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New CEO appointed to QRA

Major General Jake Ellwood

Major General Jake Ellwood (Rtd) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

The QRA was established in 2010-2011 in response to the Queensland floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. It was made a permanent part of the Queensland Government in June 2015.


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Deputy Premier and Minister of the QRA Steven Miles said the new appointment is ideal for the QRA.

Major General Ellwood has proven himself to be an asset to disaster recovery,” he said.

“His appointment to the role of CEO will ensure QRA continues to support Queenslanders following disasters through recovery, reconstruction and resilience works and funding.”

Ellwood was originally State Recovery Coordinator for the 2022 South East Queensland flooding disaster, one of the biggest disasters to impact the state.

He was national coordinator for the Australian Defence Force’s response to the Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20 and has served in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and on two tours in East Timor. He served as Commander of the 1st Division, based in Brisbane, and as Deputy Chief of Army.

Ellwood’s appointment comes after former QRA CEO Brendan Moon took on the role of Coordinator General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in 2022.

Major General Ellwood was appointed QRA CEO by an independent panel.

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