Brendan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).
Formed in 2011 following the devastation of the Brisbane floods, QRA coordinates recovery, reconstruction and resilience efforts across the state following a disaster.
Queensland experiences more natural disasters than any other Australian state – 80 over the past decade. To date the Authority has administered more than $16.4 billion in funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), Disaster Relief Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and the State Disaster Relief Arrangements.
With QRA since its formation, Brendan led operations for Tropical Cyclones Oswald and Marcia, and state-wide reconstruction and recovery efforts from all significant natural disasters in Queensland since late 2015 including Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017, the Central Queensland Bushfires in 2018, the North and Far North Queensland monsoon trough flooding event in early 2019 and the Queensland Bushfires of late 2019.
He is a regular contributor to national and international dialogue on disaster risk and resilience and has addressed the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction’s Asian Ministerial Conferences on multiple occasions. He is a passionate advocate for cooperation and collaboration across international, national, state and local agencies for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
Brendan is also the State Recovery Policy and Planning Coordinator, and has previously held the role of General Manager, Environment, Biodiversity and Sustainability of Wyaralong Dam Alliance.
He is a graduate of the University of Queensland.