Committee Members


Perin Davey

Perin Davey

Chair

Perin is a government relations and regulatory affairs professional specialising in regional industries.  She runs her own communications and engagement consultancy servicing a range of clients including government agencies, industry representative groups and private enterprise.  Perin has been appointed to several key advisory bodies including the NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council and Telstra’s NSW Regional Advisory Council and was formerly a member of the Federal Agricultural Industries Advisory Council.

A former country journalist and media adviser, Perin spent more than seven years working from the Canberra office of an international government relations and communications consultancy firm.  She worked with a wide range of clients on issues as diverse as single desk wheat marketing, online marketing, food and drug approvals and copyright.  She has also worked in agriculture in Queensland’s Surat and Fitzroy Basin’s and has a sound understanding of agricultural issues across the eastern states.  Locally Perin spent seven years working for Australia’s largest private irrigation network on water policy and reform and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Perin has a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Southern Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently Chair of Outback Theatre for Young People.

Brian Millar

Brian Millar

Deputy Chair

Brian brings significant educational leadership experience in both the Vocational Education and Training and the Higher Education Sectors to our business line. He has held positions as Head of Department in the Victorian TAFE network, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Hotel Management, Deputy Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality and as the Director of the Beechworth Campus with La Trobe University.

As the Director of the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute Business, Arts, and Service Industry Brian has a track record in the development and delivery of quality educational programs both within Riverina Institute and in his previous positions. 

Brian is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and holds a Masters of Hospitality Management from Griffith University, Bachelor of Education (Technical and Further Education), Diploma of Teaching from the University of Melbourne, Diploma of Business and Certificate programs from the Victorian TAFE network and a Certificate of Commercial Cookery from TAFE NSW. With 16 years background in the education sector this enables him to lead his team in a position of strength and growth for the future.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Tourism Hospitality and Catering Institute of Australia, a Regional Councillor for the Murray Riverina New South Wales Business Chamber and a member of the Indigo Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee

Alexandra Anthony

Alexandra Anthony

Treasurer

Alex is an experienced leader who works within the Partnerships and Engagement team at the Murray Darling Basin Authority based in Albury-Wodonga. In her previous roles Alex worked within a state wide team delivering customer-focused programs in the NSW state government agency of Local Land Service (LLS). LLS services include biosecurity, natural resource management, agricultural advisory services and emergency management.

She is an experienced communicator who demonstrates her extensive knowledge of natural resource management, farming systems and communities. She has considerable experience working with and between state and federal government agencies and has strong linkages to rural communities.  Alex has developed a solid understanding of the products and service delivered by RDAs and the ways in which they support and foster capacity within local communities. She is keen to participate in the Murray RDA as it develops and delivers programs and opportunities to support business growth, new jobs, innovation and new investment within the Murray region.

Alex has trained in agriculture, farm office management, rural leadership and company directorship.  She is pre-qualified for NSW Government Audit and Risk Committee membership.

Adam McSwain

Adam McSwain

Adam joined Edward River Council as General Manager in March 2017, after holding senior management roles within the Victorian local government sector, including as Director Planning and Development at Swan Hill Rural City Council and Manager Economic and Community Development at Hepburn Shire Council.

Adam is currently a board member with Murray Regional Tourism and has had previous experience across a variety of boards. These have included with YMCA Victoria, AFL Victoria Goldfields Commission, and Daylesford and Macedon Ranges Regional Tourism.

Adam holds undergraduate degrees in Applied Science and Management from the University of Ballarat, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Master of Politics and Policy, both from Deakin University. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew De Graaff

Andrew De Graaff

Belinda Anderson

Belinda Anderson

Belinda joined the team at Henty Machinery Field Days in 2011 and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

Outside her role at Henty Machinery Field Days, Belinda is a partner in a 1295 hectare mixed farming enterprise at Pulletop in southern NSW.  She shares this responsibility with her husband Garry. They have raised their four children here and love rural life and their regional community.

Belinda has qualifications in Project Management, Agriculture, Rural Business Management and Administration.  Belinda is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Frank Zaknich

Frank Zaknich

Frank joined AlburyCity in March 2013 from Broken Hill City Council where he had been General Manager since 2006.

Frank’s career has included senior positions in rural and metropolitan councils across NSW and South Australia and is highly experienced in community governance, change management and strategic and regional planning.

Frank’ most recent appointment to AlburyCity sees him lead one of Australia’s top twenty cities in what is a growing, vibrant and strategically located Albury Wodonga region.

In his spare time, Frank enjoys music “time out" playing drums and percussion and has recently “got the band back together “.

Geoff Lowe

Geoff Lowe

Leigh Byron

Leigh Byron

Mary Hoodless

Mary Hoodless

Mary is an organisational development consultant and director of a progressive Angus beef enterprise with a focus on enhanced production via embryo transfer. After almost 20 years in health and community services as an executive manager with active research and education portfolios, Mary established her own business working with not-for-profit, private and public sector organisations focusing on aligning organizations’ performance in their rapidly changing and complex environments through good governance and strategy, to facilitate positive change and increased capability within the organisation. Her qualifications include a Master of Applied Science (Research) and Bachelor of Nursing from La Trobe University and Diplomas of Management, Project Management and Population Health and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary) from Federation University. Mary is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce and the recently formed Regional Consultant Group.

Mary and her husband Peter run an intensive embryo transfer and commercial angus beef enterprise in the beautiful Upper Murray. The Hoodless family recently celebrated a centenary of continuous occupation on their property, “Karoo”. They are both active community members, volunteering and participating in local community activities.

Mary is committed to working with the changing rural socio-demographics and economic landscape to build capacity and resilience, seek social and economic opportunities, and most importantly, sustain a sense of community.

Nina O'Brien

Nina O'Brien

Described as a natural ‘business enabler’; Nina is passionate about working in regional communities to make them great places to live and work.

Raised in the mallee scrub of western South Australia; her skills in strategic thinking, project management, governance, communication, community cultural development and community engagement position her well to represent the Moama and Deniliquin region on the board of RDA Murray. 

The current Chief Executive Officer of Committee for Echuca Moama; Nina holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Graduate Diploma of Community Sector Management and certificates in Governance, as well as Training and Assessment. She has previously worked in the community sector, regional cultural development sector and local government. Nina is also a practising artist, specialising in fine art photography, community public art projects and sculpture for her garden.