Professor Iain Gordon
Professor Iain Gordon holds honorary appointments with the
Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University,
Central Queensland University, the James Hutton Institute, CSIRO and he is an
Associate of Reef Ecologic. He was recently the Deputy Vice Chancellor
(Division of Tropical Environments and Societies) at James Cook University and prior
to that led the James Hutton Institute (Scotland), focussing on evidence-based
solutions for the use of land for agriculture whilst maintaining natural
resources and ecosystems. Iain has worked across a broad range of areas
including pest management in the Wet Tropics, biodiversity conservation in
Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia and land and catchment
management to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Professor Gordon is on the Board
of the Wet Tropics Management Authority and he is Chair of the Board’s
Scientific Advisory Committee. Iain has a passion and commitment for
sustainable regional development and harnessing the tropics’ enormous potential
through education and research.
Gerry Graham has been a member of the Management Committee since 2017 and served as the Chair in 2020. He has a background in Chemical Engineering and 40 years of experience in mineral processing and other industries. Having lived in Gladstone for 35 years and now retired, Gerry retains a strong interest in all aspects of the environment. His interests include boating, fishing and sailing in Gladstone Harbour and beyond, and he is actively engaged in Gladstone Men’s Shed.
Elyse Riethmuller is the Chief Executive Officer at Fitzroy Basin Association who host Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership. Elyse is a highly competent and confident leader with over 20 years of technical experience in the natural resource and agricultural industries.
Brent is a Community Representative on the GHHP Management Committee. Brent is the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) Coordinator at Gidarjil Development Corporation based in Bundaberg. The Port Curtis Coral Coast Regional TUMRA was developed under the Reef Rescue Land and Sea Country Indigenous Partnerships Program authorised in 2011, and extends from Burrum Heads, south of Bundaberg, north to the mouth of the Fitzroy River and includes Curtis Island off Gladstone.
Dr Megan Ellis
Dr Megan Ellis is Gladstone Ports Corporation’s representative on the GHHP Management Committee.
Dr Ellis is a well-respected Marine Scientist at Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), with more than 20 years of experience in environmental research. She continues to play an active role in research efforts, recently contributing to papers on topics such as seagrass ecosystems and grey nurse and wobbegong sharks.
In her spare time, Dr Ellis is a passionate volunteer during turtle nesting and hatching season, and is also an avid supporter of the next generation of environmental leaders. In addition to her role with the GHHP Management Committee, Dr Ellis is also a member of Gladstone’s Local Marine Advisory Committee and the Technical Sub-committee of the Port Curtis Integrated Monitoring Program
Alan Hayter is an Environment Lead at Conoco Phillips and their representative on the GHHP Management Committee.
Stacey Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the Gladstone Industry Leadership Group (GILG) and a representative for industry on the GHHP Management Committee.
Stacey is an experienced senior manager who has worked in human resource management roles in a number of local and non-local industries including cement production, supply chain, power generation and the LNG industry.She has broad practical expertise in human resources, industrial relations, safety, crisis management, project management, leadership, and organisational change.
Stacey is a long-term local resident of Gladstone with industry knowledge.Being a local with local industry knowledge is invaluable in her CEO role at GILG and as a member of the GHHP Management Committee.
Rachel is Manager of the Reef Innovation and Partnerships Team, within the Office of the Great Barrier Reef, Qld Department of Environment and Science. Rachel represents the Queensland Government on the GHHP Management Committee. Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in program management and policy development in the environmental field with state government.
Rachel is responsible for coordinating the establishment and implementation of regional report card partnerships, including the GHHP, the Mackay Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, the Dry Topics Partnership for Healthy Waters, and the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership. Through this role, Rachel helps to ensure that a consistent and collaborative approach is in place to assess the health of the regional waterways and identify management priorities.
Councillor Darryl Branthwaite
Darryl Branthwaite is originally from Invercargill in the deep south of the South Island in New Zealand, arriving in Tannum Sands in 1982 where he worked as a process technician at Boyne Smelters until 1988.
For the next 22 years he and wife Jenny operated this very successful business, Caltex Boyne River at Benaraby, becoming influential within the community through involvement with the Boyne Tannum and Benaraby Chamber of Commerce, along with many other community groups; and also founding members of the Boyne Tannum HookUp (1995) which has gone on to become Australia’s biggest family fishing event.
Darryl has also been a director on the Board of the GAPDL for over 20 years prior to accepting the role of CEO in September 2015, having amazing success in turning the region’s tourism around with double-digit growth and over 34 cruise liners visiting while under his leadership. In June 2019 Darryl and Jenny started the tour business Gladstone Region Tours.
2020 has seen Darryl become elected as a Councillor into the Gladstone Regional Council and a new member of the GHHP Management Committee.
His passion for this region has been demonstrated through his motto which is Get on with it, and make things happen!
Associate Professor Emma Jackson
Associate Professor Emma Jackson is the Director of CQUniversity’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) and a Research Fellow in marine ecology. She has over 20 years of research expertise in the areas of seagrass landscape and restoration ecology, impacts on marine species, coastal marine habitats and ecosystem health indicators. Her research is driven by the idea that coastal development is an ever-increasing human activity, but that there are ways in which this development can work with nature rather than against it to maintain ecosystem health, in turn supporting our health and wellbeing as humans.
Currently Emma leads a research program on the construction of a science-based framework for seagrass restoration in Queensland, but her past and present research areas include marine conservation management, ecosystem services, marine ecology and marine angiosperm.
Emma joined the GHHP Management Committee in May 2020.