Board of Directors

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Tim Dwyer

Chairman
Sunshine Coast Regional Councillor, Division 2

Cr Tim Dwyer grew up in Caloundra City and has represented the Caloundra region as a Councillor since 2000. Tim is a keen sportsman and has played and coached rugby league for many years. He holds a number of awards in rugby league and surf lifesaving. Tim has a deep knowledge of the Sunshine Coast and is proud of the City and its people and is committed to serving the needs of his constituents and those of the wider community.

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Peter Owen

Deputy Chair

Peter Owen has more than 40 years experience in the newspaper and publishing industries. He is currently APN Australian Regional Media’s Group Executive Editor, with responsibilities across 12 regional daily and more than 60 non-daily newspapers. He is responsible for APN’s editorial training program and the career development of its editorial team. For 15 years (1990-2004) he was Editor-in-Chief of the Sunshine Coast Newspaper Company, which publishes the Sunshine Coast Daily, Sunshine Coast Sunday and a dozen community titles. He was a director of the Queensland Events Corporation for 14 years (1996-2009) and chaired the Queensland Events Regional Development Program (QERDP) from its inception in 2001 until 2009. Peter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Journalism from Queensland’s School in 2008, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is a director of Horton Park Golf Club, and a former Member of the Australian Press Council.

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Don Smith

Don Smith served Caloundra City Council as an elected councilor for 14 years, 8 of those as Deputy Mayor. During this time Don helped to instigate the necessary procedures to set up The Events Centre as a company and then became one of the original Board Directors. Prior to undertaking a political career, Don was a mechanical engineer and spent 10 years building homes and units on the Sunshine Coast. In 1983 he developed his own business in Body Corporate Management which he undertook for 14 years. Don served on the Boards of Quad Park, Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, Caloundra Tourism and Caloundra Economic Development.

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Jeanette Burrows

Jeanette Burrows has an extensive background in Strategic Planning and Marketing and is the former Deputy Director of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust and the former Executive Director of Strategy, Planning and Regional Services for the Department of Emergency Services. Prior to her career in the public sector, Jeanette was employed in various private enterprise positions including Public Affairs Manager of Mobil Oil. She is a former Board Member of The Keep Australia Beautiful Council, and Executive Producer of various events for the 1996 Brisbane Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Environment) and a Masters of Administration.

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Malcolm McColm

A native of Brisbane, Malcolm McColm studied at the University of Queensland and worked overseas before making his home on the Sunshine Coast.  He is a practising Lawyer and Partner of the firm McColm Matsinger Lawyers of Maroochydore.  He has formerly and continues to hold Board appointments in companies and organisations with reach across business, sporting, conservation, education and charitable activities.  Previous and current Board directorships include Sunshine Coast Grammar School (Chairman), Headland Golf Club (President, Captain) and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Limited.  An advocate and avid follower of the Arts, Malcolm also invests his time in legal, business, sporting and gardening activities.

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Kevin Radbourne

Born and educated in Brisbane, Kevin Radbourne has enjoyed a long and active artistic and administrative involvement with the arts sector as an actor, director, producer and CEO. Positions held include Executive Director Arts Queensland, Deputy Executive Director Office of Arts and Cultural Development, Deputy Director Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Coordinating Producer of the Brisbane Festival. Previous board directorships include Brisbane Arts Theatre (Chairman), Queensland Cultural Centre Trust (Deputy Chairman), Arts Industry Training Advisory Board (Deputy Chairman), Pacific Film and Television Commission, Pacific Film Festivals Ltd, Library Board of Queensland, State Library Foundation Council, Queensland Performing Arts Trust and the Queensland Theatre Company.

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Paul Smith

Having managed his own company here on the Sunshine Coast for three decades, Paul Smith has a comprehensive background in business management, marketing, project management, consultancy and finance.  He also has extensive expertise in player and event management, having administered everything from sport, cultural and entertainment events here in Queensland and overseas.  Some of these numerous events included the grand opening of the $290 million Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre, several US Masters Golf Tours, The Ian Healy Testimonial Match at the Gabba Brisbane, and the legendary Michael Crawford in Concert at Hyatt Regency Coolum.

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Robert Forbes

Robert Forbes had a 40 year career in the chartered accounting profession prior to his retirement to the Sunshine Coast in 2011 with some 25 years spent as a partner of a medium size firm and specialising in audit engagements. He has a strong interest in the not for profit sector with his client base over the years reflecting this interest. Robert also served on a number of governance boards and was the Australian President of the Institute of Internal Auditors between 2003 and 2005. Professional experience covered the private sector and the three levels of government including substantial audit and consulting work in Queensland local and regional governments. Since 2012 he has been the treasurer of the Queensland Air Museum based here in Caloundra.