2019 Distinguished Past Student Award winner

Andrew James Drysdale was raised in Augathella, completing his schooling at Church of England Grammar School in Brisbane before commencing studies in Bachelor of Applied Science (Rural Technology) at the University of Queensland's Gatton Campus in 1983.

He returned to complete a Postgraduate Diploma of Business (Property Valuation) in 1998.

He has held a wide range of positions, including:

  • Animal Husbandry Officer & Land Management Officer, Department of Primary Industries Cunnamulla & Charleville
  • Rural Business Consultant with Devine Rural Business Consultants & Valuers,  Charleville
  • Owner/Manager of “Spring Hill”, grazing property, Charleville
  • Vegetation Planning Officer, Department of Natural Resources, Charleville
  • Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc. based in Toowoomba.

Since 2006, Andrew has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Natural Resource Management Regional Groups Collective, a Regional Groups Collective formed to provide a state-wide framework for Natural Resource Management regional bodies.

Andrew has also had a distinguished career at board level with a range of organisations, including the Australian Sheep Meats Council, United Graziers Association of Queensland, Warrego Graziers Association as well as holding the positions of Chief Executive Officer & Company Secretary for the Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc.

He currently holds board positions at the Queensland Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee and the Queensland Regional Natural Resource Management Groups Collective Ltd.

He is Chair of the:

  • National CEO Working Group, Australian Regional Natural Resource Management Bodies
  • Australian Rangelands Natural Resource Management Alliance
  • Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee to the Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement.