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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.

Introducing the RDA Central West staff

Sam Harma
Director Regional Development

Sam’s knowledge and experience in the portfolio of Regional Development, is only matched by his enthusiasm and drive to deliver economic development opportunities in conjunction with a sustainable,connected and united Central West. His personal interests include running (he has done 10 marathons!), travelling, and anything GWS Giants related.  Sam has also completed the Kokoda Track. Sam and his fiance have recently moved to the region and are looking forward to raising their family in the glorious Central West.

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.

Lynda Smart
Executive Assistant/Regional Visa Officer

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.

Lindy Thompson
Project and Communications Officer

Lindy moved to the Central West as a ‘tree changer’ over 6 years ago with a desire to mix life up and to fulfil a lifelong dream to live and work in regional Australia. Keen to gain experience working within a variety of local industries, Lindy has worked for several Central West businesses since her arrival. These include positions working on various marketing and PR projects for local organisations within the wine, wool, agriculture, hospitality and education arenas.

Before moving to country Orange, Lindy was a freelance marketing and PR consultant within the food/wine/produce and hospitality industries with high-profile clients based in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Lindy joined RDA Central West this year to work on the newly launched Farm to Organisation (previously Farm to Institution) project both as project officer and communications specialist. Along with her decades of experience working within the food industry and her advanced communications and social media skills, Lindy is excited about both the social and economic changes such a unique project could create for the Central West region and communities.

A dedicated Farm to Organisation (F2O) website along with social media channels will be launching soon. If you would like a copy of the ‘Farm to Organisation Pilot Project Roadmap Report’ or to find out more about the project in general, please contact Lindy Thompson directly via email: lindy@rdacentralwest.org.au

Join our growing Farm to Org. Network so we can keep you informed as to what’s sprouting! Click here