Paul Collits

Paul Collits

I am a strategist, civic entrepreneur, writer, university lecturer, independent researcher, policy adviser, business mentor and ideas gardener working at the intersection of business support and economic development.

I work with cities and regions, their leaders and their economic and business development organisations to craft implementable strategies and actions that increase prosperity.

I specialise in working in communities to build entrepreneurship ecosystems that nurture and support start-ups and high growth companies.

I have worked in regional economic development analysis, research, training, policy and practice for over 25 years – in universities, government, councils and regional organisations, in Australia and New Zealand.

I have BA (Hons) and Masters degrees in political science from the Australian National University and a PhD in geography and planning from the University of New England, Australia.

Summary of Key
Skills & Expertise

  • Thought leadership in relation to regional Australasia and in economic development
  • Superior writing skills to influence outcomes (report writing, academic articles, submissions, speeches, media pieces, blogs)
  • Presentations to all types of audiences real and virtual
  • Team leadership and mentoring
  • Creative thinking
  • Research and analytics
  • Policy development
  • Community engagement
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Problem solving
  • Network development
  • Strategy and “strategic doing”
  • Course and workshop design and delivery