Our Board

The Foodbank Queensland Board of Directors:

John Debenham (Chair)

John_Debenham_400x400Foodbank is extremely fortunate to benefit from the wealth of experience and knowledge attained by Board Member, John Debenham. Currently the Head of Business Banking at Suncorp Banking, John has an incredible work history and continues to excel in his field.

John has accomplished some wonderful achievements during his time and is now highly regarded in Queensland’s business community as an experienced leader of large teams in finance – knowledge and expertise he now shares with Foodbank.

Greg Phillips (Deputy-Chair)

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Greg holds a BA (Psychology) and an MBA. His career, until he commenced his own business, was in Human Resources and General Management. In 1985 he started a Human Resource software company after spending a number of years designing the system. It grew to become the largest HR software company in Asia/Pacific. The company floated on the ASX in 2000. Greg retired from full time work in 2004.

He joined the Board of Foodbank in 2011 after being Chairman of the Australian Stem Cell Foundation.

“I was drawn to Foodbank after witnessing the incredible work it does and starting the understand the size of that task it has in front of it. Helping our own community in such an important way, is what I want to do.”

Helen Skippen

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Helen is a management consultant working with boards and senior management teams on strategy and governance.  For 35 years, she has consulted to a wide range of clients in private, public and for-purpose sectors.  She has served on the WorkCover Queensland Board for nine years and Gladstone Ports Corporation for six years.  Currently she is also non executive director at Help Enterprises, supporting people with a disability.

Helen fills the role of FBQ Company Secretary and is delighted to contribute to the continued success of such a well-respected and vital community service.

David Muir

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David is a founding director of Foodbank Queensland, a solicitor and Partner at HWL Ebsworth and is the chair of the Clem Jones Trust. David also serves as Director of the Clem Jones Group Queensland, Real Republic and Queensland Broker Holdings. Growing up in central-west Queensland, David Muir, is passionate about ensuring Foodbank reaches out to those in the bush and rural areas. He is particularly inspired by the work of Aussie Helpers, one of the charities Foodbank supports, which takes food to outlying properties in the Charleville district – about 10 hours west of Brisbane.


Catherine (Katie) Mickel


Catherine ‘Katie’ Mickel comes to the Foodbank Queensland Board with a wealth of experience, having worked with a multitude of not-for-profit community organisations, such as Karuna Hospice Services and YourTown. Katie also serves on the boards as Director for Mickel Consulting and KelKel Global Education and Training. Katie joined the Foodbank Queensland team to help continue spreading the organisation’s message within the local community and encourage support for the work it does.

Robert (Bob) Newey

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Bob is the Principal for Newey Consulting and serves on the board as a Non-Executive Director for Bakers Delight, Capilano Honey and Saleslink. Bob Newey has been a part of the Foodbank story since he mentioned to friends on Christmas that he’d like to lend his services to a non-for-profit. Lucky for us, that meant he was put in touch with Foodbank Queensland almost 3 years ago.


Michael (Mike) Hill


Michael joined the Foodbank Queensland team in 2016 as an opportunity to provide his expertise and give back to the community. Michael is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience, he currently works as a Forensic Partner for McGrath Nicol and brings a wealth of financial knowledge to the Foodbank Queensland team.



Craig Baker

Craig Baker300x255Craig is General Manager for Lindsay Australia and has been associated with the Queensland horticulture sector for 20 years. Craig has been a supporter of Foodbank for the past five years sourcing fruit and vegetables from Queensland farmers that would otherwise go to waste. He is passionate about farming in regional Queensland and reducing waste at the farm gate.

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