RDA Hunter Staff
Director of Regional Development and Executive Officer
Since November 2011, Trevor has written RDA Hunter’s reports, discussion papers, submissions to government inquiries and opinion pieces on issues and opportunities for the region’s economic development.
Before joining RDA Hunter, he was a lecturer at Wagga Wagga for 3 years and Newcastle for 16 years. While at Newcastle University, Trevor was the inaugural Chair of NUsport, serving for five years. He is a Life Member of NUsport. He was a Faculty representative on University Academic Senate, Visiting Fellow at London University (Goldsmiths) and served on the boards for community radio station 2NUR, the Sports Union and the Hunter Academy of Sport.
He has owned and operated an audio production business and been employed in Marketing by the Newcastle Permanent Building Society. Trevor is a member, and former Secretary/Treasurer, of the international cricket charity, The Lord’s Taverners Australia, Hunter Branch.
In February 2018, Trevor was appointed to the dual roles of Director of Regional Development and Executive Officer for RDA Hunter.
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.