our board

Ian Sampson

chair

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.

Sara Harrup

chief executive officer

Sara is a seasoned CEO with 20 years’ senior executive experience across commercial and not-for-profit organisations. She spent her early career working for one of Australia’s largest general insurers in their safety and personal injury business lines. Showing her enormous capability as a leader, Sara has moved fluidly between industries, from setting up Australia’s first rural and remotely based general-practitioner training program to fighting a ‘David vs Goliath’ battle to protect and advance the interests of one of Australia’s least-known professions.

Sara has boldly transformed 3rd Space Brisbane, breaking the stereotypes around what a community service should look and act like. A true visionary with the ability to see through the eyes of others, she brings her unique storytelling ability to the table, helping the community to understand the lives and experiences of people suffering intergenerational poverty and disadvantage.

Andrew Deane

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.

Ole Elsaesser

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.

Allan Fidock

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.

Justin Hogg

company secretary

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 Keep

director

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.

Vincent McFarlane

director

Vincent has more than 20 years’ experience working on boards and reporting at board level. He has significant director and company secretarial experience, along with sub-committee responsibilities in finance, audit, risk and marketing. As Chief Operating Officer at Mater Foundation, Vincent leads the Foundation’s financial and operations business functions, and is responsible for delivering large-scale projects that will significantly improve the operations of Mater Foundation. An experienced commercial business manager and professional senior manager, he has a unique combination of a CPA and Marketing MBA. In addition, Vincent is a Graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting.