Our Team

Jacqueline Brinkman | Chief Executive Officer

Jacqueline is an experienced CEO and economic development specialist. Prior to joining EDA in July 2017, Jacqueline was the inaugural CEO of Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise, the peak regional economic development agency for the Blue Mountains. As a Director of DARE Disabilities, Jacqueline has played a key role in positioning the
organisation as it transitioned to the NDIS environment. Before moving to NSW, Jacqueline was CEO of the largest superyacht industry cluster in Australia and developed and implemented strategies which resulted in growth for the Tropical North QLD region valued at more than $50 million per annum. Under her leadership, Cairns became the most visited superyacht port in Australia (2002-2007).

Throughout her career Jacqueline has harnessed new opportunities for the marine, arts, tourism and aviation industries through strong economic and industry development, marketing, and communications strategies. Her advocacy and lobbying has resulted in regulatory and legislative change at a local, state and federal level and her copy writing and editing skills have secured significant investment and projects. Most recently, Jacqueline was chief editor on the successful Hammons Holdings’ tender to win the rights to operate tourism activities on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Melissa Adams | Administration & Membership Coordinator

Melissa has been the Memberships & Administrations Coordinator for Economic Development Australia since early 2018. She is responsible for driving and coordinating membership recruitment, managing all administrative procedures and supporting EDA’s State Practitioner Networks. It’s Melissa’s creative thinking, eye for detail and whip cracking ability that make her our go-to girl.

Melissa is also a skilled online business manager and website designer, and the queen of multi-tasking!