Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) now has a full leadership team for 2017 and beyond, following appointments for two senior management positions within the organisation.
David Furniss is overseeing business and workforce development, and Renee Palmer is the new manager of corporate services.
RDALC CEO David Wheaton said the highly qualified duo will work alongside investment attraction manager Bruce Rodda in key organisational roles.
“With Bruce Rodda taking up his position a year ago, and my own appointment six months ago, we now have a fully staffed leadership team, which is really exciting,” Mr Wheaton said.
The development and implementation of the 2017-2020 Regional Roadmap is the team’s top priority, in order to plot the future direction for regional development and growth in the Limestone Coast.
“It has been an extremely busy time and there has been a fair bit of change for the organisation, so it is quite fitting that the new team will be working on the brand new strategy rather than picking up partway through the old Roadmap developed for 2013-16,” Mr Wheaton explained.
“There are existing regional issues, but there are also new issues that need to be identified and addressed.”
David Furniss was appointed after a comprehensive executive search to find the right mix of skills, experience and commitment to help drive the region’s business and workforce development. Originally from Bordertown, Mr Furniss has a strong history of working in regional development roles in regional and rural communities in the Northern Wimmera, Kangaroo Island, the Mid North, Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills and Murraylands.
“I’m thrilled to return to the region I grew up in, and am really looking forward to building awareness of how we can help business and industry generally; a lot of my work will be connecting businesses with a raft of useful services designed to help them develop and grow,” Mr Furniss said.
“There is also a lot of work to be done in workforce development - one of the big challenges is certainly going to be ensuring that the region has the right skill level coming out of the education system so that we have the workers to match the emerging job opportunities.”
The new manager of corporate services Renee Palmer previously worked for the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, and the South East Natural Resources Management Board.
“I am really excited about this new role, as I have a keen interest in corporate governance, supporting boards to function effectively as well as providing leadership and contributing to strategy development,” she said. “It is great to be working for an organisation that is going through a period of renewal and providing direction for economic development for the success of our region.”
In addition, Roger Babolka is currently working with RDALC as a senior project officer. Mr Babolka had previously spent three months providing small business support to stakeholders on a temporary basis.