Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA) Appoints New Chief Executive

Written by Charlotte Lang

Posted on Wednesday 31 March 2021

Nelson Regional Development Agency is thrilled to announce Fiona Wilson has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the agency. Following the departure of former CE Mark Rawson in February 2021, there has been considerable interest in the role.

Fiona who will move to Whakatū Nelson for the role from Tasmania, has extensive experience in regional, economic and tourism development. Originally from Wales, she has international experience in her field and is passionate about improving the wellbeing of local communities through economic development.

NRDA Chairperson Meg Matthews said the agency was absolutely delighted to attract a candidate of such high calibre to Nelson Tasman. “The impact of COVID-19 has placed economic development at the forefront of our region’s priorities and the board felt that Fiona’s unique international experience and credentials would help the region in its quest to build back better from COVID-19.”

“We already have unprecedented levels of regional collaboration and an inspiring intergenerational strategy for the region, now we need to deliver on those aspirations and unlock the full potential of the Nelson Tasman region. Fiona has a proven track record in this space and is well placed to take the reins at a very exciting time for the region.”

She added that “despite the challenges of the past year, Nelson Tasman is in really good heart and we have demonstrated what is possible when we work together through Project Kōkiri. Now we need to strengthen that foundation and amplify the good work we’ve been doing to help the region bounce back from COVID-19.”

Fiona’s international career in economic development has included a particular interest in strategic development and innovation. She is no stranger to New Zealand – bringing with her a kiwi husband, four kids and economic development experience in Wellington and Palmerston North.

“Having visited and fallen in love with Nelson Tasman, we are excited to be returning to our favourite part of the Country and I feel incredibly privileged to be taking up the role during such an important time for NRDA and Nelson Tasman as a whole.” Fiona said.

She will join NRDA on the 17th of May 2021. 

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