Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra is the peak regional development consultative organisation for the Illawarra region (Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama local government areas).
We are one of the 55 regional bodies within the RDA Australia network - a network of committees commissioned by the Government to support rural, regional, remote and urban communities all across Australia.
We exist because we are committed to ensuring the long term sustainability of Australia’s regions. We are here to work with all sectors of the Illawarra community, including women, young people, Aboriginal Australians and people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Debra is an advocacy and strategy executive, with significant experience in the mining, infrastructure and industry association sectors. Senior management roles previously held with Illawarra Business Chamber, BHP Billiton, Thiess and Australian Industry Group. Management Consultant with BizVoice.
Debra’s skills include proactive relationship development with clients, industry networks and government. Strong lateral thinking, negotiation skills, stakeholder engagement, strategy development and attention to detail. Strong change management and communication skills are used to turn strategy into action with payoffs.
Debra has specialised in government liaison, advocacy and regulatory change, and has delivered on significant regional economic development projects including Port reforms, infrastructure and planning reforms.
Debra has an MBA (with Merit) from the University of Wollongong.
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Stuart has 25 years’ experience working within the local manufacturing industry at BlueScope, primarily coordinating quality improvement and product development projects within the hot rolled areas. With a strong project management focus, Stuart is experienced with project planning and design, problem solving, technical writing, customer service, and data analysis.
Stuart has a Diploma of Project Management from the Australian College of Commerce and Management and a Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Hons) from the University of Wollongong.
Stuart is keen to learn about other sectors of the economy and to play a part in the future growth of the Illawarra region.
David has many years' experience in community and public sector roles such as general manager Illawarra Skills Development, faculty manager and executive officer Development and Community Affairs at University of Wollongong.
In South Australia, David worked as Senior Project Manager and acting CEO of Adelaide Hills Regional Development Board, and then regional partnerships coordinator at Flinders University. Previous program management roles included TAFE Outreach Coordinator for the Central West and Illawarra regions.
David has graduate diplomas in continuing education and regional administration and masters degrees in History, Education and Public Administration (Policy). His interests are in public policy, ethics, equity, corporate social responsibility and social policy.
David welcomes any opportunity to engage with stakeholders to progress projects and develop initiatives that will benefit the Illawarra.
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Lee was a Registered Nurse with the Illawarra Area Health Service for 21 years, before joining the Human Resources team at the Novotel Northbeach in 1999.
She joined the Illawarra Area Consultative Committee (now RDA Illawarra) in 2005.
Lee coordinates and facilitates the Wollongong Small Business Club (WSBC). The club has been running since 2002 and is a monthly business networking event aimed at assisting small business operators in developing their business skills and keeping up to date with issues affecting small business. Lee has a passion for seeing small business owners and operators grow and develop their businesses.
Lee has a Diploma in Human Resources and a Certificate IV in Financial Services.
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We believe in our vision of transforming the Illawarra into a prosperous, vibrant and equitable region. We believe we can achieve this vision through focusing on business growth, job creation and a more liveable and equitable region.
To that extent we have developed 6 key priorities for the Illawarra region and initiatives which we believe will support regional growth.
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