Our Team


Trudi Bartlett
Director of Regional Development

Trudi is the Director of Regional Development for RDA Darling Downs and South West, commencing her role 13 August 2018. She was previously the Economic Development Senior Officer for Western Downs Regional Council and the Member Services Manager for the Dalby Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Prior to that, she was the Chief Executive Officer for Transforming Small Business, an organisation that advised small businesses in rural areas. During her role at Transforming Small Business, she had contract work with State Government, Chambers of Commerce, Federal Government under the Small Business Advisory Service, BIEDO and with multiple local governments.

Trudi has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from the University of Queensland.

Her passion is supporting regional and remote Queenslanders and sees her position with RDA DDSW as an avenue to continue to pursue her passion for ensuring economic development in rural, regional and remote areas remains strong.

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Darren Smith
Support Officer - Darling DOwns Local Jobs Program

Darren Smith is an experienced human resources professional who has extensive experience in the areas of recruitment and skill development.

Darren has worked for multiple levels of government, for profits and not-for-profit organisations across south-east and south-west Queensland where has also developed skills in areas such as project management, employee management and business development.


He has developed a strong network in organisations such as employment service providers, schools and the general business community during his career due to his ability to communicate honestly and effectively with a broad range of individuals. He has also been involved with regional Chamber activities including as a committee member where he was able to provide invaluable advice.

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Lauren Russell
Project Officer - Toowoomba Regional Jobs Committee

Lauren commenced with RDA-DDSW in mid 2020 as the Projects Officer to help facilitate the Toowoomba Regional Jobs Committee.

She is a Certified Practicing Project Manager with university qualifications in electrical and civil engineering, and business management.

Lauren likes to focus on turning words into actions and finding solutions to complex problems.

She has spent much of her life in regional areas of Queensland (Toowoomba, Gympie, Gladstone, Mackay, Cairns and Weipa) and believes in harnessing the power of community to create places that we love to live, work and share with our family and friends.

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Tim Smith
Administration Assistant

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