David Witherdin

David Witherdin

Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation & Deputy Secretary, Commercial Services, Department of Regional NSW

David heads the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation, which is being established to lead the long-term reconstruction of flood impacted areas across the Northern Rivers area.

Established on 1 July 2022, this new body is working with multiple government agencies to coordinate the planning, rebuilding and construction work of essential services, infrastructure and housing.

David is also the Deputy Secretary of Department of Regional NSW’s Commercial Services where he leads the 600+ staff of Public Works and the Soil Conservation Service, delivering a broad range of projects throughout NSW.

David commenced his career as a civil engineer and has undertaken roles across the mining, utility, transport, local government and NSW public sector areas.

David enjoys leading workplace change and believes that if it is to be successful it is critical to engage people early and take them on the journey.

David’s career has provided him with experience across a broad range of service delivery organisations where he has successfully introduced major change programs in the water industry, public transport, the Soil Conservation Service and Local Land Services.

He is based in Newcastle and loves to mountain bike and spend time with his wife and 3 daughters in his spare time.