Board Members

John McVeigh - Chairman

Appointed to the board on 15/10/2020

John McVeigh is the Executive Director of the University of Southern Queensland’s ‘Institute for Resilient Regions’, which focusses on research and engagement to assist regional communities build resilience and adapt successfully to change.

John was the Federal Member for Groom, based in Toowoomba until he stepped down in late 2020.  He served in Cabinet as Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, and had extensive experience across a range of regional development, trade and industry related parliamentary committees.

Prior to federal politics John was the State Member for Toowoomba South and served as Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Shadow Minister for Science, Information Technology and Innovation.

He was previously a Councillor on the Toowoomba Regional Council from 2008 to 2012 where he held the Corporate Services Portfolio and Chaired the External Audit Committee.

Prior to public life John led a Toowoomba based agribusiness consulting practice managing local and international irrigation, aquaculture, beef, cotton, dairy, grains, horticulture, timber, wool and food processing projects.

John’s commercial career prior to politics and consulting included administrative, marketing and management positions in banking, rural merchandise, the grain industry, Department of Primary Industries and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.  He is Chairman of Fibreking Pty Ltd, a privately held Queensland based international packaging machinery company, and has served on various local education, natural resource management and community boards.  He holds a B. Bus. (USQ), a MBA (Bond) and a PhD in Agribusiness Management (UQ).

John is passionate about the agribusiness and energy sectors and sustainable community development.  He is a strong advocate for industry and infrastructure development in regional Australia - particularly that associated with the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.

Together Anita and John McVeigh have raised their six children in Toowoomba, and they remain proud residents of this leading regional area of the nation.

Rob Hart - Deputy Chairman

Appointed to the Board on 22/10/2015

Rob is the Managing Director of Upscale Pastoral Fund.

Rob brings the strength of 18 years oil & gas experience including CSG Agri experience, Co-Chair – Qld Agribusiness Group and Norco/Agrium experience to the TSBE Board. Rob also served six years as President of Chinchilla Community Commerce & Industry.

Rob is passionate about the region that he grew up in and wants his kids to grow up in this region. Rob also wants to retain that country authenticity, with a vibrant diverse economic prosperity without diminishing the wonderful safe liveability of the area.

Rob was motivated to join the TSBE board to put back into the community and to ensure that the gas development in the region is done in a fair manner incorporating concerns about water, from landholders and local suppliers. Rob also is passionate about pushing the boundaries do what few other regions have ever done before.

Stewart Morland - Director

Appointed to the board on 9/10/2014

Stewart Morland is a career downstream fuel marketer with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, who began his career in 1979 with Morland Petroleum, a downstream petroleum company established by his father Reginald Morland. This hands on experience across all facets of the petroleum industry provided Stewart with the necessary experience to establish his own fuel distribution company in 1990.

In 1996 Stewart embarked on a joint exploration petroleum project with IOR which led to the discovery of the Inland Oil Field PL98 in 1996 – one of the largest onshore oil fields in Australia at that time. Stewart went on to become a shareholder at IOR in 2004, and in 2013 became the majority owner of the company along with Ross Mackenzie.

As the proactive and innovative leader of the sales and marketing efforts within the company, Stewart has proudly seen the steady growth of IOR to over 90 talented staff; and the development of a strong brand synonymous with innovation, authenticity and exceptional customer service.Through the efforts of the team at IOR, the company has been able to expand its product and service offering and now provides a diverse range of petroleum and fluid storage solutions throughout Australia to the transport, mining, municipal and rural sectors.

Kathryn McKeefry - Director

Appointed to the board on 15/01/2018

Kathryn is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer for St Vincent's Private Hospital in Toowoomba. After leaving school, she trained as a registered nurse and worked in the field of Intensive care nursing in New Zealand, USA, Europe and Britain, before returning to New Zealand and completing Midwifery training. Kathryn then practiced for ten years in this role. From here Kathryn moved into administration and completed her MBS. Kathryn moved to Australia in 2009 to work in senior health roles in both Brisbane and Sydney before taking up the role CEO at St Vincent's Private Hospital in Toowoomba. 

Peter Lock - Director

Appointed to the board on 11/10/2018

Mr Peter Lock has more than 30 years' experience in the financial services industry spanning insurance, institutional banking, business development, business banking and corporate banking. He has held senior management roles at the Bank of Melbourne, St George Bank, and the Commonwealth Bank, following a career with the National Australia Bank. He has also run his own corporate advisory firm.

Mr Lock is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a keen interest in leadership and community, and has been part of numerous capacity-building committees in a mentoring capacity.

Mr Lock holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Finance and Securities Institute of Australia.

