William (Bill) Trevor
Chairman

Bill Trevor was first elected to Isis Shire Council in 1985. He stood on a platform of bringing local government back to the people – and after serving as a councillor for nine years and was elected Mayor in 1993 and completed a 14 year term.

William (Bill) Trevor
Chairman
Tony Nioa
Deputy Chair

Tony has significant knowledge of the regional Queensland market and strong relationships within the Wide Bay Burnett business community, and understands the region’s key economic drivers and trends fundamental to local and interstate investors.

Tony Nioa
Deputy Chair
Ed Gibson
Treasurer

Ed retired as the CEO of the Hervey Bay Boat Club Inc in 2018 to start his family business the Hervey Bay Dive Centre to pursue his passion of diving tourism.

Ed Gibson
Treasurer
Georgie Somerset
Secretary

Georgie Somerset is a beef producer with a wide range of experiences and skills including communication, marketing and strategic planning.

Georgie Somerset
Secretary
Kerren Smith
Committee Member

Kerren was the Managing Director of J. Smith & Sons from 1993 and has also been the Managing Director of Smith Global Pty Ltd since 2007. After taking the reins of production at J. Smith & Sons in 1975, Kerren played a pivotal role in securing and maintaining new and existing markets in the volatile on-and- off-road transport industry.

Kerren Smith
Committee Member
Tanya O’Shea
Committee Member

Currently the Chief Executive of IMPACT Community services, Tanya has over 18 years of executive experience in working in the NFP sector.

Tanya O’Shea
Committee Member
Bree Grima
Committee Member

Bree Grima (B. Science (Hons), B. Env Science, B. Photography) is the Managing Director for BFVG. In her role Bree liaises closely with Industry to ensure representation and information is a two-way path to help growers in the Wide Bay Burnett increase their productivity and profitability and thus grow the fruit, vegetable, herb and nut industries of the Region.

Bree Grima
Committee Member
John Zahl
Committee Member

John, a retired solicitor and local government councillor is the current chair of the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO), Mundubbera Bendigo Community Bank Branch and Gunther Aged Care Facility. He was recently named both the Gayndah and North Burnett Citizen of the Year in the 2021 Australia Day awards. John hopes to see the North Burnett Council area continue to grow economically, socially and financially.

John Zahl
Committee Member
Janet Watt
Committee Member

Recently appointed as Resort Manager, Jan will be working with Wellness Australia Group to develop an industry leading wellness facility in the Gympie region to form part of the group’s portfolio of inclusive communities across Southeast Queensland.

Jan’s background in Tourism spans almost 20 years and includes industry development and destination marketing. She has held Director and Chairman roles on Regional and Local Tourism Organisations.

 First elected to Cooloola Shire Council in 2004 and again to Gympie Regional Council in 2008, Jan served as a councillor for the Gympie region for 8 years. She retains strong connections to local government and

 

 

Janet Watt
Committee Member
Tanya Stevenson
Committee Member

Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Hervey Bay Neighborhood Centre, Tanya has over 10 years of management experience in working in the NFP sector. Tanya has an undergraduate in Psychology and a master’s in education. Tanya was named Young Businessperson of the year in 2012 on the Fraser Coast and Young Alumni of the year for USQ in 2013.

 Tanya has led the strategic expansion of the HBNC to include the implementation of the Fraser Coast Community Social Plan and the development of the Neighborhood Hive and Urangan Wellness Centre as well as their first social enterprise The Wandering Teapot.  

 Tanya is long term community member of the Fraser Coast and has worked in the community sector for over 20 years. Tanya is committed to partnerships across our region and improving the social outcomes for everyone through social innovation and development.

 

Tanya Stevenson
Committee Member
Scott Rowe
Director of Regional Development

Scott Rowe has a strong small business background having held senior managerial positions with regional media companies across Queensland over the past 25 years. 

Scott Rowe
Director of Regional Development
Carly Spicer
Executive Assistant

Carly, An Australian-born Kiwi comes to us from the Waikato in New Zealand. Carly has a comprehensive background in business administration, project management and customer care.

Carly Spicer
Executive Assistant