• Terrain NRM Board Directors
  • Governance

    Terrain NRM's Board consists of seven people with various areas of expertise.

Next Board Meeting 

The next Board Meeting will be held at Terrain's Cairns office, on Friday 25 August. 

Terrain's Board looks at the big picture, carries out constant assessment of Terrain's performance and guides it towards its goals. The Board of Terrain is appointed to:

  • provide purpose, leadership, direction and a strategic vision
  • ensure all legal and financial responsibilities are met and that finances are sound and operations are legal
  • carry out risk management
  • select and oversee the Chief Executive Officer
  • evaluate and improve its own effectiveness

Through the establishment and implementation of Terrain's 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, the Board seeks to ensure that Terrain's legacy is a stronger and healthier Wet Tropics community and landscape.

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Board Members

Director Terrain NRM
Keith Noble
Chair pro tempore

Keith is a tropical fruit grower from Tully, a Land Use Planner, and previously, a Director of Growcom, Troplinks, Australian Tropical Fruits, and Australian Tropical Marketing. Before realising his ambition to 'go farming', Keith spent 20 years working in natural resource management throughout Australia.  Keith is currently completing his PhD research into Resilience in North Australian agriculture. 


Areas of expertise: NRM related industry, Traditional Owner related NRM, Community Engagement, Land Management


Ken Atkinson - Terrain Director
Ken Atkinson

Ken is a fifth generation Mount Garnet beef producer and a commercial aerial mustering operator. He is currently a Director of the North Queensland Sale yards Company, and Fire Warden of the Anthill Rural Fire Brigade.


Areas of expertise: NRM related industry, Waters and Water Quality, Catchment Management, Land Management



Ryan Donnelly

Ryan Donnelly has been involved in natural resource management for around 20 years, primarily in the marine environment working with commercial fishermen and building collaborative frameworks with fishery and protected areas managers and scientists. He holds a B.App.Sci (Hons) in Coastal Management and an M.Sc that focused on social and natural resource management challenges relating to an emerging commercial fishery and trade superimposed upon traditional subsistence fishing and customary tenure in remote island communities.

Areas of expertise: NRM related industry, Waters and Water Quality, Climate, Government


Peter Rowles

Peter has been a secondary school biology and marine studies teacher and is now spending time on his interests of natural history and the promotion of conservation and ecologically sustainable land management. He has a long history as a member of a number of community organisations in the Innisfail/Mission Beach area.

Areas of expertise: Conservation, World Heritage, Catchment Management, Community Engagement


Professor Steve Turton
Professor Steve Turton

Steve is a retired geography academic and he works as a casual environmental consultant. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Central Queensland University in Cairns. From 2005-2016, he was Director of the JCU/CSIRO Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture, and a Professor of Geography at James Cook University in Cairns. From 2003-2005, he was Director of Research for the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre. Steve is a past member of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Scientific Advisory Committee (2004-2011). He is a Past President of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, Immediate Past President of the Institute of Australian Geographers and Chair of the National Committee for Geographical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science. Steve is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers.

Areas of expertise: NRM management, especially science-practice partnerships, world heritage and protected area management, and climate change impacts and adaptation in the tourism, agriculture, and forestry sectors.


Allison Halliday

Allison Halliday is a rainforest bama from the Gordonvale District and Goldsborough Valley Region. She is of the Malanbarra Clan of the Yidinji Tribe.

Allison has been actively involved in Aboriginal issues, particularly Native Title, Cultural Heritage and Land Management, since March 1995 when Ministerial Council approved the Terms of Reference for The Review of Aboriginal Involvement in the Management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

On 29 April 2005, as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Negotiating Team for the Rainforest Aboriginal People of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Allison officially signed off on the Regional Agreement with both State and Commonwealth Governments. Allison was also the Acting Executive Officer of the then Aboriginal Rainforest Council that represented that 18 Tribal Groups of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Allison's role as Executive Officer and a Wet Tropics Board Director was to ensure the Regional Agreement was implemented by the Land Management Agencies and to monitor and review the continued involvement of Rainforest Aboriginal people in the management of their traditional lands within the WTWHA.

In 2006 Allison was then nominated by the Australian World Heritage Indigenous Network (AWHIN) of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA) of Far North Queensland to represent AWHIN nationally on the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee (AWHAC).

Areas of expertise: Traditional Owner related NRM, World Heritage, Waters and Water Quality, Community Engagement



Robin Clark
Robin Clark

Robin Clark is a land use planner, with over 30 years’ experience in land use planning and natural resource management in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters of Environmental Science.

Robin has lived in Cairns since 1993 and has worked for a number of State government agencies, primarily involved in the preparation of the Wet Tropical Coast Coastal Management Plan and Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031.

She is currently the Regional Director, Planning for the Northern Region of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and is responsible for working with local government, the development industry and the community to deliver best practice planning outcomes for north Queensland.