After many years of experience in the private sector both managing and owning businesses; and providing professional advice to other business owners, I turned my attention to the NGO and public sectors in order to progress economic development outcomes for Canberra and the Capital Region. During 2009/2010 I undertook a secondment to the University of Canberra from the ACT Government, pursuing similar opportunities in the higher educational environment.
My current role with Regional Development Australia (ACT) focuses on the development of the ACT across economic, social and environmental dimensions and critically takes into account the importance of the regional relationships that the ACT has with the south east of NSW. A strong economic and knowledge base provides opportunity for individual achievement and helps the Capital Territory remain globally competitive. And in a globally competitive environment it is progressive cities and regions, not countries, that are increasingly becoming the centres of competition. Innovation is not a luxury, it is a necessity.