Board of Management

The Board of Management is the governing body of the GSDC and meets regularly to set policy directions including budgets, to approve major expenditures and to provide advice to the Minister on regional matters. Decisions of the Board direct the activities of the GSDC.

The three categories for the Board membership are:
•    Community nominations (two persons)
•    Local Government nominations (two persons)
•    Ministerial nominations (two persons)

Board members are confirmed by the Minister for Regional Development with a term ranging between one and three years.

Board members are chosen on the basis of ability at an executive level, a demonstrated involvement in either the economic or social development of the region, and the ability to work co-operatively to achieve agreed goals across a wide range of social and economic issues.

Individuals or organisations may nominate people for the GSDC Board. People nominated as prospective community members should possess interest and knowledge relevant to regional communities. Appropriate fields of involvement could include business and industry; employment, education and training; tourism and recreation.

The Board

Chair: Bruce Manning

Bruce Manning portrait

Bruce Manning is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Great Southern Development Commission. His regional development experience also includes five years as the Regional Manager for WA TAFE in the Great Southern region and five years as Executive Officer of the Southern Province Projects Group. He has won several regional development awards.

Vernice Gillies

Vernice Gillies portrait

Noongar elder Vernice Gillies is part of Kurrah Mia, an Aboriginal-owned tour and retail business in Albany. Ms Gillies was formerly an Aboriginal Learning and Community Liaison Officer with the Museum of the Great Southern. She has served on committees including the Aboriginal Heritage Reference Group, the South Coast Natural Resource Management Heritage Committee and the WA Aboriginal Justice Committee.

Annie Roberts

Annie Roberts portrait

Annie Roberts is Australia Post’s Postal Manager, Regional and Rural Post Office Network. Through Australia Post, Ms Roberts has taken up roles as a small business champion, community advocate and supporter of traineeships for diversity and Aboriginal students. She is president of the Australia Postal Institute Albany branch, and has supported Albany Headspace and networking group Great Southern Women.

Rob Lester

Rob Lester portrait

Councillor Robert Lester is the President of the Shire of Jerramungup, where he has farmed since 1975. His involvements in the district include sports, marine rescue and volunteer firefighting.

Liz Guidera

Liz Guidera

Councillor Liz Guidera is the President of the Shire of Katanning. Cr Guidera has experience in community health and event management, as well as volunteer involvements with rural youth, community sports, land care and others.

Darren Moir

Darren Moir is the director and manager of a farming business in the Amelup district in the Shire of Gnowangerup. He has a long history of involvement in sporting and community groups in the district. Mr Moir’s experience includes membership or Board membership of industry groups including Stirlings to Coast Farmers and the WA Producers Co-op.

Natasha Monks

Natasha Monks portrait

Natasha Monks is the Chief Executive Officer of the Great Southern Development Commission and an ex-officio member of the Board. Ms Monks was formerly Australia’s Trade Commissioner to Peru and Education Sector Lead for the Americas.