EXECUTIVE OFFICER & BOARD

Members for RDAs in South Australia are selected through an Expression of Interest process after being nominated by the Chairperson.

Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth Taplin M Innov & Entr. Dip Bus P, Dip PR, ACEcD Joined the RDA Adelaide team in October 2011 with over 20 years corporate and commercial experience in the public and private sectors. This background is complemented by strong business change management and start-up experience. Previously he was the SA (and acting NSW) State Director Enterprise Connect, CEO of Financial Planning & Life, CEO of Garrisons Accounting Group (ASX listed), Managing Director of IOOF Trustee Group and Business Advisor to a number of small-medium-enterprises. Kenneth's qualifications include a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Executive Diploma in Business Planning, Diploma of Public Relations. Previous Board and Committee positions include Chairman of Advisory Boards, Board Member of Not-For-Profit Foundations in South Australia and as a Judge for Prime Minister's Sustainable Investment Award.

 

Deputy Chairperson: Megan Webster Bradman BA, LLB (Hons), MPA Joined RDA Adelaide Metropolitan incorporated 1 January 2015. Megan is a qualified lawyer who has held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government for more than a decade. She has a background in public administration, government relations, and public policy. Her current role is Executive Director Strategy and Court Operations, and recently as Executive Director in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Megan has supported the Premiers of South Australia at Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meetings and represented South Australia in negotiations at the national level. She jointly led the national work to establish the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and chaired national reviews of COAG agreements. Megan’s background in regional economic development includes advising South Australia’s Regional Development Cabinet Committee and chairing the State Working Group on Regional Development. Megan was instrumental in establishing Renewal SA to create jobs and opportunities through an integrated approach to urban development in South Australia. Megan is committed to supporting the community. She was a volunteer at the Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre for a number of years. She has served on a number of community boards and committees, including University of Adelaide Alumni Council, No Strings Attached theatre, University Books (Unibooks) Pty Ltd and the SACA Bradman Medal organising committee. In 2009 she was nominated to the Roll of Inspiring Women in South Australia. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Masters in Public Administration. She is admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

 

Brian

Board Member: Brian Hales Joined RDA Adelaide Metropolitan incorporated in October 2015 and is director of his economic development consulting company. He has a long involvement in economic development at the State and Local Government levels. As a senior project officer in the Department of State Development and Technology in the 1980s he gained a thorough understanding of how the State’s economy worked and was able to contribute to automotive and defence policy development. From 1990 Brian has been an economic development specialist in local government, most of this spent in a leadership role as part of Council executive teams. This has involved the preparation and implementation of a range of economic development strategies and associated tourism and investment attraction plans. Brian also led the establishment of the South Australian Chapter of Economic Development Australia in 2007 which remains active in developing the expertise of economic development practitioners and providing input to economic development policy. For his work in economic development Brian was awarded the accolade of National Economic Development Australia Economic Development Practitioner of the Year 2014. Brian serves on the Economic Development Australia SA Management Committee and City of Campbelltown Economic Development Advisory Committee.

 

RonBoard Member: Ron S. Read A successful business leader and a prior member of the Australian Defence Force, Ron Read has been a member of the Adelaide Metro Board of Regional Development Australia since the 15th of November 2015. His working life began when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Boy Seaman as soon as he reached the age of 16. He served 12 years full-time followed by several years as a Reserve Officer. During his time as a Reserve Naval Officer, he embarked on a Sales career starting in Adelaide. Four (4) years later saw him promoted to National Marketing Manager and transferred to the company’s head office in Melbourne. After five years in this role where the business grew exponentially he immigrated to the USA and began what was to become a successful 25 year career in the Washington DC region including his company becoming the recipient of the coveted “Small Business of the Year” award in November 1997. Following the acquisition of his company in 2008, he re-entered Australia settling in Adelaide in 2012. Since then he has served in several Marketing and Business Development roles (as a Contractor), for local companies in the manufacturing, IT and the ‘renewable’ industry as well as conducting business coaching with the Australian Institute of Management. He brings a wide and varied skill set with a focus directed at delivering outstanding client and customer outcomes. He is an outstanding negotiator and he is not risk averse! Since his early days in the Navy he is noted for his great acuity, particularly in relation to detail as well as the importance that sound policy, systems and procedures play within an organization if it is to become successful and sustainable. His superb negotiating skills and his punctilious focus on customer outcomes contributed significantly to the success of all three companies he managed in the USA and in them becoming regarded as industry best, judged not by peers or by others, but by his clients and customers alike. Ron is also a member of the ‘Champions Committee’ at the Repat Foundation – The Road Home

 

Board Member: David Snoad Joined RDA Adelaide Metropolitan incorporated 20 November 2015. David began his early career, working though the McDonalds Management system, and learnt great skills in process control, organisational skills and people management. Dave joined the family company Pinz in his mid-20’s to implement management and computer systems, eventually buying the business outright. Since then Dave has grown the company to be one of Australia’s largest and leading manufacturers of Outdoor Blind and Shade products as well as producing highly specified custom work for the DOD and other B2B’s. In 2010 Pinz was listed in BRW magazines fastest 100 growing companies in Australia, one of only a couple of manufacturing companies on the list, proving that that the strategies he had implemented can see manufacturing companies not only survive, but thrive in Australia. David has an advanced diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and in 2013 was a finalist in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the year. Dave has a passion for Sailing and Variety the Children’s charity. David is President of a Sailing association in SA, and participates in local and international offshore races, as well as owning a Variety Bash car, raising funds for the sick and disadvantaged children of SA.