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Board Members

Lawrie McKinna


Appointed as Chair of RDACC in January 2021, Lawrie is a recognised and respected Central Coast figure, previously serving as Mayor of Gosford City, and credited with establishing the region’s first A-League sporting team the Central Coast Mariners, coaching the club to two grandfinals, as well as winning a minor premiership and pre-season cup.

Boasting a celebrated sporting career, Lawrie has worked with numerous clubs both in Australia and overseas and is currently General Manager of the Newcastle Jets.

A passionate local resident, Lawrie is experienced in working across all levels of government and industry to achieve positive outcomes, and his campaign to #talkupthecoast is aimed at creating a collective regional identity that we can all be proud of.

Chris King


Established public figure in the Central Coast arts and cultural community, Chris’ career spans 45 years in the entertainment industry. Chris has served on the RDACC Board since its inception in 2009.

John Davison


Bringing together more than 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, business and financial management with a trade background in fitting and machining, John’s broad knowledge base also includes quality assurance in the automotive industry and senior management in heavy engineering.

Gabby Bowles


Gabby is a former Gosford City Councillor, successful small business owner, entrepreneur and currently the Business Development Officer for a major regional sporting group.

Linda Cooper


Linda is the Associate Director - Campus Coordination at The University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus, and holds a Bachelor of Business (Honours) and a Masters of Tertiary Education Management. Prior to her role with the University, Linda had 20 years’ business experience as a Human Resource and Industrial Relations Specialist across a range of industries including fast moving consumer goods, aged care and education.

Joe Coyte


Chief Executive Officer of The Glen Aboriginal Rehabilitation Centre, Joe currently sits on a number of local and state boards and is a trusted advisor to all levels of government on Indigenous, social and rehabilitation matters impacting on our community.

Mike Dowling


Throughout his career, Mike has held a number of senior leadership, management and property development positions which included the management and growth of property portfolios spanning the retail, commercial, residential and industrial property sectors in both Australia and the USA.

Graham McGuinness


Graham is an active and influential member of the Central Coast health sector, chairing and working with organisations including Central Coast Community Care Association, Employment and Training Australia, Central Coast Medicare Local, Central Coast Local Health District, Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health and the Central Coast Palliative Care Foundation. Graham holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Management and Industrial Relations.

Frank Sammut


With an impressive management and leadership career in the food manufacturing and engineering sectors, Frank is a valued advisor and consultant to both the private and government sectors. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Central Coast Industry Connect – a not-for-profit organisation representing Central Coast manufacturers and partner of the Central Coast Food Innovation Initiative.

Chris Smith


Chris is the sitting Deputy Chair of the Urban Development Institute of Australia – Central Coast Chapter, Senior Town Planner and Project Development Manager. Chris has worked directly with many of the Coast’s major land owners including our local aboriginal land council to find innovative solutions to overcome substantial impediments to local land developments.

Deborah Warwick


Deborah is the Centre Manager of the Imperial Shopping Centre in Gosford and Chair of the Gosford Business Improvement District (GBID), Parkside Gosford Ltd and Regional Youth Support Services. Deborah has extensive business experience in retail management, retail property development, local chambers of commerce, city centre management, event management, place making, youth services, branding and marketing.

Staff Members

John Mouland


John has formal qualifications in business administration and management and has over 20 years senior management experience including most recently, 10 years at Gosford City Council in the positions of Manager Customer Services & Communications, Manager Arts, Heritage & Culture and Council’s Executive Officer.

John has lived on the Central Coast for the past 18 years and has been actively involved with the local business, arts and sports communities.

Elizabeth Saltwell


Elizabeth joined RDACC at the inception in July 2009. Previously being with the State regional organisation, Business Central Coast.

She has over 20 years experience in administration and co-ordination roles with qualifications in management, administration and accounting.

Elizabeth has been a resident on the Central Coast for over 40 years.

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