Eddy is the owner and Managing Director of the highly successful and award winning Edmen Group of Companies. Edmen commenced operations in the Illawarra region in 1990 and since then Eddy has built a strong, sustainable, innovative, dynamic and high quality National business - still based in the Illawarra - as a major employer and key service supplier with over 1,500 staff employed to the Disability and Community Staffing Support Sector throughout Australia including regional centres. The Company’s diverse businesses also provides staffing, managed workforce solutions and roster management services and operates in the Manufacturing, Construction, Transport, Engineering, Environmental and Infra-Structure Industries amongst other Industry sectors.
Over the last 26 years, Eddy has also built a strong young Management Team of highly qualified, energetic, honest and focused professionals with strong and consistent ethical behaviour backed by strong financial management principles, genuine community participation and engagement, innovative staff development and mentoring, business innovation and decisive open dynamic leadership.
Notwithstanding that the Edmen Group of Companies has received numerous business chamber awards and Eddy twice being awarded Business Chamber Person of the Year for the Region, the Company is a proven and successful long term and major key operator in the Disability Staffing Support Sector throughout Australia, successfully supporting numerous Not-For-Profit Organisations from the very largest in Australia to the small local Disability & Age Care Service Provider with all of their emergency, on-call and roster management staffing services and workforce management solutions; 24hrs a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year.
In addition to supporting many charities and disability organisations across Australia over the last 26-years, Eddy has served and has helped many other organisations as a Director on Boards, including the local Business Chamber, the Local Area Consultative Committee and was part of a group of local business people that saved a long standing registered Clubs NSW Licence Holder from bankruptcy.
Eddy is still on the Board of other organisations, including a Queensland based Not-For-Profit Organisation and is the founding Chairman of Football South Coast having successfully led the Unification of the Illawarra’s Football – Soccer- Community after many years of fragmentation.
Having spent 11 years in a variety of export and trade-related roles helping Australian firms to expand their business overseas, the most recent being Australian Consul and Trade Commissioner for Hokkaido, Japan,
Joanna moved to Shellharbour and established her business consulting company, Global Solutions Strategies, in 2006. As Director of that company, she has now worked closely with over 350 SMEs in the Illawarra region assisting them to improve and expand their business and has provided assistance to Federal, State and local governments by acting as their Small Business Specialist/Lead Consultant for high growth business programs such as Economic Gardening and Biz Booster.
In addition, as Mentor in Residence/Adviser, she provides mentoring and coaching services to the residents of the iAccelerate Hub; an IT incubator set up and run by the University of Wollongong in 2012, as well as running lectures and workshops on Sales and Marketing.
Joanna has a wealth of experience helping firms better understand their markets and opportunities, wherever they may be, and is able to identify each firm’s competitive advantage and hence the most appropriate marketing mix to promote themselves effectively. With her motto being “Above all, your success”, she focuses strongly on achieving results.
Since moving to the Illawarra, a region she has come to love, she has become determined to work with and assist the people here and is looking forward to utilising her internationally gained high-level business experience and professional skills to contribute innovative strategies and solutions to the RDA Board.
Craig is the Managing Partner of RMB Lawyers which spans eight offices in regional NSW and CEO of Unison Outsourcing Pty Limited which is Australia's first Australian owned, located and operated Legal Process Outsourcing Law firm Corporation. Craig has been in business in the Illawarra for over 25 years.
Craig's key skillsets are around strategic planning, organisational change, leadership and business growth success. He has a Commerce Law Degree from the University of NSW and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.
Craig is heavily involved in giving his time and expertise to the community of the Illawarra in many and varied capacities as a board member of a number of organisations, a patron of various clubs and community entities and as an advisor and mentor to business and community leaders new and old. He has twice been named Illawarra Business Person of the Year.
Daniel is the Managing Director of Internetrix, an internet development and digital services company operating throughout Australia and across the Asia Pacific. He has been heavily involved in the growth of Internetrix for more than 13 years.
