Our Board

Our Board

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.

The Minister for Regional Development is responsible for the appointment of Board Members.

The Board structure comprises of a: 

  • Chair
  • Deputy Chair
  • Four (4) Board members
  • The Director

Board membership


Sabina Shugg
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Sabina is the Director - Kalgoorlie Campus, Curtin University including the WA School of Mines.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of Resolute Mining Ltd.

She has extensive experience in senior roles with mining and consulting organisations in including operations management experience at senior site level covering both underground and open pit environments. Sabina’s work has a strong people focus together with a solid project management background.

Sabina has a Mining Engineering degree from Curtin’s WA School of Mines and a MBA from UWA. She is a member of the AusIMM and holds a WA First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency. She founded and runs the very active Women in Mining and Resources WA (WIMWA) group which has grown to 3000 members state-wide since its inception in 2003.

In 2010, Sabina was named the inaugural Women in Resources Champion in the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA Women in Resources Awards, for being an outstanding role model to people in the resources industry and the broader community. In 2011 Sabina was included in the first 100 inducted to the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2013 Sabina was named in the AFR Westpac 100 Women of Influence and included in the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

In 2015 Sabina was named a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the mining industry through executive roles in the resources sector, and as a role model and mentor to women.

Sabina has had a long involvement in a variety of not-for-profit organisations and is on the board of AMRRIC, a national charity that works to improve the health and welfare of companion animals in remote indigenous communities to improve the health and welfare of whole communities.

Board Members

Kate Mills
Deputy Chair
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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.

Terrence Winner
Representative: Community

Shaneane Weldon
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Shaneane is a Wangkatja woman married with four adult children.  Shaneane is also the Managing Director of a contracting business based in the Northern Goldfields. 

A Justice of Peace for 22 years, and Shire Councillor for 15 years, she is an active community member.  At present, Shaneane is the Chairperson for Pakaanu Aboriginal Corporation which is based in Laverton, addressing community social issues based around the 5 pillars of government including education, health, housing, justice and employment.  Pakaannu is currently delivering cultural awareness to corporate and government agencies, working within a cultural framework delivering outcomes benefiting the wider community. 

Ross Wood
Representative: Ministerial

Ross has spent over 30 years on the Nullarbor, managing the largest sheep station aggregation in Australia.  Ross-Wood-(1).png

A well-respected pastoral manager, Ross is the coordinator for the Kalgoorlie Pastoral Alliance Project and is the Executive Assistant and Financial Officer for the Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association Inc (GNRBA). 

Ross is regularly engaged to mentor other pastoral and agriculturally recognised biosecurity groups and is active within the community.  Ross has a state-wide profile beyond pastoralism in regional and remote WA, with significant life experience living both regionally and remotely. 

Kris Starcevich
Chief Executive Officer

Kris has been in the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission since May 2018. WithKris-Starcevich-(4).jpg
extensive experience working in regional Western Australia in both the public and private sectors, Kris offers a holistic approach to regional development.

From a farming family in the Esperance district, Kris moved to Perth to study a Bachelor of Science at UWA, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education. Kris began his career in secondary teaching in the Pilbara before taking up an opportunity to diversify his skills in the mining industry. Kris worked as a community relations practitioner for Rio Tinto for a number of years, working and living in several Pilbara communities. During this time, Kris completed a Graduate Certificate in Community Relations at the University of Queensland, developing a passion for community development he still demonstrates today.

Kris has been with the Commission since 2014, when he relocated his family back to his home town following 10 years working in the Pilbara. Kris continues to work closely with local stakeholders and government agencies to drive social and economic outcomes for the Goldfields-Esperance region. He and his team at the GEDC are committed to enhancing the profile of the region by fostering strong leadership, undertaking effective stakeholder engagement and focusing on the region’s strengths.