Former West Coaster and current GM of ANZCO Foods UK, Heath Milne, is to return home to become Chief Executive of Development West Coast.

Heath was selected from a high-calibre field of more than 30 applicants and will bring extensive commercial business experience and proven leadership skills to the role.

Heath’s career with food giant ANZCO started here on the West Coast but since 2007 he has been based in London, most recently heading up the business in the United Kingdom and Europe.

“I feel very privileged to take on the leadership of Development West Coast. The role will be a huge challenge and tremendous responsibility. I relish the opportunity to bring a new perspective and add my energy for the betterment of all West Coasters. The Coast has been through some tough economic times and there are undoubtedly more complex challenges ahead. With the help of the Trustees and DWC staff, I look forward to tackling those challenges head on when I arrive in the New Year”, Mr Milne says.

DWC Chair Renee Rooney is delighted that Heath has accepted the role. “Trustees were impressed with Heath’s extensive commercial skills, his leadership acumen and his experience in growing businesses”, she said. “We also prioritised an affinity with the West Coast and an intention to live here within the community. Heath’s deep knowledge of the Coast and his business capability are vital to DWC’s role as an economic development organisation”.

Heath will commence his role in January 2020. Chief Financial Officer, Mark Dawson, will take on the interim CEO role when current CEO Chris Mackenzie finishes at DWC in mid October.

(24 September 2019)