Ms Sheriden Morris, Chair |Babinda, QLD

BAppSc (Hons), GAICD

head shot of Sheriden Morris

Sheriden is currently the Managing Director and Company Secretary of the Cairns-based non-profit Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) and Deputy Chair of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sheriden has extensive experience in environmental research and monitoring management, aquaculture development, agricultural science and agronomy in the sugar cane and banana industries of Far North Queensland and served as a Director of Wetland Care Australia and has previously worked with CSIRO and GBRMPA.

As an extensive contributor to land and sea management policy, Sheriden has also spearheaded the development and implementation of an innovative aid development program on Australia’s northern borderlands with Papua New Guinea.

Board term: 2017-2022

Cr John Wharton AM - Deputy Chair Richmond, QLD

John Wharton

Councillor John Wharton OAM is Mayor of the Richmond Shire Council. He received a Member of the Order of Australia Award and Centenary Medal for his service to the community of North-West Queensland and local government. He is the Director of his own company, Wharton & Co Pty Ltd and is a registered Real Estate Agent. John is recognised nationally for his commitment to community service through local government, regional development, natural resource management and   primary industry organisations.

Board term: 2017- 2023

Cr Peter Long |Karratha, WA


Peter Long

BE (Hons), BA, BSc (Env Sc), CPEng (1989-2012), FIEAust

Peter is Mayor of the City of Karratha. 

A professional engineer and environmental scientist, Peter has lived in the North for 32 years.  Before becoming Mayor, he started and ran a combined engineering and environmental consulting business for 25 years.  This grew to some 90 personnel with offices in Perth, Karratha and Margaret River. 

Apart from his Mayoral and CRCNA duties, Peter currently serves on several Boards including: Astron Engineering (Managing Director), Rangelands NRM (WA), Pilbara Universities Centre (Chair), WALGA State Council, North West Defence Alliance (Chair), Engineers Australia Cyclone Safety Taskforce, Regional Road Group (Chair), Regional Capitals Alliance, Murujuga Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group.

Board term: 2020-2023

Mr John Bearne | Townsville, QLD

AdvDipEng, FAICD, Registered Builder QLD

John Bearne

John has substantial experience as Chair and Director of numerous commercial and not-for-profit organisations including Townsville Hospital Health Service (Chair), Tropical Health Academic Research Centre (Chair), the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust (Director), the Australian Technical College of North Queensland (Director) and Yumba Meta (Director). He was formerly the President of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce and is a Life Member of Townsville Enterprise Ltd.

Board term: 2019 -2022

Ronald (Ricky) Archer | Darwin , NT

Ricky Archer portrait

Ricky Archer is a Djungan man from the Western Tablelands region of northern Queensland. He has a strong network of on ground land and sea managers across Northern Australia from which to draw from and has demonstrated an ability to connect on-ground work of Indigenous organisations with regional, state and commonwealth priorities.   Ricky is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA). He is involved with numerous organisations and committees enabling strategic input across a diverse field, these include  North Commonwealth Marine Park – Board Member, NT Aboriginal Land Management Advisory Group – Chairperson, National Feral Pig Action Plan Implementation Committee – Chairperson, National Forestry Stewardship Council, Indigenous Working Group – Member, Indigenous Innovation Alliance - Member.

Board term: 2020-2024

Mr Brendon Douglas |Darwin, NT


Headshot Brendon Douglas

Brendon is experienced in executive leadership in the higher education, commercial, community and public service sectors.

He works as the Deputy Director at Menzies School of Health Research, Vice-Chancellors' Fellow at the Innovative Research Universities representing seven universities, and International Fellow at Oxford Academic Health Partners.

Brendon is a qualified lawyer, Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and has postgraduate qualifications in management. Brendon is a Board member of the Lowitja Institute and is actively involved and engaged in policy discussions relevant to the ‘north’, including the Developing Northern Australia agenda and the Northern Territory’s Operation Rebound. 

Board term: 2020-2023

Dr Rebecca Mohr-Bell |Katherine, NT

B. Nat. Res. Econ, PhD (Economics)

Headshot Rebecca Mohr Bell

Rebecca Mohr-Bell is a pastoralist and agricultural economist from Katherine, NT. Rebecca has extensive experience in supporting agricultural producers to improve their business performance and supporting agricultural organisations with strategic planning and research. With her husband she runs a commercial Brangus herd at Katherine which is focused on breeding a high growth, high fertility animal. Rebecca is a member of several NT government advisory committees and a member of the NT Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association State Council. She has recently been appointed to the Board of Rural Business Support, a non-profit organisation which provides independent business advice to agricultural and small businesses in the NT and South Australia.

Board term: 2020-2023

Mr David Larkin AM |Broome, WA


David Larkin

David is a visionary business leader and award-winning entrepreneur with extensive experience in industry and private leadership and Board roles .

As the founder of one of the largest Australian-owned and operated beef processors, Altron Enterprises, David has a deep understanding and knowledge of commercial enterprise, food production and export and supply chains.  David has previously worked as the CEO of Hancock Agriculture and has held various Board positions including:

  • Chair and Deputy Chair of the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) from 1999-2016
  • Director & Member, Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) from 2011-2016
  • Chair, Pastoral Lands Board from 2020-current

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2017 for significant service to international business and commerce through leadership and innovation in the Australian beef export industry.

Board term: 2020-2023