Our Team

The RDA Team

RDA’s operations are led by the Chief Executive Officer, Glenys Schuntner and supported by a part-time Executive Assistant, a part-time Project Officer and a part-time book-keeper.
Glenys Schuntner head shoulders

Glenys Schuntner

Chief Executive Officer

Glenys joined RDA as our inaugural CEO in April 2010, where her key roles are to facilitate and advocate for economic development outcomes across the north and north-west Queensland region.

Glenys’ previous roles include CEO of Townsville Enterprise, and senior roles at the Australian Trade Commission such as the National Manager Major Events, Senior Trade Commissioner Malaysia and Trade Commissioner Sendai, Japan. Glenys also worked for Northwest Airlines and retail travel agencies in Japan and Australia.

In March 2020, Glenys was appointed as Chair of the Advisory Group on the Northern Australia Agenda by the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia the Hon Keith Pitt MP. The purpose of the Advisory Group is to provide advice to the Ministerial Forum on Northern Development on refreshing the northern Australia agenda.

In her private capacity, Glenys is the Deputy Chair of the JCU Townsville Fire Women’s National Basketball League team and recently completed a 4 year term as Chair of the Tourism Reef Advisory Committee at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Glenys is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia New Zealand and holds a Master of Arts from St Pauls University in Tokyo and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.

Kerry Dean

Executive Assistant (job Share)

Kerry joined RDA in 2018. Kerry provides executive support to the RDA office, including diary management, office management, preparation of committee meetings, papers and agendas and other general office duties.

Prior to commencing at RDA, Kerry started and owned her own business for 3 years. In her previous Executive Assistant roles, Kerry has worked in a number of different industries, including engineering/mining, shipping, local Government and recruitment. Kerry works part time, job share with Jacqui Bekker.

Jacqui Bekker

Executive Assistant (Job Share)

Jacqui joined RDA in April 2020 and provides executive support to the RDA office, including
diary management, office management, preparation of committee meetings, papers
and agendas and other general office duties.

A Townsville local, Jacqui comes from a media background and has performed
the role of a high level EA for over 20 years.

Jacqui performs the role of Executive Assistant, part time job share with Kerry Dean. 

Erin Kiernan

Project Officer

Erin joined RDA in 2019. Erin comes to RDA with experience in regional economic development, project management and administrative support.

Erin has worked previously for Townsville Enterprise Limited, and the Queensland Government in various roles. Erin works 3 days a week part time.

Our Region

Information and Statistics about Townsville and North West QLD

Grants and Funding

For the latest information on Grants and Funding

Regional Employment Trials Program

A Local Employment Initiative Fund for employment related projects

Inland Queensland Roads Action Project
(IQ-RAP)

IQ-RAP improves regional sustainability, productivity and safety on QLD’s inland road network

Aviation Industry Development Project

A project to develop the aviation industry in North and North West QLD

STEMBooster Project

A major skills and economic development initiative for a pipeline of STEM talent.

Our Region

Information and Statistics about Townsville and North West QLD

Grants and Funding

For the latest information on Grants and Funding

Regional Employment Trials Program

A Local Employment Initiative Fund for employment related projects

Inland Queensland Road Actions Program (IQ-RAP)

IQ-RAP improves regional sustainability, productivity and safety on QLD’s inland road network

Aviation Industry Development Project

A project to develop the aviation industry in North and North West QLD

STEMBooster Project

A major skills and economic development initiative for a pipeline of STEM talent.