Introducing our Committee
What is an RDA Committee?
Regional Development Australia Committees are locally managed, non-profit, community-based organisations jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments. The Committee is made up of a Chair, Deputy Chair and several ordinary members, with typical committee sizes varying from 6-8 members.
RDA Pilbara is a part of a national network of 53 RDA committees serving rural, regional, remote and urban communities across Australia.
What is the purpose of RDA Pilbara?
Our committee is committed to developing and growing the Pilbara region by engaging in the following activities:
Consult and engage with the community on economic, social, cultural and environmental issues, solutions and priorities
Liaise with governments and local communities about government programmes, services, grants and initiatives for regional development
Support informed regional planning
Contribute to business growth plans and investment strategies, environmental solutions and social inclusion strategies in their region
Nerida is an experienced Leader and Manager, having worked for over 20 years in Resources, Education, Finance and Marine Services. She is passionate about creating inclusive teams and empowering individuals to meet organisational goals. She has served on a number of Boards and Committees and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nerida’s work experience across the Pilbara, in both business and not-for-profit areas is exceptional. She has had senior roles on some of the country’s largest projects and has been a Councillor at the City of Karratha, Bank Manager and Project & Administration Manager on major developments.
Nerida is an intelligent, committed leader with substantial business experience and exceptional knowledge of the Pilbara. She is well able to clearly articulate the key issues facing the region and will provide excellent advice and leadership.
JOHN LALLY OAM
John has lived and worked in the Pilbara region for 30 years and has wide leadership experience in Not For Profit Organisations, Education, small business and Local Government. He has 10 years' experience in local government as Councillor and Deputy Mayor as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KDCCI).
John was a member of the Pilbara Regional Council, Joint Pilbara Assessment Panel, Governing Council North Regional TAFE and Chairperson for the Australian China Business Council (Pilbara). He was also the chair of Karratha Senior High School and Pegs Creek Primary School.
John has been actively involved in the local community and is passionate about working on issues facing the Pilbara community and increasing the participation of local businesses in resource Industry across the Pilbara.
Anthony has extensive knowledge and experience in the Mining Industry having worked for BHP for over 10 years. Over this time, Anthony has gained thorough knowledge and an understanding of the development opportunities within the Pilbara Region. Anthony is also the East Pilbara Shire president, based in Newman and elected to Council in 2016.
Anthony has resided in Newman for the past 24 years and growing up in the Pilbara holds a special place in his heart. Anthony has developed a clear understanding of the Newman and wider Pilbara business communities, including the social and economic difficulties that each face.
Anthony is the Civil's Supervisor at BHP and is also the president of the Lions Club of Newman which he has held this position for the past 7 years. The Lion’s movement internationally is a service club donating 100% of their profits back into the community.
Chantelle is the CEO to the Onslow Chamber of Commerce & Industry and has developed effective ways to manage and grow the organisation. This role has allowed Chantelle to represent and champion the needs of the local Onslow businesses and her love for the Onslow community has often driven her to go above and beyond the usual Chamber role.
Chantelle has been a living member of the Onslow community for over 9 years, laying down roots and connections for her family. Having a family in Onslow has given her a new and different perspective, and now more than ever, Chantelle values the importance of community connection.
Chantelle says that over the years it has been a privilege to articulate the challenges and opportunities facing Onslow to a broad range of stakeholders, making sure that local business gets the support it needs to survive and thrive.
Robby Chibawe is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service, serving the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Newman and the four remote communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.
His leadership style includes a commitment to teamwork and collaboration, and a passionate belief that identifying and working towards a common purpose can create positive change in the community. In 2021, he was awarded Leader of the Year in the Not-for-Profit Sector by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) for his role in delivering enhanced outcomes for the community.
Robby is a community leader who strongly believes in addressing the social determinants of Health (Upstream) in promoting better health outcomes for the First Nations people of East Pilbara.
Lorraine is a descendant of the Yinhawangka people, whose ancestral homelands are located within the central Pilbara and grew up in Onslow where her Mother worked as a laundress. Her family spent most of their lives working on sheep and cattle stations in the Hamersley Ranges. Lorraine has qualifications and experience with Education, Linguistics, Accounting and Business Administration.
She was a Lecturer at the TAFE WA for 25 years, has over 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of Aboriginal Languages and Community Development Programs and has been negotiating the Pilbara Native Title Indigenous Land Use Agreements for over 20 years.
Lorraine is currently located in Port Hedland and is the manager of Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre and is committed to the ongoing preservation of the Pilbara Language Cultures and History.
Mark is Pilbara raised with 20 years of professional resources industry experience across offshore, onshore, mining, renewables and petrochemical processes. Mark has a deep understanding of local businesses in the Pilbara region and focus' on strong leadership, change advocacy, innovation and a desire to seek and deliver solutions to challenging problems.
He is currently the Government and External Relations Adviser with major downstream processor for Yara Pilbara located in Karratha. A key focus of his role is developing collaborative opportunities with traditional owner groups, the local community and Government organisations.
With a strong interest in science, technology and innovation, Mark is also the co-founder of a marine rehabilitation company. Mark loves the Pilbara lifestyle and is an active contributor to community organisations.
Nancy is a creative and collaborative engagement professional with 20+ years of experience across public and private sectors. Nancy has worked with the City of Karratha for the past 12 years, overseeing strategic Industry Partnerships that have driven strong outcomes for the overall liveability of the City of Karratha in that time.
Working on major infrastructure projects, community services and programs and alongside a range of Government agencies, Traditional Owners and funding partners, Nancy is well versed on the opportunities and need for proactive collaboration to solve complex issues for remote and regional communities.
Living and raising a family in Karratha, Nancy is well connected in grassroots community activities, sport and school Nancy's focus is to make a real difference to key liveability indicators across health, education, safety and cost of living for the Pilbara.