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Cowra farming RDA Central West

Our Committee

Our Committee is comprised of local leaders with broad and diverse skills and experience, who understand the challenges, opportunities and priorities in their local community. They are local people developing local solutions to local issues.

Our 9 dedicated members have a strong understanding of Federal, State and Local government policies and initiatives, and the ways in which local communities can engage with them.

The Chair and Deputy Chair positions to date have been appointed jointly by the Australian and State Government Ministers responsible for regional development.

Opportunities exist from time to time for new appointments to the Committee. Should you be interested in joining the Committee please refer to the following link for more information. Join your local RDA.

Committee Members

Christine Weston, RDA Central West Christine Weston

Christine is an accomplished Direct Marketing Executive with 20 years international experience working in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Germany and throughout Asia Pacific.

Christine has been involved with Boards for over 10 years in both not-for-profit community sector with executive roles to reporting to the Board of multi-national companies. Christine’s positive nature, marketing passion, fundraising expertise and strong activism for regional living has delivered social and economic outcomes to both communities and companies.

Christine was awarded NSW Woman of the Year 2010 for her dedication to regional development, community and tourism. These local initiatives include ‘Rent-a-farmhouse for $1 a week’, ‘Animals on Bikes’ paddock art trail and ‘Opera in the Woolshed’.

Christine was born in Parkes and now lives in nearby Cumnock with her husband and 3 high school children on a grazing and farming enterprise. Christine has a strong sense of commitment to the Central West, and is very passionate about job creation and investment to improve communities in the regional area.

Reg Kidd Deputy Chair RDA Central WestReg Kidd
Deputy Chair

Reg is an agricultural consultant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Graduate Diploma in Education and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

He is currently the Mayor of Orange City Council and has been a Councillor for 24 years. Reg has represented NSW Local Government on a number of State Committees including; Landcare, the Catcment Authority, Biodiversty and is the longest serving chairman of the Infrastructure Council committee.

Reg presents ABC Radio’s Gardening Talkback segment on Saturday mornings and is a Board Member on numerous government committees regarding weed control and pesticide use. He has been involved with the Orange Botanic Gardens and National Field Days at Borenore for almost 40 years.

Reg is passionate about sustainable farming practises and educating younger generations about how they can grow their own vegetables and help improve the health of the environment.

He enjoys spending time with his wife Kerry, their three adult sons and their young families.


Andrew-Everett--webAndrew Everett

Andrew is a Director of Zelp, a boutique consulting firm providing technology solutions to clients through an entrepreneurial focus since 2006. Andrew has also worked in the venture capital industry developing and reviewing a pipeline of investments for professional investors focused on technology start ups.

Andrew brings a diverse experience across across the Investment, Venture Capital, Technology and business consulting sectors as well as a passion to act as a catalyst to deliver results by putting together, people, technology and hard work.

Previously Andrew has worked overseas managing large telecommunication start ups and major IT transformations in countries including Russia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Germany and Grand Cayman in the Caribbean.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Sydney.


Ruth-Fagan---webRuth Fagan

Ruth Fagan has extensive advisory board experience, in a State and regional capacity.  She has been involved in a range of industries, including tourism, agriculture, planning and retail.  Ruth is presently a State appointed member of the Joint Regional Planning Panel for the Western Region and a Cowra Shire Councillor.

Trained as a journalist and a resident of Cowra for 34 years, Ruth has worked as a journalist, Tourism Manager and operated a number of small businesses in Cowra including a gift shop, a motel, a vineyard and a dress shop.

She is a member of the Cowra Showground, Paceway and Race Course Trust and an Executive member of the Cowra Business Chamber.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Charles Sturt University and as the Director of a Consulting Business she is Executive Officer for the Western Division Councils of NSW.


Scott-James---webScott James

Scott James is co-owner and Director of FineView Pty Ltd, specialising and helping rural, regional and remote businesses reach their potential.

Scott started his career with Case IH working across Australia, New Zealand and ultimately directing the Asian region based in Singapore.  He spent a number of years as Head of Agribusiness at Westpac as well as time at News Corp as General Manager of the Northern Territory businesses.

Scott is a member of Landcare Australia’s partnerships committee, has been a member of the Rural Fire Service for 22 years and is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.


John-Magill---webJohn Magill

John is a farmer and grazier in Parkes. He served as a local Councillor on the Parkes Shire Council for 13 years and four years as Deputy Mayor.

He has a keen interest in agricultural development in the western area of the RDA Central West footprint and wants to help drive a strong value adding industry in the agricultural sector.

He has been and still is involved in many local organisations and is currently on the management board of two of them.

John has been involved in local land and property development.

He enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren.


Di-Parsons---webDiana Parsons

Diana is CEO of Central West Farming Systems, and has a background in finance, health and agriculture.

She is a member of the Ag Institute of Australia, as well as a number of national and regional agricultural advisory committees.

Diana and her husband Andrew operate a mixed farming business at Corinella NSW, which is located within the Jemalong Irrigation Scheme.

She is passionate about rural NSW, with a particular interest in highlighting agricultural opportunities for Australian farmers.

Diana has initiated a number of pilot programs e.g. Women & Youth in Agriculture and supports the effective use of new technologies, such as Facebook and Twitter, to reach a wider audience.


David-Sherley---webDavid Sherley

David is currently employed as the General Manager of Bathurst Regional Council.  He has an interest in the facilitation of regional growth to ensure the future sustainability of rural Australia, in particular the areas of infrastructure development, cultural and sports tourism and regional planning.

David is a board member of The Australian Museum Trust and the Central NSW Councils Group (CENTROC).  He has a B Ec (Sydney University), M Bus (CSU), a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (Deakin) and holds a membership of the ASCPA.

As the General Manager of Bathurst Regional Council, David has been involved in a wide range of matters such as; operations of the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit, the development of museum facilities in Bathurst, community strategic planning, economic and infrastructure development and the 2000 Olympic ‘Band Town’.


Emma-Thomas--webEmma Thomas

Emma is a grain and livestock producer who also provides professional management consultancy services to small businesses in the agriculture sector and takes pride in working at an industry level to represent grower issues with regional peak bodies.

She runs a mixed livestock and cropping farm operation with her husband near Forbes and is an advocate of the belief that ‘a world that can secure its soils can sustain itself’.

Her role with the RDA Central West Board is focussed on providing a strong voice in the area of environmental sustainability which is a key objective of the RDA Central West mission.

She has recently won a scholarship through the Australian Institute of Company Directors as one of 30 women from a rural or remote region to undertake the AICD’s Company Directors course.