Our Committee

Kieren Dell

Kieren Dell is Chair of Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast.

Kieren has extensive experience in business, including 18 years founding and running his own business, Majestic Cinemas, which has operated in Port Macquarie since 2006 and has 7 other sites.  Kieren has almost 35 years experience in financial services at senior and CEO level, including running 2 industry bodies.  He was also President of Independent Cinemas Australia for 7 years and has been Vice-President for the last 6 years. Kieren also has extensive Board experience in the private sector and in industry bodies.  He was recently appointed to the Town Centre Master Plan Sub-Committee in Port Macquarie.

Kieren has an Arts Degree from Sydney Uni and a Law Degree from UTS.

Kieren started Majestic Cinemas in November 2002 by purchasing, with partners and silent investors, the 3-screen cinema at Nambucca Heads. The business expanded to 4 sites with Inverell, Singleton and Port Macquarie in 2005-6, added The Entrance in 2007, Nambour (Qld) and Sawtell in 2015 and recently Kempsey in November 2019. Both Port Macquarie and Nambour have been significantly redeveloped into larger sites in recent years.

As part-owner, CEO and Head of Programming, Kieren negotiated Majestic’s first metro site in Wynnum in Brisbane which is expected to open in March 2021.


Dr Christene Capel

Chris Capel is a partner of Evesham Pastoral Company (a broad acre sheep, wool and beef cattle enterprise) and principal of Chris Capel Consulting based in South West Rocks.  She has experience in: regional/community development, strategic planning, communications, policy development, community consultation and engagement.  Having worked for State and local governments as well as Universities and regional development bodies she brings a wealth of experience in regional economic development to the table.  She is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and is an advisory board member of the North Queensland Rural Financial Counselling Service.

Richard O‘Leary

Richard is a Director of O‘Leary Partners Pty Ltd a Mid North Coast Public Accountancy firm that has been operating in Kempsey since 1984.

He is the Chairman of Macleay Regional Co-operative Ltd, the Co-operative started in 1905 and is the Chairman of the State peak body of Co-operatives, Co-ops New south Wales, having held the position since 2015.

Richard has been involved in business & the community all of his working life. His passions have been Early Education, Youth at Risk Education, Aged Care, Rotary & Co-operatives domestically & internationally.

Richards spare time is spent on the family beef cattle & timber growing farm at Kundabung.

Wayne Lowe

Wayne has worked in regional economic development and local government for 20 years as a facilitator of business and industry development.  Prior to this he owned and operated his own business.

Wayne manages all Nambucca Shire Councils business, property development, economic development and business and industry initiatives.  In this role he has successfully attracted 18 new company establishments in the Nambucca Shire and has worked on approximately 40 local business expansion projects.

Wayne project managed the development of Nambucca Heads Industrial Estate from green field site development through to sales and establishment of new businesses.  He also formed and facilitated the growth of manufacturing within the Shire of the Vehicle Industry Cluster, Manufacture Nambucca Network, securing $3m in government funding for the expansion of Express Coach Builders.

Wayne was a Regional Achievement Awards Finalist in 2005-2006 and a NSW Business Chamber Leadership Award finalist in 2014.

Robyn Simon

Robyn is the digital business advisor with the Australian Small Business Advisory Service and covers the Coffs Coast and Northern NSW regions.  The federal government program supports small businesses and helps them to maximise future digital opportunities.  She is an avid follower of key trends and uses this insight to help business operators understand the impacts of the current and future operating environment to craft the best solutions for success.

Robyn has worked as a consultant for a range of small businesses and business communities.  Her depth of experience includes media advertising, running commercial business operations and several years as manager of the City of Sydney’s business precincts, small bars and laneways program. She also runs her own business consultancy – Smashed Avocado Communications – which focuses on marketing, communications and PR.

Robyn is passionate about the opportunities the Mid North Coast offers. She is particularly keen to see existing businesses take advantage of the strength of the current economy to grow and thus grow job opportunities for the region.

Tracy Singleton

Tracy is a Gumbaynggirr woman. Her family is from the Nambucca Valley (Bowraville), and she is married to a Yirrganydji man from Cairns in Far North Queensland. She has five children and four grandchildren.

Tracy has had a long and varied career beginning with Queensland Health, Aboriginal Health Program when she was 18. She has worked in Identified (Aboriginal) and mainstream positions within government agencies and in the non-government sector. In January 2018, she undertook the role of Manager, Aboriginal Languages Legislation, Policy and Reform within Aboriginal Affairs NSW which is part of the NSW Department of Education cluster.  In 2017, Tracy worked in the Department of Planning as the Director of Bowraville Solution Brokerage, previous to these two roles she was the Regional Manager, Greater Northern Region. Tracy has been privileged to work in challenging and rewarding roles within Aboriginal Affairs that have allowed her to be part of projects that are vitally important to Aboriginal people.

Tracy is outcome driven, implementing projects and programs with transparency, equity, ability, and follow through. Her goal is to build on her current work to influence and build capability of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, government and non-government organisations, and most importantly people she works with.

Tracy looks forward to working with the RDAMNC and effecting change that will improve the economic prosperity of the Mid North Coast.

Stewart Dowrick

For more than 25 years, Stewart Dowrick has advocated for and worked towards greater access to quality health care for communities.

Appointed the Chief Executive of the Mid North Coast Local Health District in January 2011, Stewart works with the region’s clinicians and the community to provide health care through strategic and quality management.

Stewart began his career in health care administration at the then Children’s Hospital at Camperdown in 1989. He moved to the Central Coast Area Health Service in 1993 and the Mid North Coast Area Health Service in 1999.

Since 2000 he has held Area Health Service executive positions on Mid North Coast and North Coast Area Health Services, overseeing health projects from Taree to Tweed Heads. As Chief Executive, Stewart’s priorities for the Local Health District include overseeing a 10-year capital redevelopment program and working within a mufti-partnered approach to develop future opportunities for higher education and research in the region.

Stewart holds Post and Undergraduate degrees from the University of NSW and University of Newcastle and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He continues to be actively involved with a range of community and sporting activities.

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