2016 Australian port or terminal of the year



Ms Renita Garard (OAM)

Chair (appointed 1 October 2015)

Renita is a chartered accountant with more than 16 years' experience in the provision of financial and taxation advice through roles within leading professional services firms.  In particular, she has significant experience in the provision of advisory services regarding large commercial transactions and reorganisations for corporate entities, private family groups, superannuation funds and investment funds.

Renita is a Director of Queensland Rugby Football Limited and the chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and also a Member of the Board of Management of LifeTec Queensland.

A dual Olympic gold medallist as a former hockey player with the Australian Women's Hockey Team (1996 & 2000), Renita was a Director of Hockey Australia from 2001 to 2012. In addition, Renita was a member of the Executive of the international body, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for seven years during this period.

Mr Bradley Webb

Non-executive Director (appointed 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2017)

Mr Webb is Managing Director of BM Webb Group, which was founded in 1979. The company has grown from an interstate truck haulage business into an award-winning construction and property development company.

BM Webb Group's first industrial warehouse was built 1986. In 1999, Mr Webb purchased 240 hectares of land at the Bohle, which is now known as Webb Drive Industrial Estate. The estate is now home to over 80 businesses, many of which are accommodated in buildings designed and constructed to suit customer requirements.

Mr Webb has achieved numerous construction, corporate, environmental, humanitarian and personal awards, including most recently Townsville Citizen of the Year in 2003 and special recognition from General Peter John Cosgrove AC MC, for providing food to the community as part of the Cyclone Larry Recovery Taskforce in 2006.

Mr Webb's port and rail experience encompasses such projects as the $40 million Toll/QRX Rail Terminal in Townsville, Port of Townsville Marine Precinct Alliance Project and Forestry Plantation Queensland's log yard. Mr Webb is currently Director of Queensland Country Credit Union and founding Chairman of Food Relief NQ.

Ms Megan Heywood

Non-executive Director (appointed 4 December 2015)

Megan has more than 18 years experience in the legal profession and has spent the majority of her professional years as a Senior Crown Prosector with the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions.  Megan also has significant private practice experience in law, having worked at Ebsworth and Ebsworth Lawyers; subsequently opening her own firm in Townsville (Fredericks Heywood), with a strong focus on employment law.

Megan is well known in the Townsville community for co-founding the Sky Foundation, a registered charity committed to raising funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence.  Megan has held Board positions with Protect All Children Today and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Mr Shayne Hanran

Non-executive Director (appointed 4 December 2015)

Shayne Hanran is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland with over 25 years' experience in the industry.  A Townsville local; he completed his studies at James Cook University and has extensive experience in the project management, design and construction phases of a diverse range of civil and structural projects.

Shayne has fulfilled the Project Director role on a number of large multidisciplinary mining infrastructure and materials handling related projects and possesses a comprehensive understanding of the communication and technical skills required to successfully deliver major projects.

Shayne is the Area Director of North Queensland and Northern Territory for AECOM Australia Pty Ltd; he also holds a position on the Advisory Board for Engineering at James Cook University.

Hon. Mike Reynolds AM, BSW, MAICD.

Non-executive Director

Mr Reynolds has extensive experience as a Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Director of the Boards of Corporations, Statutory Authorities and not-for-profit companies.

Mr Reynolds was a Councillor with the Townsville City Council from 1973 to 1989, serving as Mayor of Townsville (1980-1989) and Deputy Mayor (1976-1980). He was the State Member for Townsville (1998-2009), serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier (1998-2001), Minister for Emergency Services and Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland (2001-2004), Minister for Child Safety (2004-2006) and Speaker of Queensland Parliament (2006-2009).

He is also the former Chairman of professional dance company Dancenorth (2010-2013), Chairman of Townsville Port Authority (1990-1996), Chairman of ACT Vocational Training Authority (1992-1995) and Deputy Chairman of North Queensland Electricity Board (1979-1988).

Mr Reynolds was an Adjunct Professor at the Public Policy Institute at the Canberra Campus of the Australian Catholic University (2012-2013) and is the Australian Patron of Youth With a Mission Medical Ships Australia (2009-2017).

