Board of Management

Martin Hall - President

Martin Hall is General Manager at Surfside Buslines on the Gold Coast, where he is responsible for more than 800 staff. He started in the bus industry as a supervisor at Honibrook Bus Lines in 2009 and quickly ascended to the role of General Manager. He is a keen advocate of public transport, particularly buses. Martin is a chartered member of the Institute of Transport and Logistics and a Justice of the Peace. With an undergraduate degree in agriculture and a post-grad in housing and community, buses seemed Martin's next obvious career path.

Laura Younger - Deputy President

Laura has a business background in membership organisations in Australia and Britain. As an experienced manager in service oriented organisations, she has expertise in business, operational and strategic planning, a track record of succes introducing sound commercial practices and methods to service focused organisations and the ability to optimise operational efficiency, service delivery and return on investment.

Laura has a Master of Business administration from Griffith University, a Bachelor of Arts from University of Southern Queensland and has been in the role of General Manager at the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council for over eight years. Laura is also Chair of the Surfers Paradise Alliance, Director of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Chair of their Associations Council also representing the Council on the Destination Q post forum committee.

Andrew Shields - Secretary

Andrew Shields is Special Counsel at Nyst Legal, one of the Gold Coast's leading law firms. Prior to Nyst Legal, Andrew was Senior Counsel at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific for almost 12 years. In addition to his role at Wyndham, Andrew was an alternate director on the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council ("ATHOC") Board for almost 10 years and was a member of the ATHOC Code Administrative Committee and Legal Committee. Before moving to the Gold Coast, Andrew worked at one of Brisbane's leading litigation firms as a senior construction lawyer. He is a registered adjudicator with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and an accredited dispute resolution mediator.

Logan Meehan - Treasurer

Logan brings to the Board a wealth of professional experience in audit and accountancy, and a strong interest in the changing regulatory landscape. Logan is a Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and a Registered Company Auditor. 

Logan joined Crowe Horwath in 2004 and held a number of positions before being appointed a Partner in the Audit and Assurance team. Logan's extensive experience has given him an in-depth understanding of financial decision making processes, accountability and legislative requirements that effect organisations.

Boyd Sargeant - Vice President - Broadbeach

Boyd is the founding Director of Planit Consulting, a development consulting firm established in 1999, which now has offices on the Gold Coast and in Kingscliff and a team of specialists assisting clients across Australia.

Boyd has a Masters in Urban Planning and many years of experience providing environmental and town planning advice, along with landscape architecture and project management services. He deals daily with some of the largest developments on the Gold Coast and provides strategic counsel to private enterprise, university advisory boards, planning courts and all levels of government.

As a key driver of the local economy, planning and development is evolving rapidly, and Boyd applies his knowledge to support the growth of the local business community.

Kelly Zirilli - Vice President - Burleigh Heads

Kelly is the CFO and General Manager at LMG Digital Media, a creative and video production company that produces national TV Shows, corporate videos, TV commercials, as well as online training content and jingles.  Kelly has lived and worked on the Gold Coast for over 20 years, 12 of those working in the local Japanese Tourism industry for Japan Airlines (Jalpak) as a professional Interpreter and at AWB White Weddings in varying roles such as Marketing Manager, General Manager and Financial Controller. Now as part owner of LMG digital Media, Kelly is takes on an active role in the strategic marketing and development of the overall business.

Daniel de Vries - Vice President - Nerang

Daniel de Vries is a founder of audio visual technology provider Blue Shadow Group. More than a decade later, Blue Shadow Group is one of the Gold Coast's top AV providers and services. Completing his studies with the Swiss International Hotel School, followed by a degree in Tourism, Daniel worked with leading hotel chains around Australia before partnering to establish his first company Blue Shadow Group. Today Daniel and Blue Shadow Group provide a wide range of entertainment and event packages for local and overseas clients.

An accomplished Master of Ceremonies and a keynote speaker for the event industry, Daniel was a founding member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and is also a 3 time finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Christie McCabe - Vice President - Membership

Christie McCabe is Business Development Officer at the Office of Work Integrated Learning at Griffith University. She has more than 15 years' experience across public relations, media, marketing, communications and education working with a wide variety of clients and diverse projects.

Paul Jaffar - Vice President - Surfers Paradise

Paul is a community pharmacist and has been a partner in the Gold Coast's largest pharmacy group Chempro Chemists since 2009, gaining extensive experience in business ownership and management. Born and raised on the Gold Coast, he is passionate about the business community and the key role it plays within the local economy. Paul is also active in local community activities as a Rotarian, and a member of the Griffith University School of Pharmacy Advisory Committee. He is also a Queensland Branch Committee Member of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia as the Gold Coast Representative.

Jason Allender - Vice President - Robina/Varsity Lakes

Jason is the founding director of AMG Coaching, a business coaching and training company offering professional coaching to small business, multi-million dollar companies and executives. Prior to this he was in charge of the development of sales teams within Fortune 500 company AON and established his own company Arcadia Publishing  in 2005.

AMG was launched in 2011 and helps clients ranging from small business through to large enterprises to develop long-term and short term goals and strategies.  His clients have achieved double and triple-digit growth in profitability, accomplished through improvements in sales, marketing, team training, systems development and strategic planning.

In his role as a Vice-President of the Gold Coast Central Chamber, Jason represents businesses in the important central suburbs of Robina and Varsity Lakes.

Loretta Lynch - Board Member

Loretta Lynch is the Managing Director of G:link operator Keolis Downer Gold Coast, a joint venture between Keolis and Downer EDI. On a daily basis she proudly oversees the G:link's operations, customer service and maintenance teams, providing world class passenger services to the people of the Gold Coast. Loretta has more than 20 years of senior management, finance and commercial experience gained while working in Australia and overseas with construction, mining and contracting companies. She holds Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and MBA qualifications, is a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPAs and is a Graduate Member of AICD. Currently a member of the Queensland Legal Practice Committee, Loretta has previously sat on the boards of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) and Youth Emergency Services Ltd.

Alan Taylor - Board Member

Al Taylor is the Managing Director of the Eye Catcha Promotional Products & Print (est. 1995) based now on the Gold Coast. An entrepreneur at heart and graphic designer by trade, he has a high achieving sales background and great enthusiasm and interest for SME's as he has worked for over 21 years in helping people brand, rebrand and promote their business. His vast experience in retail management and hospitality and prior to that, military service gives him a wide scope of experience to contribute.
His business aptitude, ability to motivate, connect and make people laugh, places him as a valued member of the life of the Chamber.

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