RDA Perth Members
Travis has nearly 30 years experience in the Australian and Asia Pacific Region including more than 15 years experience in senior leadership positions. Most recently prior to joining Salt Lake Potash Ltd, he held a senior leadership role with one of Australia’s leading engineering, contracting and service providers in the infrastructure, building, energy, resources and transport sectors. He is a board member of the Perth Football Club and a former elected member at City of South Perth. Travis is a Mechanical Engineer and has a broad range of skills gained in a variety of roles across a diverse range of industries and understands the importance of strong and strategic leadership, decision-making and sound planning for the future. He has substantial experience in feasibility, commercial, project management, operations, asset management and corporate governance.
Ross has held leadership positions in international engineering, architectural and environmental science businesses serving clients in the global markets of energy, resources, aerospace, building materials, and oil and gas. His areas of expertise include business strategy, leadership, governance and business systems implementation.
Companies included WMC Resources, Shell, Aker Kvaerner, Lycopodium, ProMet and Western Australian Specialty Alloys. He has been responsible for technical services in support of mineral operations, innovation in the nickel industry, implementation of business systems to achieve preferred supplier status to the world’s largest aerospace companies and management of feasibility studies for major minerals projects in Australia and overseas.
Ross has been a Director of Resource International, a company that connects organisations that are generators of metal containing wastes with companies with the capability to recover the resources. He is currently consulting on due diligence and collaborative solutions for resource projects.
Ross holds a science degree with a major in chemistry from Curtin University, has studied at MBA level and the Advanced Management Programme at the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also taught MBA students Data Analysis and Quality Management at the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Damien Martin, Ex-officio
Damien Martin heads the research and modelling team at the Department of Planning. The multidisciplinary team is responsible for producing key statistical information that guides and supports strategic policy decisions and planning outcomes for Western Australia. This includes the WA Tomorrow population forecasts, the Urban Development Program (including the Hotspots Regional Land Supply updates), the Urban Growth Monitor (including infill reporting), the Urban Development Outlook mapping, Economic and employment lands reporting, retail analysis assessment, the State Lot Report, the Land Use and Employment Survey and the Metropolitan Land Use Forecasting System (MLUFS).
Damien graduated with Honours from Flinders University specialising in Regional Economic Development. Damien also holds a Masters in Public Policy and Management and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to his current role, Damien spent 16 years in local government having worked in the metropolitan and regional settings.
Colleen Yates, CEO
Colleen is an accomplished leader who motivates others to achieve what they previously thought to be unachievable. Her leadership style is inclusive and she possesses stellar strategic thinking ability and down-to-earth communication skills with the capacity to deliver on outcomes. She is a firm believer that change is exciting when you successfully ‘sell’ the vision of the new future and gain the full buy-in of all affected stakeholders.
Having worked for the past 35 years in a number of multi-faceted, composite and challenging positions and situations within the private, government and not-for-profit sectors, Colleen has become highly skilled at making decisions based on sound policy and consultation while applying common sense and simplicity to complex tasks.