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Colin Cassidy

Colin Cassidy has over 40 years’ leadership experience as a high performing CEO, Senior Executive and Nonexecutive Board Member operating in a broad range of disciplines including land use infrastructure planning, port operations, health service delivery, change management, corporate planning,  business service delivery, strategy development and implementation, industry development and investment attraction at state (including a statutory body and government owned corporation), regional and local government levels.


As Deputy Director-General of the Department of State Development, Colin led the development and implementation of strategies for high priority industry sectors (including bio-futures, resource recovery, defence industries, biomedical, mining equipment, technology and services (METS) hydrogen industry development, craft brewing, beef processing, aerospace, superyachts and space).


His town planning background includes 10 years’ experience at a South-East Queensland local government and almost 20 years in the Planning Department at State Government eventually leading the State Planning Group of around 260 staff (including building and plumbing, land use policy and developing new planning legislation). Colin has also worked with all Queensland local governments and state agencies in development of their planning schemes to ensure they complied with the planning legislation, addressed State Interests and facilitated major urban and infrastructure developments.


Holding dual Master level qualifications in Urban and Regional Planning and Science (Environmental Studies), Griffith University, Colin was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australian Honours System in 2020 for his outstanding public service to economic development, corporate services and town planning in Queensland.

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