Staff

Craig Perkins

Chief Executive Officer and Director of Regional Development

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Mobile: 0409 395 195
Email: craig.perkins@rdatasmania.org.au

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.

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Jen Newman

Regional Development Coordinator (South)

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Mobile: 0439 615 947
Email: jen.newman@rdatasmania.org.au

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.

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Alina Bain

Senior Project Officer

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Mobile: 0400 202 804
Email: alina.bain@rdatasmania.org.au 

 Alina joined Regional Development Australia - Tasmania in November 2021. 

Alina spent her school and university years in Tasmania and is graduate of UTAS with a combined Economics and Law degree. After university, Alina pursued a career in law in Australia and the United States and has also held executive roles in a number of industry associations.  

Alina has had an extensive career in policy and advocacy, across a range of industries, including media and marketing, telecommunications, agriculture, and manufacturing. She has represented the interests of businesses of all sizes from multinationals to family-owned businesses. Most recently she has worked with businesses to explore and realise their export and internationalisation potential. She has led Australian businesses on trade missions in Asia and has represented their interests in Australian and international fora. 

Alina is excited to be joining RDA Tas at this time. She is looking forward to getting to know and understand Tasmania’s unique opportunities for businesses and the opportunity for them to contribute to Tasmania’s development. Alina will be working with state and local government, and industry to deliver a Strategic Regional Plan to activate Tasmanian development. 

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Veronica Terry

Regional Economic Development Coordinator - North West and North

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Mobile: 0419 395 178
Email: veronica.terry@rdatasmania.org.au

Veronica brings financial and agricultural experience to the team. 

In finance, Veronica has 16 years' experience, where she specialised in building tailored financial plans to meet her client's needs.  Veronica has a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from FINSIA.  

Veronica farms with her husband Rob near Burnie on the North West Coast of Tasmania. Rob and Veronica have been farming together for 10 years as well as running various contracting business’s supporting the grains, dairy and vegetable industries.  They have a current focus on vegetable production. Veronica and Rob have adapted their business over time to evolve with local needs, productivity, industry changes and environmental improvements. This winter Veronica will commence planting for her fence line farming concept that will see their fence lines planted with a combination of native plants to create on farm biodiversity.  This will also provide a native wildlife corridor, encourage crop pollination, bird population diversity and an income.  

Veronica enjoyed combining her experience in agriculture and finance; to produce a discussion paper “The Curious Courtship of Australian Agriculture and Superannuation”.  This was completed as part of her involvement in the Australian Grain Leaders Program in 2018. 

Veronica is now looking forward to combining her experience in finance with her local community involvement; by connecting grass roots economic potential of the region to big picture economic opportunities. 

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Harmonie Ballard

Junior Administration Assistant

Phone: (03) 6334 9822
Email: harmonie.ballard@rdatasmania.org.au

Harmonie joined RDA in November 2021 and we welcome her as a young member of our team.  

Harmonie spent her schooling years at Queechy High School and graduating from Newstead College in 2020. She will be studying a Certificate VI in Business to further upgrade her skills, experience, and education.  

Harmonie has previous experience in providing exceptional customer service in the retail sector for hospitality and fast food in Launceston. She thrives on being involved in the local community especially being a former student in visual and performing arts.   

Harmonie has a bright personality and was very keen to commence her journey with our team, grasping the opportunities to learn as much as possible and we look forward to seeing her complete her Certificate VI in Business.   

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