Our Team

Jennifer Rix
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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David New

David New
Employment Facilitator - Darling Downs Local JObs Program

An experienced marketing professional with a passion for business development via employer, government and community stakeholder engagement, David joined RDA-DDSW in September 2022.

After seven years operating a London-based marketing agency servicing global brands, David spent more than two decades in the UK as an entrepreneur in the tech, music and hospitality industries.

Upon returning to Australia in 2017 he took up a Business Development role for the Darling Down’s leading Employment Services Provider where he led numerous workforce development initiatives that benefited those most disadvantaged in our communities.

A member of Toowoomba Regional Council’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, he is an enthusiastic advocate for the contribution New Australians can make to our region’s social and economic development. His work assisting hundreds of migrants and refugees into employment was recognised with a Commendation from the Queensland Government Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs in 2021.

David grew up in Melbourne and has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading and a Master’s in Business from the University of Kent.

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Kym Kanofski
Support Officer - Darling DOwns Local Jobs Program

Kym is the Support Officer for the Darling Downs Local Jobs Program and has lived in the Toowoomba region for more than 20 years. 

Kym worked in the Early Childhood Education sector for 16 years before moving on to work in Employment Services, where she has around 7 years of experience. 

She holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Studies, as well as a Certificate III in Medical Administration. 

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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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