Eddy has been RDA Illawarra’s Chairman since 2004. He is a highly successful business person who grew local Illawarra company Edmen since inception in 1990 to a national success story with over 1,500 employees in the disability and community sectors. During this time, Edmen received numerous business awards, with Eddy twice being awarded Business Person of the Year for the Illawarra.
In 2017, Edmen was sold to People Infrastructure and was publicly listed on the ASX. Eddy is still on the board of other organisations, including a Queensland based Not-for-Profit Organisation and Endeavour Foundation Challenge Fund. He is the founding Chairman of Football South Coast having successfully led the unification of the Illawarra’s Football – Soccer Community after many years of fragmentation.
Eddy works with all levels of Government and regional stakeholders. RDA Illawarra delivers on the Federal Government’s New Charter for RDA’s and plays an important role in building a strong, confident and vibrant Illawarra through investment attraction and economic development initiatives.
Eddy is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chairman of Football South Coast and has an Advanced Diploma in Management.
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Having spent 11 years in a variety of export and trade-related roles helping Australian firms to expand their business overseas, the most recent being Australian Consul and Trade Commissioner for Hokkaido, Japan, Joanna moved to Shellharbour and established her business consulting company, Global Solutions Strategies, in 2006. As Director of that company, she has now worked closely with over 350 SMEs in the Illawarra region assisting them to improve and expand their business and has provided assistance to Federal, State and local governments by acting as their Small Business Specialist/Lead Consultant for high growth business programs such as Economic Gardening and Biz Booster.
In addition, as Mentor in Residence/Adviser, she provides mentoring and coaching services to the residents of the iAccelerate Hub; an IT incubator set up and run by the University of Wollongong in 2012, as well as running lectures and workshops on Sales and Marketing.
Joanna has a wealth of experience helping firms better understand their markets and opportunities, wherever they may be, and is able to identify each firm’s competitive advantage and hence the most appropriate marketing mix to promote themselves effectively. With her motto being “Above all, your success”, she focuses strongly on achieving results.
Since moving to the Illawarra, a region she has come to love, she has become determined to work with and assist the people here and is looking forward to utilising her internationally gained high-level business experience and professional skills to contribute innovative strategies and solutions to the RDA Board.
Linda has more than 32 years’ experience in statutory and strategic planning which has enabled her to develop expertise in regional scale strategic planning, writing complex documents, multi-stakeholder engagement and negotiation, governance and government decision making processes.
She has gained great respect for her ability to think strategically and deliver practical solutions to complex planning challenges. She has worked across a range of disciplines which intersect with strategic land use planning such as infrastructure, transport, education, environment, urban release planning and economic development.
The first phase of Linda’s career was based in local government which enabled her to develop expertise in statutory and strategic planning at a local scale. The second phase of her career was focussed on regional scale strategic planning for the New South Wales government, successfully leading and authoring several strategic plans.
Linda has recently returned to local government as the Director Environmental Services at Kiama Council.
Jessica is a strategy and communications specialist with experience across education, finance, health and government sectors from local start-ups to national and international ASX listed companies.
Jessica started her career in Wollongong working for the University and built a strong sense of corporate governance and active citizenship as President of the Junior Chamber International Illawarra, Director of UOW UniCentre, Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber and member of the Wollongong City Centre Advisory Committee.
As part of these roles Jessica was active in promoting the region and fostering the development of a strong youth leadership and entrepreneurial movement.
Jessica’s wealth of experience is in helping organisations develop and communicate their direction and value by making sure they are speaking a language their people and customers understand.
Previously she worked internationally with Macquarie Bank leading corporate communications and development of the annual strategy for the Financial Management Group. She also provided a range of expertise across Medibank during a merger, ASX listing and development of their model of integrated healthcare to Australia’s Defence Force.
Jessica has an Executive MBA from Sydney Business School.
Greg is the Director of Infrastructure and Works for Wollongong City Council.
This role includes planning and management for all assets from the mountain to the sea. .
Greg has worked in and with the public sector for over 20 years. He has held leadership roles in both the corporate and community functions of government. Currently, he works with a range of boards covering the community, regional development, tourism infrastructure and destination marketing. In 2003 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.
He has a Bachelor of Science [Geography] and Masters of Policy [Social Policy] [UoW] and is a Graduate of the AICD Course.
Greg is passionate and enthusiastic about regional development and the role Wollongong plays in the prosperity of the region.
Trish is an experienced transport professional who has a vision for her regional community, understands infrastructure and service delivery and has a strong working knowledge of government, governance and strategy.
With thirty years’ experience in the NSW public sector, and an educational background in Economics, Road Safety, Planning, Traffic Engineering and Consultation, Trish has a clear understanding of the important role transport plays in providing economic growth for our state. Her significant experience in research and policy development has allowed her to balance the delivery of big infrastructure projects with the needs of the community to create a safe and productive environment. In her current senior role in government, Trish is committed to collaboration between government, stakeholders and the community to prioritise access to services for all to enhance social, cultural and community development.
Trish has a passion for the community of the Illawarra and the Region and has been a member of a number of Regional Boards including Greeneacres, Interchange Illawarra and The Shellharbour Business Board.
