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Board Members & Management

RDA-chair-Jan-Turnbill
Jan Turbill
Chairperson
RDA-member-Chris-Sampson
Chris Sampson
Deputy Chairperson & Treasurer
RDA-member-Daniel-Adams
Daniel Adams
Board Member
Michelle Christie
Michelle Christie
Board Member
Andrew Cooper
Board Member
Sam Crafter
Board Member
Sam Mill - Board Member
Sam Mill
Board Member
David Singe
Board Member
Chris Wood
CEO
RDA-chair-Jan-Turnbill

Jan Turbill

Chairperson

Managing Director of Intuito Market Research

Marketing practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in marketing and market research in the Adelaide market. Jan was the founder of Bottomline in 1987 followed by General Manager of Young & Rubicam until 2000 and Principal of Intuito since inception. Jan has a strong background in product and brand development along with expertise in marketing planning, facilitation of planning workshops, marketing and communication strategy, direct marketing and CRM formulation. Jan is a full member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society.

She has also had extensive experience in tourism and event tourism marketing being a past director of Australian Major Events, Australian Grand Prix, the Racing Industry Development Authority, Adelaide Convention Centre, The Adelaide Fringe, South Australian Motorsport Board and the South Australian Tourism Commission, and she is a current director of Eldercare, Scouts SA, Kain Foundation, The Postgraduate Advisory Board of the University of South Australia , and is also the Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia (SA Branch).

Jan has a degree in Behavioural Science from Charles Darwin University, and specialises in qualitative and diagnostic research.
RDA-member-Chris-Sampson

Chris Sampson

Deputy Chairperson & Treasurer

Chris is an experienced Technology and Innovation consultant and conceptual systems design specialist with 35+ years’ experience of technology team-building, systems and platform design in industry and government, including senior management roles such as Chief Information Officer and Deputy Secretary Technology and Innovation in the UK and Australia. Chris has designed and presented on knowledge systems and technology across Australia/New Zealand and in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Asia and at the United Nations in New York. Chris was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Tasmania in 2010 and is an Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Chris is the Founder and Director of experimental systems design company, Future Earth Systems (based in Tonsley, SA) and Director of Digital Society Foundation, a registered charity assisting with digital divide challenges in Australia and around the world.
RDA-member-Daniel-Adams

Daniel Adams

Economic Development Coordinator City of Prospect.

Daniel has experience with the developing, implementing and managing a range of economic development initiatives for businesses and communities. This has included reinvigorating the social media strategy. Daniel has led the development of a Smart City and Suburbs funding proposal across councils partnering with Adelaide University.

Daniel has led the creation of a new regional wireless network to support local entrepreneurs and delivery of council services. Daniel was also responsible for managing a range of economic development and tourism initiatives. This has included marketing local events, agri-tourism policy development, economic research and analysis, project management and stakeholder engagement. Plus being the principle officer in the development of Futures Strategy, identifying key economic development initiatives.

Daniel’s qualifications include, Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade) and Bachelor of International Relations.
Michelle Christie

Michelle Christie

Board Member.

Michelle is the South Australian Director of Global Recruitment Firm Robert Walters. With over 20 years’ experience working within the job market in South Australia, Michelle has a depth of experience and knowledge of the employment landscape acro ss both the public and private sector and a passion for working with local, national and global organisations to grow their South Australian footprint. During her career Michelle also managed the Talent Acquisition function for Elders Rural Services and wo rked across Australia assisting the agribusiness source talent. Michelle is a proud South Australian having lived, worked and completing schooling throughout country SA before settling in Adelaide

Andrew Cooper

Board Member

Andrew Cooper: Founder of Commercial Alliance Services. Andrew is the founder and Managing Director of Commercial Alliance Service which provides clients with strategic planning, preparation for growth and advice on accessing new markets and becoming export ready. He has more than 30 years in senior executive positions with major ASX listed companies and global manufacturers, and spent considerable time working internationally as Country Director for major subsidiaries.  Andrew is the former Director for Future Industries and Advanced Manufacturing for the South Australian Government's Investment Agency within the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment (DTTI) focussed on bringing investment and the establishment of new and/or international businesses into the State.

Sam Crafter

Board Member

Sam Crafter: Director of Woods Street Partners Sam has had an extensive career in commercial strategy, project implementation, public affairs and reputation management in both the public and private sector, with a focus on the energy and resources industries.
Sam Mill - Board Member

Sam Mill

Board Member.

Sam is the Assistant Director, Commercial Management and Divisional Support at SA Health & Digital Health SA. Sam has an appreciation of governance and risk management, as well as an eye for financials and excellent strategic thinking and planning skills. Her background in Financial management, business law, and governance represents a distinctive combination of disciplines which allows her to bring strongly developed leadership, relationship and communication qualities to the RDAAM Board.

David Singe

Board Member.

is a career economic development practitioner, strategic and regional planner, and Adelaide University graduate. A long-serving CEO of the WA Wheatbelt Development Commission, he was also Director of Strategy and Partnerships in WA Planning. David has long-standing connections in, and knowledge of Adelaide and regional SA. He is a past President of the Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International. He also chairs a non-profit primary health board, worked in advocacy for General Practice and has professional interests in transport, strategic planning and project delivery.

Chris Wood

Chief Executive Officer.

Chris has been a senior executive for 25 years working in international trade and investment in both the private and public sectors. He was based in Japan as a Diplomat and Trade and Investment Commissioner and was Head of Austrade’s Agribusiness and Energy teams across North East Asia which includes the key markets of Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan. Since 2012 he has been Managing Director of his own trade and investment consultancy where he has continued to facilitate complex commercial opportunities in global markets for South Australian companies while also providing feedback for policy development at both the state and federal level to senior political and departmental contacts. Chris has a strong knowledge of Regional SA and has secured export markets and investment for his clients to unlock long-term sustainable projects, including infrastructure development and international joint ventures, to invigorate the local economy, build wealth and create jobs.

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