RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Board Members

The Board of Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula is comprised of high-profile local people representing business, industry, education, local government, finance, natural resources and the community, with members selected for experience and relevant skills.

Bryan Trigg AFSM JP (Chair)

Mr Bryan Trigg commenced as a Board Member of Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula in March 2012. Bryan is an Elected Member of the District Council of Cleve and at present holds the position of Deputy Mayor. He is the current SA CFS Group Officer for the Eastern Eyre Group and is the Eyre Peninsula representative on the CFS COAC State committee. Bryan holds Life Memberships for multiple organisations including the Eastern Eyre Football league for which he has been a long time delegate and President. Bryan’s work with the league has been recognised in being granted Merit awards by both the SANFL and the AFL.

Bryan is currently Managing Director of two local companies and has been a National Director for Rural Co, an Australia wide Rural Merchandise Company. In 1998 Bryan was awarded the National Member of the Year for all of Australia, as the Business based in Cleve on Eyre Peninsula was judged to be the best in Australia. At present Bryan is a retired small business owner and has lived and worked in Cleve since 1973 and previous to that he lived in Cummins. Bryan was awarded by the Federal Australian Government the Australian Fire Service Medal and invested at Government house in Adelaide. He has also been appointed as Justice of the Peace by the South Australian Government.

Malcolm Catt (Deputy Chair)

Mr Malcolm Catt was a Board Member of the previous Eyre Regional Development for four years and has been an active Board Member of RDAWEP for the past seven years. Malcolm was also appointed as an Executive Committee Member of RDAWEP at the Board meeting held in March 2012. He has lived in Port Lincoln since 1977 and was a Councillor of the City of Port Lincoln from 2001 until 2014 in addition to being a Board Member of Eyre Regional Development Board for 6 years prior to amalgamation with the Whyalla Economic Development Board to form RDAWEP in 2010.

Malcolm is currently Chief Pilot of Lincoln Air Charter (1997 to present) and a Graduate of Adelaide University (Science) and SAIT (Business Administration). He has formerly worked as a Research and Consultant Agronomist and was Chief Pilot/Owner of Lincoln Airlines (1987-1997).

Allan Suter (Executive Committee Member)

Mr Allan Suter was a Board Member of the former Eyre Regional Development Board from 2007 until 2009 and has continued as a Board Member of RDAWEP since the amalgamation in 2010. Allan was also appointed as an Executive Committee Member of RDAWEP at the Board meeting held in March 2012 and his term as Board member expires on 20 November 2015. Allan is currently the Mayor of Ceduna and has held this role since 2006 and has been an Elected Member since 2002. He has lived in Ceduna since 1979 and is a retired business operator. Allan has held various other Board memberships in the motel chain, fishing industries and in other business interests. In common with all members of the Board, he is passionate about the future of this lovely region.

Jack Velthuizen (Executive Committee Member)

Mr Jack Velthuizen has been a member of the RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula since amalgamation in 2010 representing the Whyalla City Council (WCC) and now the Whyalla Community. He also sits on the Executive Committee of RDAWEP and was Deputy Chair of the previous Flinders Region Area Consultative Committee before being amalgamated with the functions of RDA. Jack has also been an Elected Member of the WCC since 2000 and is now Retired Senior Educational Manager for the Manufacturing, Engineering and Transport Program with TAFE SA Regional and represented our region on various State committees. Jack has lived in Whyalla since 1960 when he arrived with his family from Holland and his father obtained work with BHP. Before commencing with TAFE, Jack worked at BHP as a Boilermaker apprentice and spent 10 years as a draftsman in the Shipyard drawing office.

Heather Baldock (Board Member)

Heather Baldock joined the RDAWEP Board in early 2016, and is chair of the Board’s EP Ag Advisory Group. Heather held the role of Presiding Member of the EP NRM Board from 2011-2015 and is a past member of the SA Advisory Board of Agriculture where she represented Eastern Eyre for 6 years and held positions of State Treasurer and Vice Chair. She has also served on other regional, state and national bodies linked to rural communities and agriculture and in 2011 represented Australian farmers at the Global Farmer Roundtable Discussions and World Food Prize Events in Iowa, USA.

