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shanes photo smallerRDA 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.


Noel PowellRDA 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.

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.


Kit Ison

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 services, early learning and employment services, delivery across seven sites.

With tertiary qualifications in sociology, management, human resources, case management, education and community services, Kit has demonstrated strong research and people management capabilities, combined with critical thinking skills.

Kit, and the organisations she has managed, has been awarded numerous local, state, and national awards including the prestigious Australia wide employment service association award for Innovation and Service Excellence.

Kit is passionate about her role as a Committee Member with Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay and brings a strong sense of Social Inclusion to the position, as well as facilitating opportunities for Community and Business Growth.

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


RDA Moreton Bay Committee Member
Nick Tzimas



Bio. will be added soon





Nette Griggs






Nette Griggs has had an extensive career in local and state government and the community sector in different parts of Australia including areas as diverse as the City of Sydney and Woomera in the South Australian outback and East Timor. She has managed a wide variety of services and facilities and she has led significant organisational change agendas and participated contentious urban renewal projects.

Returning home to Queensland in 2007, Nette took up the position of CEO in a Moreton Bay community organisation, contributing to significant changes in their operation and funding model and building strong local, state and federal government partnerships. In late 2011 after a short contract of six months returning to local government in the outback, Nette took up a position working with Queensland Health Metro North Hospital and Health Service in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit.

A board member of the Moreton Bay based Our Village Foundation since its inception Nette moved initially to a newly created CEO position in July 2014 and then most recently to both a Board and operational Director positions with Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism.

Nette is looking forward to working with the RDAMB Board to progress the new RDA Charter and building on the work and outcomes accomplished by Andrew and Jason over the past few years.