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Board of Management

Martin Hall


Martin has been actively involved in the Qld Bus industry since 2009 where he started as a Supervisor. He quickly ascended into the role of GM at Hornibrook Bus Lines moving then to Surfside Buslines where he led the Commonwealth Games 2018 urban transport uplift  and most recently as GM at Clarks Logan City Bus Service.

Responsible for 200+ staff Martin is a keen advocate of public Transport particularly buses. As a chartered Fellow of the Institute of Transport and Logistics as well as being a JP he is a big supporter of community and charitable fundraising. He can often be found riding the bus network and enjoys getting back to basics whenever possible.

With an undergraduate degree in Agriculture and a Post-Grad in Housing and community, buses seemed the next obvious career path!

Martin looks forward to being part of the continued success of the Chamber movement.

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


Andrew Shields is a Director of Shields Legal, a boutique Gold Coast law firm specialising in commercial, construction and litigation law. Prior to setting up his own law firm, Andrew was Senior Counsel at Wyndham Destinations for almost 12 years and had also worked at a number of Brisbane and the Gold Coast's most prestigious law firms. In addition to his legal roles, 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 Administrative and Legal Committee.

He is a also registered adjudicator with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and the Northern Territory government, an accredited dispute resolution mediator and an active Patrol Member of the Tugun Lifesaving Club.

Logan Meehan


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.

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.

Leo Hawker

Vice President - Surfers Paradise

Leo Hawker Regional Manager BOQ Business:
Leo has had a 27 year career in Banking and Finance. In this time he has always worked with small and medium sized businesses assisting them in achieving their growth aspirations and strategic goals. Leo has become more a trusted advisor to his clients than a Banker. He is a great supporter of SME's on the Gold Coast
Leo is the senior Business Banking representative for Bank of Queensland on the Gold Coast. Prior to this he headed up BOQs Business Development Team. He has also held Executive Director positions at GE Commercial and Executive Manager at CBA.
His industry specialisation includes Management and Letting Rights, Child Care, small property development and assisting clients with Self-Managed Super Funds.
Leo has an Honors Degree from London Metropolitan University majoring in Politics. He moved to Australia in 1990 and has called the Gold Coast home (on and off) since 2005.
He has acted as Treasurer for his local cricket club, volunteered on the committee of the Marymount College Fete and sponsored tables at various charitable events including The Salvos breakfast, Perry Cross Foundation dinner and 4 ASD Kids a local charity for autistic children

Ken Petty

Vice President - Varsity / Robina

Ken Petty is a lawyer and the Managing Partner of MinterEllison Gold Coast, one of the Gold Coast's largest advisory firms. Ken has over 20 years' experience in solving problems and growing organisations in the corporate and not-for profit sectors.

Ken is passionate about the success of the Gold Coast; his role in promoting the Gold Coast as a business destination and the continuous development of the Gold Coast economy for its residents. Ken has held a variety of industry roles including roles with Property Council of Australia (Qld Retail Committee)  and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (former Gold Coast Chair and Deputy Chair) .

Ken is currently a director of Saint Stephen's College and a former director of the Australian Industry Trade College.

Merrin Robson

Vice President: Nerang
Merrin has been working in shopping centre management for over 17 years in administration, marketing and facilities and prior to that worked in retail. Merrin has held the position of centre manager for the past 4 years overseeing 2 shopping centres. She has a passion retail and for working with retailers to create successful businesses and understands that every business is different therefore every business needs a different strategy. Retail must be able to adapt and 2020 has certainly shown us not only that it's vital to sustaining general businesses but also crucial in surviving the changes we have no control over. This is why she decided joined the GCCCoC, to lend her knowledge and experience to an organisation dedicated to small and medium businesses.

Tania Cowey

Board Member
Tania is the owner of five McDonald's Restaurants from Main Beach, down to Coolangatta. She currently employs over 400 staff and her passion is in developing future leaders. She has owned and managed business in Surfers Paradise since 2009 . Previous to this, she lead a Corporate career with McDonald's Head Office overseeing QLD/ NT  licensees.

Tania was a director with Surfers Alliance for four years prior to its closure, supporting the Events Team.  She has been actively involved working with local  traders and Business owners in the Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise precincts over the last 6 years. She is currently a member of the Broadbeach Business Group and Surfers Paradise Precinct Committee of Special Functions

Tania has lived on the Gold Coast for the last 25 years, and is excited to see the Gold Coast continue to grow through support of  local business community and Events across the City.

Matt Heanen

Board Member
Matt Heanen is a leading Australian businessman with over 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry.

As a Director of Hallmark Group for the last five years, Matt and his team employ over 160 staff and own an 11-strong portfolio of restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs including Retro's Fortitude Valley and Surfers Paradise, Finn McCool's Fortitude Valley and Surfers Paradise, Lefty's Music Hall, Lost Kingdom Nightclub, Asylum, Jamie Oliver's Pizzeria Pacific Fair, The Cavill Hotel, The Spotted Cow and The Lord Alfred Hotel.

As a Gold Coast resident for the past 13 years, Matt is actively involved in the community and has previously held several positions, including President of the Gold Coast Backpackers Association. Prior to Hallmark Group, Matt also owned and operated two backpackers resorts on the Gold Coast.

Matt is passionate about the success of the best city in the Sunshine State and looks forward to serving as a board member for the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Matt is eager to promote the Gold Coast as the ultimate destination for business development and is excited to foster continuous economic growth for residents.



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