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Our Staff

RDA Central West is staffed by a small and dedicated team of people with the ability to work with different levels of government, business and other stakeholders. We work across many different industries and issues in order to cater for the various needs and priorities affecting the Central West region.

Julia Andrews
CEO and Director of Regional DevelopmentJulia Andrews

Julia brings to RDA Central West fifteen years experience in Central Western NSW working in Local Government, regional development, advocacy, media, tourism and the wine industry. Most recently, Julia was employed as a consultant with Central NSW Councils (Centroc) on a number of projects including the Beyond the Range regional health workforce recruitment campaign and the Regional Priority Infrastructure Multi Criteria Analysis.

Julia moved to Canowindra from Sydney in the late 1990’s to establish Hamilton’s Bluff Vineyard with her husband James. In 2005, she established The Canowindra Phoenix newspaper with a vision to encourage the local community to “shop locally first”.

Julia was educated at the Australian National University in Canberra and also has a Graduate Degree in Communications from the Queensland University of Technology. She moved to Orange with her family in 2014.

Julia introduces RDA Central West staff…

Rebecca Taylor
Projects Officer

Rebecca has 12 years’ experience managing a variety of educational and development projects across the Central West region. Rebecca is experienced in business development and large account management and qualified in project management, public sector management, business marketing and business administration.

Rebecca is currently working on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Industry School Partnership Project (SISP) across the Central West region; a project that provides students from years 5 to 8 with age appropriate STEM skills and pathways to STEM jobs.  To read more Click here.

Rebecca is passionate about providing opportunities to individuals, organisations and communities to strengthen the Central West economy.

Sharon Rabey
Executive Assistant/Regional Visa Manager

Sharon has worked in regional development for 20 years in the Central West region.  Experience includes project management of agribusiness and regional skills and workforce projects, in administration, governance, policy and procedures.

Lynda Smart
Regional Visa Assistant

Lynda has a background in Health policy and planning with a focus on project management and statewide service planning.  After nearly a decade in Asia she moved to the Central West region  with her family in 2017.

Skye Manson
Communications Officer

Skye Manson works remotely for RDA Central West from a shared office space in the main street of Grenfell, where she lives on a farm with her husband and 3 children. Skye is a rural communications specialist, writer and podcaster. She has more than a decades experience in rural communications and has worked all over Australia as a Rural Reporter with the ABC.