Our Executive Team Our Executive Team



Darren Barlow BCom, MBA (Adv), FCPA, FAICD, Dip Fin Serv, MAIPIO, SA Fin

Chief Executive Officer

Darren joined GAWB as Chief Executive Officer in March 2018. Darren has extensive management experience, having held senior roles in commercial, financial, strategic and business transformation areas across the public and private sectors. Darren was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Residential Tenancies Authority, held a range of senior executive positions at Aurizon, was director at the Master Builders Association of Queensland and General Manager of Strategic Relations at Ergon Energy.



Hugh Barbour CPA, BBus (Acct)

Chief Financial Officer

Hugh was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2016 and has extensive experience in all aspects of financial management, contract management and negotiation in the mining and energy industries. As a former GM of Finance, he understands the importance of strong financial governance. Hugh has led multi-disciplinary teams in the performance review of significant assets as well as conducting audits and evaluations of acquisitions and asset improvements. He is responsible for the management of the Finance, Planning/Regulatory, Legal, Risk/Compliance Procurement and Human Resource departments.



Mark Browne BE (Elect), BBus, MBA (UQ), FAICD, CPPD

Chief Operating Officer

Mark was appointed Interim Chief Operating Officer in April 2019 for a 12 month period.  Mark has over 30 years experience in Project and Operations Management in the Water, Electrical and Defence sectors. Mark has worked on both the client and contractor side in the delivery of large infrastructure projects in excess of $1B, providing valuable experience for his role as COO at GAWB. He has a reputation for safely delivering projects on time and on budget using his proven Project Management skills and experience together with his consultative approach and governance experience.

Mark was previously Executive General Manager at Sunwater and was responsible for a project development portfolio over $4B; General Manager Project Development at Murphy Pipe and Civil; Chief Strategist and Manager Business Development at Boeing Defence Australia; and QLD State Manager Tenix Alliance (now Downer).

Mark is responsible for the management of the Operations, Projects, Engineering and Grounds and Catchment Departments as well the Fish Hatchery which produces fingerlings for Lake Awoonga.


Robin Berthelsen LLB (Hons)

Corporate Secretary

Robin was appointed to the position of Corporate Secretary in February 2017. Prior to her commencement with GAWB Robin held the position of managing partner with a Central Queensland law firm. Having worked in the legal industry for over 15 years, Robin brings extensive legal and managerial experience to the role. In addition to providing support to the Board of Directors, Robin will also provide legal assistance and advisory services to GAWB.