The recently formed peak economic body for the Blue Mountains has taken a step forward with the appointment of its first CEO.
Business consultant Jacqueline Brinkman, the former CEO of the largest superyacht industry group in Australia, will lead the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE).
“Jacqueline’s appointment is an exciting stage for the new economic development entity. We aim to generate economic diversification and greater employment opportunities within the region and we are confident that Jacqueline is the right person to lead these efforts,” said BMEE chairman Don Luscombe.
Ms Brinkman has extensive experience in regional industry development and destination marketing. She has worked at a senior levels in the marine, arts, tourism and aviation industries across Australia.
“Through BMEE we have an excellent opportunity to develop a strong vision, facilitate industry collaboration and increase competitiveness for the Blue Mountains,” she said.
“Our aim is to leave a sustainable legacy of regional economic development and we will be working hard to achieve this, in partnership with all stakeholders.”
As CEO of the largest superyacht industry group in Australia, Ms Brinkman established a reputation as a strong leader, developing strategies which resulted in growth for the tropical north Queensland region, valued at more than $50 million per annum. Under her leadership, Cairns became the most visited superyacht port in Australia.
Since moving to the Blue Mountains in August 2011, Ms Brinkman steered Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Organisation through its transition period following the completion of the secretariat agreement with Blue Mountains City Council.
More recently, she has been working with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority on the development of an Activation Strategy for Darling Harbour.
Ms Brinkman has also provided strategic advice and marketing expertise to a range of local Blue Mountains businesses as a consultant.