Meet our members

Community representatives

Board member profile

 

Eric Sommerville

Presiding Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

A fifth generation farmer and a member of the Yacka Moorundie Landcare Group.

“I have applied natural resource management principles on my farm for decades and believe most farmers are excellent stewards of the land. My particular interests include soil structure, water management, pest management and care of coastlines.”

 

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Doug Greig

Community Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

Doug has a wealth of knowledge in the sustainable agriculture and education sectors and is a resident within the Copper Triangle.

 

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Dr Hazel Vandeleur

Community Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

Dr Hazel Vandeleur lives on a cropping and sheep farm at Saddleworth in the mid-north and works for University College London (Australia) as a research associate. Hazel has worked in academic, Government and private consultancy sectors as an environmental scientist for the past 18 years within Australia, the UK, Europe, China and New Zealand.

Hazel sat on the Scientific Working Group for Marine Parks for the South Australian Environment Minister for 6 years (2008-2014), and on the SA Marine Parks Council (2008-2011) and is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (C.Env.P.).

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Kerry Ward

Community Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

Kerry has a long association with NRM and most recently served on the Lower North NRM Group. He has a comprehensive knowledge of critical water issues as well as a strong interest in nature conservation issues.

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Ruth Whittle

Community Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

As the serving Mayor of the District Council of Peterborough, Ruth has strong links within local and State Government and is well regarded within the community. Ruth has extensive experience on a variety of boards and committees and a sound understanding of NRM issues at a regional level.

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Grant Chapman

Community Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

Has a keen interest in natural resource management and the protection of the natural environment whilst achieving sustainable land production.

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Peter Stockings

Community Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

Long-term resident of Yorke Peninsula.  A Yorke Peninsula NRM Group member for approximately 12 months prior to his appointment to the Board.

Has a broad depth of experience having worked with several environmental agencies and works closely with the Point Pearce Aboriginal community.

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Natalie Sommerville

Community Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

A broadacre cropping and livestock farmer in the Spalding area for over 10 years and current Chair of Yacka Moorundie Landcare Group.

“Current and future generations of land managers and the wider community that use our natural assets play a key role in repairing and maintaining our landscape and enhancing our biodiversity.”

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Kay Matthias

Community Member, Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board

Kay was the inaugural Chief Executive of Rural Business Support; a position she held for ten years until June 2015. Recently Kay was appointed to the Premier’s Council for Women. 

Currently, Kay serves as a member on the Boards of Energy and Water Ombudsman, SA Water Residential Customer Advisory Group, Rural Media SA, Regional Development Australia, Health Advisory Council and Dairy Authority of SA.

Government representatives

Kathie Bowman

Local Government Representative

Andrew Christiansen

PIRSA Representative