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20 Apr 2016
Seven people have been appointed to work with CEO Chris Whelan to lead the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).
The team contains three external appointments, plus four internal appointments and direct transfers from the organisations that have been brought together to form WREDA.
CEO Chris Whelan says the appointments mark a significant milestone for WREDA.
“This is a sign that we’re out of our establishment phase and we’re ready to start work in earnest delivering a more co-ordinated approach to economic development in the Wellington region. The leadership team is bursting with talent and ideas. From now on, we’re going to see a renewed energy and sharper focus in economic development initiatives for our region,” he said.
Newly-appointed GM, Destination & Marketing Adele Fitzpatrick is enthusiastic about joining WREDA.
“I’ve been promoting Wellington since I was 18 years old when I left for my OE with an ‘Absolutely Positively Wellington’ t-shirt that I wore everywhere.
I’m very excited about being part of a team that can make a positive impact on Wellington’s economic future. We’ve had the most amazing summer and autumn - there’s definitely been a very happy feel to the city with locals and visitors busy making the most of everything. It’s a perfect time to start in this role to build on that momentum.”
Jeremy Harding, appointed as GM Development & Foresight from within WREDA, said he was very pleased to be part of the new Senior leadership Team.
“The Wellington economy has a number of strengths and untapped opportunities and this is a very exciting time to be part of an organisation dedicated to telling its story and capitalising on those opportunities. Underpinning both storytelling and strategy with robust economic analysis will be critical to our success and I’m looking forward to leading the development of that capacity within WREDA”
Mr Whelan says the Senior Leadership Team will all be in place by May 16.
WREDA was formed to drive economic development in the Wellington region. It brings together four previously separate agencies - Positively Wellington Tourism, Grow Wellington, Positively Wellington Venues, Creative HQ. It also takes over responsibility for major events promotion from the Wellington City Council. CEO Chris Whelan took up his role in late 2015.