Regional Development Minister Jaclyn Symes said Ms. Jones brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role and is Regional Development Victoria’s first female CEO.
“Ms. Jones’ leadership experience and understanding of rural and regional communities will be vital in delivering the government’s fundamental program of building jobs, business investment and infrastructure across the state,” Ms. Symes said.
“With 20 years’ experience in the public sector, Ms. Jones has expertise in program delivery, regulatory reform, industry and community engagement, policy development and emergency management.”
Ms. Jones most recently served as Executive Director Biosecurity and Agriculture Services at Agriculture Victoria, where she led the delivery of key initiatives to grow and protect Victoria’s agricultural sector.
“Ms. Jones’ skills and experience have positioned her perfectly to lead the key organisation that delivers for rural and regional Victoria.”
In addition to her role as CEO, Ms. Jones has been appointed Deputy Secretary for the Rural and Regional Victoria group within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
Ms. Jones said living and working in rural and regional Victoria has developed her understanding of the importance of strong and connected communities.
“Regional Development Victoria has a central role to play in supporting jobs growth, better infrastructure and new investment for the benefit of rural and regional Victorians and I look forward to working to deliver this,” Ms. Jones said.
Ms. Jones will be based in Ballarat and commence both roles on 13 June.