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 MInnov&Entr.Dip BusP,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.
Chairperson Dr Felicity-Ann Lewis. A dedicated, dynamic leader, Dr Felicity-ann Lewis is passionate about creating a healthier, more inclusive and prosperous Australia.She has worked tirelessly to further reconciliation with Aboriginal people, and to support the settlement process for refugees and migrants.Both a leader and a team player, Felicity-ann currently sits on many boards, including the Migrant Resource Centre, Nature Play SA, and the ANZAC Commemorative Committee. She has recently accepted a 3 year appointment on the National Press Council and the Development Plan Advisory Committee. She is the Chairperson of the Dog and Cat Management and Regional Development Australia Adelaide Metropolitan. Her passion for the community is matched by a commitment to health promotion. She has a Doctorate of Education from the University of South Australia and is currently a senior lecturer at Flinders University in the School of Education. Felicity-ann recently completed 14 years as the Mayor of the City of Marion and a term as National President of the Australian Local Government Association. Felicity-ann was the 2014 SA Australian of the Year. Felicity-ann’s actions, as much as her words, encourages people to make their communities the best they can be.
Deputy Chairperson Megan Webster Bradman: Executive Director Strategy and Court Operations, BA, LLB (Hons), MPA. Megan is a qualified lawyer who has held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government for more than a decade and was previously Executive Director in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. She has a background in public administration, government relations, and public policy. 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 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.
Board Member: Skye Akbar. Skye is focused on contributing meaningful quality research to support self-determined sustainable economic development for local people's wellbeing. Aiming to bridge the gap between academic research and application of theory at operational levels, she hopes to improve outcomes for those who experience vulnerabilities and disadvantage. Working as Postdoctoral Indigenous Researcher in Business, Skye continues her dedication to community through Board Membership for RDA AM, membership of Economic Development Australia (SA), Committee Membership for UniSA Deadly Alumni and supporting prospective and new rural and Aboriginal students. Her previous experience includes Indigenous Rights Summer School at Columbia University, Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour, teaching and public service.
Board Member: Melissa Brown is qualified with an Associate Diploma in Business majoring in Human Resource Management (University of South Australia) and Bachelor of Science (Viticulture), Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. Melissa is the viticulturist for 340 acres of certified organic vineyards which involves decision making in relation to all aspects of vineyard management. In 2002 Melissa was Awarded the Trott Family Trophy for services to Viticulture and the Environment and in 2007 was the Winner of Excellence in Wine Growing Trophy for McLaren Vale Growers. She project managed the construction of the Gemtree Sustainable Cellar Door and installation of the Gemtree Wetlands Walking Ecotrail. Melissa served on the Board of Greening Australia SA for 6 years and is a Director of Gemtree Wines.
Mayor Lachlan Clyne. Lachlan Clyne was elected a member for the City of Unley Council in 2006 and is currently serving in his third term, his second as Mayor. He was elected to the Local Government Association of South Australia’s (LGA of SA) Board in 2010, chaired the Eastern Region Alliance (ERA) of councils in 2014, chaired the Local Government Leadership Group 2013 - 2014 and is the local government representative to the Power Lines Environment Committee (PLEC). In 2014 Lachlan was elected to the senior executive of the Metropolitan Local Government Group (MLGG) and is designated as the champion for Economic Development across the 17 metropolitan councils.
Even before graduating school, Lachlan worked in the family’s clothing manufacturing and retail businesses undertaking a variety of roles over 10 years ranging from an embroidery machine operator to Company Director. Lachlan is currently a Company Director of Cutting Edge Clothing Manufacturers. Lachlan is a Bachelor of Business graduate and has also worked in the hospitality industry in both South Australia and NSW. Lachlan served in the Australian Army (Reserves) from 2009 – 2013 attaining the rank of Lieutenant. A keen supporter of Sturt Football Club, Lachlan is also Patron of the Forestville Eagles Basketball Club where he had played for many years.
Board Member: Brian Hales. Brian Hales 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.
Board Member: Ron S. Read. Ron Read has been a successful entrepreneur and business leader both in Australian and in the United States.Following his exit from the Royal Australian Navy (where he served for almost a decade and a half), he embarked on a sales and marketing career which quickly saw him serving in senior management roles with a Tubemakers of Australia Ltd subsidiary business for eight years. In October 1987 he immigrated to the USA. Resulting from an acquisition of a small company in December 1994 where he was serving as Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, he was appointed regional General Manager at the acquiring company, Danka Industries, a $2 Billion global business. Ron’s region comprised the mid-Atlantic, where current revenue was approaching $60 million. He was responsible for a staff of 120, comprising Sales, Marketing, Technical Service & Support and Administration. His mission was to grow the business throughout his region. This invaluable experience was not lost on Ron who 14 months later established his own company (February 1996), in the same industry serving the same market. With a ‘holistic customer centric culture’ from the outset, Read’s business grew exponentially, on course to accomplish his mission of becoming the largest and most respected privately held Office Systems Company in the region. A key component in this process was to establish a ‘brand’ which had to be synonymous with ‘Excellence’. The customer centric culture established by him was in part distilled from his previous sales and marketing roles. Furthermore, he also knew it would be essential because in the vendor crowded market in which he operated, he had to be seen as either ‘Best’ or ‘Different.’ “In-fact, to have a successful and sustainable business anywhere, you can only be ’Best’ or ‘Different’ when you are not the ‘First’ market entrant, stated Ron”. In November 1997, his company was awarded the coveted ‘Small Business of the Year’ award and in 1998, Ron received one nomination for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year, Washington/Baltimore region. But far more important than awards was the Apollo Technologies ‘brand’ now regarded as ‘Best in Industry’. From the outset, Read placed the success of his company squarely in the hands of his clients. This ‘Risk v Reward’ approach is part of his DNA and he was not disappointed because over the ensuing years, customer loyalty surpassed even his best expectations. He has consistently delivered value to his clients and to his former employers which has been the hallmark of his career. Following the sale of his company, he returned to Australia settling in Adelaide. Since that time he has served in various contract consulting roles coaching and assisting SME’s build their businesses. For a short period he served as the interim General Manager for REAQUA, a newly established Adelaide based company which generated in excess of $5 Million in its first year of operation. He currently mentors small businesses and enjoys passing on the valuable lessons he learned during his very successful and rewarding 35 year private sector career.
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.