Executive Leadership team

Craig Haymes

Chief Executive Officer

Craig has over 30 years of leadership, senior executive and non-executive director experience in multinational corporations. Portfolios have included multi-billion dollar energy projects, infrastructure, operations, company acquisitions and mergers, project management, corporate and joint venture relations. An inclusive leader, Craig has a reputation for strong networking, business governance and excellence, organisation engagement and transformations, and sustainable solutions with a focus on improving safety, operational and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance. He is also passionate about volunteering and participating in the community in which he lives and works.

Commencing with Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) in May 2022, Craig continues to lead GPC through sustainable change to support today’s business and to fully position the corporation to capture sustainable growth opportunities. He is focused on ensuring continuity and stability for GPC in the pursuit of being a world leading multi-commodity ports corporation by facilitating and delivering sustainable trade and prosperity. In 2023 he was appointed Director at Ports Australia. Craig’s experience is complemented by a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) and is a Fellow and Chartered Professional Engineer, Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust; CPEng; EngExec NER; APEC Engineer; IntPE Australia), Member Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Company Directors Course (GAICD).

Jenelle Druce

Chief Financial Officer

Jenelle Druce is a CPA qualified accountant with three decades of experience within the port industry and Government Owned Corporations (GOC). Jenelle’s experience includes Bundaberg Port Authority prior to their amalgamation with Port of Brisbane Corporation Limited before joining Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited. Jenelle has a reputation for her in-depth analysis and financial solutions with a commitment to making business numbers transparent and accurate for better business decision-making. She is committed to financial performance of the organisation and compliance with all relevant Acts, Standards and Regulations and delivery of all statutory requirements including financial statements and associated disclosures. 

Kim Gebers

Chief Operating Officer

Kim has a diverse portfolio of executive experience delivering operational and safety improvements including engineering, operations, asset management, production, bulk handling, ports, planning, commercial and resources. Previously the General Manager Terminal Operations for Pilbara Ports Authority, Australia’s largest port, he has held senior roles across coal export, general cargo, project cargo, LNG export and other bulk commodity exports, including his time as CEO of Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. Kim has previously also served as Chairman for the International Coal Exporting Terminal Operators Association. He has a strong record of continuous improvement, development, and innovation to meet emerging trades and demands. Kim’s experience is complemented by a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

Ben Hayden

Executive General Manager Asset Management

With a strong background in Asset Management and Maintenance, Ben offers demonstrable experience across strategic asset planning and management, maintenance, project management, efficiency analysis and technical and business risk assessment with safety and integrity, performance targets and operational excellence as the pillars of his style.
Previously leading the Callide Power Station, he has also been responsible for the development and implementation of the Asset Management System at Gladstone Power Station, which resulted in an Australian Engineering Excellence Award. Ben’s experience is complemented by a Bachelor and Master of Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration.

Sharad Kohli

Executive General Manager Marine Operations 

Sharad has over 20 years of experience in the ports & maritime and offers a wealth of Harbour Master experience spanning pilotage, towage, ship vetting, shipping movements, Vessel Traffic System operations, Dredging, Hydrographic surveys, and Port security. In his previous role at Mid-West Ports Authority, Sharad was the Harbour Master at the Port of Geraldton overseeing all marine operations which included approvals for two new ports and execution of major dredging projects. He has led multi-disciplinary teams and engaged stakeholders across internal functional teams as well as external parties such as port operators, shipping agents and government agencies. Sharad’s experience is complemented by a Master Class 1 Certificate and a Master of Business Administration.

Jane Blackbourn

Executive General Manager People 

Jane has partnered with executives and leadership teams in all facets of people strategy, performance, talent and development, project and cultural change, workforce strategies and employee relations and specialises in site engagement. She has developed and delivered programs to build organisational and leadership capability and led organisational changes including transformational and cultural change initiatives with Abbot Point Operations, John Holland, BHP, and Rio Tinto.
Jane has port experience from her most recent role as the Human Resources Manager for Abbot Point Operations for over 5 years. Jane’s experience is complemented by Bachelor of Business Management (Human Resources), a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Employee Relations.

Richard Haward

Executive General Manager Safety & ESG

Richard is a value driven Sustainability and ESG leader with over 20 years’ experience in the port, gas and heavy industry sectors, specialising in sustainability, ESG, climate change, greenhouse gas management, environmental management, regulatory reporting, stakeholder engagement, project management and enterprise risk. Prior to supporting our team at GPC, Richard provided strategic leadership to ESG teams at Origin Energy and Queensland Alumina and collaborated with stakeholders seeking ways to decarbonise the business, developing standard processes and systems to drive consistent and sustainable outcomes. Richard’s experience is complemented by a Bachelor of Technology Analytical & Environmental Chemistry and a Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management.

Ashley Dinning

Executive General Manager Trade and Development

Ashley is a transformational senior leader with a strategic commercial mindset, extensive international experience, and has successfully designed and executed strategies to transform operations and propel growth. His senior commercial management career spans 25 years and he has worked both in port authority and terminal environments. He has extensive knowledge of container and bulk terminals and port environments, having held leadership positions at ports in the United States, Australia, Canada and India. He offers a history of building and maintaining successful relationships with various stakeholders including government agencies, community, and customers. Previously the Chief Commercial Officer, APM Terminals Pier 400 in Los Angeles, the largest container terminal in the Western Hemisphere, he managed strategy and customer relationships and was also heavily involved in the ESG strategy and commitment of the company.