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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.

Chairperson - John Corbett

John Corbett is a company director and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in agriculture and agribusiness. John's professional experience covers corporate finance, strategic planning, business planning, business operations, governance, and financial analysis. He is a current 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 currently managing over $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.

John has almost 30 years’ experience in the agriculture and agribusiness sector gained through board, banking and consulting roles. 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.

Directors

Belinda Turner

Belinda was appointed to the QRIDA board in 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Belinda is currently 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 & 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.

Drew Ellem

Drew 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.

Elton Miller

Elton Miller is the Executive Director, Rural Economic Development in the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. He brings to the Board over 25 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 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.

Last updated
4 June 2020