Changing of guard at GSDC Board

Recently appointed GSDC Chair Brad Williamson has acknowledged the significant contribution to regional development of former Chair Ross Thornton. Mr Williamson invited Mr Thornton to a gathering of the current GSDC Board and staff to receive the acknowledgement and a certificate of appreciation.

Mr Thornton was appointed to the Board in 2014 and served first as Deputy Chair. He was Chair of the Board from 2016 to 2019.

Mr Williamson thanked Mr Thornton for his service including bringing to bear his experience from local government and regional planning.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced Mr Williamson’s appointment as Chair on Friday 9 August. Ms MacTiernan said Mr Williamson had a real understanding of the region’s core economic strengths in primary production and in its rapidly growing opportunities in aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy and education.

Ms MacTiernan also expressed appreciation for Mr Thornton’s service, saying he had brought considerable knowledge and expertise to the role.

In June, the GSDC Board welcomed new members Vernice Gillies and Annie Roberts. Ms Gillies is a Noongar elder and part of Kurrah Mia, an Aboriginal-owned tour and retail business in Albany.

Ms Roberts is Australia Post’s Postal Manager, Regional and Rural Post Office Network.
Their appointments follow the expiry of the terms of Dennis Wellington, Fiona Gaze and Margaret Gorman.

Picture: Chair Brad Williamson, left, and former Chair Ross Thornton.

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