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North Queensland Future Leaders Announced for 2024

Aaron Newman (L), CEO of Queensland Country Group and Claudia Brumme-Smith (C), CEO of Townsville Enterprise with the 2024 North Queensland Future Leaders.

This week, Townsville Enterprise, alongside program partners, Queensland Country Bank, officially announced the 15 young professionals selected for the 2024 North Queensland Future Leaders Program.

Created with the goal of educating the next generation of regional leaders on the issues, opportunities and challenges impacting the Townsville region, the eight-month program has been re-launched to retain and develop essential skills knowledge, and talent within North Queensland.

Meet your 2024 North Queensland Future Leaders….

Amy Dorling. Chief Financial Officer,
Hurst Constructions QLD

BDmag. January 2024.

Chief Financial Officer
Hurst Constructions QLD

With over 12 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant, Amy enjoys working closely with her clients to help them grow and prides herself on providing well thought-out innovative solutions at home and in business.  

Export Manager
Pacific Islands International

Born and raised in Townsville, Connor currently works for Pacific Islands International as a Sales Manager, servicing countries such as Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu. Leading in this position for over five years, Connor enjoys the fast paced and flexible work offered through dealing with International Trade. 

Connor Harding. Export Manager, Pacific Islands International. 

BDmag. January 2024.
Connor McKay. Partnerships Executive, North Queensland Cowboys RLFC. 

BDmag. January 2024.

Partnerships Executive
North Queensland Cowboys RLFC

A driven Partnerships Executive at the North Queensland Cowboys, Connor brings a wealth of local experience as the Former North Queensland Director of an Allied Health company and seamlessly combines business acumen, athletic discipline, local knowledge and connections, as well as a commitment to continuous learning in his constant pursuit of success. 

Hansen Engineering Group

A proud JCU graduate with over a decade of industry experience, Tim enjoys delivering complex infrastructure projects that benefit his community in his professional role as a civil/structural engineer. Tim enjoys a challenge and is always striving to find innovative solutions and efficiencies.

Tim Hansen. Director, Hansen Engineering Group.

BDmag. January 2024.
Jane Passmore. Registrar, The Cathedral School Townsville.

BDmag. January 2024.

The Cathedral School Townsville

Jane is an innovative and versatile professional with strong business acumen and extensive hands-on experience in strategy, marketing, management, and project delivery. A born and raised Townsville local, Jane credits the combination of her local upbringing with her global career experiences for her balanced business approach, blending creativity and commercial pragmatism. 

Operations and Standards Manager
Townsville Airport PTY LTD

Hailing from Townsville, Kyle boasts a 14-year background in aviation, specialising in airport operations. Devoted to securing the connectivity and prosperity of Townsville Airport for years to come, Kyle’s aim is nurturing the airport as a key critical infrastructure asset that connects and grows essential business and the Townsville community.    

Kyle Morris. Operations and Standards Manager, Townsville Airport PTY LTD. 

BDmag. January 2024.
Nathan Toll. Marketing Manager, Mater. 

BDmag. January 2024.

Marketing Manager

Nathan is a communications professional who has called the Townsville North Queensland region home for the past 20 years. After graduating from university, Nathan gained experience across both the public and private communications sectors in Townsville and the Burdekin; with his role overseeing internal and external communications for Mater’s facilities in Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg.    

Senior Management
Townsville Earthmoving PTY LTD

With over 12 years in the earthmoving and property development industry, Dan is now a Senior Manager at Townsville Earthmoving, with extensive experiences in administration of construction services, as well as risk management, regulatory compliance, and private-sector governance.

Dan Humphreys. Senior Manager, Townsville Earthmoving PTY LTD. 

BDmag. January 2024.
Brendan Cartwright. Operations Manager, McDonald's Parcorp Group. 

BDmag. January 2024.

Operations Manager
McDonalds Parcorp Group

Having dedicated the past 15 years to McDonald’s/Parcorp Group, commencing in Charters Towers, Brendan relocated to Townsville in 2012 and has progressed through the management ranks to now lead as Operations Manager overseeing eight operations across North Queensland. Driven by a passion for the diverse experiences and opportunities, Brendan continues to strive for growth and opportunities both personally and professionally.

Senior Manager
PVW Partners

Jason is a Senior Accounting Manager for PVW Partners with over a decade of experience advising on complex matters pertaining to income tax advice, business restructuring and financial business performance.  

Jason Donoghue. Senior Manager, PVW Partners. 

BDmag. January 2024.
Emma Mooney. Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Townsville Catholic Education. 

BDmag. January 2024.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Townsville Catholic Education

Emma is a highly-skilled marketing and communications professional with an extensive background in the communications industry. Currently employed as a Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Townsville Catholic Education, Emma brings a breadth of industry experience and as a Townsville, remains deeply committed to the growth and development of the city. 

Public Affairs Officer
Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Ashley is an experienced communications professional with a background in print media. Emigrating from South Africa with her family as a child, Ashely has made regional Queensland her home and is passionate about telling regional Queensland’s stories. 

Ashley Pillhofer. Public Affairs Officer, Townsville Hospital and Health Service. 

BDmag. January 2024.
Simone Sullivan. Marketing Manager, Townsville Enterprise. 

BDmag. January 2024.

Marketing Manager
Townsville Enterprise

Simone is North Queensland local with a passion for telling the region’s unique story. Charged with managing all marketing channels for Townsville Enterprise and Townsville North Queensland, Simone promotes the region to visitors, investors and relocators from across the country and the world. 

General Manager
EMU Sportswear

As the General Manager at EV2 Sportswear, Sean enjoys assisting sporting clubs with their teamwear, supporters gear and merchandise. With over 13+ years experience based in the Townsville head office, Sean leads a team that supplies custom sportswear to clients locally, across Australia and internationally. 

Sean Howe. General Manager, Emu Sportswear. 

BDmag. January 2024.
Samuel Shaw. Senior Internal Communications Officer, Townsville City Council.

BDmag. January 2024.

Senior Internal Communications Officer
Townsville City Council

With a passion for storytelling, relationship building and advocacy, Sam has a profound love for Townsville and has a keen desire to contribute to the betterment of the region, seeing Townsville grow into a resilient, prosperous, sustainable, and accessible city of the future. 

With a passion for storytelling, relationship building and advocacy, Sam has a profound love for Townsville and has a keen desire to contribute to the betterment of the region, seeing Townsville grow into a resilient, prosperous, sustainable, and accessible city of the future. 

Click here to read our earlier article about the Future Leaders Program.

To view images from the official launch held at Queensland Country Bank earlier this week, please click here. (Please note that you will be redirected to Townsville Enterprise Facebook page).

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Compiled by the BDmag editorial team