Danielle Carey – Chief Executive Officer
Danielle’s background lies in economic and regional development, international relations, multicultural business development and international education.
Danielle returned to Cairns in 2015 following 10 years away to address skills gaps affecting regional economic and business growth in FNQ for the Department of Education and Training. Prior to this she managed Townsville Enterprise’s North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program to drive the future development of the Townsville region. While living in Townsville she was also actively involved with the Townsville Fire WNBL, Townsville Business Women’s Club and sat on the Townsville Fashion Festival Board.
Before returning to North Queensland, Danielle managed Study Brisbane, developing initiatives to increase Brisbane’s international student enrolment numbers and improve the international student experience. She also facilitated international relations and multicultural partnerships to generate economic development and create business opportunities for Brisbane on behalf of the Lord Mayor’s office.
More recently, Danielle addressed the challenges of economic growth and industry diversification in FNQ for Advance Cairns, was a Study Cairns Executive Board member and sat on the Skilling Cassowary Coast and Workforce North committees.
Anne Clarke – Project Consultant
Anne has lived in Far North Queensland for 40 years. She is a strong advocate for the competitive strengths of regional Queensland. Her focus is on projects that deliver sustainable industry development and programmes that can build long term prosperity for Queensland.
Anne has operated in primary industries, small business and the tourism industry. She has worked across government and with stakeholder groups and industry on regional infrastructure programs, natural resource management, protected area management and disaster response and recovery. She was Regional Director for the Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry and before that was the Executive Regional Director within the Queensland Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation.
Anne now works for the Commonwealth Government (AFMA) in the Torres Straits fisheries and serves as a Director on the Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority. She also works as a consultant delivering sustainable development projects for regional communities/industries relying on her broad experience in the region and a strong background of connecting research and development outcomes to investment.