Council

Currently, twenty-one Councillors constitute the RNA Council and guide every aspect of the RNA's operation and development. An executive team of seven Councillors, including the RNA President, has the responsibility of ensuring the ongoing viability of the Association and the Brisbane Showgrounds.

The RNA Council represents almost 5,000 RNA Members throughout Queensland and Australia and meet on a monthly basis.

All Councillors act in an honorary capacity and are assisted by Council Stewards, who similarly receive no remuneration for their work. The members of the RNA Council provide a range of expertise to the Association, with diverse backgrounds in the rural, private and public sectors.

Members of the RNA Council also sit on various committees which meet on a regular basis to assist with the direction and administration of Royal Queensland Show competitions and Ekka exhibits.

 
David Thomas
 
 

David Thomas

President
BCom LLB Hons Qld MAICD

David Thomas became the RNA President in 2011 after serving on the Council for nine years, the last two as Senior Vice-President. He participates in all activities of the association and is Chair of the Council, Executive Committee and the Council Nomination Committee, but as president is not a member of any council or show committees as per convention. David is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, having previously been senior partner at Minter Ellison Lawyers in Brisbane with more than 30 years' experience as a lawyer. From 2012 to October 2014 he served as the Deputy President of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) and remains a Trustee of the RASC. He is Chair of the Queensland Maritime Museum, Deputy Chair of Queensland Ballet and a Director of The Society of The Sacred Advent Schools Pty Ltd, which is the trustee of St Margaret's and St Aidan's Anglican Girls Schools. He is an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University.

 
Daniel (Dan) L O’Connor
 
 

Daniel (Dan) L O’Connor

Senior Vice-President
DipTchng BCAE BEdSt Qld LLB QUT LLM Qld FAIM MAICD

Dan O'Connor is Deputy President of the Industrial Court of Queensland and a Deputy President of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. He has been an RNA Councillor since 2000, has served as Honorary Treasurer and Junior Vice-President and was elected Senior Vice-President in September 2011. He is actively involved in the RNA and oversees many aspects of show planning including: Chairman of the Entertainment and Appeals and Disciplinary Committees and a member of Horse and Arena Committee. He is a Trustee of The Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth. In addition, he is involved in a number of not-for-profit organisations, in particular a Trustee of the Edinburgh Declaration Trust, a member of the Governing Council of the Judicial Conference of Australia and Chairman of the Council of the Anglican Church Grammar School.

 
Angus G Adnam
 
 

Angus G Adnam

Junior Vice-President

Managing Director of AAA Livestock Services Pty Ltd, Angus Adnam has brought a wealth of experience and energy to the RNA Council since his appointment in November 2005. An RNA Steward and Honorary Council Steward since 1978, he was elected Junior Vice-President in September 2011 and is a member on the Executive, Beef Cattle, Joint Stock, Agricultural Hall and Industry Committees. He is Chairman of the Food and Wine, and House and Catering Committees.

 
Tim Rothwell
 
 

Tim Rothwell

Honorary Treasurer
BA, FCA, MAICD

Tim Rothwell joined the Council in October 2013. He is currently a member of the Executive, Finance, Audit, Development, HR & Remuneration, Industry & Sponsorship and Dairy Cattle & Goat Committees. He was Chief Financial Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation for 16 years. He is board member of Airservices Australia. He has extensive experience in general, financial, project, property and event management and board matters. He is Chair of the Oz Harvest Brisbane Champions Group and on the Audit and Finance Committee of Wesley Mission Brisbane, having been its inaugural chair and a board member for 10 years. Tim is married with four children.

 
Catherine Sinclair
 
 

Catherine Sinclair

BSc MA Illinois DUniv FAICD FAIM

Catherine Sinclair joined the RNA Council in 2007. She brings extensive professional experience in the corporate sector. She has specific experience as a Board Director in transport, defence and the arts.  She has been a tribunal member in the primary industry sector.  Having a rural background, she is committed to ensuring a vibrant future for the RNA. Current positions include Chair, Residential Tenancies Authority, Director, National Board of CEDA, and Director of The Consultancy Bureau Pty Ltd.  Ms Sinclair was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University by Griffith University in 2014 and a Centenary Medal in 2001.

