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 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.
Frank is a fully Chartered Accountant and has over 12 years’ professional experience providing business services and advisory services to Aboriginal organisations within a range of sectors including cultural heritage, community development, and Native Title sectors. Frank is involved in the local Karratha Community as the Treasurer for St Luke's College and Pilbara Universities Centre.
As well as assisting Aboriginal organisations with their compliance obligations, he has worked on the development, implementation and review of management reporting systems and strategic plans for a range of Aboriginal organisations. Frank is currently located in Perth as a manager for KPMG.
Frank is focused on business services and advisory with corporate governance experience to ensure all levels of organisations are aligned to achieve their goals. Frank's passion is to ensure the Pilbara community has access to these services.
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.
Rod is a long-time Pilbara resident, raising his family in regional locations across the Pilbara, Kimberley and South West. Rod has held senior operational roles in the Aviation, Local Government and Resource sectors for 35 years. Rod is heading the once-in-a-generation transformation a vital Pilbara transport connection and fostering new and diverse opportunities for the Region.
Rod is a member of the Port of Port Hedland Community Consultative Committee (PHCCC) and Australian Airports Association (Canberra) WA Division. Rod collaborates with Pilbara Airports and Airports across Australia and presented at the Parliamentary Inquiry into Regional Airfares in the Pilbara.
Responsible for the economic, social and environment issues and solutions for a developing Airport, Rod leads teams committed to sustainable benefits for the communities we live and work in across the Pilbara Region.