Chief Executive Officer

Major General Jake Ellwood (Retd)
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Reconstruction Authority 

On 3 March 2023, the Premier of Queensland announced the appointment of Major General Jake Ellwood (Retd) as Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA). His appointment to the role of CEO will ensure QRA continues to support Queenslanders following disasters through recovery, reconstruction and resilience works and funding.

Major General Ellwood was the State Recovery Coordinator for the 2021-22 Southern Queensland Floods, a series of repeated and devastating events across many Queensland communities. The damage was widespread and Queensland continues to face one of the biggest recovery operations in its history, spanning 39 of Queensland’s 77 local government areas.

Major General Ellwood served as Commander of the 1st Division, based in Brisbane, and as Deputy Chief of Army. 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.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority was established in 2011 following the unprecedented damage caused by the 2010-11 Queensland floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. It was the first agency of its kind in Australia, and was made a permanent part of the Queensland Government in June 2015. QRA has since helped Queensland recover from more than 100 natural disaster events.

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