Board of Directors

The Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) Board assumes overall responsibility for corporate governance practices within GPC and monitors the performance of the organisation, 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.
 

Peter Corones, Chair

AM MAICD

Peter’s professional experience spans 42 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. His current roles include Chair of Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited 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. 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 was awarded a Centenary Medal for distinguished service to local government (2001) and a Medal of the Order of Australia (2009) for service to the Gladstone Region community.

Member — Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee

Member — Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee

Member — People, Performance and Culture Committee

 

First Appointed July 1994

Current term 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2021

Grant Cassidy

OAM FAICD

Grant is an experienced Company Director and a long-term resident and business owner in Central Queensland. For the past 17 years, Grant has been Managing Director of his private businesses, operated under the Cassidy Hospitality Group banner. Grant’s previous 15-year career in the media industry has provided him with an in-depth knowledge of sales, marketing and media management. As a very active and long-term contributor to the area’s community organisations, Grant was Chair of Capricorn Enterprise (the region’s peak Tourism and Economic Development organisation) for 10 years, as well as a former serving Board Director at Tourism Queensland, where he also chaired their Audit and Risk Committee. He also served on the boards of CQ University and Rockhampton Girls Grammar School. Grant is the current Chair of Regional Development Australia — Fitzroy Central West Region, Vice Chair of Beef Australia, Chair of the Rockhampton Salvation Army Red Shield Business Appeal and Chair of Capricorn Business Advisory Alliance. He is also a member of the Rockhampton Regional Council Advance Rockhampton Committee and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Member — Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee

Chair — Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee

 

First appointed October 2015

Current term 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2022

Peta Jamieson

BA (Hons), MScEnvMgt, GAICD

Peta has extensive experience in Queensland State Government, Brisbane City Council, the Local Government Association of Queensland, and is the director of her own management consultancy. She has extensive executive and operational experience and a clear understanding of how government and 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 on local and regional projects and initiatives. She is also Chair of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board and member of its Finance Committee, Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Safety and Quality Committee.

Member — Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee

Member — People, Performance and Culture Committee

 

First appointed October 2015

Current term 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2022

Adrienne Ward

MAICD

Adrienne has an extensive background in corporate and government strategy, as well as working in high-risk and dynamic environments. Along with her husband, she currently owns a number of businesses in Gladstone and has previously worked in state and national roles within organisations such as Accenture, Westpac Banking Corporation and Leighton Contractors. Adrienne is a passionate advocate and contributor to both Gladstone and Queensland. Her current roles include Chair of the Gladstone Airport Corporation, a Member of The Public Transport Fares Advisory Panel Qld, Committee Member of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Gladstone and ambassador and judge for the Women in Business Awards of Australia. Adrienne is a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year, and was also awarded The Centenary Medal in 2003 for distinguished service and achievement in business and commerce.

Chair — Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee

Member — People, Performance and Culture Committee

 

First appointed 1 October 2018

Current term 1 October 2018 – 30 September 2021

Dr Prins Ralston

DJS, LLM, LLB, BBus (ACC), BBus(Comp), FCPA, FAICD, FACS

Dr Prins Ralston is the current independent Head of TaskforceNQ, the coordinating body for the North Queensland region’s recovery from the Health, Social and Economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, working locally to ensure the right policies, initiatives, programs and projects are funded and executed for the region to fast track the regions recovery over the next 3 to 5 years. Prins is also a Principal at Nous Group with previous experience as CEO of international human and health services companies, as a Partner with national legal firms Clayton Utz and Gadens Lawyers and has led the Information Communications and Technology profession in Australia and South East Asia and has shown consistently that he can balance quality service delivery to customers with commercial objectives and social outcomes. Prins has been a Board Director for over 30 years and has worked extensively with boards and executives for many companies delivering on their critical strategic, policy, organisational design and capability, and leadership opportunities and challenges in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.

First appointed October 2020

Current term 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2023

Paul Heagney

BCom, GDipAppFinInv

Paul has over 20 years’ managerial, commercial and executive experience in commodities. He has experience in marketing, logistics, international trade, financial and operational risk management gained in the agriculture and resources industries.

He was formally a director of the Australian Sugar Milling Council and Chairman of its inaugural Trade Committee, a director of Australian Molasses Trading, Chairman and Director of both M&M Molasses and Mourilyan Molasses Terminal Company. Paul is Principal of Kippax Consulting which provides advice focused on business strategy and development, international trade, commodities, and logistics. He has a Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment.

First appointed October 2020

Current term 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2023

Dr Poya John Sobhanian

BDSc (UQ), GAICD

Affectionately known as “Dr PJ” by his patients, PJ has in-depth knowledge of Central Queensland (CQ) and Wide Bay-Burnett regions through his entrepreneurial background and service as a former Gladstone Region Councillor (GRC). PJ was Chair of GRC Commercial Services Committee overseeing economic development and driving performance in key commercial assets, such as the Gladstone Airport Corporation and the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre. PJ has a reputation of strong action on good governance, business improvement and sustainable economic development. He has been a repeat Speaker at the Developing Northern Australia Conference. PJ brings additional experience as a former Board Member of the Gladstone Area Water Board helping the strategic delivery of IT optimisation and effective community engagement. Additionally, as a Board Member of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, PJ has been part of the strategic team leading the successful mission of protecting Central Queenslanders’ lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First appointed October 2020

Current term 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2023

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