Our Staff

RDA Sunshine Coast operates a small permanent and part-time staffing structure that minimises administrative costs and ensures that all funding is used effectively.

RDA Sunshine Coast contracts in expertise when it is required to complete projects and tasks as they arise.

RDA Sunshine Coast uses local providers where possible to ensure that it supports and develops the local community. RDA Sunshine Coast has developed a list of contractors who are competent and able to assist in key functional areas such as marketing, strategic planning, social research and innovative technologies.

Our Team

Phil Harman

Director Regional Development

Phil has wide experience in the public and private sector, spanning tourism, transport, agriculture and education, and has consulted to organisations including the World Bank and UNESCO. Before spending a decade in Indonesia and Vietnam, Phil was CEO of Tourism Noosa from 2000 to 2004. While in Indonesia, Phil established the Indonesia Country office for SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, an international NGO that seeks to alleviate poverty by using market-based approaches.

Phil provided policy advice to governments in Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia on green growth planning, climate change and tourism. Earlier, he headed up the marketing for the Federal Government’s inward investment agency and chaired the national investment marketing committee. Phil has a strong background in tourism, and has worked on some of Australia’s leading tourism marketing campaigns, including the launch of Virgin Blue and ‘You’ll Love Every Piece of Victoria.”

Phil Harman

Shanna Douglas
Project Officer, Media & Communications Officer