Chair of Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP) Bryan Trigg is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Viney as CEO, taking over from Dion Dorward.

Mr Dorward announced back in July that he had chosen not to renew his contract after 8 years in the job, as he felt it was an appropriate time to pass on the baton.

Mr Viney will be joining RDAEP in early December, from the Town of Gawler. He brings qualifications in both environmental management and urban and regional planning and over 10 years experience at a senior level in regional economic development. He is familiar with Regional Development Australia having previously worked as project manager for the Barossa and Light Regional Development Board.

Mr Viney is familiar with the EP, with family at Tumby Bay and is looking forward to moving his young family to Port Lincoln.

Mr Dorward said, “The RDAEP Committee is in a very sound and stable position and therefore it is an appropriate time for me to step down. I grew up here and love the EP and have thoroughly enjoyed the work and the challenges it has brought. I am proud to have helped create a stronger regional economy, and a better life and place for all Eyre Peninsulans and the many visitors to our region.”

Chair Bryan Trigg said, “The RDAEP Board were disappointed to be losing Dion as his commitment,  knowledge and passion for the EP was outstanding and we wish him all the best in his endeavours.”

“We welcome Ryan to the EP and look forward to his contribution to growing our strong, confident and vibrant region”, Bryan said.

Ryan commences in his new role on 6 December.