Meet our members

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Mark Whitfield

Presiding Member

Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board

Mark is recently retired having worked as the Executive Manager of the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School and has lived in Whyalla since 2001. He has also worked in other roles in regional development, health and education in Whyalla and on Eyre Peninsula and in the Far North of the State and in local government. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Mark also has a strong record of volunteering on a variety of community organisation boards and currently serves with the Whyalla Special School Governing Council and Career Employment Group


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Diana Laube

Community Member

Previously the Presiding Member of the EP NRM Board, Diana has an interest in board governance and in Eyre Peninsula lifestyle. She is also very keen to play a role in seeing the sustainable management of our region which she sees as requiring a balance between management of natural landscapes and economic opportunity. Diana wants to ensure opportunities remain for the EP community to take an active role in regional planning.

Diana was born in Port Lincoln Hospital and grew up on a farm 20 km north of Pt Lincoln. She was educated at Poonindie Primary School and Port Lincoln High School before gaining her tertiary qualifications at Uni SA and much later through Deakin University. Diana has spent most of her time on EP at both Ceduna (27 years) and Southern EP. Her career has been in education then in finance, mostly with local government. Diana is a very keen wildlife photographer and lives on a few acres near North Shields with her partner.

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Simon Clark

Community Member

Executive officer of Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association, Simon Clark, has had 11 years experience as an environmental manager on Eyre Peninsula. He has more recently worked in the sustainable renewable resource sector, through his role with the local Prawn Association.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours in Natural Resource Management and previously was the manager of the Great Australian Bight Marine Park and prior to that was manager of the Yalata Indigenous Protected Area. He will bring a range of skills in both terrestrial and marine management, from both conservation and sustainable use perspectives to the board.


Bill Nosworthy

Community Member

Bill has a long family history of primary production in South Australia (settlement and farming at Yankalilla) and currently runs a farming enterprise at Sheringa. He brings first-hand experience in soil conservation, water, land and conservation management. On his current productive farming system he also has a Heritage Agreement area, privately managed bush land and 3,000 acres Sheoak Grassy Woodland under WildEyre regrowth project management agreement.

He enjoys living near the coast and likes to spent considerable time on the water. He has a family member working within the aquaculture industry, which provides him with networks to marine and coastal management elements of Eyre Peninsula. 

Bill served two terms on the District Council of Elliston and has been involved in various organisations at local, regional and state levels (e.g. Central Eyre Natural Resources Management Group, Interim Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board, Animal and Plant Control,  Board Member Livestock SA). 

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Geoff Ryan

Community Member

Geoff is a primary producer with over 40 years experience in the agriculture industry. He has extensive community service within the region and state level. He brings networks and insight from his work as Councillor within the District Council of Ceduna and as a committee member on the Smoky Bay Community Club, Miltaburra Area School, Thevenard Ports Steering Group.

For many years he was also the Chairperson of the Nunjikompita / Wirrulla / Cungena / Poochera silos and representative / spokesperson (media) for the Eyre Peninsula division with Viterra Grains Council.

He enjoys interacting and communicating with people from all walks of life, be it in a public capacity or during meetings. He lives at Smoky Bay with his family.

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Mark Dennis

Community Member

Mark brings 35 years’ experience of primary production on Eyre Peninsula.

He started out working on the family farm and as it expanded Mark took over managing the business from his parents.

Today, his farming enterprise consists of cropping wheat, canola and lupins as well as breeding cattle for sale and running sheep for wool and meat production.

Mark has served on many community and industry committees including Native Vegetation Council of South Australia, Agriculture Bureau of South Australia Board, South Australian Farmers Federation, State Assessment Panel for NLP Projects, Lower Eyre Agriculture Development Association, CFS Brigade Member, Tumby Bay District Community Consultative Committee, to name a few.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and connections to the region and community through his extensive experience and passion for primary production.

Helen Smith

Community Member

Helen is an Aboriginal Bungarla women, with traditional ties to the West Coast and Far North people. She has lived a traditional lifestyle on traditional lands and is well respected within the community.

Helen is currently a member of the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee and has been a member of the committee for a number of year.

She also brings experience from being a member of Whyallina Heritage Board for a number of years.

Meagan Turner

Community Member

Meagan comes from five generations of pastoral farmers in Victoria where she was raised on a wheat and sheep farm in the Western District of Victoria.

She has a strong interest in Science and holds a Bachelor of Biological Science which lead to an extensive work history in the health industry and ran a successful business.

Meagan moved to South Australia where her family own and run an oyster lease in Franklin Harbour at Cowell. She currently resides in Cowell and has great community connections.

Meagan is a current and active member of the South Australian Oyster Growers Association and brings with her networks within the oyster industry.

 Justine Majors - community board member


Justine Major

Community Member

Please check back soon - profile currently in preparation -  NREP webpage Admin 24/12/2018.



Support staff (Executive Officer) Natural Resources EP - Jonathan Clark


Support staff (Executive Assistant ) Natural Resources EP - Jackie Green