Welcome to RDA Moreton Bay



RDA Moreton Bay Committee Chair – Shane Newcombe

Shane Newcombe is a local businessman, entrepreneur and resident of the Moreton Bay Region. He is a director of Village Motors and associated companies, the Dealer Principal of Village Holden Redcliffe and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT).

Actively involved in the Moreton Bay region community over many years through Village Motors sponsorships, Shane has also served on a significant number of community management committees and Boards. He is currently on the Boards of the Redcliffe PCYC, the Queensland Sports Museum and Regional Development Australia – Moreton Bay.

Over many years, Shane has shared his extensive management, marketing and community relations experience with a range of Moreton Bay region based charitable organisations and causes. At the helm of the Our Village Foundation from January 2012, Shane led a team that built a range of effective fund-raising platforms to assist the Moreton Bay region community and not-for-profit organisations in raising much needed funds.

The creative mind behind the continually evolving events calendar for the region, Shane has also established a range of other community building and fundraising events all of which respectively feature high profile sporting, business and inspirational keynote speakers.

Shane Newcombe is committed to the continued growth and prosperity of the Moreton Bay region and to ensuring that people near and far know about the region and what it has to offer as a destination, a business and industry hub and a vital, exciting and developing community.


RDA Moreton Bay Committee Deputy Chair
– Noel Powell OAM C.Dec

Prior to his retirement from the workforce, Noel previously held several company Director positions, including being the Director of Marketing and Operations for a global international company.

Noel was awarded a Paul Harris fellowship from Rotary International for services to the community and in 2006 he was named Redcliffe Citizen of The Year. Noel has been awarded THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA OAM for services to the wider community in many various fields including the Police Citizens Youth Club. Noel is also a Commissioner of Declarations.

With his extensive experience in management and his belief that teamwork from the RDA Moreton Bay Committee, and communication with all levels of Government and the broader business community will bring forward programmes, projects and events that will benefit everyone in the Moreton Bay Region.



RDA Moreton Bay Committee Member/Treasurer
– Sharon Armstrong

Sharon co-owns and operates Embrace Life located in the busy suburb of North Lakes. Embrace Life has embodies her passion for family and community health and wellness. With a Master’s Degree in Nursing and BSc Public Health that underpin her passion for growing healthy communities she moved into small business seven years ago. Apart from growing her business Sharon has had an ongoing role as the President of the North Lakes Chamber of Commerce Committee. In 2016 Sharon joined the board of Moreton Ventures, a not-for-profit Tech Incubator and Accelerator Program which aims to bring talented mentors to the Region to help grow Start Up businesses. Sharon hopes that her role with RDA Moreton Bay Committee can help to facilitate grass roots community projects that bring more business and people to the beautiful Moreton Bay region.



RDA Moreton Bay Committee Member – Mike Charlton

Councillor Mike Charlton was elected to the Pine Rivers Shire Council in March 1994 to serve the Division 4 area of Albany Creek and surrounds.

Mike made an immediate impact by securing an Olympic-size pool for the Albany Creek Leisure Centre and securing a large parcel of land for what is now the South Pine Sporting Complex.

Today, Mike serves Division 9 of the Moreton Bay Regional Council representing Albany Creek, Brendale, Eatons Hill, Strathpine (west), Warner (south) and parts of Cashmere and Warner

Before Mike was elected to Council he was successfully involved in small business of various types including the Transport Industry.

Mike is passionate about his role in Local Government and works hard to represent the community’s interests and strongly supports community organisations.

Mike has served on all Council’s committees during his 20 years as a Councillor and chaired the Strategic Planning and Development portfolio which helps shape the future of the region from 2008 to May 2013 when he was appointed as Deputy Mayor.

Mike is married to Joanne, has 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Mike has lived in the Moreton Bay region for over 37 years and eagerly looks forward to the future success of our region.


RDA Moreton Bay Committee Member – Chris Hay

Chris, his wife and 3 children moved to the Moreton Bay Region in 1992. He was employed with CSR Timber – Caboolture Sawmill. Over a 12 year period he held a number of regional and national roles with CSR. For the past 13 years, he was General Manager with Northside Trusses and Frames based at Brendale. Chris started out in the timber industry some 35 years ago as a forester involved with establishment of plantations and harvesting. Since then he has been involved in sawmilling, sales and in recent years in truss and frame manufacture. During this time he has also provided voluntary support to FITEC, a timber industry not for profit training organization, as Chairman of the Management Committee and Timber Queensland, an industry peak body, as a Director and Chair. He also has graduated with a Master of Commerce (Finance and Economics) and a Master of Marketing (Logistics).

He has recently retired to run his own consulting business.

His family now includes 3 grandchildren, who live within the region. He has a passion to ensure they grow in a sustainable environment, that will support their future development and employment.



RDA Moreton Bay Committee Member – Kit Ison

Kit has resided for the last 25 years and worked for the last 15 years, within the Moreton Bay Region, holding a variety of professional positions.

In Kit’s most recent role as Area Manager Brisbane North/Outer North Regions, for Mission Australia, Kit was responsible for managing community, early learning and employment service delivery.

With tertiary qualifications in sociology, management, human resources, case management and community services, Kit has demonstrated strong research and people management capabilities combined with critical thinking skills. Kit and the organisations she has managed have been awarded numerous local, state, and national awards including the prestigious Australia wide employment service association award for Innovation and Excellence.

Kit’s profile with government, industry and community stakeholders combined with extensive networking experience and capability has provided her with a strong profile throughout the Moreton Bay region.


Executive Officer – Andrew Quain

Andrew commenced as Executive Officer on 12th April, 2010. Previously, he was the Skills Formation Strategy Project Manager for Moreton Bay Regional Council. Previous roles in Australia included working as a Sales & Marketing Manager for a Brisbane based ICT company, and working with the Logan Office of Economic Development as a Business Development Manager, which included delivering the Tradestart service on behalf of Austrade. Originally from the UK, Andrew has worked for several Local Governments principally within the areas of Economic Development & Regeneration. His last role in the UK was that of Manager for the Sedgefield Borough Business Service – a public private partnership to deliver economic and business development services within the Borough of Sedgefield located in the North East of England.


Business Cluster Manager – Jason Button

Jason comes to RDA Moreton Bay with knowledge of the region having previously worked for Moreton Bay Regional Council in a Marketing and Design capacity. Prior to this position, for a number of years Jason worked extensively on national projects in the oil, gas and defence industry as a project manager for maritime projects and maintenance contracts.

With tertiary qualifications in Marketing and Project Management and the knowledge and experience garnered from working in metropolitan and regional areas across four states, Jason looks forward to the opportunity to work closely with Moreton Bay businesses to unlock opportunities to further develop the region.

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