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


Gail Reynolds-Adamson
Representative: CommunityGail 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.

Board Members

Kate Mills
Deputy Chair
Representative: MinisterialKate 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.

Ryan Jones
Representative: CommunityRyan 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.

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. 

Shelley Payne
Representative: Local Government

Shelley has served on the Esperance Shire Council since 2017 and has recently completed a Diploma in Local Government (Elected Member).  Shelley-Payne-Profile-Picture-(1).png
Shelley trained as an engineer and holds a Masters in Business and the Environment. She is a qualified auditor for Environmental, Quality and OHS Management Systems.
Shelley has lived in Esperance for 20 years and is married with three children.  Shelley is active within the Esperance community and holds positions with a number of local organisations and is also a Justice of the Peace.

Ross Wood
Representative: Ministerial

Kris Starcevich
GEDC Chief Executive Officer