GW3 chair John Glanville, Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson, GW3 CEO Kylie Porter, Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox and Whitsunday CEO Kenn Donohoe at the GW3 biannual meeting in Proserpine.
GW3 chair John Glanville, Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson, GW3 CEO Kylie Porter, Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox and Whitsunday CEO Kenn Donohoe at the GW3 biannual meeting in Proserpine.

GW3 appoints Mackay businessman as director

THE Greater Whitsunday Alliance has appointed its new director of the economic development organisation.

Mackay businessman John Fordyce has been appointed to the role and joins GW3 chairman John Glanville and seven other directors on the board.

He will help guide the strategic outcomes for the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday regions.

Mr Glanville said Mr Fordyce was a great addition to the GW3 board and brings with him years of commercial and governance experience.

Mr Fordyce replaces Whitsunday businessman Al Grundy, who stood down from the board after being elected to Whitsunday Regional Council.

“When the vacancy re-emerged for a GW3 director, John was a natural choice, given his long-term connection to the region and industry bodies in both a professional and personal capacity,” Mr Glanville said.

“John has extensive connection with the region through his work efforts in the training and management support industries.”

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Mr Fordyce spent 20 years with not-for-profit company MRAEL and was appointed general manager in 2000.

Mackay businessman John Fordyce. Picture: Fiona Kroll
Mackay businessman John Fordyce. Picture: Fiona Kroll

During this time, he helped grow the organisation from a local enterprise into an organisation with a national footprint engaged in national and international business activities.

Most recently, Mr Fordyce served as a director on the boards of MRAEL Limited, Australian Skills Institute and Australian Trade College.

He also works as a consultant in his own business specialising in corporate governance, strategy and performance.

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“As a ‘born and bred’ local, I have an intimate knowledge of our region and I am passionate about promoting prosperity across the broader region,” Mr Fordyce said.

“My experience working across the resources, heavy industry and agricultural sectors has provided me with an understanding of the economic opportunities and challenges that face the region into the future.

“I am looking forward to working with the GW3 board and staff to grow and lead the MIW region into a strong and exciting chapter.”


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