Colleen is an accomplished leader who motivates others to achieve what they previously thought to be unachievable. Her leadership style is inclusive, and she possesses stellar strategic thinking ability and down to earth communication skills with the capacity to deliver on outcomes. She is a firm believer that change is exciting when you successfully ‘sell’ the vision of the new future and gain buy-in of all affected stakeholders.
She is originally from the US where she grew up in a family owned and operated oil and gas business and spent her early career as a draftsperson for a number of engineering firms working on exciting projects including the structural plans for Jubail, Saudi Arabia. On a whim she decided to move to Western Australia in 1992.
She was the Managing Director for Edenchime Holdings in Denmark, WA (1993-2000), where she spent considerable effort within the organic food production and processing sector. Understanding the global market for increased organic product she worked with farmers across the Great Southern Region and was successful in converting 13 farms to organic production within 2 years.
She undertook a number of roles with the Peel Development Commission (2004 – 2013) including the A/CEO for 3 years where she oversaw a number of economic development initiatives. She was also responsible for the management of the Royalties for Regions program to the Peel region in which over $10 million was granted to a range of regional projects over 2009-2012.
She has been the CEO with Regional Development Australia Perth since 2013, having delivered a number of initiatives to drive new business investment and job growth for the Perth region. These include: Driving Change: Perth and Peel an Economic Development Strategy and Infrastructure Priorities Plan for Perth and Peel (2016); Security and Defence in Western Australia: An Economic Perspective (2017); Building the Case for Energy Metals and Battery Manufacturing in WA (2018) and the soon to be released Establishing the Perth DroneHub. She is currently studying for her MBA at the University of Western Australia
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