Board Member Profiles

Neil Martinson (Chairman)

Neil has a long history of employment in SA Local Government and is currently the Administration Manager of the Renmark Irrigation Trust. He is Mayor of the Renmark Paringa Council and has been a member of numerous boards involved in aspects of regional development.


Neil has lived in the Riverland for almost 30 years and has been active in sporting associations, including football, tennis and basketball.

Dave Burgess (Deputy Chairman)

Dave Burgess

David and his wife reopened the Walker Flat General Store in 1985 and over 20 years established a service centre to include a Liquor Store and fuel outlet for the locals and tourist. They restored an 1886 cottage on the property, Lake Bywater Cottage, and now have it opened for a Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

David has served since 2004 as a member of the Mid Murray Council, and has been involved with the Mid - Murray Development Assessment Panel and is now a member of the Mannum Dock Museum, Murraylands Tourism Partnership, Regional Development Board and his local progress association.

David believes the region has enormous growth potential and is keen to be a part of a team to progress the economic and social potential.

Trevor Norton

Trevor operates a horticultural consultancy business in the Riverland, having been previously employed by the federal and state departments of agriculture for more than 20 years.  A keen member of the Riverland community, he is an elected member of the Loxton Waikerie District Council and Co-chair of the Yatco Wetland Landcare Group.

He brings a sound knowledge of water management, biosecurity, environmental issues and the local horticultural industry to the board.

Jerry Wilson

Jerry moved to Australia from the USA in 1974 to take up a teaching position at Murray Bridge High School. After 19 years he resigned to work in the private sector.

His employment has included building and operating a self storage business for the last 26 years, a partner in the Professionals Real Estate in Murray Bridge for two years and being a partner in Murray Computer & Office Shop for 11 years.

He is involved in the following organisations. Rotary, Business & Tourism, Riverglades Community Wetlands, Murray Bridge Farmers Market, Friendship Force and University of the Third Age.

Kate Daniels

Kate has a broad range of skills and experience in project and business management in addition to a passion for developing the Riverland and Murraylands regions for businesses and residents alike. Coming from a transport background, Kate has a keen interest in developing all transport modules into the area (Formerly Murray Mallee Local Government Association Regional Transport Strategy Committee Member). Coupled with this is a background in social inclusion which underpins a strong interest in fostering jobs for the regions and increasing skill levels and allied training for both employers and residents.

Passionate about the growth and opportunities for current and future businesses in the region, Kate is also keen to see professional networking opportunities improve to assist business development and partnering.

As a mother of three teenage boys living on land, Kate understand the challenges of further study, schooling and accessing services from Regional South Australia.

Peter Walker

Peter comes to the RDAMR board with a wealth of knowledge and experience, as a self-employed horticulturist with a state of the art farm at Ramco in the Riverland. Peter is passionate about water security, primary production and the future development and sustainability of the region as a food and wine producing area for Australia and the world.

Keenly involved in many community bodies throughout his career, Peter is keen to build productive community and business relationships in the region in order to foster development and sustainability of infrastructure, services and industry. With an interest in regional tourism and its development in the region, Peter also chairs the board of Destination Riverland, and is well placed to support the goals and strategy of the RDAMR.

Peter lives with his family on a medium size citrus farm, growing traditional varieties of citrus and new varieties including Cara Cara Navels and Afourer mandarins.  He is married to Carole and has three daughters and 8 grandchildren. 

The Riverland offers opportunity to grow produce in one of the best growing regions in the State and the the Murray River provides a diversity of experiences in a Community lifestyle.

Andrew Kassebaum

Andrew was born in the Riverland before serving in the Royal Australian Air Force. Since retirement form the RAAF, Andrew has purchased vineyard in the Riverland and serves on the Murray Darling Basin NRM Board and the Berri Barmera Council. 

Corey Blacksell

Corey is the Director of Blacksell Farms, which is a 5000 hectare broad acre grain production property which uses best practice production systems in Pinaroo. With an enterprising background, Corey has developed a Grain Storage and Handling Marketing businesses to accompany the farming enterprise. 

Judd Smith

Judd is an Agribusiness Manager for the National Australia Bank and is based in Murray Bridge, where he manages a wide range of customers throughout the Mallee, Upper South East, Meningie, Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. Starting with NAB in 2003, Judd has worked throughout South Australia covering a range of agricultural industries prior to returning to Murray Bridge. 

With an Economics’ Degree and a strong affiliation with the region, having grown up on a family sheep and cereal cropping farm at Karoonda in the SA Mallee, Judd is well placed to provide insight and direction from a unique perspective. Judd is passionate about the region and developing agricultural businesses and enjoys working with progressive farming families to grow their operations and achieve success. This is a passion that Judd brings with him to the RDAMR Board, where he is keen to work with businesses to add value to their agricultural products in addition to supporting allied development of infrastructure and skilled labour resources.