Members for RDAs in South Australia are selected through an Expression of Interest process after being nominated by the Chairperson.


Kathryn Anderson: Chairperson of RDA Adelaide Metropolitan. Deputy Director NEW VENTURE INSTITUTE Flinders University. Serial Intrapreneur, Business Model Catalyst and Deputy Director Enterprise at New Venture Institute, Kathryn Anderson works alongside stakeholders to align needs and vision, creating programs, partnerships and connections that move strategy into tactics. In her role at the New Venture Institute, she has driven the growth of NVI’s industry face, delivered the award-winning Icebreaker event with $2.9mill of economic impact, and crafted NVI’s first regional business incubator, eNVIsion Limestone Coast, connecting the region with Tonsley and beyond, and winning more than $1mill in startup funding.

Kathryn is an occasional author with a book, Engaging Australia in print, and is a regular speaker at conferences across Australia and internationally. She is passionate about supporting people to reach their goals, through involvement with SheEO as an Activator, CSIRO as a Co-Chair of WiN Book Club, UIIN as an ASEAN founder, and through her personal advocacy.

Kathryn’s qualifications include, University of Southern Queensland Masters’ of Learning & Development, University South Australia Graduate Diploma Social Science, Flinders University Bachelor of Arts.


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.



Chris Sampson: Management consultant and conceptual systems design specialist. Chris is an Associate, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Director, Future Earth Systems Founder, Digital Society Foundation. Chris is an experienced management 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 Head of IT, Chief Information Officer and Deputy Secretary Technology and Innovation in the UK and Australia.   
Chris’s qualifications include, awarded an honorary adjunct professorship by the University of Tasmania in 2010, and is an Associate of the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney.


William Galimi: Workforce Mentor and Entrepreneur. William also brings a wealth of business experience and valuable networks to RDA Adelaide from MEGT Australia, City of West Torrens and Department for Family and Community Services. William has a proven ability to lead teams and motivate staff through complex and challenging change processes, extensive experience and knowledge in business development, community and human service field and comprehensive experience in Business, Community Development and Government, strategic planning and budget formulation which provides clear organisational direction. Plus, extensive board experience in the not for profit sector including detailed understanding of governance responsibilities and accountability including strategic directions, financial control, stakeholder relationships and risk management.


Chief Executive Officer: Kenneth Taplin M Innov & Entr. Dip Bus P, Dip PR, ACEcD Joined the RDA Adelaide team in October 2011 with over 20 years corporate and commercial experience in the public and private sectors. This background is complemented by strong business change management and start-up experience. Previously he was the SA (and acting NSW) State Director Enterprise Connect, CEO of Garrisons Accounting Group (ASX listed), Managing Director of IOOF Trustee Group and Business Advisor to a number of small-medium-enterprises. Kenneth's qualifications include a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Executive Diploma in Business Planning, Diploma of Public Relations. Previous Board and Committee positions include Chairman of Advisory Boards, Board Member of Not-For-Profit Foundations in South Australia and as a Judge for Prime Minister’s Sustainable Investment Award. 




Director Regional Development: Mike Hawkins. As Director of Regional Development Mike is focused on Investment Attraction activities for RDA Adelaide. Mike has a background in local government and assisting small business and held senior management positions with a focus on job creation and business development. He has managed local Business Enterprise Centres and assisted with the national small business advisory network. Mike also been active as the Chair of various school councils and has also delivered governance training to school boards. Mike is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and enjoys working with various organisations to grow Local economies.