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:
- Deputy Chair
- Four (4) Board members
- Chief Executive Office (Director)
Terrence Winner, CHAIR
Terrence was appointed to the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission Board in 2020, bringing with him 15+ years of experience as a CEO within the not-for-profit sector. Terrence holds qualifications across Management, Business, Community Development, Marketing, Training, Youth and Disability Services and has excellent insight into regional challenges and opportunities, given he was born and raised in the Goldfields. Terrence is very active within the Goldfields-Esperance community, holding several key roles including elected Councillor with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, CEO of the Goldfields Individual & Family support Association Inc and Chair of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Visitors Centre.
Terrence was named the 2009 WA Young Person of the Year, is a previous winner of the State Leadership and Innovation Award at the Western Australian Regional Achievement & Community Awards and has won a Mayoral Award from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Tracey Rathbone, DEPUTY CHAIR
Representative: Local Government
Tracey was elected to the Shire of Coolgardie Council in 2011 and became Deputy Shire President at Shire of Coolgardie from 2013. She completed a Diploma of Local Government in 2021 and has been a practising life skills coach for over 20 years. Tracey is also an avid community volunteer.
Originally from New South Wales, Tracey has resided in the region for over 40 years. Tracey is passionate about mental health and believes that advocating and promoting suicide awareness enables greater community support and grass roots engagement. Tracey continues to fervently raise the importance of improving access to mental health services available, especially for youth and is a strong advocate for seniors’ health and wellbeing.
Jaimen is an Esperance-based business owner and internationally renowned photographer and videographer. He has extensive tourism and creative industries experience, and is a member of the WA Disability Commission Board. Jaimen won the Western Australian’s Young Achiever of the Year Award, 2018, in both the Online Achievement and People’s Choice Award categories and was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year, 2019.
After becoming quadriplegic following an accident, Jaimen developed an interest in drone photography and videography and now has his own business as a photographer and videographer, specialising in coastal and marine wildlife. In 2021, Jaimen starred in a documentary called Jaimen Hudson: From Sky to Sea.
Representative: Local Government
Tim has been a Councillor at the Shire of Wiluna since 2019 and is an Agricultural business owner with operations in Cascade, Esperance and Wiluna. He has 30 years’ experience working in the industrial minerals sector and managing mine sites in Australia, Zimbabwe and China.
Tim was raised in a farming family based in Kulin and has been engaged in the agricultural sector throughout his life.
A Wongutha and Yamatji woman born and raised in the Goldfields, Katrina worked in the mining industry for a number of years before establishing the Kalgoorlie-based business Kai Rho Contracting with her sister in 2013.
Whilst still at school, Katrina learned bookkeeping skills from her mother at the age of 16 – skills which became the foundation for her career in Finance. She has a Diploma of Management and Diploma in HR Management from Curtin University, Kalgoorlie. Now as the Chief Financial Officer for their business, Katrina manages her commitments to work, her family and community. She is passionate about building opportunities in her community and uses her skills as treasurer for three local organisations: the Kurrawang Aboriginal Christian Community, People’s Church Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields Aboriginal Business Chamber.
Katrina’s husband works alongside her and they have two children.
Since calling the Goldfields home in 2010, Sarsha has found her true passion for community. She has worked in the social services industry for the last 13+ years, working across the mental health, drug and alcohol sectors before moving to the disability sector as Client Services Manager with Empowering People In Communities Inc (EPIC).
Sarsha has gained various qualifications in leadership, management, mental health and governance. As well as holding committee positions with a local martial arts group and the Museum of the Goldfields, she is also the founder and chairperson of Golden Community Mile Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Kris has been in the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission since May 2018. With 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.