Our Team

Jacqueline Brinkman | Chief Executive Officer

Jacqueline Brinkman is an economic development specialist and CEO of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, EDA membership has more than tripled to over 1600 members in just 5 years.

Jacqueline is one of Australia’s most experienced industry cluster managers, and has facilitated industry development and new investment across a range of sectors. Her advocacy and lobbying has resulted in legislative change at a Local, State and Federal Government level.

Jacqueline has held Chief Executive roles across a range of sectors in QLD and NSW, is an award-winning copy writer and an experienced company director with current positions on the Board of Dare Disability Services and RDA Sydney.


Trudy Seymour | National Training Officer

Trudy joins the EDA team with many year’s experience in education and training. Most recently, Trudy was the Learner Support Lead for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Trudy is adept at facilitating and moderating workshops, and has planned and coordinated many workshops, training and engagement events. Throughout her career she has always worked in customer service and consumer engagement including owning her own business. She takes pride in her work and her very strong ability to build
rapport and excellent relationships.

She has a great understanding of the importance of continued professional development and really enjoys working with people to reach their goals. Trudy has completed TAE40116 Cert IV Training and Assessment.


Emilie Soda | Membership and Administration Coordinator  

Emilie enjoys being immersed in growing, purpose driven businesses, having worked across a range of not-for-profits and charitable organisations such as Reconciliation SA, the Don Dunstan Foundation and CanTeen.

Across the past 8 years, Emilie has managed back-to-back projects, events and conferences whilst building volunteer/student programs and developing processes and systems in fast paced environments. Emilie also runs a small business with her partner in the Adelaide Hills and is passionate about learning and personal growth.