Western Australian Sub-Committee

Mr Terry Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Pilbara Development Commission (co-chair)

Mr Hill is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Pilbara Development Commission, a position he has held for the past three years. Prior to taking up his current position he was an Executive Director at the Department of Agriculture and Food, working with the Irrigated Agriculture sector. He has held a number of senior roles in the Western Australian government, and at a national level. He has carried out the roles as a Director and the Deputy Chair of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and was a foundation Director of Horticulture Australia Ltd. He has also worked internationally leading a significant project in Indonesia, has lead industry trade missions to Asia and managed the commercialisation of intellectual property. Mr Hill holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Masters in Agribusiness and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Mark Casserly, Director of Community Services, City of Karratha

Mark Casserly is the Director Community Services at the City of Karratha, a role he assumed in late 2016.
For the previous 23 years he was Principal of CCS Strategic, a community planning consultancy practice which provided advice to more than 50 local governments and 20 private clients around the state. Mark brings a strong and diverse industry network and deals with contemporary government policy on a daily basis.

During a ten-year commitment to Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA), the peak body for parks and leisure professionals, Mark has served as a regional councillor, State President and National President. He was instrumental in the development of the PLA WA community facility planning guidelines.

He was appointed by the Minister for Health to the Northern and Remote Governing Council of the WA Country Health Service from 2012-2015 and currently serves as a member of the State Library Board of Western Australia.
He maintains and active membership of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and the International Association for Public Participation (iap2).

Mr Tony Friday, CEO, Pilbara Regional Council

Ms Kylah Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KDCCI)

Mr Barry Clarke, Assistant Director / Regional Manager, Office of Northern Australia

Program Advisory Committee

Cr Grant Cucel, Deputy Mayor, City of Karratha

Grant was born and raised in the Pilbara. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business with First Class Honours from Curtin University in 1997.

Grant’s foray into the world of small business began in 1999, where he successfully built the recruitment business, Mangrove Personnel. In 2009, Grant finalised the sale of the business to the Chandler Macleod Group.

He is also a board member of the Small Business Development Corporation, a statutory authority in Western Australia.

Grant was the 2012 inductee into the Western Australian Regional Small Business Hall of Fame and was the local 2013 Citizen of the Year.

Ms Catherine Marriot, WA Project Manager, CRC for Northern Australia & Broome Councillor

Catherine has always worked in rural Australia and is inspired by the potential of our regions. She uses her Rural Science degree to understand the technical aspects of agriculture, while her experience in business helps her improve stakeholder engagement, build leadership and improve communications.

These skills have helped Catherine build national and international relationships through on the ground project delivery. Catherine has worked as a nutrition and feedlot consultant in Asia, developed a women’s specific leadership and communication program under the brand “Influential Women” and more recently was the founding CEO of the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association. She is now the WA Manager for the CRC for Developing Northern Australia and a Director on a number of boards. She is passionate about living and learning and sharing her
knowledge and experiences with others.

Catherine is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was the 2012 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Recipient and the National Runner-up.

In her spare time, Catherine loves cycling, horse riding, travel and exploring the outback. She is also passionate about finding a cure for cancer and has raised over $100,000 to put towards the cause. One of her proudest moments was completing the Tour de Cure this year, an 1100km bike ride in 8 days to raise funds and cancer awareness in northern Queensland.