Heather has farmed with her husband in the Kimba District for over 40 years and is heavily involved in local community development. Heather holds a Diploma in the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, and a Cert 4 in Tourism Sales & Marketing. In 2006 Heather was awarded the SA Rural Women’s Award.

Clare McLaughlin (Board Member)

Ms Clare McLaughlin commenced as a Board Member of Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula in March 2012. Originally from Adelaide, Clare moved to Whyalla in 2002 and established herself in good stead, both professionally and personally within the city.  Clare is the Director/Owner of Westland Leading Edge Jewellers, Whyalla and was previously the Centre Manager (Operations/Marketing) of Westland Shopping Centre for 13 years.  Clare possesses sound business acumen, having acquired substantial experience in the business sector.  She is committed to the community of Whyalla indicated by her current community roles of Elected Member of the Whyalla City Council; Chair of the Aged Care and Disability Committee; Chair of the Whyalla Industry Leaders Group; member of the Whyalla Task Force Leaders Group; Whyalla Airport Strategy and Security Committee; and Council’s representative on the Development Planning Approvals Committee.

Clare’s valuable input as a Board Member of our organisation will assist in ensuring economic growth continues within our region.

Colin Carter (Board Member)

Mr Colin Carter has resided in Whyalla all of his life and is very passionate about Whyalla and the Eyre Peninsula and its future developments. Mr Carter is currently a small business operator in Whyalla and is an Elected Member of the Whyalla City Council and has been for the past 6 years. During this time he has been Deputy Mayor, Chairperson Whyalla City Council Audit Committee and held membership of numerous council committees and working parties.

Colin is currently is Chairperson of the Whyalla City Council Airport Advisory & Security Working Party, a member of the HAC, Whyalla Health Advisory Council (which is the old Hospital Board), a member of the Whyalla ECG (Environment Consultative Group)and the Youth Opportunities Board of Whyalla. Mr Carter has served on numerous Boards and associations over the years, one of which was the Whyalla Aged Care Board for 16 years. Colin looks forward to having a cohesive relationship with the RDAWEP members in helping drive the economic development of the whole Eyre Peninsula region.

Ricky Trenberth (Board Member)

Mr Ricky Trenberth joined the Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Board in August 2018. Ricky is the Operations Manager for Curtis’s Sales and Service, a small chain of agricultural machinery dealerships covering the Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast and has been in his current role since October 2017.  His previous experience includes 7 years of management accounting for a national wool company, in addition to a number of other accounting roles throughout his career.  Ricky is originally from Tumby Bay and has a passion for the sea and the unique lifestyle we enjoy here on the Eyre Peninsula.  Mr Trenberth looks forward to contributing to the growth and future of our region.

Tom Antonio (Board Member)

Mr Tom Antonio was appointed on the Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Board in 2018.  Tom is married with 4 children and has 4 grandchildren, who are all well entrenched and living in Whyalla, with 3 generations having worked/still working at the steelworks.  He himself, is a founding Co-Director of Electrical Discounters which has been in operation since 1980 and is now the largest electrical retailer in regional South Australia.  Tom’s companies have invested heavily across 4 major regional towns and have won numerous national awards, including the Whyalla Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, in addition to being inducted into the Hall of Fame as Whyalla’s inaugural business icon.

With the community at heart, Tom has served on the Whyalla City Council for 12 years (6 years as Deputy Mayor and 1 year as Acting Mayor); been a member of the Whyalla Hospital Board and later on the Health Advisory Council Board.  Tom played a critical part and has been highly commended in assisting the administrators Korda Mentha in the successful voluntary administration process associated with Arrium, which resulted in a positive outcome for the employees and the City of Whyalla.  His passion and commitment for the entire region is welcomed by the Board, along with his willingness to look at all options regarding its growth and prosperity into the future.