In 2007 Daniel secured the first of Internetrix’s four current partnerships with Google, which propelled the business to win the 2007 Illawarra Business of the Year award. He has helped Internetrix secure multi-year panel contracts with four Australian Government departments including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. These contracts provide Internetrix with the opportunity to be closely involved in ICT projects of national significance. He also oversees Internetrix’s involvement on the NSW Government's ICT 2020 panel contract.
Daniel has a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology from the University of Wollongong. He is focused on working with the RDA board to maximise the opportunities presented to the Illawarra, as the NBN becomes a reality for this region.
Jenny Thompson has worked for more than 25 years in the Illawarra, across a variety of roles in the community sector, vocational education and health. She is currently the Manager of Library and Community Services with Wollongong City Council, with prior experience as the Faculty Director for Human Services Tourism and Hospitality with TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute.
Having served on a broad range of not for profit boards and management committees throughout her career, Jenny is currently the President of Southern Youth and Family Services, an organisation that delivers diverse services to young people at risk of homelessness and their families and she is a member of the NSW government’s Multicultural NSW Illawarra Regional Advisory Council.
Jenny holds a number of qualifications, that reflect her career pathway - an undergraduate degree in Social Work, a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and a Master of Public Administration. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jenny is working towards a Doctoral degree at the University of Wollongong at the moment, researching the dynamic relationship between organisational capability and community capacity in the achievement of local government innovation.
Philip McGavin has over 35 years detailed national and international experience in the planning, layout, design, modeling, construction and operation of heavy industrial and transport infrastructure. This experience has been in both the private and government sectors. He has specialist local experience in the area of port, road and rail infrastructure having been variously involved with the local Road and Traffic Authority for 8 years and the Port Kembla Port Corporation for 12 years.
Philip is a long standing resident of the Illawarra and has served on numerous regional development committees and business organizations over many years. He was elected as the inaugural President of the Illawarra Business Chamber and the appointed by the government as the first Managing Director of the Port Kembla Port Corporation.
Philip sees the expansion of the region’s rail, road and import/export transport infrastructure as pivotal to job creation, increased manufacturing and the overall sustainability and prosperity of the Illawarra economy. The Illawarra’s regional adjacency to the large and expanding population centres of Western Sydney presents a great opportunity that should be harvested – improved road and rail links will enable that to occur.
Carey McIntyre has over 25 years experience in local government, working at Campbelltown, Wollongong, Camden and Shellharbour councils, in the fields of engineering, town planning, project management and strategic planning. He has developed extensive stakeholder engagement skills and is a strong advocate for the public sector administration.
He holds qualifications in engineering urban and regional planning and business administration, with a major in public administration. He is currently the General Manager of Shellharbour City Council.
Nicky Sloan is the CEO of the Illawarra Forum Inc, the regional peak organisation for the community services industry in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. The Illawarra Forum provides a voice, influence and leadership to the more than 300 community service organisations across the region, and Nicky leads a team which is committed to lobbying and advocating for the needs of the community services industry and of disadvantaged communities and individuals.
Nicky has held several positions in the community services industry in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, as well as numerous voluntary board and community positions. She currently represents the community services industry on a number of advisory panels, boards and consultative bodies.
Nicky’s work history includes community services, local government, marketing, banking and finance; and owning and running small businesses. She holds a degree in Community and Environment, and in Marketing from the University of Wollongong, with a Diploma in Project Management from the University of New England.
Nicky is keen to pursue social justice in regional development, and to ensure that initiatives also support community and social development.
Former VC of University of Wollongong (1995-2011)
Greg is the Director of Corporate and Community Services for Wollongong City Council.
This role includes the functions of legal, governance, strategy, finance, human resources, ICT, recreation, culture, community services, commercial business and economic development.
Greg has worked in and with the public sector for over 20 years. He has held leadership roles in both the corporate and community functions of government. Currently, he works with a range of boards covering the arts, research, community, regional development and tourism. In 2003 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.
He has a Bachelor of Science [Geography] and Masters of Policy [Social Policy] [UoW] and is a Graduate of the AICD Course.
Greg is passionate and enthusiastic about regional development and the role Wollongong plays in the prosperity of the region.