Subscribe to
Our Newsletter

The Board and Team

BMEEBoard

The Board

Donald Luscombe AFSM FCA
(Chairman)

Don is a practising Chartered Accountant with 40 years’ experience in public accounting. He is currently the Chair of Blue Mountains Disability Services Limited, a Director and Treasurer of Biznet, a Director of Coffee 4 kids Foundation, a Director of the Rural Fire Fighters Foundation and a past President of the NSW Rural Fire Service Association.  Don has broad experience in advising business as well as a depth of experience as a board member and Chair.

Michael Brischetto
(Deputy Chairman)

Michael is the co-owner and licensee of the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. Michael has an extensive background in property and real estate. He is a former Director of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Organisation and former President of the Winter Magic Festival.

Dave Garner

Dave Garner is the Business Manager for Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd who manage the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery, Q Theatre and the Penrith Conservatorium of Music. Dave’s career has spanned Business Development to the Music and Pharmacy retail industries, management consultancy across multiple industries and retail multi-site management in the FMCG and Financial Services industries. His community volunteer work covers sport, business, music and performing arts.

Robert Greenwood

Robert Greenwood has held the position of General Manager of Blue Mountains City Council for 3 years. Prior to his current role, he held Director roles in Strategic City Planning, Development Planning and Environmental Health and Regulations.

Grant Young

Grant is a Katoomba-based entrepreneur and consultant.  Through his consulting practice, Zumio, Grant applies his background in strategic design, sustainability, social network engagement and web application development to support for-purpose organisations in achieving their goals.  He has a particular passion for projects that connect the digital and physical environment to encourage smarter consumption.  Prior to launching Zumio, Grant led the IDX Initiative, a partnership between the Telstra Foundation and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, to design and deliver “digital making” learning experiences, a digital entrepreneurship incubator, and an innovation and workshopping space.

Anthea Hammon

Anthea Hammon is the Managing Director of Scenic World in Katoomba. Anthea has a background in mechanical engineering, and over 10 years’ experience in leading the most visited, privately owned attraction in Australia. She is also a director of the Australian Amusement Leisure and Recreation Association and the Chair of the committee that develops Australian Standards for Amusement Rides.

Cr Darryl Bowling

 

The Team

Jacqueline Brinkman
(Chief Executive Officer)

Jacqueline Brinkman brings a wealth of industry development, destination marketing and executive management experience to Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE).

Over the last 15 years, through strong economic development, marketing, and communications strategies, Jacqueline has harnessed new opportunities for the marine, arts, tourism and aviation industries across Australia. Her advocacy and lobbying has resulted in regulatory and legislative change at a local, state and federal level.

As CEO of the largest superyacht industry group in Australia, Jacqueline established a reputation as a strong leader, developing strategies, which resulted in growth for the Tropical North QLD region, valued at more than $50 million per annum. Under her leadership, Cairns became the most visited superyacht port in Australia.

Following her move to the Blue Mountains in August 2011, Jacqueline served as temporary Executive Officer for the Regional Tourism Organisation, Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism. Jacqueline also worked with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority on the development of an Activation Strategy for Darling Harbour during the Sydney International Convention and Exhibition Precinct Development.

Kelly Heylen 
(Creative Industries Cluster Manager)

Kelly has a decade’s experience in communications and project management in the government and non-profit sectors, and has lived in the Blue Mountains since 2010. Prior to commencing with BMEE she managed communications for The Greens NSW for the 2013 federal election campaign. With a background in professional writing, Kelly understands the creative process and the unique needs of the creative community. She has a graduate certificate in commerce and is currently completing her masters.

Cassie Elliott
(Economic Development Officer)

Cassie brings extensive skills in administration and project management to Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise. Prior to commencing her position with BMEE, Cassie was Administration Manager at the Mt Hotham Resort and Festival Coordinator of the ‘Cool Summer Festival’, Cassie played a strong role in developing the Victorian Alps as a viable year-round destination for visitors, local producers and local business operators. Cassie has worked across both government and corporate sectors in her career.

 

Back to Business event bringing local entrepreneurs together

The ideas flowed at the New Business Intensive event held at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub on Thursday March 2. Business confidence was strong amongst the 90 people attending ...

MORE

MTNS MADE on show

The creative industries brand MTNS MADE continues to grow and be showcased across the state, with a host of exciting new initiatives underway. Retail The latest retail expansion takes MTNS ...

MORE

Awards season for BMEE

Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) is gaining national recognition as a leader in economic development, winning two major awards in one week. Last week BMEE was a winner at the ...

MORE

Events

Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise brings you a range of events throughout the year from our industry and economic development projects.

LEARN MORE