James McKee

Chief Executive Officer & Director of Regional Development

Mobile: 0412 704 229

James is the CEO and Director of Regional Development for Regional Development Australia – Tasmania.

James has held a wide variety of senior professional and board positions across a range of sectors, most recently leading the Innovation and Performance Team at the City of Launceston, previously as the Director of Northern Transformation for the University of Tasmania, CEO of NRM North and Director of Northern Cities for the State Government along with board roles including the Chair of Tourism Northern Tasmania, AusCycling Tasmania, Anglicare Tasmania and Chair of the Launceston Airport CACG. James has a particular interest in regional development, innovation and strategy. His primary background is in agricultural science, he is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Murray Darling Basin Program and has been part of community development programmes in the USA and India.



Jen Newman

Deputy CEO & Regional Development Coordinator (South)

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.


Alina Bain

Senior Project Officer

Mobile: 0400 202 804

 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. 


Abby Stephens

Business Manager

Mobile: 0402 902 827