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Maree is from rural WA and is passionate about providing opportunities for people and business development, regardless of geographic, economic, cultural or social circumstance. Maree is an experienced company director and is actively involved in regional and state government advisory boards and her local community.
Maree brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience across a variety of roles including the owner-manager of a broad acre primary production business – farming superfine wool, grain and oilseeds; non-executive Company Director, often in the role of Chairman; Project Manager; Strategy and Marketing Manager and various expert consultancy roles across a range of projects including business, tourism, finance, agriculture, government and exporting.
She has been actively engaged in rural business development, succession planning, governance and training, and designs bespoke training and seminars. Maree has delivered business and planning workshops to more than 400 rural businesses in the past four years and provided customised training for rural women across the state.
Maree holds an Executive MBA from UWA and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is a long standing Fellow and graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Member of the Association of Australian Agriculture Consultants WA.
Maree was honoured to be listed in Fairfax Media's '100 Women in Australian Agribusiness' in 2014, as well as being named a finalist in the WA Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation's Woman of the Year 2014.
Maree was appointed as the Chair of the RRR Network Reference Group in February 2015.
Debbie is a keen horsewoman who has always had a strong interest in agriculture and community. For the last twenty something years she has raised a family on a half million acre cattle station in the struggling Southern Rangelands region with her husband who is also very active in the community.
Debbie's four children were all educated through the School of the Air system and her youngest child is the last one left at home; the older ones are either at Boarding School or University.
Debbie is herself, a teacher. She has been involved with local education for twenty years and currently works part time as an In-School Coach for Explicit Direct Instruction. She also helps to run the family business and breeds and trains Morgan horses.
Debbie's diverse interests and experience range from education, aviation to country racing. Once a keen aviator, she worked at the Royal Aero Club of WA where she met her husband. Prior to that she was a private racehorse trainer to a Turf Club committeeman whilst working her way through university where she studied English, Anthropology and finally, Education. She is still involved with local racing and active in a number of other community groups.
Debbie was appointed to the RRR Network Reference Group in February 2016.
Maria is a born and bred Kimberley girl from the remote town of Kununurra.
Raised on an Ord Valley farm, her childhood was typical of an agricultural upbringing in the north. Life evolved from watermelons, mangoes and waterfalls to boarding school, city life and university.
Maria returned home after her studies and now works as a TAFE business lecturer, training mostly young and Indigenous students from schools, cattle stations, remote communities and mine sites.
She is also a private company director, working in the tourism industry that includes a family owned caravan park and retail diamond business as a Diamond Grader.
Now raising her own family in the East Kimberley, Maria is passionate about living in a thriving community with a diverse economy to provide opportunities for young people to work, live and learn.
Aside from her involvement in the community through her work, Maria is the Treasurer for the Small Business Centre East Kimberley Board and volunteers with the Ord Valley CWA.
Maria was appointed to the RRR Network Reference Group in February 2015.
Renee has acquired experience in high level governance and decision making through several board and political appointments, including Councillor Port Augusta City Council, Country Arts SA Board, and Regional Development Australia Adelaide Metropolitan Board.
Renee's array of knowledge and skills allow her to provide counsel to the Department of Regional Development and the Minister on matters relating to women's interests, regional sustainability and community cohesion.
Renee is committed to Regional Western Australia and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to her community as a member of the RRR Network Reference Group.
Renee was appointed to the RRR Network Reference Group in February 2015.
Lyn lived on a farm for a number of years, where she raised her children and enjoyed being part of the local rural community. While living on the farm she studied by distance education to obtain her Bachelor Degree.
Her formal qualifications now include a Masters in Professional Education and Training from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma (Higher Education) from Murdoch University, a Diploma in Human Services from Central West College and an Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma. Lyn is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Education; her research is focused on participation by Aboriginal Australians in Higher Education.
Lyn has a passion for the benefits of higher education and has focused on providing learning pathways for people from diverse backgrounds. As a TAFE lecturer in Albany, Lyn was involved with the New Opportunities for Women (NOW) course from its inception. She spent ten years as a facilitator of NOW and had the privilege of watching women take up employment, education and community work opportunities.
Lyn has spent most of her adult life living and working in regional WA. She has been involved in community and industry committees, and forums focused on improving the economic and social capacity of the community.
In recent years Lyn was the Managing Director of the Pilbara Institute, and she is now the Dean of the Faculty Regional Professional Studies at Edith Cowan University's South West Campus in Bunbury.
Lyn was appointed to the RRR Network Reference Group in February 2015.
In 2014 Jackie was named WA Rural Woman of the Year and National Runner-Up by the Rural Industries Researched and Development Corporation.
Jackie is currently managing an Agrifood Labour and Skills project as a consultant for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, providing advice on strategies for workforce recruitment, retention and planning for the agriculture sector in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.
She is a Commissioner on the Forest Products Commission and has previously served on the Board of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women, as well as undertaking Ministerial appointments to the WA Planning Commission's South-West Region Committee and the Whicher Water Resource Management Committee.
Jackie lives in Margaret River, where she owns and manages a commercial vineyard and wine production business with her husband Matt and three daughters.
Jackie was appointed to the RRR Network Reference Group in January 2013.
Liz has always called regional WA home. After starting life on a farm south of Geraldton, her first exposure to mining was when her family moved to Useless loop in Shark bay. After returning to Geraldton to complete high school Liz was awarded a scholarship to study Mining Engineering at the Western Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie. It was here she discovered Underground mining and has been working in that sector since 1994.
Since graduation mining has seen Liz call numerous places home, including Tennant Creek, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.
Liz is now the Underground Mining Manager for Norton Gold fields just north of Kalgoorlie and splits her time between Kalgoorlie and Geraldton. She manages the day to day safe operations of the Homestead and Bullant Underground Gold mines.
Liz, her husband and their menagerie of pets now live on the outskirts of Geraldton commuting to and from Kalgoorlie on a 9 on 5 off roster. Always preferring the gentler pace of rural centres, she spends her leisure time with multiple handicrafts including spinning, sewing and woollen textile crafts.
Liz joined the reference group with a view to increasing her understanding of how mining can contribute and enrich the smaller communities they operate within.
Liz was appointed to the RRR Network Reference Group in February 2015.
Renee is keen to pursue the sustainability of towns in regional WA. Making the most of the resources and assets you have, leveraging investment and encouraging leadership from within can help make this happen. Her home region, the Wheatbelt, is fortunate to have a number of women in leadership positions, inspiring Renee to contribute more in her community.
Renee lives with her husband and two children in Merredin, the eastern Wheatbelt's regional centre. Renee works as a Policy Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Food, where she is responsible for an area covering Geraldton to Esperance. She also supports her husband's cabinet making business and is a keen picture framer.
Renee was appointed to the RRR Network Reference Group in January 2013.
Tori is a proud Esperance local, and loves calling regional WA home. After moving to Perth to study Mass Communications, the decision to move back to Esperance was a very easy one. Tori is passionate about regional communities, and wants to ensure that regional WA is the best it can be; that it's an attractive, life-long place to live. Tori believes that there needs to be greater support for career opportunities, leadership development and maternity and childcare for women to ensure that regional communities continue to flourish and thrive. As the current Corporate Manager of the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tori is passionate about regional small businesses, which are the backbone of our communities. Particular interests in this area include tourism development opportunities, regional business resilience - especially in communities that rely on one industry - and small business being seen as an attractive career. Tori lives with her partner and they constantly argue about getting a dog. Unfortunately she hasn't won that argument yet! When not working, Tori likes playing volleyball (badly), catching up with friends and family, reading, going to the beach and is involved in a number of community organisations.
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