Meet Our Helpful Team

Claire grew up on a pastoral property in Northern SA and attended boarding school in Adelaide where she completed her schooling and went on to University.

The majority of Claire's early career was in the Tourism Industry, the industry allowed Claire to travel around Australia working in Queensland, the Northern Territory and in many tourism businesses around the Flinders Ranges. After ten years in the tourism industry, Claire decided it was time for a change and commenced working for the Regional Ministerial Office located in Port Augusta. This role was a great introduction and understanding to Government system whilst still working with regional communities.

It was Claire's passion for working with regional communities that led her to the then Northern Regional Development Board in 2005, where she was employed as an Economic Development Officer. Claire has undertaken a variety of different roles within the organisation and has was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in early 2012.

Greg has lived in Booleroo Centre with his wife and family for over twenty years and grew up in the Southern Flinders. Greg's business background is in operations management, mostly in retail and food service outlets in Port Pirie and Port Augusta. Recently selling his business in Booleroo after running it for the last 9 years.

Over the years Greg has gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge in business management. Greg is enjoys working with businesses and assisting them to be the best they can be sharing his experience and knowledge gained over many years in his own small business.

Jeremy was born in Port Augusta and has called it home his whole life. Jeremy has spent most of his time in Sales, marketing and management roles across a broad range of small and international businesses, including running his own. He brings a wealth of knowledge in small business operations including, management, marketing and customer service. He also spent a few years in renewable energy, in construction of a Large scale solar farm, building his leadership and problem solving skills.

Jeremy enjoys assisting businesses and passing on his knowledge through continual improvement strategies and being someone that can give a fresh perspective to local business.

Suzanne Noll

Economic Development Manager, Workforce

Suzanne grew up on a farm in Wilmington, regional SA and moved to Port Augusta for employment opportunities. Suzanne enjoys fishing, local sport and was an avid tennis player.

Suzanne has recently re-joined the RDAFN team in January 2021 as a ‘Regional Workforce Coordinator’ (Regional Workforce and Coordination and Collaboration Program). Her previous role was ‘Career Practitioner’. Suzanne is now working to address regional/seasonal workforce issues.

Suzanne has many years’ of experience in working with both, Federal and State Government Agencies, this included: liaising with Job Seekers, Businesses, Industry and the Community in Workforce Development.

Hamilton Heading

Economic Development Manager, Communications

With a varied background from ag and working in the Middle East as an agronomist through to owning and operation his own marketing business which included clients such as Elders, Pope, Toro, Santos, Foster’s and CUB, Internode and the Adelaide Oval, to SA Major Events and recently as the distributor and marketer for Eco Structures Australia.

Along with his knowledge of SA stemmed from growing up in the region, his task is to pull together the need for greater visibility of the Far North Region as a diverse and major economical contributor. Hamilton’s job is to help further grow this awareness to all stakeholder, local gov, state, federal and all connected business enterprise large and small along with helping stimulate investment and jobs to come work, live and play in the Far North of South Australia!

Shari Dodd

Project & Finance Support Officer

Shari was born in Port Augusta, where she lived with her family for a few years before relocating to Leigh Creek. After 6 years in Leigh Creek, Shari and her family then moved back to Port Augusta and have made the town her home since.

Shari began working for RDA Far North in May 2004 and completed two trainee-ships. After completing both trainee-ships Shari was then offered the opportunity to become a full-time employee with the Board.

Melita Miller

Administration Officer

Melita is one of the first contact points that many people have when they phone or call in to Regional Development Australia Far North.

Melita was born and bred in Port Augusta and has been working with the Board in the Administration area for 18 years. In her early years of working Melita travelled extensively throughout Europe to broaden her horizons but always loved coming home to Port Augusta – who could resist having the Flinders Ranges on their doorstep or being so close to the sparkling waters of the Spencer Gulf.