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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors set the strategic direction for WorkCover and tracks its performance to ensure the business meets its targets as set out in our Statement of corporate intent.

The statutory role and requirements of the Board are set out in section 427 of the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 and chapter 8 outlines the powers and functions. The Board consists of seven independent non-executive Directors. The Governor-in-Council is responsible for selecting the Directors, based on their experience and knowledge, and determining their remuneration.

The Board reports to the Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations. The Board Charter specifies the role and responsibilities of the Board in detail.

A Risk and Audit Committee is also in place to assist the Board in monitoring WorkCover's systems of internal control and ensure integrity of the financial reporting process. The role and responsibilities of the committee are set out in the Risk and Audit Committee Charter.

Flavia Gobbo

Flavia Gobbo BA/LLB, GAICD

Flavia is a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland and has extensive experience as a senior corporate lawyer with one of Australia's top publicly listed companies. She is a Director of Employers Mutual Limited, Deputy Chair of Rowing Australia and Deputy Chair of SecondBite, a not for profit national food rescue organisation. Flavia was Chairperson of the former Queensland workers' compensation regulatory authority.

John Crittall

John Crittall BEcon (Hons), MAdmin (IR)

John has extensive experience providing strategic guidance in the key areas of industrial relations, workplace health and safety and legislative compliance. He is currently the Chair of the Building Employees Redundancy Trust, Director of Mates in Construction, Chair of Construction Income Protection Limited and Chair of Electro Group. John was formerly a Director at Master Builders, a role he held for over 10 years.

Kerriann Dear

Kerriann Dear BSc, BSocWk (Hons)

Kerriann has worked in the field of industrial social work since 1999. She has overseen the development and operations at a number of industrial advisory programs for vulnerable people including Working Women Queensland, Young Workers Advisory Service and Domestic Violence Work Aware.

Ian Leavers

Ian Leavers

Ian is General President and CEO of the Queensland Police Union, a position he has held since 2009. He has been involved with the Queensland Police Union and as a union official since 1997. Ian is also a Director of the Queensland Police Credit Union.


Sarah Morris  BEcon, GDip Applied Finance and Investment, GDip Applied Corporate Governance, ACA, FGIA, GAICD 

Sarah Morris is Executive Manager – Strategy and Finance at TUH Health Fund. Sarah has held senior and executive positions with several organisations across defence services, finance, insurance, resources and professional services industries. She is a former state and national councillor of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Lyn Rowland

Lyn Rowland BA, PostGradDipHR/IR

Lyn’s career has spanned both public and private sectors with 35 years’ experience in human resources management and industrial relations, providing strategic and transformational leadership in executive roles in Normandy Mining, Queensland Rail, MacMahon Holdings, Limitless Holdings (UAE) and Queensland Health. Lyn has held Director roles with the Queensland Museum, Southern Cross Soloists and the Normandy Mining Superannuation Fund.

Ben Swan

Ben Swan MBA, GradDipStrategicLeadership, DipSuperannuation, CertChangeLeadership, GAICD, GAIST, ICCG (INSEAD)

For over 20 years, Ben has represented workers in industrial tribunals, boards and committees across a diverse range of national industries, including mining, oil and gas, pastoral, aviation, retail, tourism and hospitality, manufacturing, engineering and refining and smelting. Ben is the former Secretary of The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) in Queensland, and previously held the position of AWU Assistant National Secretary. Ben is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws degree.

Last updated
16 April 2020

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