Our team

Fitzroy Basin Association is a medium-sized, non-profit organisation. We boast a friendly and motivated team, working on meaningful regional projects.

Our staff are characterised by their ability to plan, coordinate, collaborate, negotiate, and adapt quickly to change.  Many employees are natural resource management professionals with qualifications in land management, agronomy, environmental science, biology or marine sciences. Our engagement team includes talented communication, engagement and education staff. Skilled business, finance and administrative staff make up our corporate services team.

We care about sustainability, and delivering projects in a professional and timely manner to benefit our partners and the Fitzroy Basin community. Our varied team consists of

  • Natural resource management professionals with qualifications in land management, agronomy, environmental science, biology or marine sciences
  • Talented communication, engagement and education staff
  • Skilled business, finance and administrative staff.

Our Team

Paul Birch, Chief Executive Officer of Fitzroy Basin Association

Paul Birch

Chief Executive Officer

Paul joined FBA’s Senior Management Team in 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Paul represents FBA on numerous committees and boards including – Fitzroy Partnership for River Health; Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership; Grazing and Grains BMP Partnerships; Reef Alliance; Queensland Sediment working group; QNRM Strategic Reform; Australian NRM, Queensland NRM and Reef CEOs; and Rangelands NRM Alliance.

Phone: (07) 4999 2827

Elyse Riethmuller

Chief Operating Officer

Strategic planning, systems thinking, and a passion for natural resource management are at the core of Elyse’s career, which spans more than 18 years in both government and non-profit sectors. She has a Bachelor of Natural Resources with Honors and a Master of Enterprise.

Phone: (07) 4999 2818

Tom Coughlin

Operations Manager

With well-rounded technical and managerial skills, Tom leads FBA’s operations team with a strong outcomes focus. Tom has an Honours Degree in Environmental Chemistry, broad cross-sector experience and a passion for natural resource management with a career spanning more than 10 years both within Australia and abroad.

Phone: (07) 4999 2802

Pam Jeffery

Corporate Services Manager

Pam has a strong background in business administration. She became the manager of FBA’s administration and finance team in 2011 and Corporate Services Manager in 2015 taking on Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Responsibilities.

Phone: (07) 4999 2824

Rebecca French

Engagement Manager

Rebecca’s passion is to connect people through information and opportunity. Through strategic coordination of FBA’s communication, education and engagement services and by drawing on 17 years’ experience, Rebecca is keen to raise FBA’s public profile and create additional engagement, collaboration and partnership opportunities.

Phone: (07) 4999 2830

Samantha Hall

Communications Manager

An experienced and degree-qualified communicator, Sam has worked with FBA since 2011 helping FBA engage and inform its diverse audiences. Sam is the primary contact for journalists seeking information. Talk to Sam about FBA’s branding, publishing, digital strategy and sponsorship.

Phone: (07) 4999 2807

FBA Information Manager Barbara McKechnie manages the data capture functions of the group, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Barbara McKechnie

Water and Agriculture Manager

Barbara draws on 25 years experience in high-level office management roles to manage FBA’s knowledge and data, including our Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has specialist knowledge of accounting and project management systems, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Phone: (07) 4999 2833