Board of Directors

Our Board Of Directors

Michael Salkeld

(Board Member)


Michael has been a member of the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre Board since 2003.  He has formal qualifications in accounting (FCPA), training and assessment, company directorship, business facilitation and project management.

Michael has extensive management experience at senior levels in both public and private sectors including ten years providing business advisory services to intending and existing business operators. He has held positions of Senior Deputy Marshal of the High Court of Australia and later First Assistant Secretary of the Department of the House of Representatives.

He has been the CEO of a not for profit public company that operated as a job network member, group training employer of apprentices and trainees, ISP, RTO and business advisory service.

Michael currently serves on the Boards of a number of Charities.

Paul Flint

(Treasurer – Board Member)


Paul is currently the longest serving Board Member with almost 30 years’ service. Paul is a retired accountant with over forty years’ experience in both public and private sectors.

Rick Reeks

Bio coming soon…

Ron Thompson

(Board Member)


Ron Thompson was born in Sydney and was educated in Newcastle and has been a resident of Canberra since 1993.

Employed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia between 1967 and 1995 in various capacities including Chief Manager Corporate Banking Services (ACT and Southern NSW), Relationship Executive for Government and Corporate Business Enterprises, Head of Futures Broking (Sydney), Senior Manager of Capital Markets and Treasury Dealing (Sydney), Manager of Corporate and International Banking (London, UK), Manager of Australian Financial and Migrant Information Services (London). During this period, he also served as an independent elected director of the Sydney Futures Exchange Ltd.

In 1995 Ron joined Queanbeyan based Electro Optic Systems Pty Limited as Chief Operating Officer retiring as Group General Manager in 2012. He has been a Board member of the Southern Region BEC, (formerly QBEC) since 2002.

Sue Whelan – OAM



Sue’s lifetime of community service was recognized when she was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal in January 2014.

Sue has been Chair of the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre for almost 3 decades and has served on the Board of its national peak body, Business Enterprise Centres Australia. She served as a Councillor on Queanbeyan City Council for many years including as Deputy Mayor from 2008 until 2011.

Locally, Sue is also involved as Chair of the Queanbeyan YMCA, Chair of the Queanbeyan Palerang Business Excellent Awards & Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia Southern Inland. Sue is also a committee member of the Queanbeyan Branch of the Red Cross.

Sue was Chair of the South East Australian Transport Strategy (SEATS) for many years. SEATS provides highly co-ordinated and influential advocacy for the development of transport infrastructure in the South Eastern Australia region that supports economic development and the prosperity of its constituents.

Sue is passionate about her community and plays an active role in community and economic development.

Warren Williams

Bio coming soon…