Our Team

Jennifer Rix
Interim Director of Regional Development

Jennifer commenced with RDA DDSW in November 2021 and holds Graduate and Post Graduate qualifications in organisational psychology, change management, HR, and IR.  She has 12 years of senior management experience in the Banking sector as a People and Culture Business Partner and in the front-line, as a senior manager, leading large teams across multiple sites in a highly regulated and revenue driven industry, most recently with ANZ.  She also holds Executive Coaching qualifications. 

Jennifer brings a keen business acumen and a values-based, purpose-driven approach to organisational culture and change. Understanding, influencing and growing people, and building sustainable future-orientated business is central to her purpose.  She has led several organisational transformation projects within the finance sector, including experience within agile project methodologies.


She has consulted to aviation businesses with an innovative perspective, unique strategic insight, and a systematic process and compliance orientation.  She is currently serving as Interim Director for Regional Development Australia – Darling Downs and South-West.  She owns her own small business, Bonjour Toowoomba – International Language Centre, which aims to connect and cultivate cultural curiosity amongst the Toowoomba Community.  She is also a Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Board Member. 

Born and bred in country Queensland, she was raised on a peanut, beef and watermelon farm near Kingaroy. Jennifer has followed her career up and down the Eastern seaboard of Australia, living in cities and regional locations.  For the last 6 years, she has been proud to call Toowoomba home and is excited by the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired throughout her career, to help the wider Darling Downs and South-West community thrive.   

Most of her friends call her ‘Jenny’, so please feel free to do so too. 

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Trudi Bartlett
Employment Facilitator - Darling Downs Local JObs Program

Trudi is the Employment Facilitator for the Darling Downs Local Jobs Program.  Trudi was the previous Director of Regional Development for RDA Darling Downs and South West and prior to that, 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
Operations Manager

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