Gladstone Region Engagement Committee

Focus Areas

Trades Training / Campus unification

  • Ongoing industry consultation – training needs
  • Community advocacy – ensuring an accurate and positive message is shared in the community through various networks
  • Direct change management advice and mentoring support

Youth / School leaver awareness

  • Participate in school visits
  • Promotion (to parents) through business newsletters, rotary presentations etc.
  • School leaver and alumni working group


  • Advocacy (especially re government funding)
  • Working group to be established
  • Community needs analysis round table

STEM and Agriculture

  • Implementation of STEM Hub
  • Engagement in Banana-shire

Marine Environment

  • Advocacy (especially re industry and government funding)
  • Working group to be established
  • Industry needs analysis
  • Coastal & Marine Ecosystem Research Centre (CMERC)

Future Focus Areas

Business and Alumni

  • Focus on increased engagement
  • Mail campaign - future members, focus group members

Region Partnership and outreach

  • Further joint meetings and projects with Wide Bay REC
  • Engagement in Banana Shire through meeting within the region

Indigenous Engagement

  • Maintain and develop current partnerships
  • Strategic focus on increased Indigenous participation


Ms Ryl Gardner (Chair)
Company Director and Management Consultant, Derridale

Prof Owen Nevin (Deputy Chair)
Associate Vice-Chancellor (Gladstone Region), CQUniversity

Ms Tracy Buchanan (Secretary)
Campus Administration Officer, CQUniversity

Mr Peter Corones
CQUni Council Member

Ms Joanne Glover
Executive Director Operations, Qld Health Gladstone and Banana Clinical Network

Mr Patrick Hastings
Chief Executive Officer, Gladstone Industry Leadership Group (GILG)

Mr Neville Hughes
Managing Director, GTC Financial

Mr Richard Johnson
Local Elder

Mr Mark Winters
Travel Manager, Departure Point

Dr Emma Jackson
Research Fellow / RCL, CQUniversity

Dr Linda Pfeiffer
Senior Lecturer Education, CQUniversity 

Ms Alison Murdoch 
Senior Campus Administrator, Gladstone Marina Campus,  CQUniversity

Mrs Karin Simon
Campus Library Manager, Gladstone Marina Campus, CQUniversity