Ruth Wade, Commission Chair
Ms Wade is the former CEO 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.
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.
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.
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.
Selection of Commissioners
The qualifications and experience required for appointment as a commissioner are set out in Section 10 of the Gasfields Commission Act 2013 and cover industry, science, legal, negotiations, land management and valuation, community development and the financial and business sector.
Appointment of Commissioners
Commissioners (including the Chairperson) are appointed by the Governor-in-Council under the terms of the Gasfields Commission Act 2013 for a period of up to three years. Commissioners are paid the remuneration and allowances decided by the Governor-in-Council.
Disclosure of interests
The Commission must keep a register of each Commissioner's pecuniary interests. The Chairperson must provide their pecuniary interests to the Minister and the Queensland Integrity Commissioner.
Commissioners are required to disclose any financial interests for them or a close relative in relation to a matter being considered at Commission board meetings. Full details on disclosure of interests by Commissioners are outlined in Section 18 and 19 of the Gasfields Commission Act 2013.