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Our Team and what drives us


Making the boat go faster

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| Founding Director & CEO

CRL is led by Dr David Wilson with support from Senior Associate, Susan Houston. David offers comprehensive capabilities and the deep industry knowledge necessary to help you solve the most complex issues for your organization, community, city or region.  As former Chair of Economic Development NZ (EDNZ) David was responsible for the renaissance period enjoyed by EDNZ under his leadership.  He has a 360% view of economic development as a leading academic in ED, a former CEO of a large economic development agency within Aotearoa / New Zealand and as an entrepreneur.  

As former long-serving CE of Economic Development New Zealand and an ED practitioner both in Australia in NZ for over three decades, Susan understands the issues and needs confronting large and small agencies and will work with you to develop innovative and effective strategy to meet those needs.



| Senior Associate

What drives us?

Vision: Sustainable and resilient regions that support the aspirations of all Kiwis

Mission: Supporting cities and regions to realise their aspirations






*Research led consultation

*Bespoke client focus


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