Eddy de Gabriele


Eddy has been RDA Illawarra’s Chairman since 2005. He is a highly successful business person who grew local Illawarra company Edmen since inception in 1990 to a national success story with over 1,500 employees in the disability and community sectors.  During this time, Edmen received numerous business awards, with Eddy twice being awarded Business Person of the Year for the Illawarra.

In 2017, Edmen was sold to People Infrastructure and was publicly listed on the ASX. Eddy is still on the board of other organisations, including a Queensland based Not-for-Profit Organisation and Endeavour Foundation Challenge Fund.  He is the founding Chairman of Football South Coast having successfully led the unification of the Illawarra’s Football – Soccer Community after many years of fragmentation.

Eddy works with all levels of Government and regional stakeholders.  RDA Illawarra delivers on the Federal Government’s New Charter for RDA’s and plays an important role in building a strong, confident and vibrant Illawarra through investment attraction and economic development initiatives.

Eddy is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chairman of Football South Coast and has an Advanced Diploma in Management.