 
Professor Peter Little AM
 
 

Professor Peter Little AM

LLB LLM Qld PhD Bond FAIM FCPA

Peter Little was elected to the RNA Council in March 2009, is a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Education and the Future Committee. He is the Chair of the HR and Remuneration Committee, a member of the Finance, Audit, and Development and Planning Committees and is co-convenor of the Future Directions Committee. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Programs and Partnerships) at the Queensland University of Technology, he holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the University of Queensland and PhD from Bond University Law School. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow of CPA Australia, and Fellow of Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Director of Ormiston College, consultant to McCullough Robertson Lawyers Brisbane, a Director of the RACQ Foundation Pty Ltd and is a member of the Governing Committee of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

 
Lionel J Blumel
 
 

Lionel J Blumel

Lionel Blumel has been involved with the RNA as a Steward since 1986 and was elected to the RNA Council in November 2006. He is Chairman and Councillor in Charge of the Canine Committee and Cat Competition. He is a member of the Animal Boulevard, Joint Stock, Leasing and Allocation, Charity and Veterinary Committees. He is also a Director of Dogs Queensland that services the Dog World of Queensland. He is a working member of the Samford Show Society and active member of his local Community groups. Lionel a retired building construction project manager with 43 years experience managed a number of natural disaster recovery projects across Queensland.

 
Ian Ferguson
 
 

Ian Ferguson

BA Qld JP (Qual)

Ian is a longstanding member of the RNA who has previously served as an Honorary Ring Steward and Honorary Council Steward. An RNA Councillor since 2007, he currently serves on nine committees -Entertainment, Young Judges, Horse & Arena, Appeals & Disciplinary, Entries, HR and Remuneration, Veterinary, Biosecurity and Animal Welfare, Joint Stock, and Space & Letting. He retired as an Inspector of Police at the Ethical Standards Command and now undertakes a range of community activities. He has a broad background of community involvement, currently as Chairperson of Carindale PCYC.

 
Michael N Grieve
 
 

Michael N Grieve

BEd NT DipEd BCAE

Michael Grieve was elected to the RNA Council in September 2006. An education professional and Thoroughbred breeder, he is a member of the RNA's Horse and Arena, and Finance and Audit Committees. Outside of the RNA he is a committee member and Ringmaster of the Ipswich Show Society and executive member of the Thoroughbred Breeders of Qld.

 
Susan J Hennessey
 
 

Susan J Hennessey

Susan Hennessey brings to the RNA Council considerable expertise in the area of fine arts and management. As an RNA exhibitor and Steward for many years, she was elected to the RNA Council in 2001. The first female RNA Councillor elected to the Executive Committee, serving on this committee from 2006 to 2010, she is a past member of the Budget and Finance, and Marketing and Sponsorship Committees.  She currently Chairs the Fine Arts Committee (visual arts and cookery) and is a member of the House and In-Show Catering, Leasing and Allocation, Entertainment, Young Judges, and HR and Remuneration Committees.

 
Gary Noller
 
 

Gary Noller

A respected beef seed stock producer from the Darling Downs, Gary Noller was elected to the RNA Council in March 2010. Before becoming an RNA Councillor he was an active supporter of the association having judged the Led Steer Competition at a number of Royal Queensland Shows and as a member of the RNA Beef Cattle, Boer Goats and Meat Hall Committees, of which he is still a member. He is also a member of the Entries, Joint Stock, and Young Judges Committees.

 
Gary Kieseker
 
 

Gary Kieseker

Dip.T B.Ed

Gary Kieseker was appointed to the RNA Council in November 2012 after working alongside the association in a consultancy position for the Royal International Convention Centre (RICC). Gary has had a distinguished career in international hotel management, convention management and tourism education and training. He is a leader in strategic human resource management and has held senior executive management positions with prominent international hotels including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Oberoi Hotels International. His expertise and career has spanned the globe taking him to the United States, China, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Fiji, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. For the past ten years Gary has been managing partner in the international consulting company, PG International Consulting Pty Ltd.

 
William Roberts
 
 

William Roberts

William Roberts is a stud merino sheep and cattle producer and joined the RNA Council in November 2011 following years of involvement at the Charleville Show and the Sheep Spectacular in Goondiwindi and Toowoomba. He operates his property, Victoria Downs in Morven, and has been actively involved in committees including AgForce and the Leading Sheep Committee for South West Queensland. He is a serving Councillor and former past President of the Queensland Merino Stud Sheepbreeders' Association Incorporated, past President of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders and Chairman of Wool Poll 2015.

 
Duncan McInnes
 
 

Duncan McInnes

Duncan brings extensive knowledge of the dairy industry to the RNA Council. His roles within council include Chairman of Dairy and Dairy Goats Committees and a member of the Audit and Finance Committees.  He, in partnership with family, operate a large dairy property 'Inverclyde' at Harrisville as well as an agriculture and lucerne farm.  Duncan is Chairman of Dairy Farmers Milk Co-Op which represents 700 members across Australia and spent twelve years as Director of Australian Co-operative Foods. He is a Councillor for the Scenic Rim Regional Council and heavily involved with local community organisations.

