LORRAINE Gordon has been appointed as the new CEO of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Mid North Coast.
RDA Mid North Coast is about encouraging sustainable economic development across our region, growing our industries and creating more jobs.
As CEO, Lorraine will provide leadership and strategic direction as the organisation looks to new opportunities.
"To achieve growth in our region we need to challenge the process, inspire a shared vision and enable others to act," Lorraine explains. "Ultimately, it's about nurturing an environment that creates jobs."
When it comes to economic development, Lorraine acknowledges there is a risk in trying to be all things to all people.
"RDA needs to ensure we are working where we can make a difference and secure some wins for our region. This is our chance to try some different approaches. Indigenous art and tourism, food manufacturing and renewable energy supply are some of the opportunities I'm keen to explore."
Lorraine has 28 years of extensive industry experience and qualifications in business, leadership, management, governance and capacity building throughout Australia. Prior to joining RDA, Lorraine was managing director of Moffat Falls Pty Ltd which operates a number of tourism, health and agricultural businesses throughout the Mid North Coast and New England regions of NSW. Throughout her career, Lorraine has worked in a wide range of industry sectors such as agriculture, tourism, health, government and education and believes her broad industry experience is one of the reasons she was selected for the role of CEO.
"I look forward to working closely with local leaders in the coming months to see what initiatives we can bring forward to generate more job opportunities for our region."
RDA Mid North Coast is a not for profit organisation that exists to be an effective conduit between governments and the communities that make up the region. The Mid North Coast covers the local government areas of Greater Taree, Port Macquarie Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour and Lord Howe Island. RDA Mid North Coast is a joint Australian and NSW government initiative.