CEO & BOARD

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

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.

 

Deputy Chairperson: Megan Webster Bradman BA, LLB (Hons), MPA Joined RDA Adelaide Metropolitan incorporated 1 January 2015. Megan is a qualified lawyer who has held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government for more than a decade. She has a background in public administration, government relations, and public policy. Her current role is Executive Director Strategy and Court Operations, and recently as Executive Director in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Megan has supported the Premiers of South Australia at Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meetings and represented South Australia in negotiations at the national level. Megan’s background in regional economic development includes advising South Australia’s Regional Development Cabinet Committee and chairing the State Working Group on Regional Development. Megan was instrumental in establishing Renewal SA to create jobs and opportunities through an integrated approach to urban development in South Australia. Megan is committed to supporting the community. In 2009 she was nominated to the Roll of Inspiring Women in South Australia. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Masters in Public Administration. She is admitted to practise as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

 

Brian

Board Member: Brian Hales Joined RDA Adelaide Metropolitan incorporated in October 2015 and is director of his economic development consulting company. He has a long involvement in economic development at the State and Local Government levels. As a senior project officer in the Department of State Development and Technology in the 1980s he gained a thorough understanding of how the State’s economy worked and was able to contribute to automotive and defence policy development. Brian has been an economic development specialist in local government, most of this spent in a leadership role as part of Council executive teams. This has involved the preparation and implementation of a range of economic development strategies and associated tourism and investment attraction plans. Brian also led the establishment of the South Australian Chapter of Economic Development Australia in 2007 which remains active in developing the expertise of economic development practitioners and providing input to economic development policy. For his work in economic development Brian was awarded the accolade of National Economic Development Australia Economic Development Practitioner of the Year 2014. Brian serves on the Economic Development Australia SA Management Committee and City of Campbelltown Economic Development Advisory Committee.

 

Mike

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.


 

 

Henry

IT Support Officer: Henry Taplin has a background in financial advice and IT support. He has previously worked as a financial planner, a local business advisor, and provides technical writing services consulting on a variety of projects. Henry has previously worked for RDA Adelaide as a Research Analyst, and as a IT & Communications Officer. Henry holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in corporate finance and management, and is currently studying his Master of Information Technology with interest in cyber security and software development.