The Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Ltd Board of Directors consists of representatives from business and community backgrounds. Each member has a strong commitment to the sustainable management of our region’s natural resources.
Julie Boyd – Chair
Julie Boyd was elected Chair of Reef Catchments Limited in 2016. As a former long-serving Mayor of Mackay, the role is an excellent fit for Julie, who has always had an interest and involvement in the natural resources sector.
Julie was elected as the first female Mayor of the City of Mackay and retained that role for 11 years from 1997 to 2008 when she chose not to recontest the election. She has been involved in Local Government for 16 years. Julie is Reef Catchments first Chairwoman and is focused on protecting and managing the region’s natural environment while supporting the growth aspirations of the local community. In her time as Mayor, Julie was involved in and championed many projects linked to the natural resources sector, including the introduction of a wildlife/bush land levy, the establishment and construction of the effluent reuse scheme and the building of new solid waste and recycling facilities. Julie is an experienced company director and has expertise in strategy, governance and the Not for profit sector. She is a Director on several Boards and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Reef Catchments table.
Joy Deguara – Deputy Chair
At present Joy works as the Group Executive Director of a family group of companies involved in agriculture, earthmoving and retail business. Joy holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Science specialising in Agriculture and Rural Development and has previously done extensive work in the community and rural development fields, particularly focusing on small rural communities.
Having a keen interest in helping build sustainable rural and regional communities, Joy has run her own consultancy business specialising in facilitation, community engagement and industry development. Joy has served on a number of Boards including Australian Women in Agriculture Inc., AgForce State Council, Fitzroy Basin Association and Nebo Shire Council and currently serves as Secretary/Director of Beef Australia and Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia Mackay Whitsunday.
Craig is married to Linda and they have two adult sons. During his scholastic time Craig was awarded with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), from USQ Darling Downs, Graduating in 1983, followed by a Fellow of CPA Australia. He has gone on to also become a GAICD (Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors), having joined AICD in September 2009, and graduating from the Company Directors Course in July 2010.
Craig’s working career has covered both working for National Australia Bank between 1967 and 1976 and then in 1976 Craig joined Brown and Bird, Certified Practising Accountants in Mackay, and in 1985 became a partner in the accounting firm, a position held until retirement in June 2011 He has been a Board Chairman for 12 years and has developed interests in Corporate Governance, and Public Speaking, Training and Presenting.
Agriculture: Frank Perna
Frank lives with his wife Susan and four children in Kuttabul. He works on the family farm with his father. He is an elected member of Mackay Canegrowers. His farms are accredited with Smart Cane BMP.
Frank is also heavily involved with his community and coaches junior soccer, he is a member of a Parents and Citizens School Committee and is active in the Rural Fire Brigade.
Lynda has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Botany (BSC), obtained from James Cook University, Townsville, in 1978, an Associate Diploma of Rural Sciences (Dip Rural Sc), which she obtained in 1991, and a Masters of Sustainable Regional Development, which she obtained from the University of Western Australia in 2006.
She has had an extensive working career including her present role with Anglo American Metallurgical Coal at Moranbah, Queensland, and prior positions being Director, Community and Environment Stakeholder Engagement with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in Canberra, ACT between 2009 and 2011, department of Natural Resources and Water in Brisbane, Queensland between 2004 and 2006, Department of Natural Resources and Water in Rockhampton, Queensland between 2002 and 2004, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries in Rockhampton, Queensland between 201 and 2004, Project Facilitator/Executive Officer, Central Highlands Regional Resource Use Planning (CHRRUP) Co-operative in Emerald, Queensland between 1998 and 2001, and Central Highlands Rural Support Service in Middlemount, Queensland between 1993 and 1998.
In his current role as CQUniversity Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pierre provides strategic leadership in cultivating high-quality relationships with the university’s internal and external communities. Pierre holds a PhD in Industrial Psychology, is a registered psychologist with the Psychologists Board of Queensland and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Pierre has a passion for Organisational Development and has consulting experience in a variety of sectors in Australia and South Africa. His primary aim is to foster a deep and pervasive culture of engagement to support the University’s mission to leverage its ‘power of place’ and reach its goal of becoming ‘Australia’s most engaged University’.
Andrew was sworn in as the third Mayor of Whitsunday Regional Council in April 2016. He was born and raised in Bowen, and owned/managed a tomato farm and property businesses before entering local government.
He was first elected to Council in 2012 as Councillor for Division 6 representing the communities of Bowen, Queens Beach, Merinda, Cape Upstart and Guthalungra. During the 2012-2016 term of Council, he held the role of Deputy Mayor from 2013-2016 and represented Council on several community and business organisations, including Bowen Wharf Working Group, Bowen Development and Information Strategy Group, Audit Committee, and the Disaster Management Committee.
CEO: Rob Cocco
As the CEO of Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Inc, now Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Ltd, Rob manages business and partnership development, leadership and strategic management of Reef Catchments operations.
Expertise: Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor Business in Business Administration, and 10 years executive management experience in research and development.
Secretary: Sally Young
As the Corporate Services Manager, Sally manages and supports the Corporate Operations and functions associated with Finance, Governance, Human Resource management, Communications, and IT.
Sally has significant experience in senior accounting and commercial management roles in a range of organisations, from both the non-profit and commercial sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting, alongside a Cert IV in Frontline Management.
Sub Committee Structure And Members
Finance & Audit and Risk Management
Craig Fraser (Chair), Frank Perna, Julie Boyd
Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Lynda Pollock (Chair), Craig Fraser, Joy Deguara, Julie Boyd
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