Debra Murphy to take up a new role with RDA Illawarra

11-07-2018 by admin

New role: Debra Murphy
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Regional Development Australia Illawarra (RDAI) has announcedDebra Murphy as its new chief executive officer.

Ms Murphy is presently the chief executive of the Illawarra Business Chamber and takes up the roleafterNatalie Burroughs recently decided to leave the RDA Illawarra position after many years.

In releasing the newsRDAI chairEddy De Gabriele said Ms Murphy’s new role wasa key senior position within the organisation.

Mr De Gabrielle said it was a significant position not only inthe Illawarra but beyond.

“Debra Murphy will work closely with the recently appointed Board to implement RDAI’s new set of priorities and objectives for our region,” he said.

“Deb brings a wealth of strong local and regional industry and community experience, knowledge and skills to the CEO’s role and we are delighted to have been able to secure her. After a comprehensive recruitment process, which attracted many high profile and highly credentialed local and interstate applicants, Ms Murphy will take up the CEO’s role on Monday 4thJuly 2016.I see many synergies between Deb’s current role as IBC CEO and her new role as RDAI CEO. Deb’s experience will not only add value to the work of RDAI but also help to bring many of our region’s stakeholders and industry groups closer together to foster closer links and adopt a unified approach to tackling key issuesand priorities for our Region.We certainly all look forward to Deb’s commencement and igniting a new era and new chapter for the RDA.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward was among the first towelcomethe appointment saying describing her as an outstanding choice.

“Ms Murphy has very strong industry and business networks across the Illawarra and I have no doubt that she will continue to promote our region’s priorities and best interests with leadership and tenacity,” he said.

“Since becoming CEO of the Illawarra Business Chamber in 2013,she has re-energized and transformed its membership base, ensuring a bigger voice for local Illawarra businesses.Ms Murphy has the energy, management and leadership skills necessary to take the RDA Illawarra’s vision and priorities forward”.

Ms Murphy background includesworkingwith industry associations, health, mining and infrastructure sectors.She has been chief executive of IBC since 2013.During that timethe membership hassignificantly grown and amerger recently occurredwith the NSW Business Chamber.

Ms Murphy’sbackground includes senior management roles with Australian Industry Group and BHP Billiton.She alsohas an MBA (with Merit) from the University of Wollongong.

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