Our Board

Ms Rebecca Tomkinson, Chair

Representing Ministerial

Term of Office to 30 June 2023

 

Rebecca brings a highly strategic and broad sector lens to her role as Chair. Rebecca's professional experience includes government relations, strategic policy development, social advocacy and stakeholder engagement. She has extensive experience in the delivery of transformative organisational and community development initiatives across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Rebecca has held key advisory roles in strategic policy both at a state and national level. Raised and educated in the Wheatbelt, Rebecca has a passion for the regions and their importance to our economic future and our community wellbeing.

 

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Ms Leslee Holmes, Deputy Chair

Representing Local Government

Term of Office to 30 June 2021

 

Leslee is Shire President of Dandaragan and is a member of the Joint Chambers Alliance Cervantes/Jurien Bay as Tourism Leader. Leslee has held leadership roles at a State level, is Business Manager of Total Tennis Reabold and received the Margaret Court Award for Outstanding Service to Tennis in Western Australia. Leslee is currently involved in tourism, small business development and marketing.

 

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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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Ms Julie Flockart

Representing Local Government

Term of Office until 30 June 2021

 

Julie Flockart has an agricultural, community and small business development background and has been actively involved in a range of small businesses in the retail and hospitality service industries. 

Over the past three decades, Julie has worked in many roles across the Eastern Wheatbelt and is currently a Shire of Merredin Councillor, Chairperson of the Merredin College School Board, Board member on the Merrittville Aged Care Village and is involved with the local Historical Museum and tourism working group.

 

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Ms Amanda Walker 

Board Member

Term of Office until 31 December 2021

 

Amanda Walker is the Managing Director at Yerecoin Traders, a General Store, Cafe and Rural Merchandise store in the Wheatbelt; and Director at The Farm Co, an online agricultural supply specialist. Amanda has over 15 years’ experience working in regional small business, using strategic business development to grow and diversify her business. Amanda also engages as a ‘strategy partner’ and mentor to a range of Wheatbelt based small businesses. 

Amanda is board Chair of the Wheatbelt Business Network (WBN);a leading business membership, advisory, networking and economic development service in the Wheatbelt. Amanda is a passionate advocate for regional development and uses her roles to create connections and foster relationships that can drive small business and support entrepreneurialism so that regional economies can thrive.

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Mr Oral McGuire 

 

Board Member

Term of Office until 31 December 2021

 

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’s 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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Mr Rob Cossart

Chief Executive Officer - Ex officio

 

Rob commenced with the Commission in March 2020 and has a strong background in agricultural and regional development and water resource management. Rob was the Director, Northern Agricultural Development at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and has experience in stakeholder engagement, government service delivery, strategic policy and Aboriginal economic development.

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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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