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NMRDA Committee


Bob McQuillen is the Managing Director of RMD Industries, a large manufacturing company with business sites across Australia and overseas. He has had significant senior management experience with a range of companies since 1992, and has been a Board member of NORTH Link (regional industry network) since 1995.

Deputy Chair

Dr Anne Badenhorst is the Research Director, Housing at the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. She has over 15 years of senior management experience in education working in university, community and industry partnerships and engagement.

Committee Members

  • Mick Butera has been the Executive Director of NORTH Link, the industry network for the northern region, since 1989. He also has been a Board member of the Darebin Business Incubator since 1997.
  • Frances Coppolillo is Deputy CEO and Head of Programs at Melbourne Polytechnic, one of Australia‚Äôs largest TAFE institutes. Her extensive experience includes strategic planning and development, resource management, industry liaison and working with diverse communities.
  • Susan Davies is Director, Industry & Community Engagement & Employability, with La Trobe University. Sue previously ran her own business, and has extensive experience in government, corporate, private and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Erika Hughes is Marketing Director of Integra Systems, an award-winning product development and manufacturing firm. She has expertise in management, strategic business development, commercialisation and marketing.
  • Terry Larkins is Chair of Western Water and was a Board member of Melbourne Water and the Victorian Water Industry Association for 9 years. He previously held Chief Executive roles in local government for 25 years and the health sector for 16 years.
  • Tom Melican is a councillor with the Banyule City Council. He has been involved in the IT and banking sectors for the past 36 years. Tom has extensive experience on various committees on issues such as transport, infrastructure, arts and tourism.
  • David Turnbull is CEO of the Shire of Mitchell, one of the fastest growing councils in Australia. He has over 35 years of local government experience, mostly in managing growth areas where his passion for strategic planning has been put to best use.
  • David Williamson is CEO of the Darebin Enterprise Centre, which provides support and services to small business start-ups through its general purpose, digital and Indigenous business incubators in Alphington, Northcote and West Heidelberg.
  • Shawn Wolfe is Director of PwC's Infrastructure Advisory group. He has broad experience in industry reforms, public private partnerships, privatisations, financings and private equity, both within Australia and internationally.

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Tony Coppola
Senior Manager, NMRDA Committee
Suite 16, Level 1
University Hill
20 Enterprise Drive
Bundoora VIC 3083

Tel: 03 9935 0613

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Last Updated: 14 June 2016