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 Chair 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 - Elizabeth Alexander
Specialising in finding collaborative and innovative solutions for regional challenges, Elizabeth (Liz) Alexander’s expertise includes corporate governance, community and stakeholder engagement, project development and management, research and evaluation and communication. Liz 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.
Liz joined the QRIDA Board in 2020 and is a 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 Highlands Development Corporation. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Rural Systems Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Director - Scott Spencer
Joining the QRIDA Board in 2020, Scott Spencer is currently a Commissioner on the Australian Fisheries Management Commission and has held the position of Deputy Director-General of Fisheries and Forestry at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, as well as Director-General of the Department of Natural Resources and Water, and served as the Chair of the Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee and 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.
Director - Paul Walmsley
Paul Walmsley is General Manager, Rural Economic Development within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, leading the department’s regions in Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.
Supporting economic development through a close working relationship with industry, Paul’s focus is providing support to the government’s reef water quality agenda and economic services. This work also holds a key role in disaster response.
Joining the QRIDA Board of Directors in November 2021, Paul is widely experienced in senior executive roles across the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and has extensive knowledge of agriculture industry policy and stakeholders.