RDA Hunter Staff
Acting Executive Officer
Trevor joined RDA Hunter in November 2011 to research and write papers on current issues and opportunities for the region, its people and economy.
He studied Psychology, Economics and Philosophy at Adelaide University before moving to Sydney to attend the Australian Film TV and Radio School. After lecturing in sound and television production for three years at Wagga Wagga, Trevor moved to Newcastle in late 1988 on his appointment as a Communications lecturer. Before joining RDA Hunter, he was Member Communications Manager in the Marketing team at Newcastle Permanent Building Society.
Trevor has been a member of Newcastle University Academic Senate and served on the boards for community radio station 2NUR-FM, Sports Union and Hunter Academy of Sport. He was the inaugural Chair of Newcastle University Sport Ltd (NUsport).
Industry Development Officer
Rick is an Industry Development Officer for RDA Hunter's ME Program. He coordinates the STEMship program, a pre-vocational pathway for students skilled in STEM disciplines to enter highly technical trades via vocational education and training (VET). Originating in the Hunter Region, the STEMship has been an exemplar of collaboration between industry, education and government in producing a talent pool of employees for industries such as defence, manufacturing, resources and energy and information technology.
Rick has a strong employment history in vocational education and training, formerly employed by the Department of Industry (Training Services NSW). Training Services NSW is responsible for the implementation of funded programs, including Smart and Skilled, apprenticeships and traineeships and adult and community education in NSW. Prior to this, Rick worked for an Australian Apprenticeship Centre in Adelaide and Sydney.
Completing both University and VET qualifications in Newcastle, Rick is passionate about developing skills for the Hunter region's future workforce. He is active in initiatives such as the HunterNet Future Leaders program and innovation projects in the region. Outside of work, Rick is a devoted family man and enjoys developing the surfing skills of his two young children.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Project Officer
Emily joined RDA Hunter in 2014 to manage the organisation’s Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme program which operates in partnership with the Australian Department of Immigration. She recently graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Communications and is currently undertaking the Bachelor of Communications Honours program.
Emily majored in video production and has experience and film credits in media production.
She is also involved in promoting RDA Hunter’s ME Program - attending events including Pacific 2015, RDA Hunter’s STEM Workforce Conference and various careers expos where she advocates the value and intricacies of the Program to diverse audiences which have included the Australian Minister for Defence and school children making subject choices for their futures.