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QRIDA's Board of Directors are formally accountable to the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries for the performance of the organisation. 

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Board of Directors

It is the Board's role under the Act to ensure QRIDA performs its functions in an appropriate, effective and efficient way. The following is a complete list of QRIDA's Board of Directors. 

Chairperson - John Corbett

John Corbett is a company director and consultant with close to 30 years’ experience in agriculture and agribusiness sectors gained through board, banking and consulting roles. John's professional experience covers corporate finance, strategic planning, business planning, business operations, governance, and financial analysis. He is a director of Croplogic Ltd (ASX:CLI – an agriculture technology company), Philip Yates Family Holdings Limited (Pioneer Seeds in Australia and New Zealand) and Blue Harvest Pty Ltd (specialist seafood sales and marketing agency with interests in aquaculture). John is also a consultant Senior Investment Director to Blue Sky Water Partners who is managing more than $900 million of agriculture and water assets on behalf of institutional investors. 

John is a past Chair of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland and past board member of the Queensland Urban Land Development Authority. He's also past foundation director of Hassad Australia Pty Ltd, where he helped invest and manage more than $500 million into the Australian agriculture sector. 

During a 23 year banking career, John occupied senior corporate banking and infrastructure project finance roles with ANZ Bank and Suncorp Metway. John has advanced strategic, business analysis and negotiation skills combined with extensive practical experience and has been a past regular speaker and contributor to national agriculture and infrastructure conferences. 

Director - Belinda Turner 

Belinda was appointed to the QRAA board in 2015 (prior to the organisation name change to QRIDA in 2017) and was appointed Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee in 2020. 

Belinda is the Commercial Manager of Daybreak Cropping, a national broadacre dryland cropping business managed by Warakirri Asset Management. She previously held senior finance and management roles in the Australian offices of global agricultural commodity trading houses COFCO International and Nidera as well as various board positions in the rural and regional for-purpose space. Belinda has an Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) from the University of Sydney and is a Chartered Accountant. Originally from Inverell in Northern NSW, she maintains an involvement in her family’s mixed farming enterprise. 

Director - Drew Ellem

Drew Ellem was appointed Acting Deputy Treasurer of the Agency Performance Investment Group in September 2018. In this role, Drew is responsible for commercial, fiscal and environmental advice on the state's economic portfolios and Treasury's investment policy and industry programs. 

Prior to this appointment, Drew was the Assistant Under Treasurer within the Agency Performance Group. In this role, Drew had responsibility for providing fiscal and policy advice across a range of portfolio areas including transport, tourism, environment and science and state development. His responsibilities also included management of the government's banking and other financial services contracts. 

Director - Elton Miller 

Elton Miller is the Executive Director, Rural Economic Development in the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. He brings to the Board more than 25 years of experience in the public sector at both state and commonwealth level, across a range of economic research and policy development roles, and comes from an agricultural background. Elton was also a Director of the Safe Food Production Queensland Board 2010–16 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics with first class honours from the University of New England. 

Director - Elizabeth Alexander

Specialising in finding collaborative and innovative solutions for regional challenges, Elizabeth Alexander’s expertise includes corporate governance, community and stakeholder engagement, project development and management, research and evaluation and communication. Elizabeth has experience working across the whole value chain of dryland and irrigated cropping industries as well as providing support and attracting investment in Australia’s agtech industries, including their identification, incubation and commercialisation.

Elizabeth joined the QRIDA Board in 2020 and is the Associate Commercialisation Facilitator at i4 Connect, a start-up and commercialisation practice providing advice and guidance to entrepreneurs, inventors, industry, government, corporates and capital sources. Elizabeth previously held an Agribusiness Development Coordinator role at the Central Highland and Development Corporation. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Rural Systems Management and is admitted to the class of Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Director - Scott Spencer

Scott Spencer has held the position of Deputy Director-General of Fisheries and Forestry at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Chair of the Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee, now joining the QRIDA Board in 2020. Previously Scott was a Natural Resource Management Consultant, leading a project for the Murray Darling Basin Authority, and the Chair of SunWater Limited.

Scott previously held roles and appointments at the Office of the Cabinet, Murray Darling Basin Commission and Committee, Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management and the Queensland Dairy Authority among others. Scott brings extensive experience in strategic policy development and implementation and knowledge of management of natural resources, Australia’s water resources and primary industries. Scott holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons).

Director - Zoe Kenneally

Zoe Kenneally re-joined the QRIDA Board in 2020, having now been a Director since 2017. Zoe is the Chief Financial Officer at Laguna Bay, a company managing the evaluation, acquisition, development and management of agricultural assets on behalf of investors.

Zoe is a former Director at Ernst & Young, co-leading their Brisbane Agribusiness group and providing accounting solutions for some of Australia’s largest cattle and crop producers for more than 13 years. Zoe holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Queensland and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

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