The Board is the governing body of the Pilbara Development Commission and is responsible to the Minister for Regional Development for the efficient operation of the Commission.

Board members

The Pilbara Development Commission Board is responsible for setting the Commission’s strategic direction. As a governing board, it guides and directs the Commission, sets performance goals, ensures corporate compliance and management accountability, endorses strategic plans and approves operating budgets. The Board ensures that the Commission has the resources necessary to achieve goals, monitors progress and reports on outcomes.

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Mr Brendan Hammond (Chair)

Brendan Hammond has more than 22 years of experience in senior roles across energy, water, ports and resources sectors, including as Managing Director of Rio Tinto Argyle Diamonds. He has more than ten years of contiguous experience as a board Chairperson of listed businesses and government trading enterprises, including Horizon Power and the Dampier Port Authority. Mr Hammond has a track record of working with regional communities, in Western Australia and around the world, to drive economic and social change. He is a partner in Centric Digital LLC (New York), the owner of Seymour Associates Pty Ltd, and contributes widely in the not-for-profit sector through a number of roles. Mr Hammond seeks to impart his experience and knowledge to the next generation of leaders, most recently as an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability with the Curtin University of Technology Sustainability Policy Institute. In 2011, he was awarded the Western Australian Citizen of the Year award for his contribution to regional development.

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Mr Terry Hill (Chief Executive Officer)

Terry Hill has held a number of senior roles in the Western Australian government, and at a national level. Terry holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Masters in Agribusiness and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Mr Tim Larkin (Deputy Chair)

Tim Larkin is a senior executive with more than 30 years’ experience working for leading multinational companies including BHP Billiton, United Group, Mowlem plc, the Leighton Group and Laing O’Rourke. He is the CEO of Gumala Enterprises Pty Ltd, a 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned, diversified business serving the Banjima, Yinhawangka and Nyiyaparli people of the Pilbara. GEPL has tourism and civil and mining services operations.

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Cr Gerry Parsons

Gerry Parsons has resided in Newman since 2000 and has served as a councillor for the Shire of East Pilbara since 2011. She currently chairs the boards of the Newman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and South Newman Primary School and is secretary for the Catholic Church. Cr Parsons is an awarded Newman Volunteer of the Year and Newman International Women's Day recipient and is a Life Member of Newman Tee Ball and Junior Soccer associations. Her key focus is sustainable growth of the Pilbara region and towns, opening channels for their economic development and improved infrastructure.

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Ms Sara Slattery

Sara Slattery is a career practitioner with extensive experience working for employment services and Aboriginal-owned organisations in the Pilbara. As well as being a Community representative on the Pilbara Development Commission Board, she is the Board Chair for Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation. A member of the Australian Association of Career Counsellors and Institute of Company Directors, Ms Slattery has held leadership roles in a range of Pilbara Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations, including in Roebourne and South Hedland. She is a Robe River Kuruma native title holder, and currently lives in Wickham.

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Mr Brett Ellacott

Brett Ellacott is a mechanical engineer from Townsville, Queensland who worked across many commodities and resource companies in project management and maintenance before starting a company focused on technology and innovation opportunities. He recognises the Pilbara's potential for economic prosperity and diversification while possessing a community mindset demonstrated by his involvement in Port Hedland Marine Rescue as a senior skipper and projects coordinator. Mr Ellacott hopes to apply to the rigour of an engineering mindset and the perspective of a local technology startup founder and Port Hedland resident.


Cr Marg Bertling

Marg Bertling settled in Karratha in 1987 with a background in home finance, writing and journalism. Since 2009 she has operated her commercial and industrial photography and videography business, which has seen her travel across the Pilbara. She spent many years as a St John’s volunteer ambulance officer and member of community groups. Elected as a Councillor for the City of Karratha in 2011, 2015 and 2019, Cr Bertling supports development and opportunities for communities in the Pilbara and is focused on sustainable projects that: provide long term benefits for residents; encourage multigenerational families; and support business growth.

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