A new chapter for Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North

9th January 2023


After over 12 years with Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN), Kelly-Anne Saffin has resigned and is moving on to take up the CEO’s challenges at Adelaide Metro RDA from mid-January 2023. 

Over the course of her time with RDAYMN, the organisation has: 

  • Facilitated over $861.93M of regional investment, 
  • Assisted 724 local businesses with grant applications, 
  • Created 880 jobs through business assisted, 
  • Worked intensively with 9346 organisations, businesses and community groups and, 
  • Hosted 21 945 attendances at workshops, events and activities. 

Rob Lawson, CEO of Balco Australia, has had a longstanding relationship with RDAYMN for many years and is grateful for the organisation’s support. He says, “The Board and the executive staff have always been helpful and welcoming to our business in their desire to make better communities in regional areas. We are grateful to RDAYMN and have benefitted consistently from their help and expertise.” 

Mark Hanlon of Business Port Pirie concurs, “Business Port Pirie is grateful for the support of RDAYMN through the years to both our members and us. They’ve been a champion for business in Port Pirie and regional SA as a whole and we look forward to working with them in the future.” 

Chair Bill Vandepeer says, “the communities and businesses of the Yorke and Mid North can appreciate the significant contribution that RDAYMN has made to literally billions of dollars’ worth of economic development in our region over that time. Though Kelly-Anne is leaving RDAYMN, we are pleased that she is not leaving the RDA network entirely and will continue her work in driving the development of regional South Australia. We wish to congratulate Kelly-Anne on a stellar career in our region and look forward to seeing her contribution in her new role.” 

Kelly-Anne says, “I have enjoyed the absolute privilege afforded to me by Bill and the Board to drive economic outcomes for our fantastic region and work with such talented staff over the course of my tenure, who have shared the passion and commitment for Yorke and Mid North.” 

McArthur has been engaged to facilitate the recruitment process for the next leader of RDAYMN. In the interim, our Economic and Workforce Manager, Daniel Willson, has agreed to step up as Acting CEO. 

Information about how to apply for the role of Chief Executive Officer at RDAYMN will be published on our website soon. We encourage any interested people to contact Steve Nolis at McArthur on steve.nolis@mcarthur.com.au for further information. 



Further information: 

Bill Vandepeer, Chair