Board

Ms Rebecca Tomkinson, Chair

Representing Ministerial

Term of Office to 30 June 2020

Mob: 0404 500 446

Email: rebeccatomkinson@iinet.net.au

      

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Ms Karin Day, Deputy Chair

Representing Local Government

Term of Office to 30 June 2017

Karin has a background in agriculture and regional development and she is passionate about the future of regional Western Australia. Karin farms in South Burracoppin with her family and is the Shire President on the Westonia Shire Council. Karin is a Board member of the Agricultural Women - Wheatbelt East (AWWE Inc) and is involved in many sporting groups.

Mob: 0428 447 014

Email: burradays@gmail.com

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Ms Leslee Holmes

Representing Local Government

Term of Office to June 2017

Leslee is Shire President at the Shire of Dandaragan, a past president of the Cervantes Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Joint Chambers Alliance Cervantes/Jurien Bay as Tourism Leader.  Leslee has held leadership roles at a State level, and received the Margaret Court Award for Outstanding Service to Tennis in Western Australia.  Leslee has a particular interest in small business development, tourism and marketing. 

Mob: 0408 419 468

Email: leslee@holmesholidays.com.au

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Mr Graham Cooper OAM

Representing Ministerial

Term of Office to 30 June 2018

Graham currently operates Farmways in Cunderdin as a joint venture partnership with Elders Rural Services.  Graham has served as a Councillor with the Cunderdin Shire including six years as Shire President and varied community positions. Graham is Chair of Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt and passionate about regional WA and improving business within it.

Mob: 0409 885 753

Email: farmways@wn.com.au
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Ms Valerie Ammon

Representing Local Government

Term of Office to 30 June 2018

Valerie is a resident of Lancelin and is currently a Councillor with the Shire of Gingin and has experience as a small business owner.  A qualified psychologist with extensive experience in the areas of mental health and drug and alcohol abuse.  Valerie has particular interests in refugee issues, aged care, accommodation and tourism.

Mob: 0422 428 163

Email: lancelinbay1@bigpond.com
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Ms Carmel Ross

Representing Community

Term of Office to 30 June 2017

Carmel lives in Bindoon on a farm that comprises of a commercial vineyard and organic beef production.  She is a psychologist by profession and has many years of management experience mostly in education, tourism and community organisations. She runs a consultancy business and is a former CEO of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia. Carmel is Chair of the Board of Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon and Heartlands WA Board.

Mob: 0408 124 404

Email: carmelrossconsulting@bigpond.com
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Ms Heidi Cowcher

Representing Community

Term of Office to 30 June 2018

Heidi Cowcher, and husband John run a beef cattle stud in Williams in the Wheatbelt South. She is employed by Shire of Williams as their Economic Development Officer. Heidi has predominantly worked in local government for the last 20 years, with a short stint in state government. Recent qualifications include Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Diploma in Project Management. Heidi is Deputy Chair of the Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt Board. She also maintains a strong level of involvement in various community and sporting organisations in Williams. Heidi has particular interests in regional and economic development, education and small business.

Mob: 0427 856 013

Email: heidicowcher@williams.wa.gov.au 

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Mr Ross Ainsworth

Representing Community

Term of Office to June 2019

Ross Ainsworth has a background in Agriculture and lives in York. He was the Chair of the Farmer’s Federation Grains Council and held the Seat of Roe for the Nationals WA. He served on the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Health and Education and chaired the Select Committee on Road Safety. His interests include regional development, education and training, health and tourism. He was the Chair of the York Visitor Centre Management Committee and served on the CY O’Connor Institute Governing Council.

Mob: 0428 688 828

Email: ainsworth@wn.com.au

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Mr David Lantzke

Representing Ministerial

Term of Office to June 2019

David Lantzke is the CEO of the Ardross Group and has been intricately involved in land and property development in Jurien Bay, Bunbury, Manjimup and Albany over many years.  David has been the Secretary/Treasurer of the Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce for five years and is Chair of the Turquoise Coast Chambers Alliance (a joint venture between Jurien Bay and Cervantes Chamber of Commerce). He has been Secretary of the Indian Ocean festival organising committee for 4 years, a member of the executive committee for the Regional Chambers of Commerce for 2 years and is an active member of the “Activate Jurien Bay” Committee.

Mob: 0411 513 184

Email: dlantzke@ardross.com 

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Ms Wendy Newman

Chief Executive Officer

Term of Office Ex-Officio

Wendy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, and brings to the position a range of professional experience across the areas of education, organisational development, human resource management, marketing and regional development. Wendy has been a member of numerous boards and advisory bodies for government and the not for profit sector at a national, state and local level.

Ph: 08 9622 7222

Email: teresa.drew@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au
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