Committee Members


Mary Hoodless

Mary Hoodless

Chair

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.

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

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.

Andrew De Graaff

Andrew De Graaff

Andrew brings 20 years’ global experience in the banking sector with a focus on team performance to the RDA Murray Board. Andrew has led teams across various operational, sales, service, analytics, project and marketing roles.

Andrew has expertise in organisational restructuring and improving accountability and performance and holds deep family values for regional diversity and country life experience, his extensive experience is grounded by a masters of management from Monash University.

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

Geoff has extensive experience in the automotive industry, compliance, finance and accounting, marketing and business management. Geoff is a Board Member of the Motor Traders Association of NSW and has held the positions of President and Treasurer and is currently a Vice President.  Geoff’s previous roles included Member of Minister of Fair Trading’s Motor Vehicle Advisory Council.  Geoff is the owner and CEO of Proven Products Pty Ltd.  Proven Products supports a number of local charitable initiatives.

Qualifications:
  • MBA
  • Graduate Diploma of Management, AIB
  • Finance and Governance Training, AICD and Western Woodley Robertson
  • Equivalent of a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management – certified by the Trustforte Corporation, New York
Leigh Byron

Leigh Byron

Leigh is a Financial Planner and Justice of the Peace from Euston. Leigh has experience that encompasses senior management, operations, strategic planning, resources utilisation, revenue growth and cost reduction. Leigh has navigated significant local and regional political and economic events. A strong advocate for business and social justice within Western NSW, Leigh has a proud history serving on The Western Division of Councils, Balranald Shire, Far West Joint Organisation of Councils, Western Lands Advisory Council and as a Director of the Euston Club.

Leigh is a passionate community member with strong communication skills who sees the 'big picture' and strategically analyses the opportunities presented. Leigh has a proven track record developing and delivering new opportunities for businesses, government and NGOs. He has extensive business networks in government and non government. Leigh  applies his analytical and problem solving skills to strategically deliver projects and outcomes.