Carey McIntyre has over 27 years experience in local government, working at Campbelltown, Wollongong, Camden and Shellharbour councils, in the fields of engineering, town planning, project management and strategic planning. He has developed extensive stakeholder engagement skills and is a strong advocate for public sector administration and the opportunities that present themselves for public/private sector collaboration
He holds qualifications in engineering urban and regional planning and business administration, with a major in public administration. He is currently the General Manager of Shellharbour City Council.
Craig is the Managing Partner of RMB Lawyers which spans eight offices in regional NSW and CEO of Unison Outsourcing Pty Limited which is Australia's first Australian owned, located and operated Legal Process Outsourcing Law firm Corporation. Craig has been in business in the Illawarra for over 25 years.
Craig's key skillsets are around strategic planning, organisational change, leadership and business growth success. He has a Commerce Law Degree from the University of NSW and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.
Craig is heavily involved in giving his time and expertise to the community of the Illawarra in many and varied capacities as a board member of a number of organisations, a patron of various clubs and community entities and as an advisor and mentor to business and community leaders new and old. He has twice been named Illawarra Business Person of the Year.
Mark is Senior Manager, Strategic Projects at the University of Wollongong where he has had a leading role in the development of UOW’s $500M+ Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which includes projects in Sydney and across the Illawarra and South Coast. Mark has also played a key role in the recent establishment of the University’s South Western Sydney Campus.
For 12 years Mark worked for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and prior to that for the NSW Department of State and Regional Development and the Riverina Regional Development Board. Through these roles he has contributed to many local and regional planning and development strategies across the Illawarra, South East NSW, Riverina-Murray and Western Sydney. He is an experienced regional development policy-maker and practitioner and has assisted in securing over $1 Billion of business and industry investment in towns and cities across Southern NSW.
Mark has a Bachelor of Town Planning and he is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. He believes that the rapid growth and development of Western Sydney is opening up major new opportunities for the Illawarra and is already working to forge stronger links between both regions to support jobs growth and greater prosperity.
Daniel is the Managing Director of Internetrix, an internet development and digital services company operating throughout Australia and across the Asia Pacific. He has been heavily involved in the growth of Internetrix for more than 18 years.
In 2007 Daniel secured the first of Internetrix’s four current partnerships with Google, which propelled the business to win the 2007 Illawarra Business of the Year award. He has helped Internetrix secure multi-year panel contracts with four Australian Government departments including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. These contracts provide Internetrix with the opportunity to be closely involved in ICT projects of national significance. He also oversees Internetrix’s involvement on the NSW Government's ICT 2020 panel contract.
Daniel has a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology from the University of Wollongong. He is focused on working with the RDA board to maximise the opportunities presented to the Illawarra.
Mark is the General Manager of Destination Wollongong, an organisation enabled by the strategic long-term support of Wollongong City Council, charged with delivering visitor economy growth by positioning Wollongong & surrounds as a premier regional tourism, events & conference destination.
Mark has extensive executive experience in both the private and public sector, is passionate about infrastructure and the importance of facilitating investment that benefits the community and visitors alike.
Mark champions the role visitors play in a vibrant and diverse local economy and the importance of collaboration and all parties working together to ensure the long term success of the region.
As CEO of Community Industry Group, Nicky Sloan leads this regional peak body to support and advocate for the community services industry across South East NSW. Nicky is proud to lead a team which is committed to promoting social justice and reducing disadvantage by lobbying and advocating for the needs of the community services industry, and of vulnerable communities and individuals.
Nicky has extensive experience in governance and strategy, research and policy development, partnerships, advocacy and collaboration. She currently represents the community services industry on a number of advisory panels, reference groups, boards and consultative bodies.
As well as her experience in community services Nicky’s work history includes local government, marketing, banking and finance; and owning and running small businesses. She holds a degree in Community and Environment, and in Marketing from the University of Wollongong, with a Diploma in Project Management from the University of New England.
Nicky is keen to pursue social justice in regional development, and to ensure that economic development initiatives are inclusive and also support community and social development.
Milco Stojanoski is the Manager Services & Manufacturing Excellence at BlueScope. BlueScope is a global leader in premium branded coated and painted steel products - the third largest manufacturer of painted and coated steel products globally. BlueScope is the largest steel manufacturer in Australia with the Port Kembla Steelworks being the centre of manufacturing in Australia.
Milco has over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing and held several positions within BlueScope in both technical and leadership roles, as well as being part of the Illawarra community. Currently Milco is the Deputy Chair of Football South Coast. He is a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML) and an Affiliate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AAICD).
Milco’s work history includes project management, engineering, and organisational leadership and development. He holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Commerce (UOW) and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wollongong.
Professor Paul Wellings CBE, assumed the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong in January 2012. He was Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University from 2002 -2011. Professor Wellings began his career in the UK as a NERC Research Fellow and moved to Australia as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), becoming Chief of the Entomology Division (1995), Head of the Innovation and Science Division, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Canberra (1997-1999), then Deputy Chief Executive (1999).
He has previously been a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Cumbrian Rural Regeneration Company. In 2006, he was appointed to the board of UUK and Chair of UUK's International European Policy Committee, and a board member of HEFCE and Chair of HEFCE's Research and Innovation Committee.