Nils Hay


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Nils Hay is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mid West Development Commission. Raised in North Queensland and currently based in Geraldton, Western Australia, he is passionate about regional development, and has spent the last decade working in senior State and Local Government roles in regional Australia.

With the Mid West region emerging as a key contributor to Australia’s energy transition, Nils’ work is increasingly focused on the intersection between the development of major projects, delivery of infrastructure, and impact on the regional communities that hold the resources underpinning this transition.

Nils believes that regional Australia will have an outsized role to play in the decarbonisation of the nation’s economy, and is working to enable communities to undertake this on their own terms. Whilst supporting the economic growth and diversification that this generational opportunity represents, he also wants to ensure that the regional quality of life which so many enjoy is preserved and, as much as possible, enhanced.

Nils holds undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Business, postgraduate qualifications in Public Policy and Accounting, and a Masters in Project Management. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the AICD’s Western Australian Regional Advisory Group.


To research the impact of large-scale renewable & low-carbon energy projects on regional communities

To research the impact of large-scale renewable & low-carbon energy projects on regional communities

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Nils Hay

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