Committee Members

Meet the Committee Members of the South Burnett Council

Mayor Keith Campbell


Serving as the Chair of the South Burnett Directions steering committee, Keith Campbell has 17 years’ experience as a Councillor - 9 years with the former Kingaroy Shire Council and 8 years with the South Burnett Regional Council. Keith spent his early life on a farming property in the Benair district and after leaving school developed a career initially in banking and then in agriculture, working as General Manager of the Bean Growers Australia Group of Companies for 40 years. He has been heavily involved with community organisations for his entire working life having held many executive positions with various community groups. His vision for the South Burnett is to preserve the diversity that individual communities represent by providing adequate essential services (roads, water, sewerage and waste disposal) and to ensure that community assets are adequate for the present and into the future. Keith‘s goal is to foster growth and development, building the South Burnett’s reputation as an enjoyable liveable region catering for the needs of all residents

Graham Archdall

Accounting Director

Graham Archdall is an Accountant who took the Burnett Business Centre, based in Nanango, from a one-man show to a thriving business with 33 employees. He has since sold this business allowing Graham more time to be able to focus on community projects. Graham has advised and assisted many business owners’ in the South Burnett to achieve their goals, including implementing new services, products and strategies to grow their business in a profitable manner. Graham was a foundation Director of the Heritage Nanango Community Funding Pty Ltd, which has returned over $2 million to the Nanango Community over the past 11 years. Graham has been a resident of the South Burnett for 30 years and believes that to improve our area it has to come from within. He is focused on engaging the community to assist in projects that are outcome based.

John Carey

Community Leader

John has been part of the South Burnett since 1999 and has worked alongside community leaders and business organisations to help the region build a great future. His passion is to encourage people and communities to be part of creating solutions to their challenges and opportunities, and he brings firsthand experience in developing community investment programs and strategic relationships. John has an extensive background in establishing award winning philanthropic programs such as the South Burnett Youth Investment Program, rural community development and organising large events.
John also volunteers his talents as a Master of Ceremonies for civic functions where his style focusses on encouraging, recognising and celebrating the contribution and achievement of individuals and community organisations. He is a board member of the Red Earth Community Foundation, committee member of South Burnet Directions, a respected marriage celebrant with a day job that sees him managing community relations for Stanwell in communities where their assets are based. John lives in Kingaroy.

Linchon Hawks

General Manager of Operations at Swickers

Linchon Hawks is the General Manager of Operations at Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory and has over 25 years experience in the meat industry. His work experience has taken him overseas to research and build meat industry connections. Linchon first settled in Kingaroy in 2004 and had to temporarily move away to expand his knowledge and skills in abattoir related businesses within Australia. A desire to bring his family up in the region saw Linchon seize on the opportunity to return to the region. Linchon has a passion for driving business forward and is looking forward to applying this same passion to South Burnett Directions by driving community projects and maximising opportunities within the region.

Paul Laurentiussen


Paul Laurentiussen brings a wealth of legal knowledge and expertise to the South Burnett Directions steering committee. Currently Paul practices extensively in Commercial Law, Family Law, Succession Law and Civil Litigation, Paul finds his focus firmly on looking after the people of the South Burnett. Prior to becoming a Solicitor, Paul worked for many years for Centrelink and has worked closely with the Australian Federal Police and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. Paul has established himself in the community providing service to numerous organisations in the region.

Barb Madden

Accountant and co-owner of the Smithfield Group

Barb Madden is an Accountant and co-owner of the Smithfield Group, a large multi-generational family owned and operated business. The Smithfield Group own and operate several businesses including two feedlots in Queensland; Smithfield Feedlot at Proston and Sapphire Feedlot at Goondiwindi, along with a trucking company, cropping enterprise and property development company. Barb is a Councillor for the Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) and is actively involved in many not for profit groups. Barb was honoured as Queensland’s Rural Woman of the Year in 2009 and National Runner up. She was awarded these prestigious honours based on her commitment to improving Indigenous and main stream beef producer relationships. Barb is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ken Mills

Ken Mills Toyota Director

Ken Mills established Ken Mills Toyota in Kingaroy in 1993. He has since expanded his business to include Ken Mills Toyota in Mundubbera, Nambour and Maroochydore, Bob Jane T-Mart and Kingaroy Self Storage. Ken Mills Toyota is known throughout the South Burnett for it’s excellent service, community involvement and sponsorship of a wide variety of events and organisations. Ken also established Ken Mills Machinery in 2014 and has been a member of numerous committees within the Toyota network over a 30-year period. Ken is looking forward to applying his ability to see the big picture with his experience in developing strategy and growth plans to the South Burnett Directions Steering Committee.

Georgie Somerset

Director of Somerset Trading Company

Georgie Somerset is the Director of Somerset Trading Company; a multi-generational family owned and operated commercial beef production business. She is Vice President of AgForce Qld, Director of Children’s Health Queensland and QRAA, chair of the Red Earth Community Foundation South Burnett and a past president of Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network and past member of the National Rural Advisory Council. In her ‘spare time’, Georgie has been involved in founding the South Burnett Community Leadership Program, is an author, journalist, speaker and commentator. Georgie is known as a rural leader and regional strategist with extensive experience in advisory work, governance, strategy and communication. Georgie has a particular focus on developing relationship within and across business, industry and the community, ensuring optimum outcome. She works with individuals, organisations and community groups and is a regularly sought as a commentator and speaker. Georgie believes the South Burnett has a rich and diverse economy which can continue to grow and flourish.