Anne Thomas takes over as the new director of Centre for Regional and Tourism Research in Nexø on 1 August 2019.
Anne Thomas is 50 years of age, graduated from the Copenhagen University College of Engineering and comes from the role of Deputy Mayor in the Regional Municipality of Bornholm. She has more than 20 years of experience in research, innovation and business development. In addition to being a member of CRT’s board, she holds a series of roles focused on development and cooperates with regions and local communities both nationally and in the EU. Anne Thomas replaces Lene Feldthus Andersen who has spearheaded CRT since 2012.
As director, Anne Thomas will have the overall responsibility for expanding and securing the visibility of the centre’s strategic positions of strength.
”We are very much looking forward to Anne Thomas taking up duty as director of CRT. The members of the board have just approved a new strategy outlining how the centre can provide new application-driven knowledge with focus on the future workforce, sustainability, location development as well as tourism economy and behaviour.
Anne Thomas has considerable experience in all four areas. Partly from research and development projects in different organisations, partly from her political and professional activity. At the same time Anne Thomas has demonstrated extensive, positive understanding and commitment for CRT’s activity in her capacity as member of the board at CRT. Therefore, we are certain that Anne Thomas is the ideal director for CRT moving forward”, says chairman of the board Lars Erik Jønsson.
Anne Thomas lives in Vestermarie with song writer and music producer James Benedict Thomas. Together they have six children one of whom still lives at home. Anne Thomas says about the job:
”The world is changing rapidly. Where changing habitats are concerned it is extremely important that the cart is not put before the horse. A blind and exaggerated centralisation can pose a threat to the welfare of the whole of our society. Bornholm is a vivid example – also of all the good of which we can do more.
It requires knowledge and tools to make informed decisions that create a sustainable society in the long term. Just as DMI has to make predictions of the weather, which farmers and bathers can base their decisions on, CRT has to predict and advise on social development all the way to postcode level. I am very grateful to be able to lead that work.”
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