Our board of advice

The Honourable Robert Borbidge AO


The Honourable Robert Borbidge was the 35th Premier of Queensland and served in the State Parliament for just over 20 years.

Rob is Chairman of a number of business boards and was appointed to Chair the Legacy Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is a Trustee of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

Mr Pat Crotty

Deputy Chair

After a long career in the Queensland Police Service, Pat served as the State Secretary of the National Party of Australia Qld from 1997 – 2002.

Pat has spent the past 14 years working in real estate on the Gold Coast and currently works at Vertullo Professionals Real Estate at Paradise Point.

Mr Luke O’Dwyer

Luke O’Dwyer is a former Australian rugby league professional. Luke was signed as a foundation member of the Gold Coast Titans.

Following his football career, Luke moved into a Business Development role with the GC Titans. Luke is now General Manager of Phone A Flight.

Mr Paul Sanders

Paul has built a reputation as one of the leading Sport Administrators in Australasia known for his leadership skills and ability to drive positive cultural change.

Paul is a Griffith University Graduate, Member of the Professional Golfers Association of Australia and a Director of the Board of Sanctuary Cove Body Corporate Services Pty Ltd.

Christine Lohman revised

Ms Christine Lohman MBA, FAICD, FPRIA

Christine has more than 35 years’ experience specialising in corporate and financial relations. She owned and operated one of Queensland’s leading public relations companies providing strategic communication counsel to ASX listed companies and Government.

She is a non-executive director of the Australian Industry Trade College Ltd and is Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Gold Coast Regional Committee.

Sam O'Connor

Mr Sam O'Connor MP

Sam O’Connor was elected to the Queensland Parliament as the Member for Bonney in 2017. He is a passionate advocate for the community he represents, which includes Griffith University, and works hard to engage more people in our political system.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science so he has a particular interest in the promotion and communication of science with the general public.

Rachel Hancock

Ms Rachel Hancock

Rachel Hancock was appointed editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin at the end of 2018, moving her family to the Coast from Brisbane where she was deputy editor of The Courier Mail and Sunday Mail. She started her career in South Australia, where she held several roles including Day Editor, Deputy Editor (Saturday) of The Advertiser and Deputy Editor of Adelaide's Sunday Mail.

She was also the first female editor of one of the country's most quirky and successful tabloids, the NT News.

Clayton Glenister

Mr Clayton Glenister

Clayton is Managing Partner of MBA Lawyers, one of the Gold Coast’s longest-running law firms established in 1970. Recognised as an industry leader for body corporate law and management rights in Queensland and New South Wales, Clayton’s expertise also spans corporate, commercial, property and business law, thus providing a broad focus across vital sectors of the city’s economy.

Clayton is a proud advocate for the Gold Coast, taking on community and corporate roles that reflect his belief in its future. One of these roles is as a Director of the Southport Sharks.

Karen Phillips

Ms Karen Phillips

Karen’s background spans 26 years of extensive experience in sectors including media, tourism, strategic partnership management, women in business, and non for profit. She is also a professional speaker and trainer having worked with some of the world’s leading brands, heads of state and national companies.

Karen is a passionate advocate and contributor to both Queensland and the Gold Coast. Over the past two decades she has served on a selection of key community boards. In 2018 Karen was awarded Gold Coast Citizen of the Year for distinguished service to the Gold Coast community. She is Executive Director of both Queensland Women in Business & the Women in Business Awards of Australia.

Lucy Cole

Ms Lucy Cole

Lucy Cole is a respected business identity included in the official list of “100 most influential Gold Coasters”.  Her high-profile brand is associated with the finest in residential real estate and recognised continually in the Gold Coast Business Excellence awards.

Lucy is actively involved with many community groups, charities, schools, universities and hospitals supporting them in major fundraising programs and is a benefactor to the Home of the Arts.

Will Matthews BOA

Mr William Matthews

Will has led a diverse career as an auditor and senior consultant across international trade and finance, health care, tourism, and non-for-profit sectors in Australia and Asia Pacific. Will is the founder and Director of Sovereign Family Offices, Queensland’s most in-depth administrative, private care, crisis and lifestyle management service for high net worth individuals and their families, specialising in serving clients with dementia and limited capacity. Will is a passionate community leader, mentor and seniors advocate and currently serves on the boards of several non-for-profits and advisory committees.

Geoffrey Thomas

Mr Geoffrey Thomas AO

Geoffrey Thomas currently owns Maleny Manor the most awarded wedding venue In Queensland, Settlers Rise winery and Carbrook Nursery. Geoffrey’s business ventures have covered many Owner/ Executive Chairman positions including Capitalcorp Financial Services, Australian Capital Home Loans, Capitalcorp Finance and Leasing, Austcorp Finance and Leasing.

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