Crean appoints new board members

FORMER Northern Star general manager Steve Bowden is one of seven new people appointed to the board of Regional Development Australia-Northern Rivers.

Regional Development Minister Simon Crean announced the new board members yesterday, while reappointing Lynne De Weaver as the group's deputy chairwoman.

The newly appointed board members are Mr Bowden, of Lismore, Gillian Gray of Kingscliff, Douglas Jardine of Murwillumbah, Tony Radanovic of Tweed Heads, Murray Richardson of Tintenbar, Ben Roche of Bexhill and Terry Watson of Murwillumbah.

The group's chairman, Ian Tiley, said the new members gave the board expertise in business and industry, tourism, sports, academia, community engagement and town planning.

"I'm delighted to welcome our new members and look forward to the skills and vitality they will bring to the Board. The RDA-Committee plays a vital role in supporting the organisation's work - bringing their experience and additional capacity to a small, yet highly influential, organisation," he said.

"The new members bring a wide variety of new skills in business and industry, tourism, sports, academia, community engagement and town planning to our Board and I look forward to working with them - and our returning members - on the regional priorities outlined in the Northern Rivers Regional Plan."

Recruitment for the new members began in September, when the organisation advertised for people to step into the Deputy Chair and non-executive roles.

The organisation said since then the Department of Regional Development in Canberra and the Department of Trade and Investment in NSW had been through "a rigorous process", ending with the new members being jointly approved by the offices of Mr Crean and the NSW Regional Infrastructure and Services Minister Andrew Stoner.

Mr Tiley thanked the board's outgoing members: Professor Lesley Barclay, Liza Bloomer, Ron Dowell, Jackie Geraghty and Commander Michael Kenny, saying they had provided the Board with a diverse range of skills and expertise since the organisation was established in September 2009.



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