Our Committee


Hugh Cooke


Hugh Cooke was appointed as Chair of RDA Southern Inland in March 2018.   Hugh is a Director with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources having previously worked as a Director and CFO of Wheat Exports Australia.

Sue Whelan, OAM

Deputy Chair

Sue Whelan served as a Councillor on Queanbeyan City Council for many years. Sue has served as Deputy Mayor, most recently September 2008 til September 2011. Sue is Chair of Council’s Heritage Committee and Chair of the Queanbeyan/Palerang Library Committee.

John Bell

Board Member

John Bell is the General Manager of the Upper Lachlan Shire Council based at Crookwell. John has 40 years experience in Local Government working with a number of local government authorities, that all fell, coincidentally, within the current Southern Inland RDA area footprint.

Allan Carpenter

Board Member

Allan Carpenter is a facilitator of Chinese investment and exporter of primary produce to China, and is the NSW/ACT President of Australia China Friendship Development Association.

Anthony Goonan

Board Member

Anthony’s working life started as a corporate auditor with Price Waterhouse. However, the rapidly developing IT field beckoned - so after further study he commenced developing domestic and international business systems for the airline, mining and banking sectors.

Andrew Heath

Board Member

Andrew Heath is a management and corporate governance professional who has expertise and experience built over the last fifteen years, principally in the higher education sector. For almost 10 years he has been working at the Australian National University across a variety of higher education roles.

Barry McDonald

Board Member

Barry McDonald has had a varied career spanning 38 years over 7 NSW Government Agencies, including 15 years (1997– 2012) as Business Development Manager at the Department of Trade and Investment South East Region based at Goulburn, which closely mirrors the RDA Southern Inland area. .

Terry Oakes-Ash FAICD, FIQ

Board Member

Terry has been re-elected for his second term. As a civil engineer he has had wide ranging managerial experience, with extensive knowledge of the construction materials industry in Australia ,South East Asia and the USA.


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