Our People

Our members and supporters are the essence of NPAQ.

Our Patron

Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM is the 27th Governor of Queensland and representative of His Majesty King Charles III, Queensland’s Head of State. The Governor is appointed by The Queen upon advice provided to her by the Premier of Queensland.

Our Council


Vice President



Susanne Cooper


Joanna Osborn

Clare Birnie


Rod Diaz

Russell Watkinson

Simon Cavendish

Our Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Chris Thomas

Conservation Manager
Simone Maynard

Operations Manager
Samantha Dickson

Marketing & Communications Manager

Karin Cox

Our Volunteers

NPAQ is supported by a dedicated group of active volunteers

  • Janice Monroe

  • Emily Griffiths

  • Graeme Bartrim

  • Russell Watkinson

  • Frank Freeman

  • Alan Watkinson

  • Mary Anne Ryan

  • Ian Peacock

  • Laurelle Lowry

  • Len Lowry

  • Sheena Gillman

  • Yvonne Parsons

  • Glenn Tozer

Our Founder

Romeo Lahey, MBE – Romeo remained President for more than 30 years and was instrumental in convincing the Queensland Government to declare many of the state’s national parks gazetted up to the 1970s.

Honorary Life Members

For exceptional service to NPAQ, Honorary life membership has been bestowed on:

  • Debra Marwedel

  • Jim Stebbins

  • Wendy Bell