Our executive committee bring diverse expertise and experience to the organisation, contributing skills from a variety of backgrounds.

They steer the NQBP team to deliver on our strategic plans, as well as leading by example when it comes to our cultural values and community approach.

A rigorous management performance review process is applied to ensure NQBP executives act responsibly and efficiently. Applied to this performance review is a performance pay scheme for executives. The recommended payments are determined by the board and reported to shareholding ministers.

The board and its related committees also review remuneration recommendations for the CEO and executives.

Nicolas Fertin MScEng (Hons), MBA

Nicolas specialises in supply chain and logistics roles and has worked in ports, property and rail industries. He has led teams throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Nicolas joined NQBP in 2018 from Southern Ports in Western Australia, where he was CEO from 2015 until July 2018.

Acting General Manager Trade and Marine Operations Ash Sinha

Ash Sinha

Ash joined NQBP in July 2020 with more than 10 years' experience in executive leadership roles working for federal government and Ports Australia. Ash brings his extensive knowledge and skills in stakeholder and financial management and strategic business planning to the role.

Ash leads NQBP's commercial division, prioritising customer focus, efficient service and trade expansion. His operational remit covers pilotage, security, supply chain and stakeholder recognition. He and his team work to diversify trade opportunities and optimise supply chain processes.

Belinda Kenny BCom, CPA

Belinda Kenny joined NQBP in October 2020 and is a finance professional with more than 15 years' experience in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

Before joining NQBP, Belinda was Chief Financial Officer for MSF Sugar Pty Ltd for six years.

A Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Belinda’s portfolio spans finance, procurement, risk and assurance and information communication and technology.

Peter Sinnott BCom, LLB (Hons), MFM

Peter looks after corporate governance functions including providing company secretarial support to the board and managing NQBP's legal requirements. He also directs human resources, industrial relations, safety and records.

Before coming on board at NQBP in 2012, Peter was legal director at Rio Tinto Alcan and holds more than 20 years of experience in private practice and corporate in-house roles, specialising in commercial and corporate law.

He is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis BEng (Hons), MEng, CEng, MICE, CPEng, FIEAust, RPEQ


Tim is a chartered engineer with more than 20 years of professional experience, specialising principally in maritime engineering design, construction and project management.

He joined NQBP in 2016 and has worked on large infrastructure projects in the UK, the Middle East and Australia.

He is a fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia.