State Recovery Coordinators

About the State Recovery Coordinator role

The State Recovery Coordinator (SRC) works with communities affected by disaster events. Usually appointed by the Premier of Queensland for specific events, the SRC engages and supports impacted communities throughout recovery.

The State Recovery Coordinator:

  • coordinates the disaster recovery operations for the state group
  • reports regularly to the state group about disaster recovery operations
  • ensures, as far as reasonably practicable, that any strategic decisions about disaster recovery operations are implemented
  • provides strategic advice on disaster recovery operations to government agencies

QRA's recovery team supports the SRC.

The State Recovery Policy and Planning Coordinator (SRPPC) responsibilities include standing as SRC until the Premier of Queensland appoints the next SRC for a specific disaster event.

State Recovery Coordinator Guide

Current State Recovery Coordinator and Deputy State Recovery Coordinators

Queensland State Recovery Coordinator Major General Jake Ellwood (Retd), CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, has been appointed as State Recovery Coordinator for the 2023-24 disaster season. He will be supported by two Deputy State Recovery Coordinators:

  • Queensland Police Service Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus has been appointed Deputy State Recovery Coordinator for the SEQ storms.
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing has been appointed Deputy State Recovery Coordinator for ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper and subsequent flooding.

Queensland's State Recovery Coordinators and disaster events

YearPhotoPositionNameDisaster Recovery OperationMedia statement links
New QRA CEO Major General Jake Ellwood


State Recovery CoordinatorJake Ellwood (QRA CEO)2023-24 season
Ben Marcus
Deputy State Recovery CoordinatorAssistant Commissioner Ben MarcusSouth Queensland Severe Storms and Rainfall
Mike Wassing
Deputy State Recovery CoordinatorDeputy Commissioner Mike WassingTropical Cyclone Jasper
Major General Jake Ellwood
State Recovery CoordinatorMajor General Jake Ellwood2021-22 Southern Queensland Floods
Paul de Jersey
State Recovery CoordinatorFormer Governor of Queensland Paul de JerseyEx-Tropical Cyclone Seth 2022
Ian Stewart
State Recovery CoordinatorIan StewartSouthern Queensland Bushfires 2019
Stuart Smith
State Recovery CoordinatorMajor General Stuart Smith (Retd)Central Queensland Bushfires 2018 & North and Far North Monsoon Trough 2019
Brendan Moon
State Recovery CoordinatorBrendan MoonTropical Cyclone Nora & the Cape York Trough and the North Queensland Flooding 2018-2019
Brigadier Chris Field
State Recovery CoordinatorBrigadier Christopher FieldSevere Tropical Cyclone Debbie 2017
Brian Codd
State Recovery CoordinatorBrian CoddSevere Tropical Cyclone Marcia 2015
Kev Guteridge
State Recovery CoordinatorKev GuteridgeTropical Cyclone Oswald 2013