OUR ORGANISATION

We are one of Australia’s largest port authorities by tonnage throughput and more than half of Queensland’s trade, by tonnage, pass through our ports.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited (NQBP) became a port authority on 1 July 2009, under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994, for the seaport facilities at Hay Point, Mackay, Abbot Point, Weipa and Maryborough.

We are one of Australia’s largest port authorities by tonnage throughput and more than half of Queensland’s trade, by tonnage, pass through our ports. Our aim is to be the recognised leader in the delivery of bulk cargo infrastructure. The sea port facilities we manage are vital to the export and import performance of Queensland and Australia. NQBP ports handle bulk shipments of coal, bauxite, sand, sugar, grain, petroleum and general cargo. Coal is by far the main commodity handled, but each port and each commodity is important in its own right.

As a port authority, NQBP is responsible for:

  • strategic port planning
  • port business development
  • port infrastructure development
  • environmental management and marine pollution (within port limits)
  • port security and safety
  • port efficiency
  • maintaining navigable port depths for shipping
  • issuing licences, leases and permits to other organisations for use of port land, infrastructure, and facilities (NQBP has a multi-user access policy in place at its ports to facilitate highest possible utilisation of port infrastructure, and greatest possible operational efficiency).

Port pilotage operations and navigation are the responsibility of NQBP for the Ports of Hay Point and Mackay.  The Port of Townsville provides pilotage services for the Port of Abbot Point and Ports North is responsible for pilotage services at Weipa.

Stevedoring and towage services are outsourced to approved contractors at all of NQBP’s ports.

The Team

Delivering world class ports cannot be done without the efforts of our people. NQBP continues to look for ways to improve on what we do and that includes our employees. It is important that employees feel valued, supported and encouraged to perform and develop their knowledge, competencies and skills.

  • Brad Fish
    Brad Fish
    CHAIR
  • Steve Lewis
    Steve Lewis
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
  • Annabel Dolphin
    Annabel Dolphin
    DIRECTOR
  • Stephen Golding AM RFD
    Stephen Golding AM RFD
    DIRECTOR
  • Kasper Kuiper R.O.N.
    Kasper Kuiper R.O.N.
    DIRECTOR
  • Peter Tait
    Peter Tait
    DIRECTOR
  • Craig Walker
    Craig Walker
    DIRECTOR
  • Jane McTaggart
    Jane McTaggart
    DIRECTOR
  • Bernie Wilson
    Bernie Wilson
    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
  • Gary Campbell
    Gary Campbell
    DIRECTOR SUSTAINABILITY & EXTERNAL RELATIONS
  • Peter Sinnott
    Peter Sinnott
    DIRECTOR LEGAL, PEOPLE AND GOVERNANCE
  • Rochelle Macdonald
    Rochelle Macdonald
    GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT
Brad Fish
CHAIR

Brad has more than 30 years’ experience working in the ports sector within Australia, and currently works as a consultant providing advice to businesses in the port and marine sectors.

Brad was Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Bulk Ports for 13 years to July 2014. In this role he had responsibility for the strategic planning, infrastructure development and operations of a number of Queensland ports ranging from the large bulk export ports of Hay Point (including Dalrymple Bay), Abbot Point and Weipa, the multi cargo port of Mackay down to the smaller regional ports including Thursday Island and Mourilyan.

During his 30 years Brad has gained wide experience in all facets of port management and development. Some highlights of this time include:

  • The planning, development and construction of Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (capacity from 18 mtpa to over 40 mtpa) as well as the expansion of Abbot Point Coal Terminal from 14 mtpa to its current capacity of 50 mtpa between 2005 and 2011. Cost of expansions $1.2 billion.
  • The successful sale of both the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal in 2001 and the Abbot Point Coal Terminal in 2011.
  • The merger of the Ports Corporation of Queensland with Mackay Port Authority.
  • The development and execution of over 20 major dredging programs most adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
  • Negotiation and development of many complex commercial agreements in respect of the use and operation of the various facilities
Steve Lewis
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Steve has a wealth of knowledge about Australian ports, having served as the Port of Dampier’s CEO for 11 years prior to taking on NQBP’s CEO role.  During this time, Steve has overseen the trade development of the world’s third largest bulk export port, and building the capabilities of the port across all areas, including its geographic expansion.

