GAPDL Corporate Staff

Glenn Churchill
Chief Executive Officer

Glenn has been actively associated with GAPDL for over 12 years, as a member of the Board Directors for five years and is now in his 7th year as Chief Executive. 

He holds formal tertiary qualifications in management, business management, HR, local government administration, public safety administration, project management and law and is a member of CQ University alumni. 

Glenn is a long time member of Economic Development Australia, the appointed representative for Gladstone Region and Banana Shire to the State Regional Tourism / Events Committee, Chairman of Gladstone Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) and GAPDL rep to a number of regional committees, campaigns & working groups. 

Glenn has held various other important leadership and senior management positions including elected Mayor/Councillor Banana Shire (11 years), qualified Queensland Police Service Senior Sergeant (27 years), elected CQ representative on LGAQ State Executive and CQ University Council.

He has been admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), admitted as a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) for NFP sector and throughout his career and service to the community, Glenn has been bestowed and humbled by acknowledgements with the Prime Minister’s Medal (PMM) for “Service to the Community”, Queensland Police Commissioner’s Medal for distinguished service, National Police Medal and holds the honour of being a Life Member of State PCYC and Life Member / member of other community, performing arts and sporting organisations. 

Erickson Noakes
Regional Development Executive Officer

Erickson (Erick) has over 12 years’ experience working for Qld Government on the development, review and implementation of strategic programs, projects and initiatives delivered in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote communities across Queensland. 

Erick has held a number of senior and principal positions with Arts Queensland and the Department of Education, Training and Employment and worked closely on projects with the Department of Communities and the Office of State Revenue.

Erick holds formal tertiary qualifications graduating from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science majoring in Family and Consumer Studies. He has also undertaken a number of management courses in the area of project management. 
Erick was recruited and appointed to the role of Investment and Development Officer with GAPDL to work with and build strong relationships with key stakeholders in advancing regional economic development across business, industry and tourism for the Gladstone region.  

Karen Sweeney
Tourism - Business Development Executive Officer

Karen is responsible for Tourism and Business Development for the Gladstone Region and Tourism for the Banana Shire including destination marketing, brand and product development. A Gladstone Region native with extensive business, corporate and professional contacts throughout the Region who knows and understands the challenges, opportunities and achievements of the tourism business industry within our larger region and expectations for the future.

Karen is dedicated to developing small to medium businesses in the Gladstone Region through providing mentoring, information and referrals in areas like business management, financial management, business planning, marketing, networking and other general business advice.

Karen has previously owned and successfully operated her own award winning small business in Gladstone Region for well over 20 years.

Tourism Queensland Digital Program Cluster Leader – September 2011 – August 2012 – Mentored over 37 tourism businesses through a Digital Ready Program to help operators capture more business online and working one-on-one with individual operators to benchmark their businesses against world’s best practice.

Patricia Rizzato
Communications, Media and Marketing Officer

Patricia completed a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at USC in 2011 and has continued to develop her Marketing skills through her internship and marketing roles.  Patricia’s role with GAPDL is to develop and implement a Gladstone Region Promotions and Marketing Master Plan; aimed at achieving an increase and tangible, measurable improvement in business attraction opportunities, tourism profile and community pride throughout the region.

She will also continually promote the positive aspects of the Gladstone Region and build strategies to attract external media coverage wherever possible and exposure of investment opportunities.

Patricia develops, implements and promotes both internal and external projects, programs, events and services focused on GAPDL’s Vision and Aims.

Brooke Thomassen
Digital Specialist & Events Officer

Brooke has recently taken on the role of Digital Specialist and Events Officer and can assist all GAPDL members with enquiries relating to the Gladstone Region Website, Member Console, Social Media (including Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram and YouTube), Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) and is the primary point of contact for listing events on this website.

As the Events officer for GAPDL, Brooke also organises all GAPDL Business Luncheon and Networking Events, so please contact her for more information regarding any upcoming events facilitated by GAPDL. 

Brooke also designs all of GAPDL’s collateral, including brochures, guides, maps, advertisements and features for both digital and print media.

In 2012 Brooke completed her Certificate 3 in Business Administration and is currently undertaking further study through CQU.

Kaihla Dennis
Finance Officer

Having previously worked for not-for-profit, government organisation and small business, Kaihla has developed a broad knowledge of internal financial procedures and accounts management.  Kaihla is an Associate Member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, has attained a Diploma of Business in 2013, Certificate IV in Bookkeeping in 2014 and is continuing her accounting studies in 2015.

Undertaking the finance officer role within GAPDL, Kaihla manages all accounts payable, receivable, financial reporting, reconciliations and is the point of contact for all financial enquiries.

Jessica Wolski
Membership and Client Services Officer

Jessica has recently joined the GAPDL team as the Membership and Client Services Officer. Jessica’s key responsibility is to build strong working relationships and provide a high standard of service and value to our current and prospective members and partners. 

Along with a professional, friendly, responsive and enthusiastic personality, Jessica is your main point of contact for any membership enquiries including new applications, renewals, client services and member benefits such as Membership renewals, Letters of Support, Discounted Yaralla Lifestyle Packages and Corporate Qantas Club Memberships.

Jessica is currently studying a Bachelor in Professional Communications with a Major in Marketing at CQU. She has had extensive roots within the not-for-profit business and administration sector, along with a Certificate IV in Community Services Work and a Diploma in Management.