Craig Perkins

Chief Executive Officer and Director of Regional Development

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Mobile: 0409 395 195

Craig has worked in local government (6 years) and regional development (15 years), including the last 13 years as CEO and Director of Regional Development for the Regional Development Australia Tasmania Committee. Over this 21 year period, Craig has worked with communities to support their strategic development, economic growth and improving social capacity.

Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and International Business), Master of Business Management, is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, and has also been awarded a Diploma for successfully completing the AICD Company Directors course.

Craig was an elected member with the Meander Valley Council for 9 years, including the last 7 as mayor, having stepped down in October 2018.

Craig has strong networks across Tasmania and a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges that community’s face. He is Chair of Ten Days on the Island, a board member of the Crimestoppers Tasmania and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston and is an active Hockey player.


Carmen Lee

Executive Assistant

Phone: (03) 6334 9822

Carmen joined RDA Tasmania as our Executive Assistant in October 2017.

She brings with her experience in customer service, administration and project management with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry in operations, lending services and personal banking.

Carmen has a Diploma of Business from Swinburne University of Technology and is a qualified counsellor with 7 years experience as a volunteer on a national helpline.



Kevin Turner

Regional Development Coordinator (North)

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Mobile: 0419 395 178

Kevin joined RDAT in January 2013. He brings over sixteen years experience from public sector, Government agency and local government roles, with specific expertise in project management, staff management, facilitation, research, consultation, advocacy and planning.

A keen geographer, Kevin's passion for sustainable development steered him towards a public sector career where his successes include:
- Delivering transformational community projects and social inclusion initiatives
- Managing signature events
- Designing and implementing regional plans, marketing plans and tourism strategies
- Developing business cases for high value infrastructure projects


Jen Newman

Regional Development Coordinator (South)

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Mobile: 0439 615 947

Jen joined Regional Development Australia - Tasmania in January 2011.

She brings twenty years experience from public sector, government agency and business development roles, with specific expertise in project management, relationship building, business facilitation and planning.

With a background in business and economic development, Jen enjoys working in a small and dynamic organisation with the flexibility to respond to issues as they arise.


Mike Brindley

Regional Development Coordinator (North West)

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Mobile: 0448 876 615

Mike's background is based in the financial services industry with over 25 years experience in banking, financial planning, estate planning and trust administration. Mike has a Masters of Business degree from the University of Tasmania in addition to a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University and Certificate IV in Financial Services (Personal Trust Administration) from the University of Western Sydney.

Mike is an advisory board member for the University of Tasmania's School of Business and Economics and is secretariat for the Tasmanian Logistics Committee, which advises the Australian and Tasmanian governments on matters relating to freight and logistics.

In addition to his RDA Tasmania role, Mike works closely with Beacon Foundation delivering a financial literacy program to grade 10 students on the North West Coast.


Susie Bower

Bell Bay Manufacturing Precinct Project Officer

Mobile: 0427 311 400

Susie has completed a Masters in Management, a Graduate Certificate in Business (Sport Management) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program. Susie is a Board member for Cycling Tasmania and on the National Board for Economic Development Australia.

Susie’s demonstrated expertise in Operations and Project Management, Strategy Development, Planning and Stakeholder Engagement proves to be an asset for the Sub-Committee as they pursue prospects to drive growth, commercial outcomes and employment opportunities.

In her spare time she cycles with the Meander Valley Masters and gets to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Westbury, have a laugh and enjoy a great coffee when she gets back. Susie has a love for travel and having spent her twenties exploring Australia now goes a bit further afield with Hawaii and Bordeaux being her two favourite destinations to date. She enjoys reading and socialising with friends and spending time with her god children.