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MWDC Disability Access & Inclusion Plan (2017-21)
17 May 2017 4:22 PM

The Mid West Development Commission's Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) for 2017-21 will run until 31 December 2021, meets the requiremen...

Mid West to be showcased to investors
12 Nov 2016 9:43 PM

Innovators and enterprises in the Mid West could be given the support they need to reach their full potential with the Greater Geraldton Investor S...

Bridge brings greater access over Murchison
13 Sep 2016 11:56 AM

Greater inland access over the Murchison River during periods of heavy rainfall and rising river levels has been assured thanks to a Liberal Nation...

Opening of Abraham Street bridge marks end of Karloo Wandina Project
8 Sep 2016 3:01 PM

The official opening of the Abraham Street bridge and roundabout at the intersection of Abraham Street and Utakarra Road marks the completion of ...

Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre opened
8 Sep 2016 11:13 AM

Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett officially opened the $3.6 million Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre on 3 September, part of the St Franci...

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Hon Murray Criddle

Chairman
Murray is a primary producer and a retired Member of the Western Australian Parliament. He was Member for the Agricultural Region from 1993 until his resignation in 2008 and Minister for Transport from 1998 to 2001. During his time in Parliament Murray was a member of a number of Standing Committees including Estimates and Financial Operations, Ecology and Sustainable Development, and Public Administration and Finance. He was also a member of a number of Select Committees including Select Committee for Native Title and Select Committee for Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park. Murray was a Ministerial appointment to the Commission Board in 2009 as Chairman.

Mr Todd West

Deputy Chair
Todd is CEO of Glass Co WA, which is WA’s largest regional glass processing and manufacturing facility and has won multiple local and State awards. Prior to Glass Co, Todd owned and operated Wests Glass, Security and Home Improvements before merging the two businesses in 2012. ‘Wests’ has operated in the Mid West since 1968 as a family business. As a dedicated local business owner Todd is passionate about expanding the Mid West as a service centre for the North West of WA and advocates for continued infrastructure investment in local businesses. He is Vice President of the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Executive Board Member of the local Master Builders Association and Regional Executive Member for the Glass and Window Association of WA. Todd joined the Commission Board in 2014 as a Community appointment.

Cr Michelle Bagley

Board Member
Michelle is a primary producer at Yandanooka in the Shire of Mingenew. Michelle was elected to the Mingenew Shire Council in 1999 and has been Shire President for the past seven years. Prior to entering Local Government Michelle was actively involved in the several Mingenew sporting clubs and community committees.  Michelle was Coordinator of the local Youth Advisory Council for three years. Michelle is current Chair of the Midwest Regional Council, Chair of the North Midlands Regional Road Group and Deputy Chair of the Midwest Regional Road Group. She was the delegate for the Northern Country Zone of Local Government and also recently become a member of the Western Australian College of Agriculture - Morawa's Independent Public Schools Board. Michelle joined the Commission Board in 2012 as a Local Government member.

Cr Kirrilee Warr

Board Member
Kirrilee lives in Yuna (Chapman Valley) and is a Director, along with her husband, of their broadacre agricultural enterprise.  She has strong community involvement in sport, environment, heritage and industry development.  Kirrilee recently completed a three year term on the Rural, Remote, and Regional Women’s Network reference group and currently holds board appointments with Racing and Wagering WA and Regional Development Australia Midwest and Gascoyne.  She is also Secretary of the Yuna Farm Improvement Group and was recently elected to the Shire of Chapman Valley Council.  Kirrilee is passionate about empowering young people and women, telecommunications, economic development of primary industries, and education.  She is also a member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Kirrilee was a Ministerial appointment to the Commission Board in 2012.

Ms Christine Kerr

Board Member

Chris is currently a Consultant / Director with Transition Management, a business that undertakes a range of contracts and projects, particularly human services. She has had long term involvement in the TAFE, labour market and disability sectors. She has an interest in the future direction of the education and training environment and the development of innovative sports, arts and environmental tourism in the region.  Chris also advocates strongly for equitable inclusion of all people in employment, education, training and community to build dynamic and proactive communities. Chris has a passion for communities that value diversity and has sought to combine her personal and professional interests to promote community inclusion.  She has been a Board member of the WA Disability Services Commission (DSC), Deputy Chairperson of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council and is the DSC ‘Count Me In’ Ambassador for Mid West. Chris was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to the disabled community. Chris was a Ministerial appointment to the Commission Board in 2014.


Ms Michelle Allen

Board Member
Michelle has a strong farming and community background with experience as a grain and livestock producer in WA’s Northern Agricultural Region. She was a Director in a broad acre family farming enterprise in Northampton and actively involved in the financial management and enterprise planning of the business. Michelle is passionate about local communities and has extensive experience working within community, industry and government organisations in a variety of roles. Initially she worked within grower and research organisations developing policy and strategies associated with seed imports, grains research and natural resource management. She was also a member of the Agricultural Protection Board of WA from 1999 – 2010, during which time she Chaired a Parliamentary Review of the State Wild Dog Management Program. Michelle remains involved with a number of local organisations in a governance capacity and plays a key role in the areas of communication and strategic planning. She has a particular interest in seeing the Mid West prosper and develop capacity to meet the intense challenges and terrific opportunities that come to such a diverse region. Michelle was a Community appointment to the Commission Board in 2014.

Mr Shane Van Styn

Board Member
Shane has worked as an accountant for the last 18 years, and has been involved in a range of small and medium businesses in the hospitality, construction, property services and security industries. 
He was first elected to Council in 2011 at 34 years of age and in October 2015 was elected the position of Mayor by the people of the City of Greater Geraldton.
Shane has served as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the City of Greater Geraldton since 2011 and in 2016 has assumed the role of Chair of Regional Capitals Australia.
Shane is a Fellow of CPA Australia and holds a degree in Accounting and is a registered taxation agent and auditor. 
Whilst born in urban Perth, Shane long expressed a desire to move to the regions. His ascension to the position of Mayor in regional WA is the fulfillment of a lifelong passion of being dedicated to the service of a regional community.

Carole Minney

Board Member
Carole has a strong background in the areas of health, employment, education and training and youth affairs. Based in Mountt Magnet, she is a Councillor at the Shire of Mount Magnet, Treasurer of the Mount Magnet Aboriginal Corporation.  She is a member of the Mount Magnet District High School Council and the Mount Magnet representative for the Mid West Aboriginal Organisations Alliance.  Carole is also a St John Ambulance Volunteer (No 20856) at the Mount Magnet Sub Centre. Carole has a keen interest Aboriginal economic development through tourism.

Mr Gavin Treasure

Board Member

Gavin is Chief Executive Officer of the Mid West Development Commission. He is a member of the Board by virtue of his position.