Shaelee Welchman – Director

Shaelee has over 20 years’ experience in economic development and organisation strategy. As the Director of Community and Economy at Muswellbrook Shire Council she is responsible for the economic diversification of the region, to prepare it for future opportunities which attract investment, support the growth of local business and improve liveability.

Before moving to the Hunter, to take up a role at Maitland City Council, Shaelee delivered transformational projects on the Gold Coast including light rail, revitalisation of the Gold Coast CBD, the vision for Surfers Paradise, developing Gold Coast Chinatown, and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

She also has a strong events background having created and delivered several major events in response to unique local character and attracting visitation. She is passionate about creating great places and experiences for people and is excited about digital and immersive technologies to embed information and history but also improve the visitor experience.

Shaelee believes that is a pivotal time in the growth of the region and the role the visitor economy plays in ensuring the region’s economic resilience, business growth and job creation.