RDC appoints new Chief Executive

12th September 2013

The Chair of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council (RDC) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive.

Tony McCusker said that “Teresa Canavan, who previously held the role of Deputy Chief Executive, would take up the CEO position with immediate effect”.

Mr McCusker commented, “RDC Council is delighted that Teresa Canavan has been successfully appointed as the new RDC Chief Executive. Teresa has had a long career in rural development and is widely respected and recognised within the sector”.

A graduate in Business Studies Teresa also holds an MSc in Rural Development and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management & Leadership from the University of Ulster.

Commenting on her appointment Teresa Canavan said, “‘I relish the opportunity to build on the Council’s long service in this sector, building on our partnerships and strengthening the role of our interventions in rural areas. My appointment comes at a time of change for RDC as we currently consult on our strategic framework to 2016. We believe now more than ever that we need to come up with innovative and effective ways of developing our rural economy and supporting the resourcefulness of our rural communities. RDC is committed to playing its part in helping to realise the full potential of rural areas and to work in partnership with others to offer a range of services to meet rural needs both now and in the future and I look forward to the future with enthusiasm”.