Our Board

The GasFields Commission Board was appointed on 1 December 2016 for a three-year period.

Our board

The GasFields Commission Board was appointed on 1 December 2016 for a three-year period. It is made up of a full-time chair and three part-time commissioners.

Legislative amendments due to be considered by the Queensland Parliament in the second half of 2017 are aimed at enabling the Commissioners to operate as a board which sets the strategic direction, with commission staff responsible for implementation.

This change would mean the role of chairperson would no longer need to be full-time.

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Ruth Wade, Commission Chair

Ms Wade is the former Chief Executive officer of the Queensland Farmers Federation. Prior to that role she was Executive Director of Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Inc., and has a combined 25 years of experience in agricultural and business management within Queensland and nationally. Ms Wade has a long association with the agricultural industries, with her former roles including Executive Director of The Cattlemen's Union of Australia, Director of the Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd and as a former Director of QRAA (formerly Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority). Ms Wade also served as part-time member of the National Native Title Tribunal, mediating between Indigenous groups and other landholders with interests in land about co-existence.

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Fleur Anderson, Commissioner

Ms Anderson is a landholder from Theodore. She is a past President of Dawson Valley's Cotton Growers' Association and an elected non-executive Director on the Board of Cotton Australia since 2013. She is a passionate advocate for small businesses and rural communities and is the founder of the Rural Business Collective, which aims to create an entrepreneurial culture in rural Australia and increase regional economic diversity.

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Ian Hayllor, Commissioner

Mr Hayllor is a landholder and irrigator who has grown cotton and grain crops on the Darling Downs since the 1980s. He has built a reputation as a leader in engaging with the coal seam gas industry. Mr Hayllor has been a GasFields Commissioner since 2013 and was responsible for the water and salt management portfolio aiming to ensure access to groundwater and its quality are not compromised, and that produced water is utilised for the benefit of regional communities.

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Rick Wilkinson, Commissioner

Mr Wilkinson has worked in the petroleum industry for more than three decades and is a Senior Associate with EnergyQuest, an independent energy consultancy. He also provides technical advice as the Chief Technical Officer for the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA). As a GasFields Commissioner since 2013, Mr Wilkinson was responsible for the gas industry development portfolio which seeks to ensure transparency and comprehensive standards and codes across the gas industry.