 
Liz Allen
 
 

Liz Allen

BA, Dip Ag Admin

A Steward and Honorary Council Steward in the Stud Beef section since 2002, Liz was elected to Council in 2014 and is a member of the Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goats and Quilts Committees. She, in partnership with family, operate a large-scale stud and commercial Santa Gertrudis beef operation at Blackall.  Liz brings extensive knowledge of the beef industry and event management to Council through her previous roles with the RNA, Meat & Livestock Australia, AgForce Queensland and Qld Primary Industries Week Inc.

 
Ian Galloway
 
 

Ian Galloway

Ian Galloway joined the RNA Council in October 2014. Mr Galloway, a respected stud cattle breeder from Roma, has served as President of the Australian Hereford Society; as a committee member on the Brangus World Congress and judged cattle in Royal Shows across Australia, plus at international competitions. He's currently a member of the RNA's Beef Cattle, Veterinary, Biosecurity & Animal Welfare and Joint Stock Committees. Mr Galloway operates the Cootharaba Hereford, Duarran Brangus and Red Angus studs, plus the Cootharaba Bonsmara Stud.  The Cootharaba Hereford stud is Australia's oldest - founded in 1926 by Ian's grandfather JJ Galloway.

 
Don Chandler
 
 

Don Chandler

B. Bus, Member AICD

Don Chandler was elected to the RNA Council in June 2015.  Don is currently an Executive Director of UBS Wealth Management, having joined the firm in November 2012 after a 21 year career with Ord Minnett. Don was the Queensland State Manager of Ord Minnett for 8 of those years. During his career Don has provided investment advice to a broad range of Private and Wholesale investors. The move to UBS has provided the platform and resources to significantly expand his expertise and offering to High Net Worth clients. Don and his family have had a long association with the RNA and he is a former President of The Brookfield Show Society. In addition to the RNA, Don is a Director of the Queensland Club Foundation, Chairman of the St Aidan's Foundation, Chairman of the Brookfield Recreation Reserve Trust, and a Non-Executive Chairman of a Private Queensland Families Investment interests. He is a member of the AICD and holds a Bachelor of Business, QUT.

 
Rod Bower
 
 

Rod Bower

B. App. Sci. (Food Tech) MAIFST

Rod Bower a long standing member of the RNA has been a Ring Steward and Honorary Council Steward in the Horse and Arena section for more than thirty years. He served as the Chairman of the inaugural Future Directions Committee and has exhibited and stewarded in horse and cattle sections at a number of Queensland and Interstate shows. Rod a qualified Food Technologist is Operations Manager for a family owned food manufacturing business producing products for national and export markets. He has some 23 years' experience in food manufacturing and management encompassing human resources, compliance, information technology, food safety and quality systems.

 
Robin McLay
 
 

Robin McLay

Robin McLay joined the RNA Council in 2015 and is Chair of the Horticulture Committee. Robin brings extensive business and horticulture industry knowledge through her past experience in various industries. These include agriculture, tourism, floristry, hospitality and horticulture. Currently she owns and operates a successful award winning garden centre and bistro. The garden centre has been a NGIQ state winner for five consecutive years and in 2015 won the NGIA National Retailer and Business of the year and Best Garden Centre.

 

 
John Cotter
 
 

John Cotter

Commencing as a junior exhibitor, John has served the RNA as a Beef and Woodchop Steward, Honorary Council Steward, Future Directions Chair, member of Woodchop Committee and Marketing and Sponsorship Committee. Through his work in attracting and retaining sponsors, John has enjoyed pursing the mission of the RNA through events, showcases and interactive displays that promote agricultural education.

John has grown the family agricultural interests at Kinbombi to include services, mining and venture capital for public private partnerships. John Cotter is currently the CEO of Initiative Capital with more than 17 years' experience in major infrastructure projects.

 
Susan McDonald
 
 

Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald was appointed to the RNA Council in October, 2016. Ms McDonald is Managing Director of Super Butcher, a retail group of six stores and online butchers, serving 10,000 people a week in south-east Queensland. Super Butcher is the retail arm of the McDonald family's cattle grazing and export business. With degrees in Commerce and Economics, and as a registered CPA, she has more than 20 years of experience in accountancy and business management. Ms McDonald brings a wealth of expertise to the RNA, particularly in the beef supply chain area and her knowledge of 'paddock to plate' retailing and production.