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Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Director, NSW Office of Regional Economic Development

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Network of Regional Specialists

The New South Wales state government welcomes productive foreign direct investment.


The NSW Regional network has experts in 14 offices across seven regions which support domestic and international investors and introduce them to government support services in NSW.

Network of NSW Regional Development Offices

Regional NSW

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Director, NSW Office of Regional Economic Development
Office contacts
Suite 1, Level 1
47-59 Wingewarra Street
DUBBO NSW 2830
Ian Smith is the Director of the NSW Office of Regional Economic Development. Ian has over 20 years' experience in international trade and investment across a broad range of industries and multiple disciplines. In his current role, Ian leads the delivery of regional industry programs across NSW to maximise investment, build capacity and enhance employment growth.

Hunter & Central Coast

Mark McClean

Mark McClean

Deputy Director for Hunter and Central Coast
Office contacts
Level 5, 26 Honeysuckle Dr
NEWCASTLE NSW 2300
Mark is a highly motivated marketing and business development professional, who has held leadership positions across a number of large organisations in the engineering, shipbuilding and construction industries. Mark holds a First Class Honours Degree in Business (International) from Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University (UK). He is culturally diverse having lived and worked in four countries.

Illawarra-Shoalhaven

Nigel McKinnon

Nigel McKinnon

Deputy Director for Illawarra-Shoalhaven
Office contacts
Ground Level, Block E, 84 Crown Street
PO Box 892
WOLLONGONG NSW 2520
Nigel McKinnon has over 20 years' experience in regional development. Widely regarded as an innovator in this field, he is founder, chair and chief architect of Advantage Wollongong that is setting a new standard in local economic development practice. Nigel has extensive private sector experience in both manufacturing and services, and has facilitated over 200 major business investment projects in a range of industry sectors.

Riverina-Murray

Margaret O’Dwyer

Margaret O’Dwyer

Deputy Director for Riverina-Murray
Office contacts
Suite 5, 620 Macauley Street
ALBURY NSW 2640
Margaret is passionate about regional development and has worked and lived in Regional NSW for many years. She has worked in a range of roles with regional airlines, tourism and state government. This has included strategic development, research and marketing, and service delivery. Margaret has developed strategic relationships across government, industry, academia and the community sector.

North Coast

Craig Jenkins

Craig Jenkins

Deputy Director for North Coast
Office contacts
Suite 5, 17 Conway Street
PO Box 616
LISMORE NSW 2480
Craig Jenkins has more than 16 years working for the NSW Government in regional development. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of business attraction and investment, infrastructure delivery, innovation, community development, disaster recovery, policy and program development. Craig also has private sector experience in finance, taxation and auditing.

Central West and Orana & Far West

Anna Shaw

Anna Shaw

Deputy Director for Central West and Orana, and Far West
Office contacts
161 Kite Street
Locked Bag 21
ORANGE NSW 2800

South East and Tablelands

Megan Cleary

Megan Cleary

Deputy Director for the South East and Tablelands
Office contacts
Level 1, 11 Farrer Place
PO Box 1594
QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620
Megan has extensive experience in regional development, logistics, the arts and education, particularly across projects in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley local government areas. She has driven the development of the Shoalhaven Defence Industry Group presenting many opportunities for collaboration.

New England and North West

Darren Keegan

Darren Keegan

Deputy Director for New England and North West
Office contacts
131a Marius St
PO Box 865
TAMWORTH NSW 2340
Darren has 20 years’ experience working in private sector multinationals and public sector roles, and has facilitated projects in aerospace, agribusiness, defence, education, energy, food processing, infrastructure, manufacturing, skills, and transport and logistics. Darren holds a PhD in Innovation and is on the management committee of the University of New Englands' SMART Region Incubator (SRI).

Regional NSW

Murray Wood

Murray Wood

Regional NSW Investment Coordinator
Office contacts
Suite 1, Level 1
47-59 Wingewarra Street
DUBBO NSW 2830

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Ian Smith

Director, NSW Office of Regional Economic Development
Office contacts
Suite 1, Level 1
47-59 Wingewarra Street
DUBBO NSW 2830