Steve has had over 30 years of involvement with transport, which includes involvement in federal and state committees on transport and is strongly focused on business development, customer service and operational efficiency.  Steve also currently sits as a Director on the Board for Ports Australia.

Annabel Dolphin
DIRECTOR

Bus. (Mgmt), Dip NSL, MAICD, CAHRI

As a qualified business management practitioner with over fifteen years’ experience, Annabel brings a diverse range of expertise and experience to the board. Starting her career as a Human Resources professional, she is now regarded as a strategic business adviser providing ‘whole-of-business’ solutions to business leaders who achieve profitable and sustainable business outcomes.

Since 2011, Annabel has also made the career move as a professional company director sitting on both private and government boards. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Annabel has also completed a Diploma in Neuroscience of Leadership which complements her focus on building people capability within organisations.

Stephen Golding AM RFD
DIRECTOR

BE, MEngSc, BEcon, Hon FIE Aust, FCILT, FAIM, FITE, FAICD, CPEng, RPEQ

Stephen Golding has had a long and distinguished career with the Queensland Department of Main Roads. From 1970 to his retirement in March 2005, Mr Golding held a number of key management positions and in July 2000 was appointed Director-General of Main Roads.

Mr Golding is active in four professional associations including an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Australia) and has served on a number of panels and committees. He is a Director and Chair of Transport Certification Australia Ltd, a Director of Transmax Pty Ltd and a Board Member of Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

He has enjoyed a long career in the Army Reserve enlisting as a private soldier in the Queensland University Regiment in 1963 and retiring in 2004 with the rank of major general. In June 1998, Mr Golding was awarded Member of the Order of Australia for outstanding service to the Army Reserve.

Kasper Kuiper R.O.N.
DIRECTOR

M.Mariner FG + ext., M.Grad Dip. OSD, MAICD, JP

Kasper Kuiper‘s expertise in port construction and reclamation includes some of the largest port and underwater constructions in the world – The Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India, Pakistan and Singapore, to name a few. Captain Kuiper relocated to Brisbane for the construction of the Brisbane International Airport, the reclamation of Gold Coast beaches and afterwards he worked for the Woodside Project, Cape Lambert, Port Headland and Karratha, Western Australia. Captain Kuiper is Branch Master of the Queensland Branch of the Company of Master Mariners and a member of the Board of Governors of the Management of the ‘Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation’.

In May 2013 Captain Kuiper was a force behind the establishment and dedication of the ‘First Contact Memorial’, together with the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, North Queensland. He is the Honorary Consul of The Netherlands in Queensland and was decorated as a Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in May 2006. Captain Kuiper holds a Queensland Real Estate Principal’s Licence and is a member of the REIQ and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Tait
DIRECTOR

BCom, M Info Systems, FCA, GAICD

Peter Tait has been practising in chartered accountancy for 25 years for SH Tait and Co. This large regional practice operates in central Queensland providing accounting, taxation, audit and general business services to a wide range of diverse industries. Mr Tait is a registered tax agent and registered company auditor providing business and audit services and advices to a variety of industries and clients.

Mr Tait is the Company Secretary of Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited.  Dedicating some of his time and talent to the community, he has been Honorary Treasurer of the George Street Neighbourhood Centre Association Inc in Mackay and Honorary Treasurer of Mackay Children’s Contact Service Inc since 2001.

Craig Walker
DIRECTOR

Craig Walker is a highly credentialed executive with an expansive career spanning infrastructure, ports, rail, marine and supply chain. He is Managing Director of Brimik Consulting and previously held senior executive roles with Aurizon, Port of Gladstone and Rio Tinto.

Craig is renowned for his strategic thinking and his domestic and global business acumen that is demonstrated by the growth and success of the enterprises he has worked with.He has an Executive Masters of Business, is Chairman of Roseberry Community Services and holds directorships with a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Jane McTaggart
DIRECTOR

BA (Econ), MEng (Mgt), CPPM (AIPM)

Jane has over 27 years of experience delivering major projects for local, state and federal government and authorities. She specialises in transport and infrastructure planning and has delivered strategic planning, concept design and feasibility studies, business cases, tender documentation and transaction advice on projects such as Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Gold Coast Light Rail and Cross River Rail, as well as Mauritius Light Rail.  Prior to her work with consultancies, Jane worked for three Lord Mayors of Brisbane, led major projects and teams for the Queensland Government and for UK government authorities.

