Professor of Tropical Regional Development, JCU
General Manager, Investment Territory, NT Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, Northern Territory Government
Luke was born and raised on a mixed farm in Western Australia, educated in Perth and studied agriculture at Curtin University. Early in his career he spent time working in the agriculture sector in Western Australia and Europe and six years as a sales and marketing executive in building and construction, service and supply sectors.
He has extensive experience in Indigenous economic development across Australia and particularly pastoral development in Northern Australia.
Luke was Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association from 2008 – 2014 and a member of federal Agriculture Minister’s Industry Advisory Council.
In 2014 Luke was engaged by the Northern Territory government to run the Northern Australian Development Office, which expanded to key responsibilities for international relations, trade and investment. Since January 2021, under a new Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Luke has taken responsibility for agriculture, fisheries and biosecurity.
Director, Office of Northern Australia
Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water
Northern Australia Science Consultant, CSIRO
Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia
Romilly Madew AO FTSE was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia, in early 2019 and is responsible for overseeing Infrastructure Australia’s critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities.
Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Ms Madew was CEO of Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Ms Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.
Manager Stakeholder Engagement and Social Perfomance, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal
Chief Executive Officer, Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3)
Kylie Porter is the Chief Executive Officer of Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3). GW3 is the peak independent, economic development organisation for the Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday region. The organisation is a strategic and coordinated point of contact for local, national and international networks and advocates for, and promotes prosperity across the Greater Whitsunday region. GW3’s focus is not centred on one specific industry and has a remit to deliver across all key driving industries in the region including mining and METS, agriculture, tourism, bio-futures and others. Kylie more than 25 years professional marketing and corporate communications experience, and is well versed on all the big issues the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region today. She also is a Director of C-Res, a company which delivers the Local Buying Program across Australia in partnership with BHP.
Strategic Policy Advisor, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
State Director, Northern Territory, Austrade
Vice-President of Research, Central Queensland University
Professor Stanley is currently the Vice-President of Research at CQUniversity, having arrived in 2010 as Dean of Medical and Applied Sciences. Grant holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Melbourne and has a background in Microbiology/Biochemical Engineering, with research expertise in biofuel production. He has experience in researching and teaching microbial metabolism, biochemical engineering and bioremediation. His research has been widely published and well-funded from both government and industry sources. Grant has supervised 15 PhD students to completion. He has been on a number of national and international conference organising committees, company boards and journal editorial boards.
Managing Partner, NAB Regional and Agribusiness for the Northern Territory
Deputy Mayor, Mackay Regional Council
Deputy Mayor's vast local government experience totalling 16+ years. Cr May is a highly experienced Councillor, mayor of former Sarina Shire Council, leading Sarina through amalgamation with Mackay City and Mirani Shire councils in 2008. Member of council’s Character & Heritage, Regional Arts Development Fund, Sarina Field of Dreams Advisory, Priority Development Area Advisory and Sustainability & Environment Advisory committees and Combined Museums Reference Group. Extensive knowledge of infrastructure sitting on the Transport and Drainage and Water & Waste Advisory boards. Cr May is a member of the Sarina Landcare Group and a council representative on the Mackay Housing Company.