Innovation leader to leave RDA Hunter

Innovation leader to leave RDA Hunter

The internationally awarded Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter is losing its Chief Executive Officer, Todd Williams.

In his six years as the economic development organisation’s Chief Executive, Todd has lead change to diversify the Hunter’s economy. He has contributed to the region becoming a model for 21st Century workforce development, developed Australia’s first regional innovation strategy, and increased investment in the region.

RDA Hunter Chairman, Michael Slater, said that while the organisation was disappointed to lose Todd it would continue to build on the reputation the Hunter has gained as Australia’s leading region, recognised internationally including by the European Union.

“Under Todd’s management RDA Hunter has improved the Hunter’s national and international standing as a go-ahead region that is in charge of its own destiny. Our recent international award for innovation places us among world leaders for economic development,” Michael said.

Todd said RDA Hunter has an outstanding team of professional staff lead by a Board of regional business leaders.

“The support that the Hunter has received from both the Federal and State Governments has helped to ensure that its strengths, achievements and ambitions for the future have been recognised on the world stage as well as attract substantial investment,” Todd said.

Significant other achievements include:

  • Delivered significant economic infrastructure for the region worth over $860 million dollars.
  • Developed the workforce of the future with the ME Program.

“The time is right for me to leave the organisation in a much stronger position than when I started and for me to build on other opportunities and interests,” Todd concluded.

Michael said Todd would leave RDA Hunter at Christmas.

IMAGE | Todd Williams

RDA Hunter

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter is the key economic development organisation in the Hunter region. Led by a Committee of regional business and community representatives, RDA Hunter is supported by federal and state governments.
Established in 2009 they provide independent advice to all levels of government and our stakeholders on priorities for the Hunter's future.
RDA Hunter works to strengthen the Hunter as a competitive and modern metropolitan centre of excellence. It does this by securing funds for regionally significant infrastructure projects, providing effective connectivity between industry, education and the wider region economy and by driving investment to the Hunter region.

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