BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tim Dwyer grew up in Caloundra City and represented the Caloundra region as a Councillor from 2000-2020 , including the role of Deputy Mayor from 2008-2012 and 2016-2020. 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. He is committed to serving the needs of his constituents and those of the wider community.
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 published 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. From 2012–2019 Robert served as treasurer of the Queensland Air Museum based in Caloundra.
Drive, determination and innovative ambition in performing arts, creative industries and arts education has been the motivation behind Ricki-lee Bernhardt-Turpin’s extensive 30 year career in Performing Arts. Ricki-lee is currently the Drama Excellence Coordinator, Senior Drama Teacher and Vocational Trainer and Assessor for Certificate courses in Creative Industries and Live Theatre Production at Kawana Waters State College. As co-founder and President of the Sunshine Coast Schools’ Drama Festival Inc. Ricki-lee leads a team of committed arts educators and artists to provide a platform for the youth of the Sunshine Coast to showcase their performance work. Ricki-lee is devoted to inspiring all students to see beyond their limitations, to look further afield and not be bound by distance, money or resources; to refine their craft, cultivate their talents and ultimately enabling them to aspire to a career in the Arts. She has worked tirelessly to build partnerships with skilled practitioners in the Arts industry, and her collaboration on countless Arts based projects, along with the extensive recognition in Drama Education has earned her great respect and a reputation of extremely high work ethics. Ricki-lee was awarded the title of Vocational Teacher of the Year and Ambassador for Queensland Vocational Education. She continues to build new relationships and partnerships to further enhance the existing youth Arts opportunities on the Sunshine Coast. Ricki-lee is thrilled to be a director on The Events Centre Board and is excited for what the future holds for our region’s very talented young people.
While growing up, Sam Klingner tread the boards, studying and performing with a number of organisations in his home city of Brisbane, Australia. Now, on the business side of show business he has worked on a variety of productions throughout the world, including: Grease, Hairspray, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cats, The Clairvoyants, The Tap Pack and The Big Bubble Show.
In 2016 and 2017, Sam was Associate Producer for The Works Entertainment, now part of the Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group. Productions presented during Sam’s tenure at the company included The Illusionists 1903 on Broadway, and Circus 1903 in Las Vegas.
Sam Klingner is co-creator and co-owner of the international hit show The Naked Magicians, which since premiering in 2014 has played in over 250 cities throughout USA, Canada, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; including a smash hit run on London’s West End and a residency at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Sam is also the Australian and New Zealand producer of Menopause The Musical. 2019 saw the show tour to 40 regional venues across Australia, achieving sold out status most nights. 2021 will see the show tour New Zealand, and a return regional Australia tour due to popular demand.
In 2019 Sam secured the Australian rights for the off-Broadway and Las Vegas hit Friends! The Musical Parody, which is currently scheduled to tour Australia in late 2020.
Fendall is a chartered professional engineer, who located to Caloundra with his family (wife Oriana, and 3 children) in 2011. He is a consultant in physical asset, risk and disaster management planning, and works with many federal, state and local government agencies and utilitiies. Fendall is also an accomplished musician, being a noted composer, trumpet player, and the current Australian national soprano cornet champion. He is particularly proud of his involvement as author of the TEC facility development plan (2015), which communicated the vision and financial forecasts required to gain funding for the recent upgrades to the TEC.