Mr. Geoffrey Murphy - Chairman

  • Managing Director and owner of The JM Kelly Group of Companies
  • Chairman, CQNRL Bid Co Ltd
  • Chairman, Beef Australia Ltd.
  • Graduate, Harvard University School of Business

Considered among the most influential and community-minded leaders in Central Queensland, Toowoomba-born Murphy - managing director of the JM Kelly Group of Companies - heads up the largest diversified and privately-owned construction business in Queensland.

Geoff is recognised widely for his contributions to the expansion of Queensland’s economy and has been appointed to several building industry associations, government counselling bodies and advisory groups across the state.

Relocating to Rockhampton in 1961 to start his own construction company with John Kelly, the carpenter and eldest son of six has owned the entire Group of Companies since the 1990s, employing 400 staff and running what is today the 14th largest privately-owned company in the state and the fourth largest privately-owned construction firm.

A strong believer in community involvement and service he has advised state and federal governments on the needs of small business, large private-sector organisation and regional and rural providers. He has led the education and training of more than 500 tradesmen and women across the Group, hosting 102 apprentices and trainees this year throughout the company’s four locations: Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay and Brisbane.

A former Queensland Business Executive (1986) and Chief Executive (1998) of the Year, Geoff is responsible for $3B in development and construction over 50 years largely throughout Central Queensland and beyond in retail, industry, government and education sectors including landmark sites such as the Rockhampton Base Hospital; Stockland Rockhampton; the Capricorn International Resort at Yeppoon; Stanwell powerhouse and the Townsville Zinc refinery; the completion of St Joseph’s Cathedral; the Pilbeam Theatre; numerous buildings for CQUniversity, James Cook University and the University of Queensland; resorts on Great Keppel, Dunk and Brampton Islands as well as hotels in Auckland, Gold Coast and Mackay.

He is supported by his wife of 47 years, Noreen. Their five children – John, Elizabeth, Helen, Tony and Angela – a son-in-law and two grandsons work for the company.

Geoff’s enterprises also include a Rockhampton-based aviation service and two commercial beef cattle properties in Central Queensland: “Riverdale”, South Yakama and “Durand” at St Lawrence.

A true sport enthusiast, Geoff’s passion – outside work and family – is Rugby League. The driving force behind the CQNRL Bid was a founding Director of the Rockhampton Brothers’ Club and is a member of the 1980 Initiative, supporting Queensland State of Origin players.

Geoff – in numerous government-appointed positions, private endeavors, sponsorships and works of philanthropy – is a Central Queensland stalwart. He’s given decades of service to Rotary, Catholic Education, and regional and community development initiatives. His air services company, Kelly Aviation, regularly flies individuals and families in need to and from Brisbane and throughout the state and his organization most recently contributed people, time and resources to the 2011 Flood recovery.

The 70-year old entrepreneur and graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Business holds the love the loyalty of his wife and family as his greatest accomplishment.