A small and dedicated staff team ensures the work of RDA Northern Rivers continues to support the diverse communities of the Northern Rivers.
Alex Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Alex Smith comes to RDA Northern Rivers with a diverse range of experience. He spent 20 years with IBM where he held a range of management positions, including overseeing government relationships in Australia, Canada and the US. This and other roles have provided him with an ability to initiate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, government and industry. For over 20 years he has been a resident here in the Northern Rivers where he has been a farmer, a small business owner and manager, including as Northern Rivers manager in a national agriculture supply organisation. His involvement in several local economic development projects and discussion groups prior to coming to RDA Northern Rivers has given him a broad understanding of the issues and opportunities in the Northern Rivers.
Donna McIntyre, Administration Manager
Donna joined the RDA-NR in September 2013. She brings a wealth of experience from her time at Southern Cross University, where she spent a number of years working in regional tourism and the community engagement space. She has a strong background in office administration and event management and is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the work of RDA-Northern Rivers.
Kyllie Walker, Finance and Data Analyst
Kyllie is the face behind the stats on the RDA Northern Rivers websites. Utilising data from various sources, Kyllie creates easy to read regional data sets for local government, business and industry. Kyllie was born and raised locally and has an avid appreciation of the Northern Rivers. On completing high school at Trinity Kyllie headed to Melbourne to study Business at RMIT and begin her career. Kyllie’s professional background is in the finance and business management areas in both commercial and not-for-profit environments, nationally and internationally. Kyllie joined the RDA-NR in April 2013 working in both finance and research and is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the work of RDA-Northern Rivers.
Heidi Bone, Communications Officer
Heidi joined RDA Northern Rivers in April 2014 as a graduate from our 2013 Digi-Advantage regional program. She holds a BA in Communications and has a keen interest in digital media and marketing strategy. Her role includes making sure the regular e-News newsletter makes it out every week, keeping the RDA Northern Rivers website up to date and sharing information through our social media profiles. She is an office ICT all rounder and keeps the office IT systems maintained as well undertaking specific projects. Heidi has a background in administration and project work in the not for profit and tertiary education sectors. She is also a certified yoga teacher and holds regular classes in Lismore.