Our executive leadership

Graham Fraine, Director-General

Graham Fraine, Director-General

Graham has 27 years' experience in public policy, program development and service delivery across state and local government.

Graham has previously held Deputy Director-General roles within the Queensland Government Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Deputy Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury.

His strong passion for working in the public service is evident and he values the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of Queenslanders as well as to give back to the community. Graham is known for his strategic leadership that inspires a strong sense of purpose and his extensive experience across government sees him bring a broad whole-of-sector perspective to the role.

In 2018, Graham was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to social science research and policy development in Queensland. Graham also holds a bachelor degree in psychology from James Cook University of North Queensland and a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology.

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Darren Cleland, Deputy Director-General, Regional Economic Development

Darren has more than 25 years’ experience in regional economic development, including in the manufacturing, property, infrastructure, tourism, seafood and agricultural sectors.

He was previously Executive Regional Director – North for the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. In this role, he was responsible for the Queensland Government’s economic development initiatives in northern Queensland, encompassing a region stretching from Gladstone west to Birdsville and north to the Torres Strait.

Throughout his career, Darren has provided strategic advice in relation to a wide variety of business expansion, investment and regional development decisions, drawing on his understanding of economic and business data and contemporary trends driving business decisions. He has also developed and contributed to numerous strategies and action plans to guide and facilitate economic and social development. In his current role, his focus is on ensuring that regional businesses and communities are supported by the infrastructure, services and opportunities they need to grow and prosper.

Darren holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

Linda Dobe

Linda Dobe, Deputy Director-General, Water Resource Management

Linda has worked in state government water functions for more than 14 years with lead roles covering urban water supply planning and policy, safe and reliable water service provision, dam safety regulation and assessment of new bulk water infrastructure projects. Linda was also a member of the Department of Energy and Water Supply’s renewal team for 12 months.

Prior to working in water, Linda worked for 5 years in the state government mines department on various policy and planning matters, stakeholder engagement and led the state’s Indigenous Land Use Agreement for Exploration projects. Linda also has private sector experience in education, finance, and mining, where she worked as an exploration geologist for some years.

Last updated: 23 Feb 2022