, maintains accounts payable and receivable, and provides organisational support on strategic projects.
Great Southern Universities Centre Staff
Director, Great Southern Universities Centre
Mike comes to the GS-UniCentre from the WA Academy of Performing Arts, a School within Edith Cowan University. As a former employee of a ‘dual-sector’ university (one providing programs at both vocational education and higher education levels) Mike has extensive experience in both sectors, bringing a contemporary approach to skills development to the Great Southern region. He also brings a very strong student-centred approach to the role, which will be key to his management of the GS-UniCentre.
As the Co-ordinator of contemporary music at WAAPA, Mike established strong links with high schools in the region through the Radio Active program, which required him to regularly work in the Great Southern region. As he continues to build his local networks, Mike can look forward to working with all Australian universities who have students in the region, as well as those which will engage with the Great Southern in the future.
Student Support Officer
Kristina joined the Great Southern Universities Centre in March 2023. She’s dedicated to helping the region’s online and remote students navigate the world of online study, University, and study life.
She runs and facilitates study skills and wellbeing workshops, and manages the Centre’s communications.
Kristina has spent the last 14 years supporting students, teachers and researchers across WA and Tasmanian universities, and has worked in corporate communications for local government, health, and not-for-profits.
In her ‘spare’ time, Kristina enjoys meaty conversations with her fellow book clubbers, crooning to her plant babies and creating chaos with her human ones.