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Board of ​​Directors

Our Board assu​​​​​​​​mes overall responsibility for corporate governance practices within GPC and monitors the performance of the organisation, our management and employees.

The Board, in conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer, establish and implement our operational, financial and strategic direction as outlined in our one year, five year and long term plans.

Ongoing government, customer, community and employee consultation assists the Board to enact the corporate objectives defined in these plans.

Peter Corones - Chairman ​AM MAICD

A business proprietor and company director, Peter’s background spans 41 years of extensive commercial and community experience. Over the past three decades he has been a member of, or served in titled executive and non-executive roles on, a number of key Boards and Authorities in the region. Current roles include Chairman of Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited (GAGAL) and Governor in Council appointee to the CQ University Council. Peter served on the City of Gladstone Council for more than 20 years, was Mayor for 14 years and is a past Director of GPC.

Gladstone born, Peter has significant knowledge of the region’s economic and industry development, ports, tourism, promotion, administration, project and community facilitation and understands the characteristics and challenges of the region. Peter was awarded a Centenary Medal for distinguished service to Local Government (2001) and a Medal of the Order of Australia (2009) for service to the Gladstone Region community.


Peter was appointed Chairman from 1 October 2018. He had previously served as Director from 1 July 1994 for two years and extended to 30 June 1999. Reappointed from 1 July 1999 until 30 June 2003; reappointed from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2005; reappointed from 1 July 2005 to 30 September 2007; reappointed from 1 October 2007 to 30 September 2009; reappointed from 1 October 2009 until to 30 September 2012. Peter ceased as Director on 16 August 2012. Appointed 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2018. Peter is a member of GPC’s Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee, the Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee, and the People, Performance and Culture Committee respectively.

Adrienne Ward MAICD

Adrienne Ward, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Adrienne has an extensive background in corporate and government strategy, as well as working in high-risk and dynamic environments. Along with her husband, she currently owns a number of businesses in Gladstone and has previously worked in state and national roles within organisations such as Accenture, Westpac Banking Corporation and Leighton Contractors. 

Adrienne is a passionate advocate and contributor to both Gladstone and Queensland. Her current roles include Chair of the Gladstone Airport Corporation, a Member of The Public Transport Fares Advisory Panel Qld, Committee Member of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Gladstone and ambassador and judge for the Women in Business Awards of Australia.

Adrienne is a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year, and was also awarded The Centenary Medal in 2003 for distinguished service and achievement in business and commerce.

Appointed Director from 1 October 2018. Adrienne is a member of GPC’s Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee and the People, Performance and Culture Committee respectively.

Gail Davidson FAICD

Gail Davidson, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Gail has held management roles in a number of areas for over 41 years and, until July 2016, was the Executive General Manager Disability and Community Services for Endeavour Foundation. Gail has been involved in the disability sector for more than 27 years, having previously worked in the hospitality and health sectors. She has been a member of the Gladstone Foundation Board of Advice, the Disability Council of Queensland, the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, under Treasury, the Complaints Management Quality Committee advising the Minister and was the Inaugural Chair of the Regional Disability Council of Central Queensland. At present, she is also a Queensland representative in Canberra on policy matters for the National Disability Service and is a member of the Board of Mercy Community Services in Brisbane. She has qualifications in management, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is continuing her studies.

​Appointed 1 October 2008 until 30 September 2011. Reappointed from 1 October 2011 until 30 September 2014; reappointed from 2 October 2014 until 30 September 2017; reappointed 12 October 2017. Gail is the Chair of GPC’s People, Performance and Culture Committee.

Grant Cassidy OAM FAICD

Grant Cassidy, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Grant has over 15 years' experience in the Gladstone area tourism industry, gained as managing director of the Cassidy Hospitality Group, a specialist group which owns and operates accommodation and restaurant businesses in the region. His 15 year's media experience provides a depth of understanding  of sales, marketing and media management. As a very active and long-term contributor to the area's community organisations Grant understands local issues, having been Chairman of Capricorn Enterprise – the region's peak tourism and economic development organisation and as a former member of the Tourism Queensland Board. In the latter role he chaired the Audit and Risk Committee. Grant has also previously held board positions with organisations such as Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and​ CQ University Australia. Recently, Grant was one of the three Rockhampton representatives to attend The Queensland Plan forums. Grant is also Chairman of the Capricorn Business Advisory Committee and a board member of Regional Development Australia - Fitzroy and Central West, as well as Chairman of the Salvation Army Rockhampton Red Shield Business Appeal Committee. Grant is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and Risk Committee.

Appointed 1 October 2015 until 30 September 2018.​​ Reappointed from 1 October 2018. Grant is the Chair of GPC’s Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee and is also a member of GPC’s Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee.


Peta Jamieson, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation 

Peta has extensive experience in Queensland State Government, Brisbane City Council and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), and is the director of her own management consultancy. She has a breadth of both executive and operational experience, and a clear understanding of how government, its policies and processes work. Peta is a strong advocate for the Bundaberg and Wide Bay Burnett Region. She is actively involved with community, commercial and government bodies such as the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils and Starfire Solutions on local and regional projects and initiatives. Peta is also Chair of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board and a member of its Finance Committee, Executive Committee and Audit and Risk Committee. 

Reappointed from 1 October 2018. Peta is a member of GPC’s Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee and People, Performance and Culture Committee respectively.

Stewart Butel BSc, Graduate Diploma of Business, GAICD

Peta Jamieson, board director at Gladstone Ports Corporation

Stewart has over 40 years’ experience in the Australian resources industry. He joined Wesfarmers Limited in June 2000, was appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers Resources in September 2006 and successfully led the company until his retirement in August 2016. Stewart has a strong track record in the Queensland Resources industry, having been President of Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the peak industry body for the resources industry in Queensland, and awarded the QRC Medal in 2016 for services to the sector. He was also the Chairman of the Australian Coal Association, and its low emissions technology fund ACALET. Stewart has held past board positions with organisations such as the Minerals Council of Australia, the Chamber of Mines and
Energy, Western Australia, and the ASX-listed Duet Group. At present Stewart is a non-Executive Director of the ASX-listed Stanmore Coal Limited.

Appointed 12 October 2017. Stewart is a member of GPC’s Finance, Investment, Commercial and Audit Committee and Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee respectively.