Board of Directors

The Advance Cairns Board comprises of the Executive Chair, Deputy Chair, Chair of Finance & Risk Mitigation Committee and seven Non-Executive Directors.

Nick Trompf, Chairman

Since moving from Victoria to Tropical North Queensland in 2001, Nick has played an active role as a senior business leader as well as in the wider community.

Having joined Advance Cairns in 2018, after two years as CEO he accepted the role of Executive Chairman, a combined role of both Chief Executive and Chairman. He previously served six years on the Advance Cairns Board (2009-2012 and 2013-2016).

Prior to Advance Cairns he had a 34-year career in media, initially as a journalist and editor and then moving into commercial management. He was General Manager of Cairns’ oldest business, the Cairns Post Pty Ltd, for 11 years before promotion into more senior roles at News Corp Australia – ultimately heading all of its regional divisions from Hobart to Darwin (while still based in Cairns).

Nick has been a passionate advocate for the region serving on a variety of voluntary boards including Advance Cairns (two terms), the Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club, AFL Cairns, the Salvation Army Red Shield Business Appeal and Events Cairns. He and his family also run a stud beef cattle business on the Atherton Tablelands.

Michael Delaney, Director and Deputy Chair

Michael has been in public practice in Cairns since 1987 and has worked in the audit and business services areas since.

Michael is a BDO accredited advisor in Family Business and consults to a wide range of family businesses.

Michael is former President of the Cairns Amateurs and a former Director of Access Community Housing Company.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science (UQ), Bachelor of Commerce (UQ), Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies (Accounting) (Monash), is a Chartered

Accountant and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Trent Twomey, Director and Immediate Past Chairman

Trent is a pharmacist and a partner in a group of four pharmacies.

He is a National Councillor of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Chair of the  NQ Primary Healthcare Network, a member of the James Cook University Council, Interim Chair of the Northern Australia Alliance and has been a member of the Northern Australia Advisory Group, providing expert advice on developing Northern Australia to the members of the Strategic Partnership — the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, the Premiers of Queensland and Western Australia and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

Trent is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Council Member of the Queensland Futures Institute, Committee for Economic Development Australia Trustee, and the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Pharmacy.

Trent is married with two children.

Richard Barker, Director

Richard Barker was appointed as NQA’s Chief Executive Officer in December 2020, after joining the NQA Board of Directors in 2015. Richard has extensive experience in the Airports, Retail and Energy sectors. His previous role was General Manager of Retail & Commercial at Auckland International Airport.

Richard has more than 30 years of global experience having worked and lived in New Zealand, UK, USA and Australia. Richard holds a BMS (Marketing/Finance) and a KMI from Kellogg Business School – Chicago and is a member NZ Institute of Directors.  In NZ he was the former Chairman of his tribe’s Trading Company and a Trustee of the Attitude Trust – an organisation that celebrates the achievements of people with disabilities.   He is currently a Director of TTNQ – Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

Chris Boland, Director

Chris Boland is the Chief Executive Officer of Ports North.

Ports North is responsible for the management and operation of the Ports of Cairns, Karumba, Thursday Island, Mourilyan, Skardon River, Cape Flattery, Quintell Beach, Cooktown and Burketown as well as the Cityport project in Cairns.

Chris was born in Queensland and attended university at the University of Queensland gaining an honours degree in Engineering before working in Melbourne, the United Kingdom and Cairns.

Jodie Duignan-George, Director

Jodie Duignan-George is an Associate Vice Chancellor of CQUniversity. The primary focus of this role is to set the strategic direction for CQUniversity’s Cairns and Far North Region and lead activity in pursuit of the University’s engagement agenda.

Jodie has a strong background in corporate and commercial service management and business development within the higher education sector. Jodie’s real strength lies in community engagement. She has experience leading teams and setting strategic direction, for social and economic impact, in collaboration with industry and community.

In addition to her role at CQUniversity, Jodie is the Vice President of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Study Cairns and Company Secretary of Engagement Australia.

Jodie is a firm believer that the Cairns region has enormous potential yet to be unlocked. As a Cairns local of 26 years, she is passionate about the region’s development and is dedicated to strengthening opportunities for education and industry alike.

Professor Sandra Harding, Director

sandra-harding-small-09Professor Sandra Harding took up her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville.

Professor Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy in two areas: education policy and related areas; and the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development.

Professor Harding has undertaken a wide variety of external roles within the business community and the higher education sector.

Anuj Timblo, Director

Anuj has an extensive international mining background across Brazil, India, southern Africa, USA, and Australia. Holding a Bachelor of Science (Communications) with Minors in Business and Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He has over 12 years of experience in mineral resource development & acquisition as well as mining & metals economics, iron ore logistics, and marketing. Anuj was the Project Manager at Fomento Resources until 2009 after which time he was promoted to Executive Director. In this role he oversaw branches in multiple countries ultimately leading to the development of a north eastern Brazilian iron ore deposit of 120 million tons, presently at the precipice of commissioning.

Anuj’s portfolio was expanded in 2018 when he took on the role of CEO of Tablelands Mining Group. He is accountable for overall strategic and operational delivery of the Australian mining operations.


P.O. Box 3065
Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia


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