Board Members

Vision, passion and leadership

Fitzroy Basin Association board members represent a strong cross-section of the central Queensland community. They are drawn from agriculture, mining, government, community, traditional owner groups, conservation, science and industry backgrounds.

A dedicated and talented team of fourteen, our board works to shape the strategic vision and objectives of FBA. They oversee the Chief Executive Officer and FBA’s operations, ensuring legal and financial responsibilities are met.

Our Strategic Plan, developed by the board, guides FBA in its mission to empower our region with the resources, knowledge and skills to maintain our natural assets for future generations.

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Meet the board

Ian MacGibbon
FBA Board Chair

Ian owns and manages two beef cattle operations in Central Queensland, and is also involved with irrigated cane farms in North Queensland. He was previously employed in Agricultural/Rural lending working in several roles at Rabobank Australia based in Emerald before being elevated to the role of Queensland and Northern Territory State Manager. Ian has a strong focus on sustainable land management and is a member of the Grazing BMP reference group. Ian was elected to the FBA Board in 2011. His strong agricultural and financial background earned him the role of Chair in 2013. Ian was elected Deputy Chair of the Regional Groups Collective in 2013.

Sean Conaghan
Deputy Chair and Chair of Natural Resource Management (NRM) Committee

Sean manages Barmount Station, a cattle grazing, irrigation farming, dryland grain farming and intensive livestock production enterprise near Marlborough. Sean is an active participant in the ongoing ten year review of the Fitzroy Basin River Operation Plan and has worked closely with community members with a wide range of views. His extensive knowledge and experience  across the agricultural industry in the Fitzroy Basin led to his re-election to the FBA Board in 2014 and then to his appointment as Chair of the NRM Committee in 2012.

Annette Smith
Chair Finance Audit and Risk Committee

Annette is a Senior Property Valuer with Taylor Byrne based in Emerald. Annette was Vice-Chair of the Emerald Pastoral College Board, prior to the amalgamation of Queensland’s four agricultural colleges. Annette is the previous Chair of the Central Highlands Regional Resources Use Planning Cooperative Ltd (CHRRUP) one of FBA’s delivery partners, from 2008 to 2013 and won the 2012 Queensland RIRDC Rural Women’s Award. Annette was appointed by the Minister of Energy and Water Supply to Chair a Local Management Arrangement Board concerning irrigation channels in the Central Highlands. Annette was elected to the FBA Board in 2013.

Ian Herbert

Ian has an active involvement in conservation and is on the management committee of Capricorn Conservation Council (CCC).  He is an electrical engineer and has previously been employed in the telecommunications industry and as an engineering lecturer at CQU. He also operated a small contracting business engaged in mine site revegetation with an emphasis on dry-rainforest. Ian is a member of the Central Qld Mine Rehabilitation Group and has been CCC’s representative on the Fitzroy Water Quality Advisory Group since its inception. Ian was elected to the FBA Board in 2013.


Dennis Cormack

Dennis lives at “Goorewan” at Guluguba, on a 5500 acre mixed farming operation comprising of cattle, winter and summer crops. Dennis has been involved with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) for the past 20 years with legume trials being held at “Goorewan”. Dennis was previously the Chair of the Dawson Catchment Coordinating Association (DCCA), one of FBA’s delivery partners, from 2010 to 2012, and has also been involved with the Taroom Shire Landcare group for many years. Dennis was elected to the FBA Board in 2013.

Lurlene Henderson

Lurlene is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka people, the Kabi Kabi people, and South Sea Islander heritage from Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. Lurlene is a current Director for the Burnett Mary Regional NRM Group and lives in Raglan. Lurlene is the Native Title and Cultural Heritage spokesperson for the Lonweigh Aboriginal Corporation and is an Executive Member of the Fitzroy Basin Elders Committee. Lurlene was elected to the FBA Board in 2014.

Greg Chalmers

Greg is the CEO of Jellinbah Group, a mid-size Bowen Basin metallurgical coal producer which produces 13mtpa from two large open cut mines. He is degree qualified in Mining Engineering and has statutory qualifications in both metalliferous and coal mining, coupled with over 35 years’ experience in senior management in both technical and operating roles. Greg is well respected in his industry and is a Director of Queensland Resources Council and Chairman of the Gladstone Coal Exporters Executive. Greg was elected to the FBA Board in 2013.

Cr Gail Godwin-Smith

Gail is a Councillor on Central Highlands Regional Council. She lives at “Mount Panorama” south of Rolleston where her family operates a beef cattle and dry-land cropping operation.  Gail is an advocate for natural resource management and has served as the Chair of the Central Highlands Regional Resource Use Planning Cooperative (CHRRUP), one of FBA’s delivery partners from 2003 to 2008,  and is currently a Board Member. Gail was appointed to the FBA Board as a local government representative in 2012.


Reuben Carlos

Reuben Carlos is the Executive Director – Coal and Central Queensland Compliance of Environment and Heritage Protection. Reuben has a legal background and previously served as Crown Prosecutor within the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions. Reuben has been involved in overseeing prosecutions under various environmental legislation including the Environmental Protection Act and Heritage Act, and currently manages the Environmental Services and Regulation division in Rockhampton. Reuben was appointed to the FBA Board in 2014.

Julie Cook

Julie is the Liaison Manager for the Southern Region with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), an organisation established by the Australian Government that aims to protect the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Julie lives in Yeppoon and is a member of several Local Marine Advisory Committees on the Capricorn Coast, in Gladstone and the Burnett regions. Julie was appointed to the FBA Board in 2013.

Peter Donaghy

Peter is the Regional Director Mines – Central Region for the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. Peter comes from a dairy and agricultural background and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Business (Research) with Central Queensland University.  Peter has been involved in various land use projects that have examined the economics behind competing land uses, the landscape processes that underpin the land use and the economic impact of land management decision making in addition to undertaking economic analyses of several agricultural industries. Peter was appointed to the FBA Board in 2012.

Paul Walmsley

Paul became Regional Director, Department of Primary Industries in 2003, and today is Regional Director, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, supporting the state Government to position Agriculture as a key pillar of the Queensland Economy. Paul believes that the strength of the regions is in our ability to understand the needs of our customers and to respond effectively with services that support individuals to grow their businesses as successful, viable enterprises. Paul was appointed to the FBA Board in 2016.