Bernie Worthington, Chairman
Bernie has over 25 years experience in the Western Australian property market where he specialised in valuations and property consultancy, often managing projects from conception to completion. He was at the inception of the establishment of the Elders valuation and property consultancy business unit and undertook the establishment, structuring and valuation of company homes for Mount Newman Mining and Hamersley Iron for the towns of Newman, Tom Price, Karratha, Dampier, Paraburdoo and Port Hedland.
In 2000, after Bernie had acquired a viticulture degree from Charles Sturt University, the Worthington’s acquired and developed “Drakesbrook” a 100 ha property at the top of the Darling Scarp adjacent to Lake Navarino, where they planted 17 different varieties of wine grapes. Drakesbrook Wines has won over 60 medals and Trophies locally interstate and abroad, and was named a 4 star producer by James Halliday in 2014-15.
Currently as Manager of Economic Development & Projects at City of Mandurah, formerly as Director of Regional and Economic Development at Peel Development Commission and over the past 20 years as Trade Commissioner (Commercial Attaché), Pacific Forum Secretariat, State Manager and National Manager (Mining, Oil and Gas) with Austrade, Adam’s focus has been on shaping and managing organisational strategy, policy, workforce performance, change and innovation, trade and sustainable development solutions.
As an empowering leader, executive manager, policy reform advocate and advisor, his career successes are underpinned by qualifications, numerous paid and volunteer board and executive business chamber positions, coupled with an international professional network built across industry, government, not-for-profits, and communities over more than 20 years. Collaborating and partnering with business, Adam’s key achievements have been multi-million dollar sustainable international economic and community trade and development successes between complex developing countries and markets across the region and internationally.
Jason is passionate about restaurant and catering industry training and is a keen advocate for mentoring and managing staff as the valuable resources they are. A successful chef for 27 years, Jason began operating Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant 10 years ago, renovating and reinventing it to its unchallenged position as Mandurah’s leading eatery. Red Manna has won numerous restaurant and dining awards, including Best Seafood Restaurant in WA and Best Comprehensive Wine List in WA.
Recently, Jason has been a successful mentor in the state’s ‘Buy West Eat Best’ culinary promotion and was invited to be guest international judge for ‘Hello Bali Chef Wars 2015.’ He is a board member of Restaurant & Catering WA, a committee member of Peel Tourism and is currently undertaking further studies at Curtin University.