Our Staff

Kerry Grace

Kerry is the CEO of RDA Mid North Coast.

Kerry’s career commenced in the advertising and marketing industries, where she worked in a variety of roles in Sydney, Australia. Simultaneously she launched a start-up events and artist promotion agency which she ran throughout Sydney for over six years.  Kerry returned to the Nambucca Valley with her family in 2003 and established her business Evolve Network, a values based consultancy service.

Kerry was featured as a ‘returner’ (i.e. someone who  in the 2014 Regional Australia Institute Report “there’s no place like home” Kerry is a strong advocate of regional living.  “With the city only a short flight away and access to online work, so many opportunities have been opened up to regional Australians, the quality of life, environment and lifestyle really make it a beautiful place to raise a family.”

She has a strong social conscience and the opportunity to commence working in the education industry, particularly with ‘at risk’ groups in 2000 turned into an ongoing relationship with the not for profit, training and employment sectors. Throughout this period she coordinated eight Work for the Dole programs, working hands on with the participants and has delivered learning experiences for hundreds of people across many communities throughout the East Coast of Australia (with a particular focus on her home region of the Mid North Coast of NSW).

With a commitment to lifelong learning, Kerry holds an undergraduate degree in Business, is a graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (2011) and The Coaching Institute and has attended numerous entrepreneurial development activities including the Eilte 500Mastermind program (Brisbane) and Awesomenessfest (Phuket).

In her role as CEO of RDAMNC, Kerry aims to contribute to the organisation’s vision of a Mid North Coast that embeds a culture of “innovation, opportunity, inclusion and economic prosperity”.  Kerry is a strong advocate of opportunities in economic development for people throughout the region with a particular focus on the region’s priorities of Indigenous communities, youth and the ageing population.

Jenni Kew

Jenni Kew is the Operations Manager of RDA Mid North Coast.

Joining RDA Mid North Coast in May 2011, Jenni brings with her extensive experience in finance, administration, governance and compliance, gained through employment with local and state government bodies and the private sector. Working in high pressure, demanding roles, including the roles of Business Manager  and Executive Officer, Jenni administers the financial, administration, compliance, governance, human resources and Regional Migration requirements of RDA MNC.

Time spent working overseas in a developing country has provided Jenni with an understanding of community and an appreciation of cultural diversity. Passionate about respecting our older people and the needs of an ageing regional population, Jenni is an active member of the North Coast Ageing Strategy Taskforce and its associated working groups.

Jenni holds a Bachelor Business degree (Accounting & Business Law) and is a NSW Justice of the Peace (JP).

Russell Pell

Media and Innovation Manager

Joined RDA MNC in February 2017.

Born and raised in the Nambucca Valley and proud to be part of this region.

Education includes a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Newcastle University.

My aim is to help the region nurture innovation and build a stronger, smarter approach to the future.

Previous to this role I worked as a User Experience Researcher and Digital Project Manager.

Louise Lord

Louise joined RDA in August 2014 as our administration assistant, following completion of her Diploma in Accounting at North Coast TAFE.

Louise provides assistance to the Chief Executive Officer and Operations Manager, with a focus on our migration programs, as well as performing some executive assistance and general office admin.

She was born and bred in Wauchope and her family tree goes back to first land grants in the 1800s. Louise is a keen amateur photographer and also enjoys painting and gardening.

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