Ian Macfarlane - Director

Appointed to the board on 11/10/2018

Ian Macfarlane is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, the Chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, a member of the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Toowoomba Community Advisory Committee, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian has extensive experience across the resources and energy, agribusiness, science and innovation, skills and training and manufacturing and industry sectors. Ian retired from the Federal Parliament in May 2016. Before entering federal politics, Ian was one of the country's most active agripoliticians. He previously farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat, and ran cattle in Queensland's Burnett region.

Ian was President of the Queensland Grain Growers Association for seven years, President of the Grains Council of Australia for two years, and simultaneously held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers' Federations.

Ian is married to Karen and has two adult daughters. He lives in Toowoomba, Australia's largest provincial inland city.

April Cavanagh - Director

Appointed to the board on 11/10/2018

April Cavanagh is the State Manager – Agribusiness Queensland for Suncorp Bank based in Toowoomba. April is passionate about Agribusiness and Regional Australia. Across her 20 year career she has gained diverse experience in Financial Services, Agriculture, and Manufacturing having worked in Brisbane, Sydney and London before returning to Regional Australia.

She is highly respected for her dynamic leadership style; track record of transforming businesses and ability to get the job done. Through her role at Suncorp and work in the community, she has built an excellent network of contacts throughout the Toowoomba Surat Basin region.

Originally from Outback NSW, she is married to Luke and mother to three boys. Renowned as a passionate leader in the community, April values making a difference and giving back. She has taken an active role in supporting a number of other community endeavours such as South West Region’s breast cancer van; Toowoomba Hospital Foundation; Aussie Helpers and Yellowbridge.

Tom McVeigh - Director

Appointed to the board on 11/10/2018

Tom McVeigh is the managing director of Murdoch Lawyers, a leading full service legal firm located in Toowoomba.

He practices exclusively in the areas of estate and succession planning, and was recognised by the Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyer for Queensland and Australia 2018.

Whilst Tom is a lawyer by profession, he continues to have a keen interest in the agricultural industry with previous generations of his family being involved in farming on the Darling Downs for many years.

 His passion is to see the region develop to its full potential in a sustainable and balanced way so that everyone can enjoy success in the future.

Mayor Paul Antonio - Ex-Officio Director

Appointed to the Board as Ex-Officio Director

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio has been Mayor of the region since 2012. Bringing more than 30 years of local government experience to the role, Paul was previously the Deputy Mayor of the Toowoomba Regional Council in its first amalgamated term, and Mayor of Millmerran Shire Council for eight years, having served continuously on Council from 1982-2008.

As Mayor of one of Australia's most family friendly cities, Paul leads the region at a time of intense growth and development. The current and projected spend in the broader region is estimated at more than $11 billion dollars which includes the construction of the much anticipated Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, one of Australia's largest ever inland road projects.

Paul is the founding Chair of the Darling Downs South West Queensland Council of Mayors and Deputy Chair of the Council of Mayors South East Queensland, which collectively represents one in seven Australians.

Mayor Antonio continues to advocate for Toowoomba's place on the planned Brisbane to Melbourne Inland Rail Line and is an executive member of the alliance of Local Governments likely to be impacted by the project. Paul is also leading the business community to position Toowoomba as the transport and logistics hub of Queensland and Australia.

Other significant initiatives delivered under Paul's leadership include an extensive flood recovery and mitigation program for Toowoomba following the devastating floods of 2011 and 2013; declaration of the region as a Refugee Welcome Zone; and hosting one of Queensland's largest White Ribbon Day events promoting peace, particularly in families and homes.

Paul holds a Diploma of Agriculture, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held a number of board positions.

Serving as patron of a number of local associations, Paul is also a White Ribbon Ambassador.

In his time away from Council Paul continues his interest in the family farming operation west of Millmerran concentrating on the production of Angus beef and grain.

Brian Pidgeon - Ex-Officio Director

Appointed to the Board as Ex-Officio Director

Brian Pidgeon has over 35 years' experience in local government, as well as extensive management experience and professional qualifications in evironmental health.

Brian joined Toowoomba City Council as the Manager of Health Services before being appointed in October 1998 to the position of Director of Community and Environmental Services where he was responsible for Library and Cultural Services, Community Development and Facilities, Parks and Recreation, Property Management, Tourism and Events and Environmental Health Services. Prior to this, Brian worked at Ipswich City Council in various environmental health roles and as a manager of waste services.

Brian was the General Manager of Environment and Community Services at Toowoomba Regional Council prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. He leads a team of five General Managers, 27 Managers and overall staff across the region of approximately 1700.

Brian has three grown up children and is an avid motor sports enthusiast.