Our Staff

The Board is supported by a staff team with extensive government and private sector experience in regional economic and community development.

All Project Managers have a primary economic development role and region-wide responsibilities. Staff with appropriate experience and expertise are dedicated to the following key activity areas:

  • Economic Development
  • Tourism Development
  • Food Industry Development
  • Indigenous Economic Development
  • Employment and Skills Development
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Special Projects
  • Aged and Disability Care

Regional Economic Development

Dion Dorward
Position:  Chief Executive Officer/Director Regional Development
Email:  dion.dorward@rdawep.org.au

Brad Riddle
Position:  Deputy Director Regional Development
Email:  brad.riddle@rdawep.org.au
Mobile:  0427 824 688

Peter Scott
Position:  Economic Development Manager
Email:  peter.scott@rdawep.org.au
Mobile:  0455 026 000

David Penfold
Position: Economic Development Manager
Email:  david.penfold@rdawep.org.au 
Mobile:  0421 055 590

Howard Coote
Position:  Indigenous Economic Development Manager
Email:  howard.coote@rdawep.org.au
Mobile:  0429 672 400

Sondra Stewart
Position:  Tourism Development Manager
Email:  sondra.stewart@rdawep.org.au
Mobile:  0417 811 622

Employment and Skills Development

Peter Mitchell
Position:  Employment and Skills Development Manager
Email:  peter.mitchell@rdawep.org.au
Mobile:  0429 826 588

Paula Wilson
Position: Career Practitioner – Career Development Services
Industry & Skills Brokerage Project Officer
Email:  cdcpractitioner@rdawep.org.au
Phone:  08 8645 7811

Corporate Services

Roger Paul
Position:  Manager Corporate Services
Email:  roger.paul@rdawep.org.au
Phone:  0468 348 501

Wendy Ettridge
Position: Executive Assistant
Email: wendy.ettridge@rdawep.org.au
Phone:  08 8682 6588

Sue Henriksen
Position:  Business Support Officer
Email:  sue.henriksen@rdawep.org.au
Phone:  08 8682 6588

Ellen Cumerlato
Position:  Program Administrator
Email:  ellen.cumerlato@rdawep.org.au
Phone:  08 8645 7811

Due to the vast size of the region and the distances that need to be travelled for work purposes, RDAWEP has two offices, located in Port Lincoln and Whyalla.