A new Head of Queensland has been appointed to Ai Group.   

Michelle Farquhar joins us from the national energy market operator, AEMO, where she has worked for the past two years as Manager of Corporate Affairs with a focus on strategic projects and internal communications.  

In an earlier role with AEMO, she was principal in charge of partnerships, strategy and market development. 

Michelle has also worked at Queensland Health, with a focus on gender and indigenous recruitment and development, including at board levels. 

Now she is looking forward to representing Ai Group members in Queensland. 
"The State has enormous opportunities in the current climate, and I am delighted to join Ai Group, which has a long and proud history of being an effective voice for businesses, large and small,” Ms Farquhar said.  

"I am looking forward to being part of a very professional outfit and representing our members at a critical time.” 

Ai Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said the appointment came at an important time in Queensland, with a state election scheduled for October. 

“Michelle will be a great connector with members, government and regulators,” Mr Willox said. 

“She has a demonstrated capacity to bring people together and to simplify potentially complex issues.”  

Michelle will work closely with Dean Deighton, who has been promoted to Head – Northern Australia from his dual roles of Acting Head of Queensland and Regional Manager – North Queensland. 

“I wish Michelle and Dean much success in their new roles,” Mr Willox said. 

“Our members in Queensland are in good hands.” 

New role a win for the north

Wendy Larter

Wendy Larter is Communications Manager at the Australian Industry Group. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a reporter, features writer, contributor and sub-editor for newspapers and magazines including The Courier-Mail in Brisbane and Metro, the News of the World, The Times and Elle in the UK.