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Chief Executive Officer

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Charlestown
Industry: Public Sector
Reference: BH-28786
Job Published 10th September 2021

• Dantia – the Lake Macquarie City economic development company
• Unlock growth to transform the region
• Rare opportunity to make a difference

Dantia is the Lake Macquarie City economic development company. Unique in the Australian landscape, Dantia’s base funding is from government, it is independent and commercial, governed by an experienced, passionate and committed board. Dantia is the thought leader that drives, represents, and delivers Lake Macquarie City’s bold vision for growth and prosperity in the region.

Dantia leads the conversation on local economic development in an inclusive and transparent way, providing networks and pathways for success. It embraces growth opportunities, flexibility, and business acumen to make things happen and benchmarks itself against best practice corporate governance and international economic development.

Lake Macquarie is the third largest regional city in NSW. Its population of over 207,000 is expected to grow by 28,000 by 2036. Its proximity to Sydney together with its wealth of economically underutilised and potentially available land and an enviable lifestyle, positions Lake Macquarie to be one of the most significant liveable regional cities in NSW.

Your mission as CEO is to drive economic growth, investment, and jobs for Lake Macquarie City through the attraction of large-scale commercial development, support for new and existing businesses and accelerating the delivery of infrastructure. Reporting to the Board of directors, you will be the public face of the company and responsible for executing the strategy and managing operations, including coworking and product development spaces in Charlestown and Warners Bay.

An immediate priority is to develop a ten-year economic strategy with extensive stakeholder engagement. You will be joining an organisation with a strong, refreshed Board and a funding agreement through to 2032, providing the platform to broaden its impact across sectors and build its capability to proactively target and attract investment from out of the area.

We are seeking an engaging leader with strategic vision and the ability to harness networks and relationships across industry, government, and community to create and champion commercial opportunities for Lake Macquarie. You may have experience in a range of sectors including business, economic development / investment attraction (public and / or private sector), and start-ups / accelerators and it is not essential that you are from the geographic area.

This is a rare career opportunity where you can make a difference by unlocking growth for Lake Macquarie and transforming the region into a diverse and dynamic city.

Candidate information:

Please click here to download a copy of the candidate information pack. For more information please contact Andrew McEncroe at publicsector@derwentsearch.com.au or call (02) 9091 3230.

To apply:

Please provide a cover letter highlighting your suitability for the role and a resume by the due date.

Applications close: Sunday, 26th September 2021