Our Board

Our Board

The Minister of Regional Development is responsible for the appointment of Board Members. The Commission has a Board of Management comprising the following members:

a)    the Director, by virtue of his or her office; and
b)    a prescribed number of other Members, not exceeding six (6):
  • Two (2) Ministerial appointments
  • Two (2) Local government appointments
  • Two (2) Community representatives appointed

The Board structure comprises: 

  • Chair
  • Deputy Chair
  • Four (4) Board members
  • The Director
The Board is the governing body of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Commission.  The Board considers matters relating to the development of the region and provides advice to the Minister on regional issues.

Board membership


Gail Reynolds-Adamson
Chair Gail Reynolds-Adamson - Chair of Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission

Gail Reynolds-Adamson, Director of Kaata Tidje Pty Ltd is a descendant from the Noongar people on the most eastern border of the Noongar nation, the Nudju people – from the Norseman/Balladonia area – and the Mirmning people (“Whale people”), who stretch along the coast between Western Australia and South Australia.

Gail operates a specialist consultancy firm working with, and for, Aboriginal Australians and has experience working with individuals, industry and organisations to design and promote tools for social, economic, organisational and development change.

Gail is currently Chairperson of the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation and Chairperson of the South East Aboriginal Health Service.

1st term: 18 August 2014 to 30 June 2017
 2nd term: 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019
 APPOINTED CHAIR – 16 July 2018

 Representative: Community

Deputy Chairman

John Bowler
Deputy Chairman

John is the Mayor of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and is committed to driving growth and sustainability throughout the Goldfields. John’s background is in media and small business.  He was a Member of the WA Legislative Assembly for 12 years. During that time, John served as Minister for Local Government, Regional Development; Land Information, Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern, Resources and Employment Protection.

John is involved in many community organisations and initiatives that share his dedication to develop and promote Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields, and is passionate about supporting local businesses through a Buy Local campaign.

1st term: 10 March 2014 to 30 June 2016
2nd term: 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

Representative: Local Government

Board Members

Victoria Brown

Victoria is currently the President of the Shire of Esperance and farms a family cropping enterprise with her husband Tom, east of Esperance.

She has a BA Hons in English and Drama and a background in theatre, writing and media, and worked in commercial radio prior to raising her family and helping to run the farm business.

She is passionate about communication and commitment to community and is currently Chair of the Esperance Anglican Community School Council and the Esperance Roadwise Committee amongst others.

1st term: 5 September 2016 - 30 June 2019
Representative: Local Government

Ryan JonesRyan Jones - Board Member

Ryan Jones is a career banker who has worked primarily in regional WA and he is currently the Senior Business Executive for the National Australia Bank, based in Kalgoorlie. 

Ryan has previously held board appointment on the Geraldton Resource Centre and Regional Alliance West and numerous not-for-profit sporting organisations. His tertiary qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, a Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Financial Services.

Ryan loves regional living and resides in Kalgoorlie with his wife Michelle and three children. He's excited about the opportunities for regional investment and is keen to see these opportunities maximized for the benefit of the community.

1st term: 16 July 2018 - 30 June 2020
Representative: Community


Kate MillsKate Mills - Board Member

Kate works in her local small business and has two young daughters. Living in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for over a decade and travelling extensively across the Goldfields-Esperance region over this time, Kate is well placed to articulate the challenges facing our region.

With a background in community and economic development, Kate looks forward to applying her skills and expertise to the benefit of the commission and region.

Kate has a Social Science degree in Politics and a Commerce Degree in Tourism Management from Curtin University. She is a valuable and proactive member of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community, making significant contributions through several community groups and Boards.

1st term: 16 July 2018 - 30 June 2021
Representative: Ministerial

Kris Starcevich

A/Chief Executive Officer - Ex Officio