Lunch with a Leader – Brisbane – Bob Speirs

Bob Speirs 

Practitioner in climate risk, natural resource and environmental management

When: Tuesday 26 March, 12.00-2.00pm AEST

Where:  Patina at Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane.

Bob’s link with Peter Cullen goes back to his student days.

In Bob’s words:

Peter was one of the academics at what is now the University of Canberra, when I did my first Degree there in 1973-75. I did not have Peter Cullen as a lecturer. However, he was a ‘presence’ in the School even then.

He came with a small number of us students, probably in late 1975, when we learnt to scuba dive in Jervis Bay. I’m not sure if he was learning to dive, or whether he was keeping watch over us. However, I see him now, in the Zodiac with us off Point Perpendicular on 40m of cold water, mindful of tiger sharks, when the fin of a sunfish broke the surface … “get in and have a look at that!” We did.

Bob’s career started as a field officer in the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, progressing through 18 years as a Senior Executive in the Queensland Government. Bob’s responsibilities included regional natural resource management, Great Barrier Reef water quality initiatives and Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger programs.

After retiring from the public service, Bob taught at the University of Queensland, is active in his local community as a founding member of Resilient Kurilpa, and continues to work as a consultant on climate risk management, environmental planning and natural resource management, sharing his wealth of experience and talent for stakeholder relationships.

About PCT Lunch with a Leader series

Peter Cullen Trust “Lunch with a Leader” events bring some of Australia’s most respected and influential people in the water and natural resources sector together with Fellows and Friends of the Trust, in small, intimate and trusted conversations under Chatham House rule.  Hosted by Fellows, lively and informal discussion is supported by a pleasant lunch, mineral water and coffee.

Cost is $50 per head and pre-booking is essential.  Please contact Brisbane City Lead Matthew Fullerton on 0466 393 001 if you have any dietary requirements.

This lunch is limited to 12 attendees, allocated on a first-in basis. Mark your diaries and register online HERE


Contact our Brisbane City Lead, Matthew Fullerton, on 0466 393 001 or



Patina at Customs House
399 Queen Street, Brisbane


Mar 26 2024


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm