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)
Sabina Shugg, CHAIR
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 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. Sabina 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 people 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.
Terrence Winner, DEPUTY 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.
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.
Rowena is a Law and Arts graduate from the University of Western Australia, Director at Kai Rho Contracting - a business that aims to employ local Aboriginal people in mining and civil works projects, and Chairperson at Goldfields Aboriginal Business Chamber. She is also a Board Member at CAPS Schools Inc and at Kurrawang Aboriginal Christian Community Inc.
Rowena is a Wongi from the north eastern Goldfields region, born in Kalgoorlie and raised in the region. Rowena also has connections to the Wajarri Yamatji Traditional Owners in the Murchison and the Mirning Traditional Owners from the south eastern Goldfields region. Rowena is passionate about the preservation and education of Aboriginal history and building better foundations for the future generations.
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.
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 practicing 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.
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.