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 MInnov&Entr.Dip BusP,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 Financial Planning & Life, 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.


Chairperson Dr Felicity-Ann Lewis Experience: Chair- Dog & Cat Management Board 2014-2017 / Chair- Adelaide International 3 Day Event 2017 / Retired Senior Lecturer | Health Education | Flinders University 1999-2016 / President | Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Sep 2012- 2014: Australian Press Council 2014-17 / Previous Vice President | ALGA 2010-2012 / Previous Board Member | ALGA 2009 / Member | South Australia’s Natural Resources Management Council | 2010-2014: People of Australia Ambassador / Australian of the Year for South Australia 2014 / Mayor - City of Marion 2000-2014
Qualifications: Doctor of Education Years with current employer: More than 4 years Other information: Dr Lewis a passionate South Australian was the City of Marion’s first-ever female Mayor and the longest serving Mayor of more than fourteen years. As an advocate for local government, Dr Lewis has promoted Marion Council and the community by developing strong alliances with all levels of government and has established good working relations with councils. She has a strong interest in economic and environmental issues and a passion and commitment for reconciliation being involved in a number of committees to advance this important issue. She continues to contribute to a number of Boards and Committees which support these initiatives at the community level.


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. She jointly led the national work to establish the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and chaired national reviews of COAG agreements. 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. She was a volunteer at the Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre for a number of years. She has served on a number of community boards and committees, including University of Adelaide Alumni Council, No Strings Attached theatre, University Books (Unibooks) Pty Ltd and the SACA Bradman Medal organising committee. 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.


Board Member: Skye Akbar Skye is focused on contributing meaningful quality research to support self-determined sustainable economic development for local people’s wellbeing. Aiming to bridge the gap between academic research and application of theory at operational levels, she hopes to improve outcomes for those who experience vulnerabilities and disadvantage. Working as Research Fellow at UniSA Business School, Skye continues her dedication to community through Board Membership for RDA AM and supporting prospective and new rural and Aboriginal students. Her previous experience includes Indigenous Rights Summer School at Columbia University, Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour, teaching and public service.




Melissa Brown

Board Member: Melissa Brown Melissa Brown is qualified with an Associate Diploma in Business majoring in Human Resource Management (Uni of SA) and Bachelor of Science (Viticulture), Charles Sturt University. Melissa is the Viticulturist and Manager of 330 acres of certified organic and biodynamic vineyards in McLaren Vale supplying fruit to various buyers. In previous years Melissa was awarded the Trott Family Trophy for services to Viticulture and the Environment and an Excellence in Winegrowing Trophy from the Mclaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Assocation. Melissa is also part owner and Director of Gemtree Wines. She has project managed the construction of the Gemtree Sustainable Cellar Door, installation of the Gemtree Wetlands Walking Ecotrail and most recently a Biodynamic Education Area as an extension to the cellar door experience to attract more visitors to the region. Melissa served on the Board of Greening Australia SA for 6 years.




Mayor Lachlan Clyne Joined RDA Adelaide Metropolitan incorporated in October 2015. Lachlan was elected a member for the City of Unley Council in 2006 and is currently serving in his third term, his second as Mayor. He was elected to the Local Government Association of South Australia’s (LGA of SA) Board for three terms between 2010 until 2016, chaired the Eastern Region Alliance (ERA) of councils in 2014, chaired the Local Government Leadership Group 2013-2014 and is the local government representative to the Power Lines Environment Committee (PLEC). In 2014 Lachlan was elected to the senior executive of the Metropolitan Local Government Group (MLGG) and is designated was the champion for Economic Development across the 17 metropolitan councils. Even before graduating school, Lachlan worked in the family’s clothing manufacturing and retail businesses undertaking a variety of roles over 10 years ranging from an embroidery machine operator to Company Director. Lachlan is currently a Company Director of Cutting Edge Clothing Manufacturers. Lachlan is a Bachelor of Business graduate, served in the Australian Army (Reserves) from 2009-2013 attaining the rank of Lieutenant. A keen supporter of Sturt Football Club, Lachlan is also Patron of the Forestville Eagles Basketball Club where he had played for many years.



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. From 1990 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.


RonBoard Member: Ron S. Read A successful business leader and a prior member of the Australian Defence Force, Ron Read has been a member of the Adelaide Metro Board of Regional Development Australia since the 15th of November 2015. His working life began when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Boy Seaman as soon as he reached the age of 16. He served 12 years full-time followed by several years as a Reserve Officer. During his time as a Reserve Naval Officer, he embarked on a Sales career starting in Adelaide. Four (4) years later saw him promoted to National Marketing Manager and transferred to the company’s head office in Melbourne. After five years in this role where the business grew exponentially he immigrated to the USA and began what was to become a successful 25 year career in the Washington DC region including his company becoming the recipient of the coveted “Small Business of the Year” award in November 1997. Following the acquisition of his company in 2008, he re-entered Australia settling in Adelaide in 2012. Since then he has served in several Marketing and Business Development roles (as a Contractor), for local companies in the manufacturing, IT and the ‘renewable’ industry as well as conducting business coaching with the Australian Institute of Management. He brings a wide and varied skill set with a focus directed at delivering outstanding client and customer outcomes. He is an outstanding negotiator and he is not risk averse! Since his early days in the Navy he is noted for his great acuity, particularly in relation to detail as well as the importance that sound policy, systems and procedures play within an organization if it is to become successful and sustainable. His superb negotiating skills and his punctilious focus on customer outcomes contributed significantly to the success of all three companies he managed in the USA and in them becoming regarded as industry best, judged not by peers or by others, but by his clients and customers alike. Ron is also a member of the ‘Champions Committee’ at the Repat Foundation – The Road Home


Board Member: David Snoad Joined RDA Adelaide Metropolitan incorporated 20 November 2015. David began his early career, working though the McDonalds Management system, and learnt great skills in process control, organisational skills and people management. Dave joined the family company Pinz in his mid-20’s to implement management and computer systems, eventually buying the business outright. Since then Dave has grown the company to be one of Australia’s largest and leading manufacturers of Outdoor Blind and Shade products as well as producing highly specified custom work for the DOD and other B2B’s. In 2010 Pinz was listed in BRW magazines fastest 100 growing companies in Australia, one of only a couple of manufacturing companies on the list, proving that that the strategies he had implemented can see manufacturing companies not only survive, but thrive in Australia. David has an advanced diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and in 2013 was a finalist in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the year. Dave has a passion for Sailing and Variety the Children’s charity. David is President of a Sailing association in SA, and participates in local and international offshore races, as well as owning a Variety Bash car, raising funds for the sick and disadvantaged children of SA.