October 8th 2003
Richard Power: a legacy not forgotten
Townsville Enterprise Chief Executive Richard Power passed away peacefully at home early this morning, 14 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Mr Power, 58, was appointed Chief Executive of Townsville Enterprise in January 1994. Following is a statement by Graham Jackson Chairman of Townsville Enterprise Limited.
"The Board, staff, volunteers and members of Townsville Enterprise are devastated by the loss of our Chief Executive, Richard Power, following a 14-month battle with cancer.
"Richard, who was aged 58, was appointed Chief Executive of Townsville Enterprise in January 1994 and led our organisation through an unprecedented period of growth for Townsville/Thuringowa and the North Queensland region.
"Before joining us, Richard held senior management positions in manufacturing, retailing and free-to-air broadcast television. Upon his appointment to Townsville Enterprise, he applied his wide management and people skills to improving the organisation's public acceptance, establishing close linkages with business and industry, and formulating unified development strategies in collaboration with Government at all levels, stakeholders and most importantly the regional community.
"This involved facilitating a major cultural shift within the organisation and empowering its executives and staff to take ownership of their areas of responsibility.
"The success of his efforts over the past nine years can be measured by the fact that Townsville Enterprise is now used throughout Australia as a model for regional marketing and sustainable development.
"Richard bought enormous enthusiasm, energy and intelligence to the task of promoting this region and his achievements are a measure of the man.
"On behalf of everyone associated with Townsville Enterprise, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Richard's wife, Gillian, and their two daughters.
"The members of his family have shown enormous courage during his illness and I hope it gives them some comfort to know that their husband and father leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten."
His funeral will take place on Friday October 10, 2003 at 11am at St James Cathedral, Townsville.