Ian has more than 25 years’ experience as a non-executive director and advisor for boards and CEOs in the private and not-for-profit sectors. He runs a successful strategic advisory business focussed in the areas of non-executive board work, assisting senior leaders to create clear direction while managing complex issues. Ian holds board positions with SRA Ltd, an industry-owned research and development company and The Leadership Foundation Pty Ltd. He also guides the owners of two private companies operating in manufacturing and digital markets. Ian chairs a syndicate of the CEO Institute and has served as chairman and member of several Audit, Nominations and Strategy Committees. He has held senior executive positions in steel manufacturing, mining, sugar production and professional services businesses.
chief executive officer
Blind business entrepreneur and elite level athlete, Gerrard Gosens OAM has climbed high up onto the slopes of Mount Everest, danced with the stars, run marathons and competed at three Paralympics.
Gerrard has received the Order of Australia Medal, the Melvin Jones Fellowship for humanitarian service, and a Centenary of Federation Medal for service to sport for his services to charity and sport. He’s also been awarded the Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal, recognized by international media as “The Nobel of Life”.
Gerrard has a long history of helping charities. Only satisfied with doing things in an extraordinary way, he has run the 2,000 kilometres from Cairns to Brisbane an astonishing five times and co-piloted an ultralight motor glider around Queensland three times to raise much needed funds for charity.
director and chair of the business development committee
Andrew has more than 35 years’ experience in the commercial property industry and currently is the CEO of Retailspace Property, based in Fortitude Valley. He has a proven record of successfully delivering major property projects within the retail, commercial and health sectors. Prior to establishing Retailspace, Andrew held senior roles with large property groups, including AMP, QIC, Lend Lease, Mirvac and The Stockwell Group. His formal qualifications include a valuation degree and a CSMA qualification through the Property Council of Australia. Andrew gained the GAICD accreditation in 2017.
director and chair of the finance, audit and risk committee
Chair of the 3rd Space Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Ole has a long history of success in finance and management at the executive level. He provides strategic organisational support through senior-level contract Chief Financial Officer (CFO), business transformation and business advisory services. In addition, he is Chief Executive of Brisbane Hay & Produce, which supplies feed and produce to the equestrian sector. Ole has previously provided strategic and operational financial leadership as CFO for large organisations including CS Energy, CSR Energy, Downer Mining and Meat and Livestock Australia.
director and chair of the projects committee
Allan has a depth of experience as both an executive and non-executive director of businesses across the resources industry, including reporting and presenting to a diverse range of boards and committees. Currently General Manager Business Development Mining at BGC Contracting, Allan is an innovative, commercially savvy and values-driven director with a core strength in creating and managing client-focused, high-performing teams. He is an expert in strategic and sustainable business model development and implementation, as well as in identifying and isolating key business issues and developing these to realise strategic improvements with demonstrable outcomes. This has enabled the effective operation and growth of many successful businesses.
Hon Andrew Fraser
Former Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Minister for State Development and Trade, Minister for Employment and Economic Development and the Minister for Local Government, Planning and Sport, Andrew was actively and successfully involved in state politics for eight years. He then took on the role of Head of Strategy and Investment at the National Rugby League, where he oversaw corporate strategy and major commercial projects. Andrew is now a professional company director and Chair of Sunsuper, one of Australia’s fastest growing super funds with more than $50 billion in funds under management.
As company secretary, Justin brings diverse experience from senior finance and governance positions in a broad range of sectors, including mining, aviation, petroleum and financial services. He is an advocate for strong corporate governance and is currently operating his own business, Right Source, which provides accounting and governance solutions to businesses. Justin’s previous roles include finance manager for engineering company Ausenco and company secretary for New Hope Corporation, where he also performed the role of Manager Corporate Development after several years leading the finance team. Justin has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance (Governance Institute of Australia) and received the Thomas Henry Nevitt Memorial Prize from the University of Queensland where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce. He is a Member of CPA Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia.
Sonya has provided leadership and vision to Common Ground Queensland since 2012, delivering vital client-centred services to vulnerable individuals and families. As CEO, she played a pivotal role in leading her team to successfully implement and deliver Queensland’s first supportive housing initiative at Brisbane Common Ground. Throughout her career, Sonya has developed and implemented state and national programs to transform organisation capacity, leading large, dispersed multi-disciplinary teams in complex environments. Sonya has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Executive Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.