Board chairperson since February 2014
Brian Stewart has held chief executive and senior management roles in the private and public sectors including chief executive of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland) and director-general of the state government departments of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland Emergency Services, and Consumer Affairs. He has also served as director for profit and not-for-profit companies including the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.
Brian was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 1976 and has held the roles of crown prosecutor and assistant public defender.
Brian has held a range of key positions on government boards, tribunals and on community groups including the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (Queensland) and Logan House. He has also served as a trustee of the Lady Bowen Trust dedicated to improving opportunities for the homeless.
Board member since September 2014
Sandra Deane is an experienced board member, tribunal member and an independent energy consultant with extensive private and public sector experience. She brings experience from senior positions (including as CEO) in the corporate (publicly listed, large private and government-owned corporations) and professional (legal) sectors. Sandra was admitted as a solicitor in 1988 and has more than 20 years’ experience in legal practice in corporate and private practice and tribunal roles. She also has more than 14 years’ experience in the energy sector. She brings professional expertise in contract management and negotiation, dispute resolution and compliance. She is currently on the Board of Energex Limited and is a sessional member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Board member since July 2008
Allan Welsh has led major projects in the public and private sectors for the past 20 years, with extensive experience in managing capital infrastructure, information and business system projects and events. In 2008 he received a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and was awarded two Australia Day medals for capital works programming and arts infrastructure management in Queensland.
Board member since September 2014
Philip Askin was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1981 and has practised exclusively in litigation since 1982, in all jurisdictions in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and the High Court. He is managing partner of Townsville-based law firm Roberts Nehmer McKee Lawyers, where he specialises in major commercial litigation, general dispute resolution, trade practices and defamation. Philip holds the position of honorary solicitor with the Totally and Permanently Disabled Ex-Servicemen and Women’s Association in Townsville, and is the chairman of the Cathedral School of St Anne and St James board of directors, Townsville and board member of The Good Shepherd Limited as Trustee for The Good Shepherd Home Charitable Trust.
Board member since February 2014
Peter Nolan is a Brisbane barrister with many years experience in criminal law. Admitted as a barrister more than 35 years ago, he worked as a prosecutor and then crown prosecutor until he moved into private practice where he specialised in civil and criminal matters. He now focuses on criminal law and continues to serve as an officer in the Australian Army Legal Corps — a position he was commissioned to in 1985.
Anthony Reilly is an experienced lawyer and public administrator who has held senior roles in the Queensland Government prior to his appointment as Legal Aid Queensland’s CEO. Before working in government, Mr Reilly spent many years working as a lawyer, including in community legal centres.