Mr Mark Burdack - Chair

Principal Consultant, Cultivate Solutions Pty Ltd

With a background in governance, project management, government and stakeholder relations, research and policy, and brand and communications, Mark has been involved with a range of major initiatives to promote development in rural and regional Australia. He is currently a member of Regional Development Australia – Central West; Engagement Australia; Regional Studies Association (UK); and the National Rural Law and Justice Council, as well as participating in a variety of working groups and committees across rural NSW focused on regional development and skills.


Ms Juliet Duffy - Deputy Chair

Director, Regional Enviroscience Pty Ltd

Juliet brings over 20 years of experience in management, ITC, marketing, and science, in both domestic and international markets. She has held director positions in numerous regional development organisations, in the regional arts and private companies. Juliet holds a MSM (Syd Uni), and is passionate about integrating the triple bottom line principles into the culture of an organisation.


Ms Kate Baxter - Secretary

Institute Director, TAFE Western

Kate has lived and worked in rural NSW for over 25 years. She trained as a social worker and worked for ten years in a variety of roles with the health sector as well as the non-government welfare sector before commencing a career at TAFE. In May 2010 she was appointed as the Institute Director for TAFE NSW Western Institute. Kate has also served on the Central West Regional Development Board and the Board of Carewest. She holds postgraduate qualifications in social work and education.


Ms Jo-Anne Strader - Treasurer

Financial Controller - DSM Nutritional Products Australia Pty Limited 

Jo-Anne is an accountant with senior level executive experience and is the Financial Controller for the global company DSM Nutritional Products Australia Pty Ltd. 


Ms Lesa Dunn – Director

Director, North Western NSW Asset Management Unit

Lesa has worked in Regional NSW with both Government and the Not For Profit Sector for the past 20 years. Lesa is a Department of Education Director for the North Western NSW Asset Management Unit, providing asset management solutions to regional and remote schools across NSW. In the NFP sector Lesa specialised in community engagement, business development and asset innovation and design for social inclusion. Lesa specialises in the development of regional infrastructure to improve the built environment, combined with investment in social capital to contribute to the viability of local regional NSW communities. 


Mr Andrew Everett - Director

Director, NSW Department of Industry 

Currently Andrew works at the NSW Department of Industry, based in Orange. Andrew is a former Director of Zelp, a consulting firm where he led structured engagements providing technology solutions to clients through an entrepreneurial focus since 2006. Andrew brings a diverse experience across the consulting, data analytics, technology and business consulting sectors as well as a passion to act as a catalyst to deliver results by putting together, people, technology and hard work. Andrew is also on the board of Regional Development Australia, Central West and the board of First Choice Credit Union. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Sydney.