We are pleased to advise we have a new CEO!
The Northern Tasmania Development Corporation has announced Mark Baker as its new chief executive officer.
NTDC is funded by seven councils to facilitate significant improvement in prosperity in North and North-East Tasmania. Since its inception in 2017, NTDC has collaborated on the Launceston City Deal, developed detailed regional economic data for local government and regional areas in Northern Tasmania, instigated a Population Action Plan to attract 10,000 skilled workers over 10 years, positioned Bell Bay as a potential green hydrogen energy hub and will release its Regional Economic Development Strategy in December.
NTDC interim chair Professor Sue Kilpatrick said Mr Baker would bring an excellent understanding of Northern Tasmania to the role.
“Mark Baker is well respected in the region and will bring fresh energy to the task of working with government and private sectors to deliver the investments, innovation and working age population we need for future prosperity,” Professor Kilpatrick said.
Mr Baker was until recently managing editor of Australian Community Media in Tasmania and South Australia, overseeing the newsrooms of The Examiner and The Advocate and more than 16 mastheads in South Australia.
“I grew up in Launceston and have a strong desire to see Northern Tasmania continue its economic growth,” Mr Baker said.
“NTDC has a crucial role in building on this region’s economic revival and I look forward to working with my new colleagues, councils and stakeholders to help continue to facilitate that.”
Mr Baker completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Tasmania and started as a journalist at The Examiner in 2003, holding various roles including chief political reporter, chief of staff and deputy editor, at which time he returned to UTas to complete his Master of Arts degree.
He became only the 14th editor of The Examiner 173 years in 2014 and at that year’s Newspaper of the Year Awards was the recipient of the prestigious Hegarty Scholarship, which recognises an outstanding news media executive in the Pacific region aged under 35.
Since 2015, Mr Baker was Australian Community Media’s managing editor in Tasmania and took over South Australia permanently in 2018.
He is heavily involved in community and charitable groups as a director of the Clifford Craig Foundation, Launceston Chamber of Commerce, and StGiles and a trustee of the Tamar Peace Trust and the David Chaplin Memorial Fund.
Professor Kilpatrick took the opportunity to thank outgoing CEO Maree Tetlow and inaugural chairman John Pitt for their tremendous contribution to NTDC.
“John and Maree have laid a solid foundation from which NTDC can help move the region forward,” she said.