NAIF Board

The NAIF is governed by a Board of Directors with extensive experience and expertise in northern Australia across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, government, finance, construction and law.

Mr Justin Mannolini

Acting Chair (Western Australia)

Mr Justin Mannolini

Mr Mannolini is a lawyer, company director and former investment banker with extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets transactions and corporate governance advice to public, private and government entities.

He has over 20 years of experience in the legal and financial sectors, including as an executive director of a major Australian investment bank, and is currently a partner in one of Australia’s largest independent law firms.

He also serves with a number of professional and community organisations, including as a member of the Law School Advisory Board at Curtin University and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Western Australia Museum Foundation.

Mr Bill Shannon

Director (Queensland)

Mr Bill Shannon

Mr Shannon is a former mayor of Cassowary Coast Regional Council in far north Queensland, serving from 2008 until 2016. He is an economist and chartered accountant, company director and farmer. Mr Shannon is Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland & Torres Strait.

He is also a former director of Advance Cairns and member of the Governance Institute of Australia and as a result has extensive experience working in and advocating for northern Australia.

Ms Karla Way-McPhail

Director (Queensland)

Ms Karla Way-McPhail

Ms Way-McPhail is Chief Executive Officer of a number of northern Australian mining and training firms, bringing extensive experience in operations and business.

She also brings extensive board experience, having served on the boards of the Resources Industry Council Central Queensland and the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce.

In 2012, Ms Way-McPhail was the recipient of the prestigious Hudson Private and Corporate Award at the Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards. She is currently Patron of the Mining Womens Support Group.

Ms Kate George

Director (Western Australia)

Ms Kate George

Ms George has a legal background and has extensive experience working in the resources industry, regional and Indigenous business and infrastructure and asset management.

Her employment has been in the public (State and Commonwealth) and private sectors and includes policy development, consultancy work especially with the resources sector and community sector, housing development and planning roles in areas including Aboriginal justice, health, governance, training and employment and economic development including residential land development. Membership on Boards, committees and working groups has been across a number of sectors including those mentioned above.

Ms Belinda Murphy

Director (Queensland)

Ms Belinda Murphy

Ms Murphy is a board member of Queensland Reconstruction Authority. She has extensive experience in Local Government in Queensland, both operationally and as elected Mayor of McKinlay Shire for eight years. She served on the LGAQ Policy Executive for four years representing North West Councils as well as serving on the Outback Tourism Qld Authority for seven years including as Chair for three years. Ms Murphy has had previous roles as a Senior Manager for McKinlay Shire Council and Branch Manager for the Queensland Country Credit Union.

Ms Murphy has lived in North Western Queensland for over 20 years. She is trained as a commercial pilot and grade 3 flying instructor and spent a number of years working as a pilot on various stations in north west Queensland and Northern Territory for cattle company’s such as Stanbroke Pastoral, NAPCO and McDonalds Pastoral Company. Ms Murphy also has a graduate degree in Public Sector Management.

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