Ms Nicola Pero

Academic qualifications

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) (MAIOP), Six Sigma Lean and DFFSS.

Summary of previous experience

Nicola Pero is CEO of Food & Fibre Gippsland and has globally developed leadership and board experience across several sectors.

At Food & Fibre Gippsland, Nicola leads a successful organisation that embraces collaboration, collective solutions, innovation and opportunity development to develop sustainable prosperity and regional competitive advantage for Gippsland’s $7 billion food and fibre value-chain.

Nicola was previously CEO at Lardner Park and has been a board director with Destination Gippsland for several years. She has also been a board director with Agribusiness Gippsland.

Nicola is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Women on Boards, and the community-based Women in Gippsland and has been involved with several regional project reference groups for education and community purposes.

She is a ministerial appointee to a forestry engagement panel on immediate protection areas – the Eminent Panel for Community Engagement – focusing on more than 146,000 hectares of state forest at Mirboo North, Strathbogie Ranges, Central Highlands and East Gippsland.

Her experience spans visitor economy, strategic events and venue development, regional development, and the education sectors.

Nicola is passionate about Gippsland’s current and future growth, sustainability, prosperity, and social equity. She believes cross-sector collaboration is vital for a stronger circular economy.

Nicola believes in the creation of more upskilling opportunities in regional communities and the importance of education and higher education in driving increased opportunities for economic growth.