New CEO keen to drive growth, business in region
A NEW leader has been welcomed to the Central Highlands’ key economic and tourism development agency.
Arjan Bloemer has been named Chief Executive Officer of Central Highlands Development Corporation, following the retirement of former CEO Sandra Hobbs.
Mr Bloemer was an independent advisor to company boards and executive level managers at Toowoomba.
He has previously worked across a range of industries and regions in Australia in senior executive and managing director roles with companies such as Heritage Bank, Accenture and Ernst and Young.
“This unique set of experiences and expertise has proven to be a great foundation to help organisations tackle their biggest challenges and develop opportunities, particularly with an agenda that drives growth and strategic diversification,” Mr Bloemer says.
“Working across the resources, agriculture, tourism, SME and finance sectors has also enabled me to develop an understanding of the unique needs and challenges of each sector.”
Mr Bloemer has been a regular visitor to the Central Highlands and is thrilled to now call the region home.
“I’ve long been impressed by the diversity of the Central Highlands economy and the work CHDC has done in the past, and I see great opportunities to build upon that even further.”
Mr Bloemer was appointed by the CHDC board following a rigorous selection process of applicants from across Australia.
“Not only does Arjan come with impressive credentials, it’s also been clear from the outset that he has a true appreciation for our region and shares our belief in its potential,” CHDC Board Chairman and Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes says.
“Arjan is a fantastic communicator and I’m sure his drive and expertise are going to be a valuable asset to CHDC and the Central Highlands.”
Ms Hobbs, who had been at the helm of CHDC for 11 years, was farewelled at a function in Emerald earlier this month by the Corporation’s staff, board and CHRC.
Mr Hayes was among those who paid tribute to Ms Hobbs and her achievements.
“In the years Sandra was here in the Central Highlands, she made it her home and worked tirelessly to make it a better place,” he said.
“It has been great to work with someone who shares the same passion and aspiration for the region that I and many others have.”
Mrs Hobbs thanked the CHDC staff, Board, and CHRC for giving her “11 years of a very special life I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”