Introducing Anita Sutherland, Regional Manager Kimberley
Anita has spent six years in the small business industry. Her key skill set is marketing, sales, business development and stakeholder management. Anita has been manager of the Small Business Centre East Kimberley from 2011 to 2014 and has successfully assisted with the tender for the whole Kimberley. She now coordinates the business advisors and clients for Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Wyndham.
Anita has lived in Kununurra in the Kimberley region of Western Australia since 2010. Having also lived in other remote areas of Australia, Anita is aware of the cultural diversity and challenges that affects small businesses in the region.
Chairman - Kununurra
Brad Williams is the Managing Director and Licensee of First National Real Estate Kimberley. Specialist areas include Commercial/Industrial Sales & Leasing, major projects management and coordination of all branch marketing activities.
Vice Chairman - Broome
Tracy has been a member of the Broome community for 15 years, a majority of her time there was working for Westpac Banking Corporation in the Kimberley Region as a local Bank Manager/Home Finance Manager. As her career progressed she found herself wanting a more challenging role with diversity and feeling the need to obtain and manage her own Business. She later decided to follow a path into something that she would love and enjoy, which became her own Business as a Registrar of Marriages throughout the Kimberley region offering people an escape into the outback with some secluded destinations to Wed. She has worked for the Attorney General's Department as an unpaid voluntary Justice of the Peace and the Department of Housing in Leasing, along with her own successful business.
She has also participated in organizations in her Community such as Rotary, Lions, Chair for the Small Business Centre West Kimberley for around ten years and Treasurer/ Secretary for Rotary and other clubs in her community.
Secretary - Kununurra
18 years in the East Kimberley including 10 years’ experience in leadership positions in Government, not for profit and Aboriginal organisations including Housing, Education, Health and being the inaugural coordinator of the Ord Valley Muster has given Annie a breadth of knowledge and experience that she often uses in here daily life.
Annie's wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge is supported by the number of Tertiary qualifications that she holds including Graduate Certificate Human Resource Management, Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and a BA (Hons) in Aboriginal Archaeology. Annie is a Certified Prosci Change Manager and Exit Planner and holds CAHRI Membership through the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), This Membership is reserved for established HR professionals who have at least 8 years HR workplace experience.
Her passion for business in the region has seen her elected to a number of key Board positions including Secretary of the Kimberley Small Business Support, Secretary and Treasurer of the East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Annie has her own business, HR North - a professional human resource and information management for the North of Australia and is currently working part time for the East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and Industry as their Executive Assistant.
Quentin [QP] Parker
Board Member - Kununurra
Born in a small country town of Piawaning in WA Wheatbelt, Quentin spent his youth singing in various bands and bought his own Newsagency and Lottery Kiosk at the age of 24.
After selling those two businesses he retired for a year and travelled with his wife and young family up the west coast and managed to get as far as Kununurra.
In 1986 they made their home in Kununurra, establishing a banana farm which operated successfully for 17 years and at the same time developed an interest in mango trees. He established a commercial pack-house for the mangoes and citrus in the Valley.
After selling the two farming properties they briefly left the Kimberley for the Gold Coast, but QP returned to his 'home' in Kununurra soon after.
Since returning to Kununurra, QP has rekindled his interest in music and now has a lovely collection Pianos and Keyboards and a popular music studio (Studio 143 ) in Kununurra.
I have always been involved in various community groups and was President of the Kununurra Rotary Club in 1992/93.
I still see a great future for Kununurra but also realise it is not going to happen by itself and see myself working on various projects for many years to come.
Board Member - Derby
Elsia Archer has lived and worked in Derby since 1957 and managed a Derby based store for twenty four years prior to her recent retirement from business.
Mrs Archer is a Justice of the Peace and has served on the Shire of Derby West Kimberley Council for twenty six years, including two years as Deputy President and in her sixteenth year in her current office as President. Cr Archer has been a local government representative on the Regional Development Council of WA and has previously served three years as President of the WA Local Government Association’s Kimberley Zone and is a current member.
Elsia is a member of other regional groups including Home and Community Care, Health Consumers, Roadwise (formerly Safer WA) and the Small Business Centre Derby. She is also Council’s representative on the Native Title Working Group, Australia’s North West Tourism, Kimberley Zone Representative for State Council - WALGA and a Board Member, Regional Development Australia (Kimberley).
Mrs Archer is tireless in her pursuit of improvement within the community and particularly all aspects of the health service and youth services. She also champions the promotion of cultural events in this remote area.
Board Member - Broome
Chris Mitchell is the Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia – Kimberley, (held for nine years) and has lived in the Kimberley region of Western Australia for over 33 years and knows the region well He is passionate about regional development opportunities that benefit the Kimberley and the north of Australia. He is very active in the community through many organizations and committees.
A serving Shire Councilor for 25 years with the Shire of Broome, and is currently the Broome Shire‘s representative on the Kimberley Zone of Councils.
He has a strong interest in Aquaculture development. Other interests are around Emergency Management, Health, Education, Agriculture and pastoral diversification, Tourism, and innovative opportunities that can develop the north.
He is also a Ministerial appointee to the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council, and a member of the Broome District Health Advisory Council. He also holds several WA Local Government Association positions as a State representative on a number of Emergency Management committees.