EDA Executive Officer Appointed

August 17 2017

New Executive Officer announced for National Economic Development Body

Economic Development Australia (EDA) is entering a new phase, with the appointment of Jacqueline Brinkman to the role of Executive Officer. Established in 2007, EDA is the peak national body for economic development practitioners, strengthening and promoting economic development through state and national events, professional development, advocacy and member support.

“We are delighted to have appointed Ms Brinkman to EDA. As Executive Officer she will work closely with the National Board and the State Practitioner Networks across Australia to strengthen the organisation for the benefit of all members,” said EDA Chairman, Mr Mark Holdsworth. “Ms Brinkman has worked in industry development across a range of sectors including the marine, arts, tourism and aviation industries. She has a strong marketing and communications background and her advocacy and lobbying work has resulted in positive regulatory and legislative change at a local, state and federal level. The EDA Board is very much looking forward to her input and enthusiasm in realising the potential for EDA and maximise benefits for our members.”

“I am delighted to be working with EDA and look forward to working with the Board to unlock the opportunities that exist for EDA as the national professional body for economic development practitioners in Australia,” said Ms Brinkman.

“The important role Economic Development plays in stimulating jobs growth and maintaining strong, sustainable communities is becoming increasingly recognised throughout the world. Critical to Australia’s economic growth is the implementation of innovative, collaborative and world-class economic development initiatives within its cities and regions across the country. EDA members are doing this important work on the ground and through this role, I look forward to supporting and championing the efforts of Australia’s excellent economic development practitioners,” said Ms Brinkman.

Ms Brinkman was CEO of the largest superyacht industry cluster in Australia from 2002-2007, generating economic growth of more than $50m per annum and establishing Cairns as the most visited superyacht port in Australia. In 2013, Jacqueline launched Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), the peak regional economic development agency for the Blue Mountains. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, BMEE launched MTNS MADE, the new cultural identity for the Blue Mountains, which has put the region on the map as a world-class creative hub, generating over $13.5m of film production last year alone. Ms Brinkman also successfully led the economic recovery efforts for the Blue Mountains following the 2013 bushfire disaster.

EDA members will have the opportunity to meet the new Executive Officer and celebrate the 10-year anniversary of EDA when economic development professionals from across the country gather in Ballarat for the national EDA Conference from October 10-12.  With the major themes of “Productivity and its importance to prosperity” and “Bold and Brave – Risk taking,” the conference promises robust discussion, excellent networking, advice, inspiration and practical tools to assist economic development practitioners stimulate growth and investment in their regions.

Media contacts

Mark Holdsworth ACEcD
Economic Development Australia (EDA)
0425 760 849

Jacqueline Brinkman
Executive Officer
Economic Development Australia (EDA)
0419 130 699