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Ms Tamara O'Shea, Director-General

Ms Tamara O'Shea, Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Ms Tamara O'Shea, Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

Ms Tamara O’Shea is the Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.

Before joining the department, Tamara was the Deputy Director-General, Conservation and Sustainability Services, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. In this role Tamara was responsible for the implementation of programs to conserve and enhance the health of the state’s natural environment. This included the delivery of programs associated with wildlife management, threatened species and protected areas.

Prior to being appointed to the Director-General position, Tamara had more than 30 years experience in the public sector at state and federal level, including the departments of Environment and Resource Management; Local Government, Sport and Recreation; Social Security, and Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. Ms O’Shea has also held senior positions in Queensland’s Environmental Protection Agency.

In 2012, Tamara was recognised with an Australia Day Achievement Medal.

She has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science and environmental geography.

Ben Klaassen, Deputy Director-General, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Ben Klaassen, Deputy Director-General, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Ben Klaassen, Deputy Director-General, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Ben Klaassen is the Deputy Director-General, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

In this position Ben is delivering conservation outcomes across Queensland’s protected area, state forest and marine park estate, balanced with the provision of sustainable tourism and recreational opportunities. In addition, he is responsible for the operational delivery of the Great Barrier Reef Field Management Program in partnership with the Australian Government, to conserve and protect the Outstanding Universal Values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Prior to this position Ben was Deputy Director-General, Sport and Recreation Services. He has also held senior positions within the Department of Local Government and Planning and the Department of Innovation and Information Economy, Sport and Recreation Queensland.  Ben has also worked in Queensland Health and the Department of Public Works.

Previously, as the Executive Director of Program, Community and Industry Development Branch within Sport and Recreation Services, Ben’s responsibilities included development and implementation of sport and recreation funding programs, delivery of programs to develop and improve skills within the sport and recreation industry, major events, sponsorships and implementation of the department’s Indigenous sport and recreation strategy.

Ben has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Certificate in Management and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).

Richard Watson, Deputy Director-General, Sport and Recreation Services

Richard Watson, Deputy Director-General, Sport and Recreation Services

Richard Watson, Deputy Director-General, Sport and Recreation Services

Richard Watson is the Deputy Director-General, Sport and Recreation Services.

In this position Richard is responsible for the development and implementation of sport and recreation funding programs, delivery of programs to develop and improve skills within the sport and recreation industry, major events, sponsorships and implementation of the department’s Indigenous sport and recreation strategy.

Richard has over 15 years experience in various senior executive roles in the sports management and events industry in both the commercial and government sectors.

Before joining the department’s Sport and Recreation Services, Richard was General Manager, Acquisition and Development – Sport at Events Queensland and was responsible for the sports portfolio including Brisbane International, HSBC Rugby Sevens, and the Australian PGA Championships and developed a strong professional association with each of the key national sporting bodies and their state affiliates.

Richard’s responsibilities covered all aspects of the acquisition and development of the events supported by the Queensland Government including coordinating the state and local government and key stakeholder involvement.

Richard has a Bachelor of Financial Administration, University of New England.

Rob Lawrence, A/Deputy Director-General, Corporate Services

Rob Lawrence, A/Deputy Director-General, Corporate Services

Rob Lawrence, A/Deputy Director-General, Corporate Services

Mr Rob Lawrence is the acting Deputy Director-General, Corporate Services, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR).

Corporate services are provided by the Business and Corporate Partnership (BCP) embedded in three hubs. Each hub provides a set of ‘core’ services to its two departments as well as some cooperative services to all six departments.

In Rob’s current role he oversees the following services:

  • Corporate Human Resources (EHP and NPSR)
  • Finance and Asset Management (EHP and NPSR)
  • Internal Audit (EHP, DAF, NRM, DEWS and DTESB)
  • Media and Communications (EHP and NPSR)
  • Governance and Strategy, including:
    • Performance Management Unit (EHP and NPSR)
    • Right to Information (EHP, DAF, NRM, DEWS, NPSR and DTESB)
    • Privacy and Ethics (EHP, DAF, NRM, DEWS, NPSR and DTESB)
    • Procurement (EHP, DAF, NRM, DEWS, NPSR and DTESB)
    • Ministerial and Executive Correspondence (MECS) system administration (EHP, DAF, NRM, DEWS, NPSR and DTESB).

Rob has an extensive public service history, commencing with local government authorities in the Northern Territory and Queensland prior to transitioning to the Queensland Public Service in 1995. Over the past five years Rob has held the position of Executive Director, Minerals and North Queensland Compliance within the Environmental Services and Regulation Division of EHP. Rob‘s primary responsibility was for the environmental regulation of the mining and industrial sectors across Far North Queensland. Rob has also been instrumental in leading reform and renewal across the branch. Each of Rob’s roles has required him to work on complex environmental matters involving both state and federal governments and key stakeholder bodies across Queensland.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Health from the Curtin University.

Wade Oestreich, Deputy Director-General, Strategic Policy and Racing Industry Governance

Wade Oestreich, Deputy Director-General, Strategic Policy and Racing Industry Governance

Wade Oestreich, Deputy Director-General, Strategic Policy and Racing Industry Governance

Wade Oestreich is the Deputy Director-General of the Strategic Policy and Racing Industry Governance division.

In this role, Wade is responsible for leading a range of strategic enabling functions, including policy development, indigenous engagement, research coordination, program evaluation and statutory body governance.

Prior to this role, Wade also led the Racing Industry Reform Program—a series of financial, regulatory and organisational reforms designed to improve integrity and animal welfare standards in the racing industry, and improve the financial performance of the industry in Queensland. A key objective of this project was to deliver the recommendations of the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry.

Wade has extensive experience in public policy and operational delivery across a diverse range of portfolio areas, including the environment, carbon emissions abatement, energy, and indigenous engagement.

Last updated
9 May 2017