Our Staff

Kerry Grace

Director of Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast and CEO

Economic and Community Development practitioner Kerry Grace (Bachelor Business) has been the CEO of RDAMNC since August 2016. Kerry brings a range of skills to RDAMNC incorporating her experiences in the vocational education, advertising and media and human services industries. Kerry worked with all levels of government as well as not for profit organisations and Aboriginal corporations via her consultancy Evolve Group Network between 2003-2016 in this time forming a strong understanding of the issues faced by people in the region.

As a sixth generation Mid North Coast resident Kerry is a passionate advocate for the people of the region. She is a mum of school aged children and resident of the Nambucca Valley.

Contact Kerry Grace

Via e-mail

On LinkedIn

Russell Pell

Media and Innovation Manager

Innovation specialist Russell Pell has worked for RDAMNC since 2017.

Russell has qualifications in Communications (Bachelors), user design and customer research.

His experience extends from the media industry to technology and user experience (UX).

Before working at RDAMNC (2017) Russell was a self-employed consultant in user design and digital project management. He brings a wealth of knowledge from these industries to the RDAMNC Innovation agenda.

Russell is currently leading the development of RDAMNC’s Future Workforce Platform as well as several key projects and media.

A returner to the Mid North Russell is passionate about the future of the region.

Contact Russell Pell

Via e-mail

On LinkedIn

Stuart Smith

Pathways Officer for Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast

Stuart obtained his PhD from Macquarie University in 2000 and has since worked in research organisations and universities in the United States (NASA), the Republic of Ireland (Trinity College Dublin) and Australia (e.g. Neuroscience Research Australia, Southern Cross University). Most recently he was the Director of Research for the Global Centre for Modern Ageing. 

As an academic Stuart took an industry-facing approach and has been committed to ensuring research is translated into ‘real world’ applications. He has developed a number of innovative digital solutions for provision of health, aged and disability service provision and is an advocate for the development of knowledge economy-based industries in regional Australia. 

Stuart and his family have been members of the mid coast communities for over a decade and brings to the Pathways Officer role his enthusiasm and commitment to social and economic development of the region. 

Contact Stuart Smith

Via e-mail

On Linkedin


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