NRDA Tourism Team
In July 2016, Nelson Tasman Tourism (NTT) merged with the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency to form an umbrella organisation called Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA). The former NTT team of tourism and marketing professionals now operates under the interim name of NRDA Tourism.
Our aim is to add value to businesses and provide support and advice about Nelson Tasman to:
- major stakeholders in the region
- potential new tourism business enterprises
- travel industry agents
- business event organisers
- industry media
To access more information about what the NRDA Tourism team does, please view the 'Strategy & Plans' and 'Business & Marketing' sections of the website.
MARK RAWSON - Chief Executive
Originally from regional Otago and South Canterbury, Mark holds qualifications in business and economic development. Mark brings a relatively unique blend of public and private sector experience from a diverse background in senior executive positions, in both the public and private sectors at a ‘hands on’ operational, senior management and governance level.
This comes from his previous roles in local and regional economic development, regional destination marketing and management, local government economic and regulatory service delivery, events and venues management and marketing, inner city revitalisation and four years in Private Equity. Prior to the Destination Rotoura role Mark has held the positions of Group Manager Economic & Regulatory Services at Rotorua Lakes Council and prior to that was GM of a Rotorua based Private Equity company involved in a wide range of investments both in NZ and China with a predominant focus in the sectors of Wood processing, Manufacturing, Property Development and China market F&B exporting.
Outside of work Mark’s interest span from cycling, golf, cricket, rugby to pretty much any sport while also maintaining an interest in NZ business and investment markets. Mark is married and has a 20 year old step daughter to help keep him on his toes.
Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 03 923 2051
GISELA PURCELL - International Marketing Manager
Gisela grew up in Nelson but has spent enough time living in other places around the world to appreciate what makes this region unique. She has an MA in International Development and a wide range of work experiences including running her own business teaching languages to children in New Zealand and Australia, marketing local education opportunities to international students, and promoting the region’s wines. Gisela believes that the synergy created by working collaboratively harnesses more energy to achieve maximum results.
Outside of work, Gisela enjoys playing in a variety of music groups from percussion bands to classical orchestra. She loves getting into the great outdoors either on foot, by bike or in her kayak. She is also passionate about her volunteer roles with the Trade Aid Shop and Fair Trade movement.
Contact Gisela at email@example.com or phone: 03 545 6853.
TRACEE NEILSON - International Media Liasion
Tracee grew up in Nelson and is proud to call Nelson home. After completing a BCom DipCom in Marketing at Otago, Tracee went on to work for Shell Oil company both in NZ and Australia, managing retail fuel marketing. Returning home to Nelson in 2004, Tracee has enjoyed a part-time role planning itineraries, hosting visiting media and supporting the International Marketing Manager with trade relations at NRDA Tourism (formerly NTT) for almost eight years. Tracee has immensely enjoyed the sector switch to promoting a beautiful region’s attributes.
In her spare time, Tracee makes full use of our national parks and all the other great outdoors activities the region offers, particularly running and mountain biking with her two children.
Contact Tracee at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 03 539 0820.
ANGELA BEARDSMORE – Domestic Consumer and Events Marketing Manager
Tertiary qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management, and Employment Relations, Angela moved from Auckland to Nelson in 2011 and joined the (then) Nelson Tasman Tourism team. Angela has a broad range of experience in hospitality, conference & event management, account management and sales and marketing with varioius brands and companies including internet giant TradeMe. Angela strongly believes in working collaboratively, transparency and building strong stakeholder relationships.
Angela is also a gym instructor plus enjoys walking, eating, travelling and time with family and friends.
Contact Angela at email@example.com or phone: 03 545 6854.
DEBBIE ARMATAGE - Communications and Partnerships Manager
Born and bred in Auckland, originally Debbie trained in journalism then retrained in marketing some years later after travelling extensively. A decade of marketing mainly in the domestic meat industry was then followed by a move to Christchurch and a change of sectors to hospitality, food & beverage, and tourism. The opportunity to manage a new luxury lodge in Tasman first lured Debbie and her husband to this region in 1999. They returned to Christchurch four years later but the family moved back to Nelson in 2013, missing the light, colours and charm of the region.
In her spare time, Debbie places emphasis on books, dogs and family. Sometimes in that order.
Contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 03 545 6856.
OLLY GREEN - Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Olly is a new arrival to Nelson after growing up in Auckland. He has years of experience working for some of New Zealand’s biggest media brands including The Edge radio station and Jono & Ben, focusing primarily on their digital strategy, content, web and social media. He then led commercial campaigns across of all MediaWork’s TV, Radio and Digital assets, from pitch through to delivery with a focus on coordinating first class digital media solutions for clients.
His strong interests in adventure sports, photography and nature has seen him travel across the world to remote places like the Himalayas of Nepal, the Westfjords of Iceland and the vast wilderness of Vancouver Island. He’s excited to be bringing all of his experience and interests together in this role to help develop and enhance the Nelson region.
Contact Olly at email@example.com or phone: 03 546 6228.
KAREN LOGAN - Finance Coordinator
Originally from Southland and Otago, Karen moved to Australia after graduating from Massey University. In Sydney she worked in the Treasury Department of a merchant bank, then set up her own consultancy, teaching small business owners to use the MYOB accounting package. After her children were at High School, Karen became Finance Manager for a marine construction company. Since her return to NZ from city life, Karen has discovered the enjoyment of time spent on her husband’s family farm.
Karen manages operator payments and other finance responsibilities.
Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 03 539 0823.