State Recovery Coordinators

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, and
  • provides strategic advice on disaster recovery operations to government agencies.

QRA's recovery team supports the SRC.

State Recovery Coordinator Guide

Current State Recovery Coordinators

Major General Jake Ellwood

Major-General Jake Ellwood

Major General Jake Ellwood was appointed by the Premier on 8 March 2022 as the State Recovery Coordinator for the South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding event. This flood event stretches across 23 local government areas and eight cities in Queensland.

Major General Ellwood has served as Deputy Chief of Army prior to his recent appointment as Commander of the 1st Division based in Brisbane. He was national co-ordinator for the Australian Defence Force’s response to the Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20. Major General Ellwood has served in Townsville, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and two tours in East Timor.

Paul de Jersey

Paul De Jersey

Former Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey was appointed as State Recovery Coordinator by the Premier on 12 January 2022 in response to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth flooding event that has caused devastation through the Wide Bay and Burnett region. He is a familiar and trusted face to everyone in Queensland, especially in his home town of Maryborough, which was ground zero for the latest flood emergency.

QRA welcomes the appointment and looks forward to working alongside Mr de Jersey who will coordinate locally-led recovery planning and recovery operations, in consultation with local governments, state agencies and the Commonwealth to help identify suitable grant programs and advise on applications for funding to support recovery and resilience.

Previous State Recovery Coordinator Profiles

Ian Stewart

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Ian Stewart is the State Recovery Coordinator for the Southern Queensland Bushfires 2019 and the Eastern Queensland Bushfires 2019. Ian was appointed on 18 September 2019 to lead recovery, focusing on supporting communities, restoring essential infrastructure and building community resilience towards drought and future natural disasters.

Major General (Retired) Stuart Smith

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Major General (Retired) Stuart Smith served as the State Recovery Coordinator for the Central Queensland Bushfires 2018. Stuart was appointed on 9 December 2018 to lead a recovery that focused the recovery and the reconnecting of communities by prioritising health, the wellbeing of people, repair of property, restoration of small business, primary producers and the environment.

Stuart was then extended as the State Recovery Coordinator for the North and Far North Monsoon Trough 2019. He worked with local leaders from different local government areas to design a State Recovery Plan that focused on a long term approach to recovery to make communities more resilient to withstand future disasters.

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Mr Brendan Moon

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Current CEO of the QRA, Brendan Moon, was appointed State Recovery Coordinator during the 2018-19 disaster season in response to Tropical Cyclone Nora, the Cape York Trough and the North Queensland Flooding.

Brigadier Christopher Field

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Brigadier Field served as the State Recovery Coordinator following Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Brigadier Field was appointed on 29 March 2017 to lead the recovery and to ensure a State Recovery Plan was developed to recover, reconnect and rebuild more resilient Queensland communities.

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Acting Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd

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Brian Codd was appointed State Recovery Coordinator to the lead the recovery following Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia in 2015, which impacted the Central Coast, Brisbane North Coast and the south east corner, bringing high winds and heavy rainfall.

Inspector Kev Guteridge

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Kev Guteridge was appointed State Recovery Coordinator to lead the recovery of Tropical Cyclone Oswald that crossed the coast between Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama as a Category 1 cyclone on 21 January 2013 and continued to move inland and down the Queensland coast bringing heavy rainfall and flooding to Northwest, Far North and Southeast Queensland.