Our Team

Staff

Andrew Drysdale – Executive Officer

Prior to joining NRM Regions Queensland, Andrew was the CEO of the Queensland Murray Darling Committee.  Andrew gains his knowledge of Natural Resource Management through having experienced the many aspects of it from owning a Mulga property in South West Queensland and participation in Local, State and National Commodity Bodies, Land Management extension officer with QDPI, co architect of the South West Strategy (Property Reconstruction Program) and Degree in Applied Science (Rural Technology).

Andrew has served the community of South West Queensland for most of his working life and now enjoys serving the Queensland community in helping to achieve a better environment for this and future generations. He feels this is best achieved by managing the use and preservation of our natural resources more sustainably.

Email: andrew@nrmrq.org.au

Lane Pilon – Executive Officer

Lane smallLane Pilon commenced as the Executive Officer for NRM Regions Queensland in November 2006.  Lane manages many of the corporate functions and supports the CEO, other NRMRQ staff, and the Board of the Collective.  Lane also has a key coordination role in a number of network groups established to look at statewide and cross-regional issues.  She supports the Statewide Project coordinators and attends meetings on behalf of the Collective (as requested by the CEO) to promote the work being done in the regions and by NRMRQ.

Prior to this role Lane worked for the University of Queensland for 23 years in a number of administrative and executive support roles. The last 13 of those years was spent in an agricultural environment at the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus.

Lane and her husband, David, live on 50 acres near Toowoomba and very much enjoy their rural lifestyle.

Email: lane@nrmrq.org.au

Lee Blacklock – Spatial Imagery Project Coordinator

Lee has 30 years experience in the public service beginning his career as a Cartographic Draftsman with the Queensland Department of Geographic Information.  Lee was involved in the construction of the Digital Cadastral Data Base (DCDB) within Queensland in the days when personal computers were a thing of the future.

Lee worked as the GIS project officer for the SEQ Regional Vegetation Management Planning team meeting a variety of industry and community representatives.

Lee later joined a team (IM01) which was a project jointly funded by NHT2 and NAPSWQ. Their task was to build capacity within the NAPSWQ funded regional bodies in Queensland focusing on Information Management, GPS and GIS functions.

Lee is currently coordinating the Spatial Hub Project.

Email: lee@nrmrq.org.au

Milena Gongora – Paddock to Reef Coordinator

Milena Gongora cropped headshotMilena is the Coordinator of the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring and Modelling Program. This program measures the progress towards the targets of one of Australia’s largest environmental improvement initiatives: The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan). Reef Plan aims at improving the water quality flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

After completing her Zoology Degree, Milena worked as a research scientist for seven years at the Institute for Molecular Biosciences. At this point she decided to stir her career towards her passion: caring and improving our natural environment. After completing a Masters in Environmental Management at the University of Queensland, Milena worked in climate change adaptation in the Mekong River Basin in Thailand, at the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist, and since 2013 has been responsible for coordinating the collection and synthesis of data for Paddock to Reef.

The complex environmental issues we face today require the integration of multiple interest groups and different disciplines. Milena draws on her communication and facilitation skills, to find solutions amongst diverse groups on sensitive environmental issues.

Email: milena@nrmrq.org.au

Board

The Board of Directors are primarily formed of the Chairs of Queensland’s 14 Regional NRM Bodies. The Regional Body CEO’s also guide the direction of NRM Regions Queensland.

Independent Chair – Stephen Robertson

Stephen is a former Queensland State Government Minister who has held portfolio responsibilities for Energy, Water, National Resources, Mines, Trade, Health and Emergency Services during his 13 years of ministerial service. Stephen retains a very strong commitment to environmental sustainability and community engagement based on sound scientific principles.

A continuing interest in population health issues is an important part of Stephen’s vision for a healthier and more sustainable future for Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Since his retirement from politics he has been a non-executive Director of Green Australia – Queensland and the West Moreton Oxley Medicare Local among other roles.

Directors

Name Regional NRM Body
NOBLE,   Keith Terrain Natural Resource Management Ltd.
BRISBIN, John Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd.
MUNCHENBERG, Megan Southern Gulf Catchments Ltd.
STROHFELD, Noel Queensland Murray-Darling Committee Inc.
BURDEN, Dominic Desert Channels Group Inc.
ATTWOOD, Victor Healthy Land and Water Ltd.
O’BRIEN, Mark South West NRM Ltd.
McKAY, Malcolm Condamine Alliance
JACKSON, Emma Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd.
MACGIBBON, Ian Fitzroy Basin Association Ltd.
RICCIARDI,   Tony Burnett Mary Regional Group for NRM Inc.
TYRELL, Les NQ Dry Tropics NRM Ltd.
STEPHEN AM, Napau Pedro Torres Strait Regional Authority
 BOYD, Julie  Reef Catchments