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Juliet Duffy - Regional EnviroScience


Juliet Duffy is the Founding Director of Regional EnviroScience and holds a Masters of Sustainable Management from Sydney University. Juliet has been managing Asbestos, hazardous materials and environmental issues since 1988, when the first National Code of Practice Asbestos was implemented. Juliet has also held numerous regional development board positions, including serving on WRI's Board of Directors since 2005.

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 Michael Milston - Milston Professional Advisory

BEc. (Hons) Sydney, GradDipEd Sydney, MBA CSU,

Michael Milston is currently the Principal of Milston Professional Advisory, and previously the Director Human Services at Orange City Council, with over 24 years experience at the senior management level in local government. Michael has held a number of positions including Director and between 2006 to 2008 NSW Vice President of the professional association Local Government Managers Australia. Michael has an honours degree in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Sydney University, and an MBA from Charles Sturt University.

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Joanne McRae - Mayten Consulting

BEd (Hons) Sydney, GCULM (CSU), MBA with distinction (CSU)

Joanne is an Orange-based consultant with 20 years’ experience in educational leadership. She is known for her organisational and management skills, and her research and problem-solving abilities. She has a reputation for thinking ‘outside the box’, applying her research and inquiry skills, her knowledge, and her creative thinking to find solutions to challenging problems. Joanne has led a range of projects in secondary and tertiary education, and has been involved in several national industry projects. She has presented at national and international conferences. In 2016, she delivered an intensive workshop in London providing international perspectives on student culture, leadership and community engagement initiatives in the tertiary education sector, focused on comparisons between the USA, Australia and UK. Joanne is skilled in qualitative research, particularly the assessment and analyses of organisational culture, learning programs, communication systems, interpersonal networks and innovation opportunities.

Tom Murphy –  Tovereen Pty Ltd

BEc. (Hons I) (UNE), MSc. (Econ) Lancaster

Tom Murphy was WRI's founding CEO and held this position from 1999 until his retirement in December 2012. Under Tom’s leadership WRI completed over 300 projects for all levels of government and government departments, industry groups, businesses, financial institutions, regional development boards and community groups, and educational institutions. Tom has previously held academic positions as senior lecturer in Economics and Director of the Regional Economics Research Unit in the Faculty of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst and positions at the University of New England and Macquarie University. He has also held the positions of Economic Analyst with the Office of National Assessments in Canberra, with responsibility for the ASEAN economies and Senior Consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick Management Consultants.


Dr Guy West - Applied Economic Research

Professor Guy West is experienced in regional economics with specialisation in applied quantitative economics. Dr. West has published extensively in international journals at both theoretical and empirical levels. He is an accomplished computer programmer and has developed a number of specialised economic models for analysing structural change, as well as more generalised software for inter-industry analysis. Some of this software is used extensively in universities in Australia, US, UK and Europe. He has been actively involved in consulting and advisory work in the area of economic impact analysis, planning, development and economic policy for federal, state and local government and the private sector.