Townsville Enterprise, alongside program partners, Queensland Country Bank, have officially announced the 2024 North Queensland Future Leaders at the first networking event of the year, held at Queensland Country Centre, Townsville.

Designed to educate the next generation of regional leaders on the issues, opportunities and challenges impacting Townsville North Queensland, the 15 young professionals from across the region will partake in a remodelled program to run for eight months commencing February 2024.

The Future Leaders Program serves as a strategic succession plan for the region, ensuring the retention and development of essential skills, knowledge, and talent within Townsville North Queensland.

After a brief pause during the pandemic and adopting learnings from the highly successful Emerging Leaders Program – originally designed by Townsville Enterprise in 2012, the Program will deliver seven, full day modules focusing on key industry pillars, with access to some of the region's biggest industry employers.

Townsville Enterprise CEO Claudia Brumme-Smith expressed her excitement at reintroducing this program in a refreshed format.

“Townsville Enterprise has proudly delivered this program over several years, and we’re thrilled to bring this opportunity back to North Queenslanders in a revitalized format,” Ms Brumme-Smith said.

“Our mandate is to secure the future of Townsville North Queensland and we can’t do that without providing development pathways for the talent in our region, and today’s launch reconfirms that Townsville is already home to a pool of talented professionals eager to drive success and innovation in this region.”

“Having received a record number of applications and all very high calibre candidates, we knew there was a hunger for a program like this to return and looking at the pool of Future Leader participants for this year’s program, I am confident the region is in good hands for the years ahead.”

The mentors participating in the program will bring a wealth of experience and generously share their insights and guidance on driving growth in the region, ensuring the continued success of Townsville North Queensland for generations to come.

Program partner, Queensland Country Bank CEO Aaron Newman said, “we believe enhancing the skillset of our future leaders not only benefits Townsville but also encourages progress across the entire North Queensland region, both in the present and for generations to come.”

“As the official Program partner, we're thrilled to play our part in supporting Townsville Enterprise's enhanced Future Leaders Program, nurturing exceptional talents, enabling individuals to gain invaluable experiences right here in Townsville and Northern Queensland,” Mr Newman said.

Welcome to the 2024 North Queensland Future Leaders:

  1. Connor Harding
  2. Tim Hansen
  3. Connor McKay
  4. Jane Passmore
  5. Amy Dorling
  6. Nathan Toll
  7. Emma Mooney
  8. Kyle Morris
  9. Brendan Cartwright
  10. Dan Humphreys
  11. Jason Donoghue
  12. Simone Sullivan
  13. Sean Howe
  14. Ashley Pillhofer
  15. Sam Shaw

For more information on the program, visit