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

Gail Davidson

FAICD

Gail has held management roles in a number of sectors for more than 42 years and until July 2016 was the Executive General Manager Disability and Community Services for Endeavour Foundation. She has been involved in the disability sector for over 28 years, having previously worked in the hospitality and health sectors. Gail has been a member of the Gladstone Foundation Board of Advice, the Disability Council of Queensland, the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, and worked for the Complaints Management Quality Committee advising the Minister. She was the Inaugural Chair of the Regional Disability Council of Central Queensland, as well as a Queensland Representative on Policy advice in ‘Accommodation and Community Inclusion’ for the National Disability Service in Canberra. She is a member on the Mission, People and Culture Sub-Committee of the Board at Mercy Community Services in Brisbane. Gail has qualifications in management and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chair — People, Performance and Culture Committee

First appointed October 2008

Current term 12 October 2017 – 30 September 2020

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.

Member — Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee

Member — People, Performance and Culture Committee

 

Appointed Director from 1 October 2018

Stewart Butel

BSc, Graduate Diploma of Business, GAICD

Stewart has more than 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 led 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 sector. He was also past Chair 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 Stanmore Coal Limited and RPM Global Holdings Limited.

Member — Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee

Member — Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee

 

First appointed October 2017

Current term 12 October 2017 – 30 September 2020

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