The Board

The Board



Ian joins us with an extensive background in business, humanities, and academia. He is co-founder and director of Forridel Consulting, a regional representative of the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Education, the Chairmen of the Kokoda Track Foundation and the Vice President of the Australia-PNG Business Council. At the University of Queensland, he is an Adjunct Professor in History and chairs the ChangeMakers program for alumni engagement. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute of International Affairs and an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University. Ian is also a Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre at Monash University. Ian’s 25-year government career included service as Head of the Prime Minister’s International Division, Ambassador to Germany and Switzerland, and High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea. He was also Head of the Consular Division at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for his leadership of Australia’s response to the 2002 Bali bombings. In 2013, Ian joined the private sector, taking on different leadership roles in the internal resource sector. In March 2020 he retired from the position of Chief People and Sustainability Officer at Newcrest Mining Limited and now joins the 3rd Space Board as a Director.



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.



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.



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.



Sally recently joined the 3rd Space Board after an extensive public sector career at both the state and federal levels across areas including disability management, infrastructure and transport planning, regional economic development, sustainability, social inclusion, and foreign affairs and trade.  Having served as a CEO reporting to a Board, and extensively as a senior government executive, she is passionate about “making a difference” through the combination of robust policy, strategy and governance. .  She also recently joined Deloitte, as a Principal in the national strategy and business design practice, where she continues to support government organisations to better meet the needs of all citizens.



Stephen Simpson has over 15 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector across Australia. Stephen is the Executive Officer with Council to Homeless Persons Queensland; a peak homeless body that represents the diversity of Specialist Homeless Service providers. Stephen has always advocated for positive social change and to improve the experience for people experiencing disadvantage.

Stephen has been privileged to have meet and to have worked with many passionate and driving individuals. As one of the founding fathers of Kornar Winmil Yunti, (men working together) Aboriginal Corporation in South Australia saw him take up a position as the Executive Director of Programs and Service delivery.

Coming into QLD Stephen led the team at Headspace Rockhampton and then was offered a role as Program Manager Domestic and Family Violence at Relationships Australia Queensland. Stephen’s representation has also included, Vice Chair of the Coalition of Men supporting Non-Violence, Advisor with the Department of Community and Social Inclusions Homeless Strategy, State representative to the National Indigenous Suicide Prevention strategy, Mentor with Flinders University Centre for Development Studies Gender Consortium, South Australia representative for the National Perpetrator Intervention Outcome standards for Australia and Chair of the Aboriginal interagency Family and Domestic Violence Reference Group South Australia.

Stephen also served for 6 years in the Australian Defence Force Reserves as a medic, and was lucky enough top be part of the military contingent at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


Company Secretary

Emma has over 15 years’ experience as a solicitor. She started out as a graduate in the Sydney office of Herbert Smith Freehills focusing on M&A and structured asset finance. Emma then moved in house with the National Rugby League, first as the Legal & Regulatory Affairs Manager and then as the General Manager of Strategy. Emma is now back at Herbert Smith Freehills as a Senior Associate in the Finance team. Se enjoys working on market leading deals. With her background in law, Emma is very focused on corporate governance at 3rd Space.