Our Board

Ms Robyn Sermon Chair

Representing Ministerial 

Term of Office 31 October 2026


Robyn is an Executive Leader and Board Director with extensive experience developing strategy, transforming teams and leading in the mining, agriculture, community and research sectors. Robyn has nearly 30 years’ experience in developing business and community strategies, managing stakeholder relationships, negotiating and managing cross sector agreements and partnerships.


Highly regarded for team development and transformation across diverse portfolios and geographical regions with a strong regional focus and commitment to working with local communities. Proven results in implementing new models of service delivery in health, education, childcare and community services.


Robyn is passionate about driving innovation through strong leadership, supporting social and economic development and digital technologies.

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Mr Oral McGuire, Deputy Chair

Representing Ministerial

Term of office until 31 December 2024


Oral McGuire is a Noongar entrepreneur and landholder. He brings strong cultural knowledge, community networks and business knowledge to the WDC Board. He was born in Beverley and grew up in Northam, attending all his primary and high school days in the Wheatbelt. 

Oral is a prominent Noongar community leader, landholder and long-term champion of Aboriginal economic empowerment and capacity building, with specific experience in traditional land and fire management practices and cultural governance. Oral is a Director of the Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Chair of the Noongar Landholder Enterprise Inc. and a member of the RegenWA Steering Committee. 

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Ms Kerryn Chia

Representing Community

Term of Office to 30 June 2023


Kerryn has a diverse background having worked in the agricultural sector, academia, the corporate sector and local government.  She is the fourth generation in a southern Wheatbelt farming family and is currently an active business partner in a mixed enterprise family farm. 

She has also completed a doctoral research project whilst living in the Wheatbelt and brings her research and analytical skills to her role on the Board.  Kerryn is passionate about the long term sustainability of rural communities and her current work with the Shire of West Arthur includes strategic planning, community consultation and economic development. 



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Mr Shane Kay 

Representing Community

Term of Office until 30 June 2024


Shane Kay is the Chief Executive Officer of the Moora Group WA (including Moora Citrus, Northern Valley Packers and Sandgroper Fruits) and a Director of peak industry body, Citrus Australia and Delite Growers of Australia. He possesses over 30 years experience in citrus production, packing and exporting and is a grower collaborator for research in the citrus industry. 

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Mr Robert Cossart

Chief Executive Officer

Rob Cossart has been CEO of the Wheatbelt Development Commission since March 2020. As CEO, Rob is committed to establishing industry and government partnerships and ensuring the WDC is a respected partner in guiding policy and investment decisions for the region. His advocacy for the Wheatbelt promotes the region as a place to live, work, visit and invest.

In January 2023, Rob was appointed as the State Recovery Coordinator to lead the State Government’s recovery and reconstruction taskforce in response to widespread destruction caused by flooding from ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie in the Kimberley region. A key achievement is this time was working with the Fitzroy Valley community, Native Title groups and State, Commonwealth, and local governments to deliver an ambitious infrastructure and community rebuild agenda.

Prior to joining the Commission, Rob was the Director Northern Agricultural Development at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. He is a member of the Rural & Regional Advancement Committee of the Mt Burdett Foundation and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rob resides in Toodyay with his family.

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Photography Credit: PUBLIC Silo Trail, Newdegate (2018) by Brenton See. Photography by Bewley Shaylor, courtesy of FORM

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