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Business Leaders Breakfast Series

RDA Central West CEO Sam Harma joins business, government and community leaders throughout the region to discuss local priorities, projects and policy issues that matter to the local business community.

7 August 2020

This week Sam catches up with Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District.


Scott heads up an organisation that manages hospitals and health services in an area as geographically large as the United Kingdom, and is passionately motivated to improve health outcomes for rural people.

31 July 2020

For our 18th Business Leaders Breakfast Sam chats with Orange Ex Services Club CEO, Daniel Perkiss.


Heading up one of the Central West’s largest hospitality operations, Daniel is in a unique position to reflect on the challenges of the past six months from both a local business and community perspective.

24 July 2020

Catch IT specialist, Innovation expert and Cloud Computing authority, Performance IT Director, Craig Murphy as he chats over coffee with Sam.


Relocating to Orange recently to help drive innovation in the Central West, the former IBM Global Entrepreneur Program lead’s enthusiasm for innovation and current technology has helped many in the startup and business community.

17 July 2020

Join Sam and Gerarda Mader from the Upstairs Startup Hub in Bathurst as they chat over coffee.


With 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, a passion for ideas and business and always with some sort of side startup hustle, Gerarda has a deep understanding of Entrepreneurship and what it takes to get an idea off the ground and to the market.

10 July 2020

Central West Media CEO, Editor in Chief and innovative entrepreneur, Rich Evans joins Sam this week.


Having started his first design agency business in 1999 – REDD, he was at the forefront of digital technology adoption in Australia. Rich has gone on to launch the Lithgow Village Voice, publish Bathurst City Life, found a software business and put his marketing and events experience to good use as the president of Lithgow’s signature event, Ironfest.

3 July 2020

Mark Coulton MP, Federal Member for Parkes, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government is our Business Breakfast guest this week.


First elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Parkes in 2007, the former Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council is a strong advocate for the regions, and when Parliament is not sitting, Mark and his wife Robyn travel huge distances (his electorate covers 49% of NSW) travelling from community to community to meet with their constituents.

26 June 2020

This week Sam chats with Chartered Accountant and Principal at Orange based accounting and business advisory firm pmwPlus.


Weston is an Orange local who lost his way in Sydney for a few decades before heading home in late 2016. Weston brings with him a wealth of experience learnt as a partner in City accounting firms while working with the Education Division of Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand and as a Board member at a large Not For Profit Organisation.

19 June 2020

For our 12th Business Leaders Breakfast Sam meets up with acclaimed and successful IT professional, Philip Dodds.


Philip runs the global intelligence and data analytics software business Phocas, a fast-growing firm with it’s head office located in Orange. Phocas exports software, completely developed in Orange, NSW to customers world-wide.

12 June 2020

Sam Harma chats with Sam Farraway MLC this morning.  Sam has been a member of the NSW Upper House since October 2019.


Born and bred in the Central West and with a strong background in small business, Sam understands how hard regional businesses work to ensure that our local economies are sustainable, even in the toughest of times.

5 June 2020

This week Sam is joined by Ash Brown, local businessman and Orange Chamber of Commerce President.


Ash has business in his blood. The former bookshop owner and current Director of ONE Agency loves what he does. He is passionate about the Orange community, having served as a Councillor and holding various positions on the Orange Chamber of Commerce board for over 10 years, including the last two as President.

29 May 2020

Join Sam as he chats with Lifeline Central West CEO, Stephanie Robinson.


With over 40 years in community service and social justice (yes, she started at age 7 with roadside fundraisers!) Stephanie has a passion to invoke change and build community capacity to form connected thriving communities that look out for one another.

22 May 2020

In part eight of the series Sam is joined by Aaron Brannigan, Acting General Manager of Cadia Valley Australia Operations.


Aaron is a qualified Mining Engineer and, with almost 30 years’ experience in mining operations here and overseas, provides great insight on mining in the Central West.

15 May 2020

This week Sam chats with Fiona Hall of BiteRiot.  Fiona is a local orchardist and astute businesswoman.

8 May 2020

In part six of the Business Breakfast series, Sam Harma chats with Steph Cooke MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Member for Cootamundra.


Steph is committed to fighting for her regional community and ensuring country communities get the services they deserve.

1 May 2020


Sam chats with Orange City Council Mayor and ABC Central West gardening guru, Reg Kidd.  A Councillor for over 20 years, Reg is passionate about sustainable farming practices and the Central West region.

24 April 2020


This week Sam chats with Caddie Marshall, General Manager of Orange360.  Caddie has close to thirty years marketing experience and a unique approach to promoting tourism in our region.

17 April 2020


In part three of our Business Leaders Breakfast series Sam chats with the Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee MP, Minister for Regional Education and Assistant Minister for Trade.


Elected  Federal member for Calare in 2016, the former barrister and Member for Orange believes in the future of regional Australia. “It’s the reason that I stood for Parliament, and I want to see it grow and prosper so that it continues to provide an unbeatable quality of life for generations to come.”

9 April 2020


Sam Harma chats with Central NSW Business HQ CEO, Wayne Sunderland about the challenges of operating a small business in regional areas, particularly now, and what services are available to help.

3 April 2020


Join RDA Central West CEO Sam Harma as he chats with the Member for Orange, Phil Donato MP about local priorities – particularly the current pandemic and its impact on our business community.


Elected as Member for Orange in 2016, the former police prosecutor is now an advocate for the broader Orange region in NSW Parliament.