Meet the Board

Graham-Scott_fmt Graham Scott, Brown Consulting (Chairman, Capricorn Enterprise) Graham has chaired a variety of committees including the Capricorn Coast Local Marine Advisory Committee (2001-2009), Capreef, Waterpark Creek Environmental Reference Group (2004-2009), and been a member of the Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee (2004-2006).  He was a director of RRDL prior to the merge with Capricorn Tourism, was the director of Graham Scott & Associates and is now Rockhampton Manager for Brown Consulting. He has broad experience through consulting engineering, operating a charter vessel and involvement with GBRMPA and believes an integrated approach needs to be taken with Economic Development and Tourism. Graham strongly believes that the region needs to maintain and enhance its strengths as a commercial centre with excellent health, education, retail and recreation advantages and need to look towards encouraging multiple projects across the region.
geoff-murphy2 Geoff Murphy, Director – JM Kelly Project Builders (Deputy Chairman, Capricorn Enterprise) Geoff is a founding Director of J M Kelly (Project Builders) Pty Ltd, commencing operations in Rockhampton in 1961. Geoff has, over the subsequent 50 years, grown the business into one of the largest private companies and one of the largest construction companies in Queensland.
DSC01540_fmt Heather Peirano, Piranha Insurance Heather has served as a committee member on the Council of Queensland Insurance Brokers and on the board of RTBI, and has been the Chairperson of the Beef Expo Social Committee for three expositions. Previous member of CTDO and RRDL. Has had 20 years experience in the insurance industry during which time Heather has operated a profitable insurance brokerage, Piranha Insurance Agencies. Heathers’ personal financial and emotional attachment to the region combines with her knowledge, communications skills and experience which will be an asset to the future directions of the community and Capricorn Enterprise
Energy-Sense-045_fmt Steve Leighton, Ergon Energy Steve has extensive knowledge in the development, operation and maintenance of the electricity supply network and has a detailed knowledge of all aspects relating to design, installation, testing, commissioning, operations, maintenance and safety. As General Manager Operations, Steve has responsibility for Ergon Energy’s operations in its Central Region and is directly responsible for overall customer response/service delivery and stakeholder interface within the region. His key areas of focus are to ensure that whatever  Ergon Energy is doing in the course of engaging with the community is done in the safest, most cost effective and timely manner to drive real value for the customers.
Maria-Harms-2014_thumb Maria Harms, Director Bronsan Pty Ltd. Maria is a Chartered Accountant who owned and operated a successful accountancy practice in Rockhampton and Yeppoon for 10 years.  She sold that business and continues as a director of a private company that develops rural and residential land throughout the region.  Maria is a Trustee of the Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust and has a strong desire to see this region continue to grow economically and culturally.
BEC_crop 212  Helen Schweikert, Cap Coast Home Loans.  Helen has been working in the Finance and Banking industry for the past 24yrs, 15years in management with Westpac at Yeppoon, before commencing her own Business in 2011, Cap Coast Home Loans. Helen has lived locally in Yeppoon for the past 26 years and enjoys spending time with her 2 teenage children and friends here in Yeppoon. She is passionate about her beautiful Capricorn Coast and enjoys getting involved in Community events that support and promote our area. Helen is also currently Chairman for the Red Shield Appeal Business Breakfast event, and previously a Board member of the Womens Health Centre and also Busi Women. Helen is looking forward to working with the team at Capricorn Enterprise so that she can contribute towards building a sustainable future for CQ.
Chris_crop 212  Christopher Harris, C.T. Harris & Company, Chartered Accountants. Christopher Harris is the principal of his own Chartered Accounting firm, C.T. Harris and Company, which he founded in 2010 after 9 years of partnership with a previous firm.  C.T. Harris and Company specialises in providing comprehensive accounting and financial services for small to medium businesses.  In addition, Christopher also owns and operates Harris Financial Planning, and is a director of two property development companies responsible for bringing over 340 residential lots to the Central Queensland market.  He also has firsthand experience in agribusiness.  These diverse business ventures give him a personal understanding of multiple sectors of the local economy.  Christopher is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a keen interest in stimulating economic development in the Central Queensland region by supporting small businesses, with a particular focus on helping business owners understand their financial position and using this information to make informed and strategic business decisions.  Christopher has been active within Capricorn Enterprise as a member of the Capricorn Launchpad Committee in 2013 and as an Economic Development Committee member since 2014.
Sandra Hobbs 183  Sandra Hobbs, General Manager, Central Highlands Development Corporation. Sandra, as General Manager with Central Highlands Development Corporation, works with her team to support businesses to build sustainability and capacity within the regions agriculture, construction, resources and tourism sectors. Sandra has been a resident in Emerald for 7 years and has qualifications and extensive experience in economic and community development and working with communities and businesses to build capacity and capability particularly in times of change. Sandra has a passion for rural and regional communities and has been fortunate to be able to have some amazing, as well as challenging opportunities with her husband and family over the past 30 years, experiencing ‘the country life’ in communities in the South Burnett, Darling Downs, Western Downs and Western and Central Queensland regions.