Mr Reynolds is a non-executive Director with North and West Remote Health (2012 to 2017).

Ranee Crosby

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Crosby has more than 18 years' experience in the port and shipping industry and began her career at the Port of Townsville in 1998.  She possesses a unique combination of comprehensive industry knowledge and an intimate understanding of the operations of Port of Townsville.

Born and raised in North Queensland, Ranee is passionate about the region's opportunities for economic growth and sustainability into the future.

As CEO, Ms Crosby has overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and management and operation of the Ports of Townsville and Lucinda.

Prior to her appointment to the position of CEO, Ranee held several positions at the Port of Townsville including General Manager Commercial, Manager Corporate Governance and Company Secretary.

Ms Crosby holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from James Cook University, is Chair of the Townsville Committee of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of the Transport, Resources and Agriculture and Manufacturing Sector Group, and Governor in Council at James Cook University.

Jacob Kalma

General Manager Marine and Logistics

Jacob is a highly experienced logistics executive with a strong commercial and business improvement focus. He has 24 years' supply chain experience, including seven years as Group Manager Shipping Logistics with Xstrata Coal Queensland. Prior to this Jacob held various senior positions across all modes of the logistics and resource sector including QR National, BHP Billiton, Queensland Nickel and Incitec Pivot Limited. Jacob has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Management (Supply Chain Management) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Claudia Brumme-Smith

General Manager Trade and Property

Claudia brings a deep commitment to the role for customer relations and is passionate about cost and operationally efficient businesses that can compete on an international playing field.

Born and raised in Germany, Claudia has been based in Townsville since 2007. During her career she has worked for several global companies such as Proctor and Gamble, L'Oreal, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson in marketing, business development and management roles in various countries. In 2013 Claudia spent time working at the Port of Hamburg studying international container supply chains as well as how to increase container handling capabilities.

She has won several management and export awards for her previous work at Townsville-based company, Larissa Bright Australia:

  • 2009 Winner Townsville Australian Institute of Management Young Manager Award
  • 2008 Winner Townsville Young Chamber of Commerce Young Employee Award
  • 2008 Winner North Queensland Emerging Export Awards
  • 2007 Winner North Queensland Emerging Export Award

She is also a casual teacher at James Cook University and is passionate about the international development of the Townsville region. Fluent in German, English, French, and Spanish, Claudia is now studying Mandarin and holds a double Bachelor Degree in International Management and Business with honours from universities in Germany, the US, and Spain.

Kim Gebers

General Manager Infrastructure and Planning

Kim has extensive experience in the planning, management and development of major infrastructure assets. For the past seven years he was the Chief Executive and General Manager of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. In this role Kim managed assets valued at $5 billion, and led the operational implementation of a $1.3 billion terminal expansion to increase its capacity from 56 to 85 million tonnes per annum. Prior to this Kim was the Operations Manager and Deputy General Manager at Clyde Babcock-Hitachi. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Distinction) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and a Company Directors Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Sibley

Chief Financial Officer

Over the last 30 years David has worked across financial and corporate management within government, profit and not-for-profit entities. He has been responsible for formulating and implementing long term strategic, operational, and financial plans; commercialising government service units, and improving bottom line results in both non-profit and for-profit entities.

He has extensive experience in change management and has held the position of Manager Financial Services at POTL, and acted in other senior executive positions, for the past six years.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Esther Slocombe

Company Secretary & Legal Counsel

Ms Slocombe commenced employment with POTL in October 2007 and is currently POTL's Company Secretary and Legal Counsel. Ms Slocombe oversees POTL's governance, legal, regulatory, government stakeholder liaison, strategic/corporate planning, contractual review, right to information, information privacy, records management, risk management, audit and administration functions.

Prior to joining POTL she held a position of legal practitioner in a private legal practice in Townsville for three years.  Ms Slocombe was admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland on 23 February 2007.  She is a member of the Queensland Law Society, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a trustee on the Townsville Traditional Owners Charitable Trust and Managing Director of the Townsville Maritime Museum.

Ms Slocombe has also completed a Diploma of Management.