Andrew Drysdale – Executive Officer
Prior to joining the Collective, 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.
Lane Pilon – Executive Officer
Lane Pilon commenced as the Executive Officer for the Collective in November 2006. Lane manages many of the corporate functions and supports the CEO, other RGC 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 the Collective.
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.
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.
Milena Gongora – Paddock to Reef Coordinator
Milena 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.
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 the Collective.
Independent Chair – Mike Berwick
Over the years, Mike has led and supported many initiatives, from the preservation of the Daintree Rainforest and far north Queensland, to local government and to the community of Douglas Shire and wider Queensland. In 2008 he was awarded with an Order of Australia medal for his tireless service to conservation and the environment.
|Name||Regional NRM Body|
|NOBLE, Keith||Terrain Natural Resource Management Ltd.|
|BRISBIN, John||Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Ltd.|
|TAYLOR, John||Southern Gulf Catchments Ltd.|
|STROHFELD, Noel||Queensland Murray-Darling Committee Inc.|
|BURDEN, Dominic||Desert Channels Group Inc.|
|ROBERTSON, Stephen||Healthy Waterways and Catchments Ltd.|
|O’BRIEN, Mark||South West Natural Resource Management 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.|
|STONEMAN, Mark||NQ Dry Tropics NRM Ltd.|
|ELU, Joseph||Torres Strait Regional Authority|