Chief Executive Officer
Claire grew up on a pastoral property in Northern SA and attended boarding school in Adelaide where she completed her schooling and went on to University.
The majority of Claire's early career was in the Tourism Industry, the industry allowed Claire to travel around Australia working in Queensland, the Northern Territory and in many tourism businesses around the Flinders Ranges. After ten years in the tourism industry, Claire decided it was time for a change and commenced working for the Regional Ministerial Office located in Port Augusta. This role was a great introduction and understanding to Government system whilst still working with regional communities.
It was Claire's passion for working with regional communities that led her to the then Northern Regional Development Board in 2005, where she was employed as an Economic Development Officer. Claire has undertaken a variety of different roles within the organisation and has was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in early 2012.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Paula Osborn grew up in the Far North region at the town of Bruce, where her parents still reside, and undertook all her schooling at Quorn Area School. After finishing year 12 Paula gained a position with the then Department of Road Transport, where she worked for over 19 years, finishing her last few years at the Port Augusta regional office. In her transport role Paula undertook many positions including administration to media and community liaison.
Paula started at the then Northern Regional Development Board (now RDAFN) in 2009 in the position of Network Development Officer, Desert Knowledge Australia Outback Business Networks. This position gave Paula a chance to connect with and assist many small and medium businesses further their products via linkages with similar businesses across Australia. Paula also facilitated the commencement of the still popular Station Stays SA.
Paula also filled the positions
of Central Economic Development Officer and Deputy CEO before embarking out
into the “real world” in July 2014 to run her own business, the Carrieton
Hotel. After just over two years Paula has now returned to the position
of Deputy CEO and brings with her some good personal insight into issues faced
by small businesses.
Bronwyn was born in Port Augusta and has been employed with RDAFN for the past three years. She commenced her working career in Port Augusta and then moved to Adelaide in the early 90’s and stayed there for 10 years before moving back to Port Augusta.
Bronwyn worked for 15 years in the State Government mainly in the areas of Education, Human Resources, Business Management and Administration. She was also the owner of a local business in Port Augusta.
Business Development Manager
Greg has lived in Booleroo Centre with his wife and family for over twenty years and grew up in the Southern Flinders. Greg's business background is in operations management, mostly in retail and food service outlets in Port Pirie and Port Augusta. Recently selling his business in Booleroo after running it for the last 9 years.
Over the years Greg has gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge in business management. Greg is enjoys working with businesses and assisting them to be the best they can be sharing his experience and knowledge gained over many years in his own small business.
Tourism Development Manager
Ben grew up on the Fleurieu Peninsula, the majority of the time living in Victor Harbor and after completing his schooling in Victor Harbor he gained his Bachelor of Ecotourism from Flinders University in Adelaide. Ben has worked in the Customer Service industry since he was a teenager, with the last ten years concentrated in the tourism Industry.
Ben’s experience in tourism is vast and he has gained great experience over many years in the industry. He has travelled significantly working in the Daintree, Uluru/Alice Springs, Kangaroo Island and the Blue Mountains.
His experience is as varied as the locations he has worked including roles with high end luxury tourism, Nature Based/Environmentally Sustainable Tourism, Tour Company and international tourism.
Over his career Ben has gained extensive experience in creating tourism activities from design, development to delivery. He’s been involved in the development of new accommodation facilities, been responsible for the care and conservation land and has managed stakeholder relations and negotiations for cultural tourism experiences. Ben has gained a high level of experience and knowledge of both the Tourism and Hospitality industries.
After living and working interstate for some time, Ben was keen to return to South Australia working in a role that would allow him to utilise all the knowledge and experience he has gained over the years. The Tourism Development Manager role with Regional Development Australia Far North provided that opportunity and Ben was thrilled to be connected to the Flinders Ranges and Outback region, places he has enjoyed visiting over many years.
Training & Skills Development Officer
Bronwyn was born in Port Augusta and completed her schooling locally. She has spent much of her adult life working in the area. Bronwyn has also enjoyed working and living in Adelaide and Melbourne although Port Augusta continues to draw Bronwyn back to the place she proudly calls home.
Prior to working for RDAFN, Bronwyn worked for the Federal Government and within Job Services Australia organisations both in Port Augusta and Whyalla. Bronwyn’s knowledge and experience gained in these fields provides a solid skills base from which to roll out RDAFN’s training and skills programs.
Suzanne grew up on property at Wilmington and completed her schooling at Wilmington and Booleroo Centre High School.
Suzanne has worked for various Government, both Commonwealth and State Agencies over many years in Port Augusta. During these years Suzanne has gained vast experience and knowledge from working in Government Agencies in the fields of Administration, Finance and Rehabilitation work.
Suzanne has recently been employed as a Career Service Officer with RDAFN to work on a project with Alinta Energy, both in Leigh Creek and Port Augusta to assist Alinta employees with resumes, training and career options.
Suzanne’s interests include spending time outdoors and loves nothing more than heading out fishing in a boat on weekends.
Project & Finance Support Officer
Shari was born in Port Augusta, where she lived with her family for a few years before relocating to Leigh Creek. Shari’s family moved back to Port Augusta when she was six and has made Port Augusta her home since then.
Shari attended Flinders View Primary School then went on to complete high school at Port Augusta Secondary School. Shari began working with Regional Development Australia Far North as a trainee back in May 2004, where she also completed studies for Certificate II in Business Administration. Shari was lucky enough to gain another traineeship with the Board and again completed studies for Certificate III in Business Administration. After completing both traineeships Shari was offered the opportunity to become a full-time employee with the Board as Project and Finance Support Officer.
Melita is one of the first contact points that many people have when they phone or call in to Regional Development Australia Far North.
Melita was born and bred in Port Augusta and has been working with the Board in the Administration area for 11 years. In her early years of working Melita travelled extensively throughout Europe to broaden her horizons but always loved coming home to Port Augusta – who could resist having the Flinders Ranges on their doorstep or being so close to the sparkling waters of the Spencer Gulf.