Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    New South West Development Commission leadership to drive regional employment

    4/08/2017 10:05 AM
    • ​Nick Belyea appointed Chairperson of the South West Development Commission board
    • New deputy chairperson Jennie Franceschi also welcomed 

    Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced the appointments of Nick Belyea and Jennie Franceschi to the top positions of the South West Development Commission board.


    Mr Belyea is the new chairperson and brings to the role extensive high-level experience in aviation, tourism and transport both in the public and private sectors. He spent nine years as CEO of Broome International Airport and worked at the Department of Transport for 10 years overseeing aviation, rail, port and freight policy.


    New deputy chairperson Ms Franceschi is the managing director and owner of Advance Packing and Marketing Services Pty Ltd and has been an extraordinary leader in horticulture and value-add at the helm of a number of agribusinesses in Western Australia.


    The appointments replace outgoing chairperson Stuart Hicks and deputy Sue Daubney, who have both made a significant contribution to the South-West region during their service.


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "Nick and Jennie both have extensive experience across sectors that we need to engage with to grow the economy and increase job opportunities in the South-West.


    "Nick's experience in aviation, tourism and transport will provide invaluable insight and leadership for the Board of the South West Development Commission.


    "Jennie has a proven track record of increasing employment in regional areas and in developing new products and opening up new markets.


    "We are indebted to Stuart Hicks and Sue Daubney, who have been massive contributors to the South-West and oversaw the funding of major projects such as Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront."


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