- Gail Reynolds-Adamson appointed Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission board chairperson
- Appointment brings strong experience in small business and community development
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced the appointment of Gail Reynolds-Adamson as chairperson of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) board.
A GEDC board member since August 2014, Ms Reynolds-Adamson brings to the role expertise in small business and experience in advocating for regional and Aboriginal communities.
Gail operates a specialist consultancy firm working with, and for, Aboriginal Australians and has experience working with individuals, industry and organisations to design and promote tools for social, economic, organisational and developmental change.
She is a descendant from the Noongar people on the most eastern border of the Noongar nation, the Nudju people - from the Norseman/Balladonia area - and the Mirrnning people ('Whale people'), who stretch along the coast between Western Australia and South Australia.
Gail is currently chairperson of the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation and chairperson of the South East Aboriginal Health Service.
She replaces outgoing chairperson Kate Fielding, who has been acknowledged for her leadership and dedication to regional development as chairperson of the commission since September 2016 and a board member since 2014.
Local Goldfields business owner Kate Mills and regional banker Ryan Jones have also been appointed to the GEDC board by the Minister.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Gail has an impressive track record in board appointments to support development of Aboriginal and regional communities, tourism and health.
"She was the first Aboriginal woman appointed to the Tourism WA board and also to the role of National Manager of the Indigenous Relations Department for Newmont Australia.
"Gail is well equipped to lead the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission in encouraging strategic growth opportunities and driving innovative solutions to regional issues.
"She will bring strong leadership to the role, which includes supporting the Goldfields Aboriginal Economic Development Ministerial Taskforce established earlier this year.
"As a local businesswoman, she is familiar with the challenges and opportunities presented to businesses in the region, and the value of supporting local businesses through initiatives such as WA Industry Link."
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