Regional Development VictoriaRDA Barwon South West

State Government of Victoria

About Us



Bruce Anson

Bruce is the CEO of Warrnambool City Council where he previously served as a senior officer for more than 20 years and is a Fellow of LGPro.

Representing the region on a range of forums, including the Regional Cities Victoria Group, Deakin University Leadership Group, Deakin University Medical School - Greater Green Triangle Clinical School Community Advisory Board and the Great South Coast CEO’s Group,

Bruce has a good understanding of the issues driving coastal cities as well as the challenges facing rural economies.

Deputy Chair


Peter Dorling

Peter is the Business Manager for Avalon Airport Australia. Avalon has been acknowledged as one of Victoria’s and the Nations great opportunities.

Peter’s role is to explore and harness local and international business development for the airport. Peter holds a Master’s in Business Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Peter was recently appointed as the Chair for the Geelong Authority and is also a Board Member for the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, Trust Member for Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Chairman of the Geelong Northern Futures Program.

Committee members


Elaine Carbines

Elaine is the Chief Executive Officer, G21 Geelong Region Alliance.

Previous roles have included senior positions at Parks Victoria and as a State member for Geelong Province, where she was Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Environment. Elaine is a current board member of the Karingal Foundation  G Force, Barwon Water, Bellarine Bayside Committee and IPAA.

Ruth Gstrein

Ruth Gstrein

Ruth is a Councillor and former mayor, Corangamite Shire Council and Office Manager at Bostocks Creek Design and Drafting.

Ruth is a Board member of the Municipal Association of Victoria, and a Board member of Corangamite Regional Library Corporation.

Darryl Mohr

Darryl Mohr

Darryl spent 25 years in Financial Services, undertaking a broad range of roles and experiences.  Initially focusing on customer facing relationship management roles (across all customer types, size and complexity – from SME to Institutional clients), then progressing into leadership roles that have encompassed full P&L, People, Portfolio & Risk Management responsibilities and included: Chief Operating Officer, State General Manager, Industry Segment Head (Agribusiness) as well as various targeted assignments  whilst based in Hong Kong.
Qualifications include:

  • Global Food & Agribusiness Seminar Harvard Business School (Boston 2012, Shanghai 2014)
  • Bach. Business (Accounting), CPA, AICD Graduate
  • Six Sigma Green Belt accreditation focusing on productivity and continuous improvement.

Anita Rank

Anita Rank 

Anita is a Councillor with Glenelg Shire.

Dr Kaye Scholfield

Dr. Kaye Schofield

Kaye is a farmer and academic from Glenthompson in Southern Grampians.

Kaye is involved in many community activities and committees including the Glenelg and Southern Grampians LLEN and a founding member of RMIT University's campus in Hamilton and ‘Beyond the Bell’ in Great South Coast.

Grant Sutherland 

Grant Sutherland

Grant commenced with Deakin University in 2015 in a CEO role to develop a 2020 strategy for the south-west region. Prior to this Grant was the CEO of Kangan Institute and after the merger with Bendigo TAFE, CEO of Bendigo Kangan Institute.

For a number of years Grant was the CEO of The Gordon and before this was a Business Development Manager at Boeing Australia.

Grant has held a number of Board appointments including President of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Chair VECCI Regional Committee, Geelong Manufacturing Council, Committee for Geelong, G21, ambassador for Barwon Heath Foundation amongst other Board roles and memberships.

In 2010 Grant was awarded National CEO of the Year by AHRI.

Andrew Westlake

Andrew Westlake

Andrew is the Group Operations Manager – Midfield Meat Group Warrnambool, Member of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Environment and Sustainability Program Advisory Committee and Graduate and Fellow Member of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (2007).

Sue Wilkinson

Sue Wilkinson

Colac Otway Shire CEO, Sue Wilkinson has more than two decades experience as a leader in planning and community development.  Previously Sue has worked in senior roles at Monash Council, Port Phillip City Council, the City of Greater Bendigo and the Department of Planning and Community Development and has an impressive track record managing major strategic planning, economic and community development projects. Sue also represents the region on the G21 Alliance and the Great South Coast CEO's Group.

Carolyn Woods

Carolyn Woods

Carolyn has worked within tourism, media, marketing and education, including recent consultant roles across these industries.

As a graduate of the Leadership Great South Coast program, her volunteer roles include steering committee representation on the Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP) and the Warrnambool Ngatanwarr ‘Welcome’ Aboriginal mural.

Carolyn is an AICD GSC Regional Committee member and a pillar member of the GSCG Position for Economic Growth.


Last Updated: 15 April 2016