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Board of ​​Directors

Our Board assu​​​​​​​​mes overall responsibility for corporate governance practices within GPC and monitors the performance of the organisation, our management and employees.

The Board, in conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer, establish and implement our operational, financial and strategic direction as outlined in our one year, five year and long term plans.

Ongoing government, customer, community and employee consultation assists the Board to enact the corporate objectives defined in these plans.

Leo M Zussino - Chairman ​BE, MBA

Leo Zussino, Chairman of Gladstone Ports Corporation's Board of Directors

During the past 30 years Leo has held senior executive and non-executive positions in both private and public sectors. He has extensive experience as a non-executive Chairman of Australian and Queensland Government and Industry Boards, and is a past CEO of GPC (2000 to 2013). Leo has a strong track record in strategic and corporate planning, and major economic infrastructure project facilitation and delivery. This has provided solid commercial outcomes, resulted in operational excellence, created robust commercial partnerships, and led to long-term successful industrial and Government relationships. 

Leo has served as:

                    • ​​​​Chairman, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, 2008 to 2014
                    • Chairman, Gladstone Economic & Development Board, 2001 to 2012
                    • President, Ports Australia, 1996 to 1998
                    • Chairman, Queensland Ports Authority Association, 1992 to 1999
                    • Council Member, CQ university, 1990 to 2001
                    • Chairman, Gladstone Port Authority, 1990 to 1999

In addition to being Chairman of the Board, Leo is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee, Risk Committee and Chairman of the Human Resources Committee.

Appointed Chairman 15 September 1990 to 30 June 1999. Reappointed as Chairman 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2018.

Gail Davidson GAICD

Grant Cassidy, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Gail has held management roles in a number of areas for over 40 years and until July 2016 was the Executive General Manager Disability and Community Services for Endeavour Foundation. Gail has been involved  in the disability sector for over 26 years, having previously worked in the hospitality and health sectors. She has been a member of the Gladstone Foundation Board of Advice and has been a member of the Disability Council of Queensland, the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, under Treasury, the Complaints Management Quality Committee advising the Minister and was the Inaugural Chair of the Regional Disability Council of Central Queensland.

At present she is also a Queensland representative in Canberra on policy matters for the National Disability Service and has recently been appointed to the Board of Mercy Community Services in Brisbane. She has qualifications in management, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is continuing her studies. Gail is a member of the Human Resources Committee.

​Appointed 1 October 2008 until 30 September 2011. Reappointed from 1 October 2011 until 30 September 2014; reappointed from 2 October 2014 until 30 September 2017; reappointed 12 October 2017 to 30 September 2020.

Grant Cassidy FAICD

Grant Cassidy, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Grant has over 15 years' experience in the Gladstone area tourism industry, gained as managing director of the Cassidy Hospitality Group, a specialist group which owns and operates accommodation and restaurant businesses in the region. His 15 year's media experience provides a depth of understanding  of sales, marketing and media management. As a very active and long-term contributor to the area's community organisations Grant understands local issues, having been Chairman of Capricorn Enterprise – the region's peak tourism and economic development organisation and as a former member of the Tourism Queensland Board. In the latter role he chaired the Audit and Risk Committee. Grant has also previously held board positions with organisations such as Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and​ CQ University Australia. Recently, Grant was one of the three Rockhampton representatives to attend The Queensland Plan forums. Grant is also Chairman of the Capricorn Business Advisory Committee and a board member of Regional Development Australia - Fitzroy and Central West, as well as Chairman of the Salvation Army Rockhampton Red Shield Business Appeal Committee. 

Grant is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and Risk Comittee.

Appointed 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2018.​​

Marita Corbett​ BCom, CA​

Marita Corbett, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Marita is a Chartered Ac​​​countant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified in Risk Management Assurance. She has 25 years' experience as a governance, risk management and accounting professional, supporting organisations to improve operations and accomplish objectives through the evaluation of decision making, risk management, internal control and governance processes.

Her experience has been built with a number of large organisations with significant revenue and asset bases, diverse stakeholders, investments, commercial and operational scopes, and risk based decision making requirements.  

Marita holds (or has held) the following professional appointments:

                    • BDO, National Lead Partner Risk Advisory (1998 – present)
                    • Chair Audit and Risk Committee Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (2012 – present)

  • ​​Chair Audit and Risk Committee Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (2013 – present)
  • Independent Member Audit and Risk Committee Public Safety Business Agency (2015 – present)
  • Independent Member Audit Committee Queensland Parliamentary Service (2015 - present)
  • Chair Risk Management Committee, Crime and Misconduct Commission (2010 - 2012).

Marita is the Chair of the Risk Committee and member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

​Appointed 15 December 2016 to 30 September 2019.

Peter​ Corones AM

Peter Corones, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

A business proprietor and company director, Peter's strong background spans 40 years of extensive commercial and community experience.

Over the past three decades he has been a member of, or served in titled executive and non-executive roles on, a number of key Boards and Authorities  in the region. Current roles include Chairman of Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited (GAGAL) and Governor in Council appointee to the CQ University Council. Peter served on the City of Gladstone Council for more than 20 years, was Mayor for 14 years, and is a past Director of GPC. Peter was:

                    • ​​​Awarded a Centenary Medal for distinguished service to local government (2001).
                    • Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (2009) for service to the Gladstone Region community.

​Gladstone born, Peter has significant knowledge of the region's economic and industry development; ports; tourism, promotion, administration; project and community facilitation and understands the characteristics and challenges of the region. Peter is a member of the Human Resources Committee.

Appointed Director 1 July 1994 for two years and extended to 30 June 1999. Reappointed from 1 July 1999 until 30 June 2003; reappointed from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2005; reappointed from 1 July 2005 t30 September 2007; reappointed from 1 October 2007 to 30 September 2009; reappointed from 1 October 2009 until to 30 September 2012. Peter ceased as Director on 16 August 2012. Appointed in 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2018.


Peta Jamieson, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Peta has over 20 years' experience in Queensland State Government; Brisbane City Council and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), and is the director of her own management consultancy. She has a breadth of both executive and operational experience, and a clear understanding of how government, its policies, and processes work. Peta is a strong advocate for the Bundaberg and Wide Bay Burnett Region. She is actively involved with community, commercial and government bodies such as the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils, Starfire Solutions, and North Burnett Regional Council on local and regional projects and initiatives. Peta is also a director on the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board and a member of its Finance Committee, Executive Committee and Audit and Risk Compliance Committee. Peta is a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Risk Committee.

Appointed 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2018.

Stewart Butel BSc, Graduate Diploma of Business, GAICD

Peta Jamieson, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Stewart has over 40 years' experience in the Australian resources industry. He joined Wesfarmers Limited in June 2000, was appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers Resources in September 2006 and successfully lead the company until his retirement in August 2016. Stewart has a strong track record in the Queensland Resources industry, having been President of Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the peak industry body for the resources industry in Queensland, and awarded the QRC Medal in 2016 for services to the Queensland resources industry. He was also past Chairman of the Australian Coal Association, and its low emissions technology fund ACALET. 

Stewart has held past board positions with organisations such as the Minerals Council of Australia, the Chamber of Mines and Energy, Western Australia, and the ASX listed Duet Group.

At present Stewart is a Non-Executive Director of the ASX listed Stanmore Coal Limited.

Appointed 12 October 2017 to 30 September 2020.