A small and dedicated staff team ensures the work of RDA Northern Rivers continues to support the diverse communities of the Northern Rivers.
Nathan McGrath, Director Regional Development
Nathan McGrath took on the role of Director of Regional Development in January 2023. Nathan brings over 25 years of business and advisory experience to Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers. His career extends across corporate and SME environments, along with consulting programs with the federal government. Nathan has a strong commercial background with demonstrated success across multiple industries including distribution, manufacturing, and consulting services. His business acumen is complemented by a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Diploma of Financial Planning. Having grown up in the Northern Rivers and returned to the area in recent years Nathan holds strong feelings regarding the development and opportunities available to our region.
Megan Gibbons, Administration Manager
With over 20 years of professional administration experience in private health and education, Megan serves as the cornerstone of administration communications for Regional Development Northern Rivers. Megan, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education, aspires to teach secondary maths and to become actively involved in curriculum coordination and process improvement in education.
Kyllie Walker, Finance and Data Analyst
Kyllie is the face behind the stats on the RDA Northern Rivers websites. Utilising data from various sources, Kyllie creates easy to read regional data sets for local government, business and industry. Kyllie was born and raised locally and has an avid appreciation of the Northern Rivers. On completing high school at Trinity Kyllie headed to Melbourne to study Business at RMIT and begin her career. Kyllie’s professional background is in the finance and business management areas in both commercial and not-for-profit environments, nationally and internationally. Kyllie joined the RDA-NR in April 2013 working in both finance and research and is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the work of RDA-Northern Rivers.
Heidi Bone, Communications Officer
Heidi joined RDA Northern Rivers in April 2014 as a graduate from our 2013 Digi-Advantage regional program. She holds a BA in Communications and has a keen interest in digital media and marketing strategy. Her role includes editor of our regular e-News newsletter, managing our social media and keeping the RDA Northern Rivers website up to date. She is an office ICT all-rounder and keeps the office IT systems maintained as well as undertaking specific projects. Heidi has a background in administration and project work in the not for profit and tertiary education sectors.