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. 

Karen Sweeney
Tourism - Business Development Executive Officer


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.









Melissa Dahtler
Digital Specialist (Maternity Leave)


Melissa's role within GAPDL is the development and implementation of digital content and strategies - From this website, to all forms of social media (including our corporate and consumer Facebook and Twitter profiles, Instagram and YouTube) and ATDW (Australian Tourism Data Warehouse).

Melissa designs all of GAPDL's Graphic Art, including brochures, guides, advertisements and features for both digital and print media.

In Melissa's absence all members who require assistance with the GAPDL Member Console, would like to advertise an Event or require assistance with ATDW or the Digital space should contact Brooke Thomassen.




Erickson Noakes
Investment and Development


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.  

Patricia Rizzato
Project Officer - Marketing and Promotion


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 her Certificate 3 in Business and is currently undertaking further study through CQU. 

Brooke has recently taken on the role of Digital Specialist and can assist all GAPDL members with enquiries relating to the Member Console, Social Media, Digital Strategies and the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse.  She is also the point of contact for listing events on this website.

Brooke is also the Events officer for GAPDL - please contact her for information on our Business Luncheons or any upcoming events facilitated by GAPDL.


Kaihla Dennis
Bookkeeper


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.  Having complete her Diploma of Business in 2013, she is now studying a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and will continue studies throughout her career.  Undertaking the finance role within GAPDL, Kaihla manages all accounts payable, receivable, financial reporting, reconciliations and is the point of contact for all financial enquiries.