New Chief Executive For Regional Development Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Beth Jones as the new Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria.

Regional Development Victoria is the state’s lead agency for rural and regional economic development, building stronger communities by supporting business investment, local jobs and infrastructure that local people need.

As the first female CEO of Regional Development Victoria, Ms Jones brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role, most recently 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.

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’ 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. She will commence in both roles on 13 June and will be based in Ballarat.

Ms Jones’ appointment will ensure the Labor Government continues to deliver for rural and regional Victorians, to build more vibrant and connected communities that make country Victoria an even better place to live and work.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes

“I’m delighted to announce Beth Jones as the new chief executive for Regional Development Victoria.”

“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.”

Quote attributable to incoming Regional Development Victoria CEO Beth Jones

“Living and working in rural and regional Victoria, I understand the importance of strong and connected communities. RDV 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.”