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.

Board Members

Julie Boyd – Chair

Julie Boyd the chair of Reef Catchments Ltd.

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.

Bill MacDonald

Bill MacDonald, member of the Reef Catchments Ltd. board.Bill MacDonald is a third generation cane farmer at Sandy Creek. After completing year 12 at Mackay State High School he spent 11 years in general freight transport followed by five years lazar levelling and carting cane. His last job, prior to returning to the farm, was working for the Shell Company of Australia delivering fuel. Bill and his wife purchased the home farm from his parents in 2005 then purchased more land and doubled the size of the farm. Since returning back home full time he has been elected a Member of the Mackay Area Committee at Canegrowers Mackay, since 2007. He was then elected onto the board of Canegrowers Mackay in 2015.

He currently holds a Diploma of Agriculture, and is also BMP accredited which is above industry standard. He is also BONSUCRO accredited which is a worldwide accreditation for sustainable farming. He has a very hands on approach to the wellbeing of the environment and the water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef. He looks forward to working with the board for an outcome which with benefit the sustainability of the agricultural industries and community.

Cr Jan Clifford

Jan Clifford, board member of Reef Catchments Ltd in Mackay.Councillor Jan Clifford was re-elected in the 2016 Queensland local government elections as the representative for Division 1 of the Whitsunday Regional Council, making this her third successive term as a councillor. She is well known for her energy and commitment to the well­ being of the Whitsunday area and its citizens and is an active member of the community, serving on many boards and committees and volunteering at events.

Jan has called the Whitsundays home since early in 1995 after a long career across Australia in various management and sales and marketing roles. In 1997 she began her own sales and marketing business and was voted Best Sales Representative by A.F.T.A. She was eventually drawn to Council to be of service to the Whitsunday Region and its people.

Jan has always been a strong advocate for protecting and preserving the natural environment in the Whitsundays, both on the mainland, and in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. For many years she has been instrumental in the push to ban plastic bags in Queensland and she put forward a motion regarding the banning of plastic bags to the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Most recently Jan was the Chair of the Environment Recovery Sub-Group which was established to help recover the natural environment after Tropical Cyclone Debbie devastated the Whitsunday Region on 28 March 2017. Jan will always be a strong advocate to any cause to which she has dedicated her time.

Kevin Kane

Kevin Kane.Kevin is the Senior Manager Environment Planning for North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) and is responsible for environmental management and planning of four of Queensland’s largest bulk commodity ports. As a marine science graduate and postgraduate in the 90’s, Kevin studied and worked at James Cook University in the areas of reef research, aquaculture and fisheries science.

Since then Kevin has been a Hatchery Manager, Construction Manager, Fisheries Inspector, Maritime Safety Officer, a Principal with the Department of Environment and Heritage, and since 2010 in his present role with North Queensland Bulk Ports.

He previously chaired the Queensland Ports Association Environment and Planning Committee, and is active on a range of Great Barrier Reef advisory panels and regional committees. Currently he co-chairs an international working group authoring a ‘practical guideline on environmental risk management of navigational infrastructure projects’.

In his role at North Queensland Bulk Ports, Kevin has established one of Queensland’s most extensive coastal marine monitoring programs, and is a strong supporter of the Mackay Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership.

Lynda Pollock

Lynda Pollock.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.

Pierre Viljoen

Pierre Viljoen.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’.

Chris Wright

Chris Wright, board member Reef Catchments.Chris Wright is a Mackay local who spent the first 25 years of his life on a cane farm on Homebush Road, Rosella. Chris has over 25 years’ experience in the accounting industry, with many clients in the mining services, primary production, small business, and large licensed club’s area. Chris has a Bachelor of Business, is a fellow of the Certified Practicing Accountants Australia and is a registered company auditor.

Chris was appointed a partner of Brown and Bird in July 1999 and continues in this position to this day. Chris as senior partner is responsible for all aspects of the business as well as his diverse client base. Chris has extensive experience in small business operations and management in a diverse range of industries.

Chris is also the current chairman of RACQ CQ Rescue, a role which he has held for the past four years having been a board member since 2005. Chris is also current deputy chair and chair of the finance and audit committee of Whitsunday Anglican School Limited. He holds positions as an advisory board member to Brown and Bird clients that are in mining services business. Chris has also been a past committee member of several sporting and community organisations including Port of Mackay Rotary Club. He has a high level of community involvement and service and looks forward to continuing this involvement in the future.


Chief Executive Officer: Katrina Dent

Katrina Dent, general manager of Reef Catchments Ltd.As the Chief Executive Officer of Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Inc, now Reef Catchments Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Ltd, Katrina manages business and partnership development, leadership, and strategic management of Reef Catchments operations.

Secretary: Traci Ellwood

Traci Ellwood.As the Business Manager of Reef Catchments, Traci manages and supports the corporate operations and functions associated with finance, governance, human resource management, communications, and IT.

Sub Committee Structure And Members

Finance & Audit and Risk Management
Chris Wright(Chair), Julie Boyd, Kevin Kane, Jan Clifford
Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Lynda Pollock (Chair), Chris Wright, Julie Boyd, Jan Clifford, Bill MacDonald