The GasFields Commission Board was appointed on December 1, 2022 for a three-year period. It is made up of a part-time Chair and five part-time Commissioners.
Under Section 9A of the Gasfields Commission Act 2013 the Commission’s Board will include:
- (i) a commissioner who has knowledge of, or experience with, the interests of landholders; and
- (ii) a commissioner who has knowledge of, or experience with, the interests of communities in which the onshore gas industry operates; and
- (iii) a commissioner who has knowledge of, or experience with, the onshore gas industry.
The Commissioners operate as a board, setting the strategic direction, with Commission staff being responsible for its implementation.
John Anderson – Chair
John Anderson has extensive board experience as Chair, Council Member, Non-Executive Director and Subcommittee Member for a diverse range of trusts, companies, community and non-profit organisations.
He is a life member of the National Association of Apex Clubs of Australia and is proud to serve as the Commission’s first community representative Commissioner.
As an engagement specialist, facilitator and advocate, John has brokered and supported critical partnerships between Governments, industries and communities including in native title and cultural heritage agreements across the Surat and Bowen Basins, vocational and tertiary education, employment and training and health consumer engagement.
He served a near 30-year career with Queensland Government in Barcaldine, Toowoomba, and south-east Queensland across multiple agencies including environment and heritage, rail and ports, main roads and transport.
Since 2007, John has maintained his successful First Peoples consulting and training company providing business and community engagement and economic development services across regional and remote Queensland.
His current roles include Deputy Chair of the Queensland Building and Construction Board, Board Director of Health Consumers Queensland, Community Reference Committee Member of Urban Utilities, and community member appointed to the Crime Reference Committee of the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Rebecca Pickering – Commissioner
Rebecca Pickering has extensive experience in the energy and infrastructure industries having held senior executive roles at Energex and Origin Energy. She is currently the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Rail Track Corporation.
During her time at Origin Energy, Rebecca worked on the regulatory framework for the coal seam gas industry, ran gas field operations and led the environment, community and land access development phases for the first 1,000 wells of the Australia Pacific LNG project.
Stuart Armitage – Commissioner
Stuart Armitage has been an irrigation farmer in the Cecil Plains district for over 40 years and during that time has been involved in various leadership positions in the Rural and Agriculture industries. He was awarded the Peter Kenny Medal for his outstanding and ongoing contribution to the Queensland agriculture sector in September 2020.
Stuart was appointed Independent Chair of Sunwater’s Paradise Dam Industry Forum until his current appointment as a Director of Sunwater in September 2021.
Previously he served 4 years as President of the Queensland Farmers Federation and in this role worked tirelessly with Government and industry developing strategies to enhance sustainable farming practices. During this time, Stuart was involved in the drafting of the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 and is dedicated to ensuring improved coexistence outcomes for landholders. He has served as a member of the Arrow Energy Intensively Farmed Land Committee since 2006.
Stuart is an active member of Central Downs Irrigators Inc and Darling Downs Cotton Growers Inc. He previously served 6 years as a Director of Cotton Australia and 10 years as a Millmerran Shire Councillor.
On a more regional basis, Stuart is a member of the Telstra Regional Advisory Committee, Chair of the Rabobank South Queensland Client Council, and is Patron and current Chair of Are you bogged Mate? – a charity addressing mental health impacts in regional and farming communities.
Shalene McClure – Commissioner
Shalene McClure is a petroleum geologist with more than 27 years of oil and gas industry experience. She possesses a broad and intimate knowledge of Queensland's coal seam and unconventional gas sectors.
Shalene has been involved in all phases of the Queensland gas industry including, but not limited to, drilling, seismic, exploration, appraisal, technical evaluations, gas field development, and gas field asset operations. She is also a past Federal President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA).
Rachele Sheard – Commissioner
Rachele Sheard is a passionate advocate for strong and collaborative stakeholder and industry relationships. She has extensive experience in industry, resources and infrastructure projects and operations across varying geographies in Australia, Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa.
Rachele brings a proven track record of strategic leadership, stakeholder engagement and delivery in diverse operating environments, cultural settings and complex projects.
She was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sugar Milling Council. Immediately prior to joining the Council, she led Shell Australia’s East Coast Government and Corporate Affairs team that provided corporate affairs and social performance support across multiple business lines.
Jane Walker – Commissioner
Jane Walker and her husband, Ross, run a mixed aggregation with a dryland cropping and cattle fattening operation focusing on sustainable farming methodologies.
Having lived and grown up on the Darling Downs, she genuinely appreciates the land, people, and small communities that are the backbone of rural life.
Jane has had an extensive working history in stakeholder engagement, project management, and business development, with an outstanding performance in her role as a mediator.
She was instrumental in coordinating approvals for major resource projects and is now supporting a coordinated approach to early engagement for the construction of wind farms and transmission lines, with a particular focus on biosecurity protocols. Throughout her career, Jane has developed a thorough understanding of the regulatory environment of Queensland’s resources sector.
She has successfully led critical engagement projects, highlighting the importance of collaborative stakeholder partnerships with landholders, agricultural peak bodies, industry, and government to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for all.