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Board of Directors

The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority's (QRIDA) Board of Directors are formally accountable to the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries for the performance of the organisation. It is therefore the Board's role under the Act to ensure that QRIDA performs its functions in an appropriate, effective and efficient way.

Wayne Carlson - Chairperson

Wayne Carlson brings to the Board 35 years experience in the banking and finance sector. Rural and agribusiness industries have been the focus of his career with the National Australia Bank as he served in management and senior management roles across the length and breadth of Queensland. He was appointed General Manager, NAB Agribusiness in 2005 where he held responsibility for the administration of this business across Australia. He played key roles in development and the implementation of network structure, strategic initiatives, policy, planning and budget control, product innovation, human resource management and service delivery. Wayne has served on a number of advisory boards and committees and has had a depth of exposure to a broad spectrum of primary industries. Since retiring from NAB Wayne runs a small beef backgrounding and fattening operation in the Gympie district.


Dugald Warby

Dugald was appointed to the QRIDA Board of Directors on 3 June 2014 and is also the Chairman of the Board’s Audit and Risk Management Committee.

As a Director of Williams Hall Chadwick Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors, Dugald has a wide range of experience in the general taxation/business services field across all industries and particularly in the agricultural sector. Williams Hall Chadwick is widely recognised as one of the leading rural and regional accounting service providers in Queensland. He has also previously had substantial audit experience ranging from small private company and not for profit audits through to large private and public companies.

Dugald’s industry and service specialisations include Agriculture, Property and Real Estate and Manufacturing and Construction. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Tax Agent.

Elton Miller

Elton Miller is the Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Planning in the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. He brings to the Board over 20 years 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 has also been a Director of the Safe Food Production Queensland Board since 2010 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.

Belinda Turner

Belinda Turner was appointed to the QRIDA Board of Directors on 3 December 2015. She is a Chartered Accountant with 12 years experience in all levels of the Australian grain industry and a passion for the opportunities in rural Australia and global agriculture.

Belinda is Chief Financial Officer of Queensland’s largest grain exporter, Nidera Australia, and is also actively involved in her family’s mixed farming enterprise near Inverell, NSW.

A former director of Future Farmers’ Network Ltd and Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Women’s Network Ltd, Belinda has recently been appointed to the local board of Longreach Pastoral College. Belinda also sits on Grain Trade Australia’s Commerce Committee and holds an Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Zoe Kenneally

Zoe Kenneally is currently the Chief Financial Officer of international agribusiness investment firm Laguna Bay Pastoral Company. She has also worked for 13 years as an agribusiness director with consultancy group, Ernst and Young where she oversaw a range of technical accounting and assurance roles for major clients.

Zoe is a chartered accountant with extensive experience working with agricultural industries, primarily in beef, and in dealing with pastoral property valuations and audit committees.

Leith Boully

Leith Boully has served on many boards across the water and natural resource management, agricultural and education sectors, including currently as Chairperson of SunWater.

She is also a director of the Isis Central Sugar Mill and an adjunct professor with the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. Leith is a former graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, has tertiary qualifications in science and business, and has operated a successful farming and grazing agribusiness for 30 years.

Alison Rayner

Alison was appointed Deputy Under Treasurer of the Economic and Fiscal Coordination Group in September 2017.

In this role, she is responsible for providing economic and fiscal advice, analysis and guidance to the government on matters of significance to the economic and fiscal performance of Queensland, particularly in relation the State Budget, fiscal efficiency, economic policy, forecasting and reporting initiatives.

More recently, Alison has been in a senior executive management role working closely with Treasury’s partner agencies to develop, fund and implement public policy, and has been involved in the development of the State Budget since 2013-14.

During her 20 years in government, Alison has held key roles in the development and implementation of the government’s budget and reporting system, and its financial accountability framework. She has been responsible for providing advice to government and agencies on financial management matters and complex commercial transactions.

Alison is a Chartered Accountant who started her career in the private sector, initially working in the business and tax advisory services industry followed by several years in commercial banking, before joining government in 1998 with the Department of Education. She joined Queensland Treasury during the period the government was transitioning to accrual based budgeting.

Last updated
19 June 2018