Taskforce Members

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The Townsville Water Security Taskforce will investigate short, medium and long term solutions to water security for Townsville considering investment in water supply infrastructure and management of demand.


Mr Brad Webb
Independent Chair

Brad Webb is the Managing Director of the Townsville based BM Webb Industrial Property. Established as an interstate truck haulage business in 1979, his business has grown into a diverse group that specialises in construction and leasing of large industrial warehouses.

Brad has an extensive knowledge within industries including, Concrete, Quarry, Transport, Bulk Cement and International Business and Trade, which have all influenced the growth of his industrial estate. Brad shares this knowledge along with his wealth of regional business experience with the Board.

Brad is also currently Chair of Food Relief NQ and a Director of Port of Townsville Limited.


Ms Adele Young
Chief Executive Officer, Townsville City Council

Adele commenced with Townsville City Council on 1 August 2016. Adele grew up in regional Queensland and is a highly qualified executive with a strong public and private sector background. She was most recently the Executive Director for Productivity and Reform with the Office for the Public Sector, Department of Premier and Cabinet in South Australia and has previously been the CEO of Clubs South Australia and worked for 18 years in the Northern Territory in a range of roles including Executive Director, Economic Development and Projects which included covering activities such as the $1billion Darwin Waterfront project.


Mr Paul Simshauser
Director General - Department of Energy and Water Supply

Paul Simshauser was appointed Director-General of the Department of Energy and Water Supply in July 2015.

Prior to his current role, Paul was AGL Energy’s Chief Economist. He has also held senior executive positions at Stanwell Corporation, NewGen Power and Babcock & Brown.

Paul holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and in Commerce, has a Masters Degree in Accounting & Finance, and a PhD in Economics. He is an FCPA and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is also Professor of Economics at Griffith University’s Business School, and is widely published on energy economics in academic journals.


Mr Adam Sincock
Director, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Adam Sincock is the Director of Urban Water and Competition Policy in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Adam is an experienced public servant who has worked for the Australian and South Australian governments for over 17 years. He has held senior positions responsible for water policy, science and program delivery in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Department for the Environment, National Water Commission and South Australian Department for Water.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from The University of Adelaide.

Expert Advisory Panel

The Taskforce will be supported by an Expert Advisory Panel including water expert Tom Vanderbyl and community engagement specialist Lewis Ramsay.


Mr Tom Vanderbyl

Tom is a civil engineer with over 30 years experience in water in water resource strategy, planning, operations and management. Tom works closely with government agencies, non-government organisations, industry advocacy groups and other clients to collaboratively explore, develop, implement and evaluate regional and national water strategies. He was recognised for his contribution to regional water resource planning by being awarded an NRM Australia Day Medallion by the Australia Day Council.

Tom was an inaugural Director of the Board of Irrigation Australia Limited and a founding member of the Australian Water Accounting Standards Board.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Lewis Ramsay

Lewis Ramsay is a fifth generation Townsville resident whose family origins go back to the City’s original settlers. He is a former General Manager of the Townsville Bulletin and surrounding regional newspapers and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Communications) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Lewis has worked in Federal Government in Canberra (Tourism portfolio), served as the Commercial Manager for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Clubs, and run a small group of businesses with property and construction interests in the Townsville region.

He also spent nearly two years as Director, Commercial of Brisbane Marketing (Brisbane’s Office of Economic Development) and holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from James Cook University. Lewis is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors' Course (AICD).

The Townsville Water Security Taskforce will investigate short, medium and long term solutions to water security for Townsville considering investment in water supply infrastructure and management of demand.


Mr Brad Webb
Independent Chair

Brad Webb is the Managing Director of the Townsville based BM Webb Industrial Property. Established as an interstate truck haulage business in 1979, his business has grown into a diverse group that specialises in construction and leasing of large industrial warehouses.

Brad has an extensive knowledge within industries including, Concrete, Quarry, Transport, Bulk Cement and International Business and Trade, which have all influenced the growth of his industrial estate. Brad shares this knowledge along with his wealth of regional business experience with the Board.

Brad is also currently Chair of Food Relief NQ and a Director of Port of Townsville Limited.


Ms Adele Young
Chief Executive Officer, Townsville City Council

Adele commenced with Townsville City Council on 1 August 2016. Adele grew up in regional Queensland and is a highly qualified executive with a strong public and private sector background. She was most recently the Executive Director for Productivity and Reform with the Office for the Public Sector, Department of Premier and Cabinet in South Australia and has previously been the CEO of Clubs South Australia and worked for 18 years in the Northern Territory in a range of roles including Executive Director, Economic Development and Projects which included covering activities such as the $1billion Darwin Waterfront project.


Mr Paul Simshauser
Director General - Department of Energy and Water Supply

Paul Simshauser was appointed Director-General of the Department of Energy and Water Supply in July 2015.

Prior to his current role, Paul was AGL Energy’s Chief Economist. He has also held senior executive positions at Stanwell Corporation, NewGen Power and Babcock & Brown.

Paul holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and in Commerce, has a Masters Degree in Accounting & Finance, and a PhD in Economics. He is an FCPA and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is also Professor of Economics at Griffith University’s Business School, and is widely published on energy economics in academic journals.


Mr Adam Sincock
Director, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Adam Sincock is the Director of Urban Water and Competition Policy in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Adam is an experienced public servant who has worked for the Australian and South Australian governments for over 17 years. He has held senior positions responsible for water policy, science and program delivery in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Department for the Environment, National Water Commission and South Australian Department for Water.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from The University of Adelaide.

Expert Advisory Panel

The Taskforce will be supported by an Expert Advisory Panel including water expert Tom Vanderbyl and community engagement specialist Lewis Ramsay.


Mr Tom Vanderbyl

Tom is a civil engineer with over 30 years experience in water in water resource strategy, planning, operations and management. Tom works closely with government agencies, non-government organisations, industry advocacy groups and other clients to collaboratively explore, develop, implement and evaluate regional and national water strategies. He was recognised for his contribution to regional water resource planning by being awarded an NRM Australia Day Medallion by the Australia Day Council.

Tom was an inaugural Director of the Board of Irrigation Australia Limited and a founding member of the Australian Water Accounting Standards Board.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Lewis Ramsay

Lewis Ramsay is a fifth generation Townsville resident whose family origins go back to the City’s original settlers. He is a former General Manager of the Townsville Bulletin and surrounding regional newspapers and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Communications) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Lewis has worked in Federal Government in Canberra (Tourism portfolio), served as the Commercial Manager for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Clubs, and run a small group of businesses with property and construction interests in the Townsville region.

He also spent nearly two years as Director, Commercial of Brisbane Marketing (Brisbane’s Office of Economic Development) and holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from James Cook University. Lewis is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors' Course (AICD).