Exec appointments: Godfrey makes way for Hunt at TEQ

Tourism and Events Queensland gets a new chair, Metarock continues its reform with a new broom, the State Government appoints a new under treasurer, Novonix gets a new director and Gold Hydrogen appoints a exploration adviser.

Sep 08, 2023, updated Sep 08, 2023
TEQ's new boss Grant Hunt

TEQ's new boss Grant Hunt

TEQ’s new chair

Grant Hunt has been appointed as chair of Tourism and Events Queensland taking over from Brett Godfrey who held the post since 2017.

Hunt was previously the chief executive of Voyages Indigenous Tourism where he remains a director. He also sits on the board of G’Day Group and Discovery Parks.

He was also previously the chair of Tourism Tasmania, Tourism Northern Territory and the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse.

The appointment marks a shift in leadership at TEQ where Patricia O’Callaghan has recently taken over as chief executive.

Metarock’s new broom

Metarock has appointed Jon Romcke as executive chair as in brings in new blood to its board.

A former board adviser Peter Barker has also been appointed as a non-executive director. Murray Smith has stood down as acting chair but will remain on the board.

Paul Rouse has resigned from the board.

Romcke has experience with BHP, Xstrata, Glencore, Anglo and Stanmore and most recently was chief executive of Allegiance Coal.

New Under Treasurer

The State Government has appointed Michael Carey as Under Treasurer.

Carey is currently the associate director general of the Cabinet Office in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and in 2020 he was deputy under treasurer for investment, commercial and industry.

He replaces Maryanne Kelly who had been acting in the role for eight months.

Treasurer Camer0n Dick said Carey was highly strategic, intelligent and well regarded by his peers.

Novonix adds to board

Battery materials company Novonix has appointed Suresh Vaidyanathan to its board.

He is vice president of emerging energy for Phillips 66, a major shareholder in Novonix.

He replaces Zhanna Golodryga.

Former Govt spinner promoted

The Port of Brisbane has promoted Brendan Connell to executive general manager of sustainability and corporate relations.

He was previously head of corporate relations.

Before joining PoB, Connell was principal media advisor to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Gold Hydrogen picks Glass

Brisbane-based Gold Hydrogen has appointed Frank Glass as its chief exploration adviser.

Glass has worked in the petroleum and energy sector more than 30 years, including a decade with Shell.

He was most recently at 2H Resources.

Soda picks Munro

Bevan Slattery’s investment office Soda has appointed Joshua Munro as chief commercial officer.

He previously held a similar role at FibreSense where Slattery is chair. He also worked at another Slattery company, Megaport, and AAPT.

Halliday’s new post

Richard Halliday has joined the Optimisation Hub as a strategic growth and commercial advisor.

Qld Hydro appoints Tonks

Government-owned Queensland Hydro has appointed Greg Tonks as executive general manager of corporate.

Tonks has over 20 years’ experience in the state public sector – most recently at Queensland Treasury Corporation, the Queensland Government’s central financing authority. Before that, as Assistant Under Treasurer, he was responsible for the Government’s commercial businesses portfolio, competition policy, and State-based utility pricing.

From May 2022, Greg led the due diligence and implementation program to establish Queensland Hydro as the State’s pumped hydro storage planning and delivery authority.

Education appoints Holland

The Department of Education has appointed Kirsten Holland as executive director of strategy and performance in early childhood.

She has about 29 years of experience in the early childhood sector and has recently been working overseas.

AMA changes leadership

Smash repair group AMA has announced that chair Anthony Day has retired along with Paul Ruiz and chief executive Carl Bizon.

Caroline Waldron will take over as chair and Talbot Babineau will be deputy chair.

A search for a new CEO has started.



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