Rod grew up on sheep properties in the Longreach district before commencing a career as a land valuer with the (then) Department of Lands. During this time he developed expertise in land valuation, Crown land management, rural and regional recovery programs and natural resource management initiatives.
Rod moved on to managerial positions with the Pastoral Lands Board of Western Australia and Natural Resource Committees in New South Wales and, during the height of the Coal Seam Gas expansion in the Surat Basin, he was Land Access Manager for one of the leading resource companies.
He has always maintained aspirations to develop policy and programs to assist rural and regional communities, and has been involved with natural resource management initiatives for the majority of his career, with a focus on assisting land managers and users in Western Queensland.
Rod brings to Desert Channels Queensland the knowledge of the social, economic and natural resource management challenges facing the region, and a strategic understanding of the dynamics and requirements of natural resource management organisations at the local, State and Commonwealth government levels.