Ellen Weber
Chair

Phone:  0439 778 051

Ellen joined Northern Gulf as the Conservaton Director in November 2014.  Ellen is Secretary of Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC), an organisation she first joined in 1997.  She completed her science degree from James Cook University in Townsville in 1994, graduating with a first class Honors in Botany. She moved to the JCU Cairns campus in 1996, and with three other lecturers, established the School of Tropical Biology. During this time she also undertook a higher research degree studying rainforest plants in the Daintree lowlands.  Her day job is at the Wet Tropics Management Authority, working on vegetation mapping, threatened species, climate change, heritage conservation issues and building research partnerships with other organisations.
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Brian Muirhead
Director

Phone:  0419 728 696

Brian is a Geospatial Specialist with a degree in Hydrology obtained locally from James Cook University and recent experience performing scientific research in the field of agricultural and climate sustainability. Brian first joined the Northern Gulf team as a Sustainable Industries Officer, working on multiple projects aimed at improving efficiencies and minimising impacts before upskilling as a Geospatial Analyst for the Department of Defence. Currently Brian works for the Native Title Tribunal and has returned to Northern Gulf to continue advocating for the region in his capacity as Director. Having been born and raised in a small town in western Queensland he is familiar with the particular challenges that come with a rural lifestyle, along with the benefits. With this combination of experiences he hopes to encourage a positive and inclusive environment that supports the long term sustainability of the Northern Gulf region.
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Anne Clarke
Director

Phone: 0418 772 380

Anne has lived in Far North Queensland for 40 years and is a strong advocate for the competitive strengths of the region. Her focus has always been on encouraging sustainable development and programmes that build long term prosperity within regional communities. Anne has operated in primary industries, small business and the tourism industry. She has worked across government and with stakeholder groups and industry on regional infrastructure programs, natural resource management, protected area management and disaster response and recovery. She was Regional Director for the Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry and Executive Regional Director within the Queensland Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation. Anne chairs Commonwealth Government (AFMA) committees in the Torres Straits fisheries and has served as Director on the Torres Straits CRC, the Tablelands Futures Corporation and the Wet Tropics Management Authority boards. She coordinated the Crown of Thorns starfish project for the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre and has assisted North Queensland councils and communities to achieve sustainable development outcomes; applying a broad experience in primary production and environmental management as well as a strong background of connecting research and development outcomes to investment.
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Kate Eden
Director
Kate grew up in Herberton. She's worked all over far north Queensland in local government, Indigenous ranger programs, community engagement and lobbying. Kate has a long-standing commitment to community development work in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. She specialises in the relationship between policy and implementation, rural development, and workforce psychology.
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