Our trade and investment office in Houston, Texas, opened in early 2020 with the Americas region being looked after by Stuart Nutting, Regional Director – Americas, currently based in New York, Ms Regina Johnson, Deputy Director – Americas, based in the Houston office and John Elink-Shurrman, Trade and Investment Director, based in Washington. The Americas trade and investment office provides the opportunity to work in partnership with South Australian exporters, importers and distributers, as well as potential investors.


The Americas consists of the United States, Canada and South America. 

Australia has considerable market access advantages under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) which came into effect in 2005.

Canada is an attractive, stable economy, due to its proximity to the United States and Mexico. The country’s major industries include manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, construction and finance.

Sector opportunities

For wine companies in South Australia, the United States is an attractive market, but it can be a challenging market to enter due to competition and having a complex and highly regulated distribution system. The premium wine segment has opportunities for South Australian winemakers and the Houston trade and investment office can provide support to those looking to expand into the Americas. 

South Australian exporters to the US can add value to food processing supply chains as well as research and development in food and agribusiness, through agtech, big data, food processing and aquaculture.

Companies providing more accessible, efficient and cheaper medtech can drive exports into the US market across ehealth, remote care, personalised medicine, portable diagnostics and 3D printing.

About our team

Stuart Nutting

Regional Director Americas - New York

With a background in public capital markets, Stuart moved to New York in 1994 working for UBS for more than 20 years. He has significant international capital markets experience, relationships and networks. Previously, he has worked in Sydney, London and New York and has a global mindset. Prior to joining the Department for Trade and Investment in August 2020, he worked with The GPO Fund which invests in private US technology companies.


+1 203 252 0479

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), 150 East 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 USA

Regina Johnson

Deputy Director Americas - Houston

Regina has extensive experience in a cross-section of industries, including technology, telecommunications and construction. Based in Houston, Regina is responsible for facilitating business introductions, generating leads and business matching to help companies expand into the South Australia or US markets.


+1 202 873 4128

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), 3009 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 1310, Houston TX 77056 USA

John Elink-Schuurman

Trade and Investment Director – Washington

John has extensive experience in managing foreign direct investment generation and US market entry initiatives across the defence and space sectors and will support South Australia’s ambitions to be a leader in the AUKUS agreement, seeking opportunities to grow investment for the state’s Hydrogen Jobs Plan and working closely with the Defence and Space team at the Department for Trade and Investment and Defence SA.


+1 202 985 8537

Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC 20036