Bernie Wilson
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Bernie is responsible for developing and driving the strategic financial direction for NQBP to ensure the organisation is structured for success. He oversees the Finance, Strategy, Information Communication Technology, Human Resources and Industrial Relations and Risk Management and Assurance functions within NQBP.

Gary Campbell
DIRECTOR SUSTAINABILITY & EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Gary liaises with all levels of Government, ensuring strategic and policy issues associated with major projects delivery, port operations and planning are proactively coordinated and addressed and strategic business opportunities are developed which maximise business outcomes in alignment with government policy and direction. He leads individual projects which contribute to overall Port Development, particularly those requiring significant Government interface.

Peter Sinnott
DIRECTOR LEGAL, PEOPLE AND GOVERNANCE

Peter is responsible for the corporate governance functions at NQBP, including the provision of company secretarial support to the Board, as well as responsibility for the management of NQBP’s legal issues.

Rochelle Macdonald
GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT

Rochelle leads the Engineering and Development Department and provides senior engineering and port development expertise to NQBP.  She is also a key member of the Executive of NQBP. She ensures that the engineering and development work of the department is of a high standard, properly managed, technically robust, and is delivered in a cost effective manner. She drives innovation, continuous improvement, and the pursuit of cost-effective service delivery for internal and external clients.

THE ORIGIN OF NQBP

NQBP was formed as a result of the 2008 Queensland Government Review of the Queensland Port Network Structure. The outcome of the review has led to a regional five Port Authority model with the aim to meet the long term supply chain and trading needs of the State of Queensland.The outcomes included the directive to divest of certain ports under the management of Ports Corporation of Queensland, with the remaining to merge with Mackay Ports Limited.

On 2 July 2009, the ports of Hay Point, Abbot Point, Weipa and Maryborough merged with Mackay to become part of the new port authority of North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation Limited (NQBP).

NQBP is a company under the Corporations Act and the Government Owned Corporations Act 1993 (GOC Act) and a port authority under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994.Under the GOC Act, NQBP’s activities are governed by:

a Statement of Corporate Intent, which is an agreement between the organisation’s Board and its shareholding Ministers;

a five year Corporate Plan.

As a GOC, NQBP operates according to commercial principles, raises its own revenue and make the dividend and tax equivalent payments to the Queensland Government.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

NQBP applies ‘good practice’ corporate governance to help it achieve its outcomes and obligations through sound planning and risk management. Corporate governance guides decision-making and improves accountability so that people working for NQBP have a framework for good business conduct and integrity in dealings.The Board of NQBP assumes overall responsibility for corporate governance. It monitors the performance of the business, its management and employees, both directly and through the established Board Committees.

The following information outlines NQBP’s corporate governance framework including roles and responsibilities, designed to help NQBP achieve its strategic goals and operational efficiencies.

NQBP BOARD

NQBP’s Board sets the corporate direction and goals, oversees management to ensure it achieves the corporate goals, and reviews the progress of the organisation. The Board Charter sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Board and of management. To assist the Board in discharging its duties, NQBP has three Board committees and each of these has a charter in place that sets out its role.

The Corporate Governance guidelines for GOCs provide a framework for GOCs to develop, implement, review and report upon their corporate governance arrangements.

NQBP MANAGEMENT

A rigorous management performance review process is applied to ensure NQBP executives act responsibly and efficiently, delivering on the organisation’s strategic plans.  Applied to this performance review is a performance pay scheme for executives. The recommended payments are determined by the Board and reported to shareholding Ministers.

The Board and its related Committees also review remuneration recommendations for the CEO and executives.

CODE OF CONDUCT

NQBP’s business is dependent on good relations and fair treatment of customers, employees and the public. The principles defining the work performance and ethical conduct expected of all Directors and employees is outlined in our Code of Conduct.

RISK MANAGEMENT AND ASSURANCE

NQBP takes a proactive approach to managing the risks in its business. These risks may include financial risks such as fraud, foreign exchange and contract control; project governance risks; safety risks for employees and members of the public; security risks for port facilities and users; risks of environmental releases, land contamination or nuisance impacts; information technology risks, reputational risks, strategic risk issues and risks of breaches of legislation or licences. The focus of risk management within NQBP is to ensure effective integration over time into organisation processes so that risk management not only protects value, but creates value.

NQBP has a risk management policy and guidelines that provide the strategic framework for risk management, as well as detailing roles and responsibilities. As part of a regular review process, the policy is updated annually and re-endorsed by the Board.