Board of Directors

The Events Centre Caloundra

Tim Dwyer

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 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 also serves on the board of Quad Park and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Jeanette Burrows

Jeanette 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.

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Norma Fox (BEM)

Norma Fox has been involved in theatre and musical theatre performance for over 30 years. In 1970 she was one of the founding members and the inaugural conductor of the Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company Inc and held the position of Artistic Director for 37 years. She is well known on the Sunshine Coast as a director or large scale productions. Norma was awarded the British Empire Medal for service to the community in 1984. She is a former Board Member of The Queensland Theatre Company, Deputy Mayor of Caloundra City Council 1994-1997 and National and State President of the Australian Women’s Local Government Association from1991-1994.

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Kevin Radbourne

Born and educated in Brisbane, Kevin 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 nearly two decades, Paul Smith has a comprehensive background in business management, marketing, project management, consultancy and finance. He also has extensive expertise in event management, having administered everything from golf, football and entertainment events here in Queensland and around the world. Some of these numerous events included the grand opening of the $290 million Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre in 1994, several US Masters Golf Tours, The 2000 Ian Healy Testimonial Match at the Gabba Brisbane, and the legendary Michael Crawford in Concert at Hyatt Regency Coolum in 2006.

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Robert Forbes

Robert 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.