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.

Mel Adams | Administration & Membership Coordinator

Mel 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.

Mel is based in Launceston, Tasmania and has over 22 years’ experience in high level administration and project management roles.  We rely on Mel’s creative thinking, eye for detail and whip cracking ability to make sure that everything runs smoothly at EDA!

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

Melissa Geist | National Training Coordinator

Melissa recently joined the team in the role as National Training and Events Coordinator, working remotely part-time. She has a background in the Public and Private sectors across various roles in HR, most recently Coordinating the training portfolio for different engineering streams at Thales Australia.

Melissa has experience managing multiple Graduate Training Programs for different organisations and when she isn’t trying to ensure that EDA’s National Training Program is running smoothly, she is a busy mum at home with 3 young children who loves weekend sport, travelling and enjoying a good coffee in the sunshine.