Leaders shaping the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is rapidly transforming into a thriving city dedicated to business growth, job creation and diversification. The city has embraced knowledge-based industries including health, ICT, education, advanced manufacturing and professional services, broadening the Gold Coast’s economic base beyond its traditional cornerstones of construction and tourism.

Boasting three highly reputable universities, a globally recognised Health and Knowledge Precinct, a rapidly developing Cultural Precinct and an unparalleled natural environment, the Gold Coast is well positioned to tackle emerging opportunities that didn’t exist previously.

Leading at the forefront of the Gold Coast’s evolution is an impressive cohort of leaders from varying industries, helping to shape our maturing city and nurture our next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. These are their stories.

Rosie Dennis, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Placemakers* Gold Coast


Creativity takes courage. For Rosie Dennis, it’s a theme that has resonated with her early on in her artistic career and it’s one she’s continued to channel in her current role as Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Placemakers* Gold Coast.

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Chris Mills Gold Coast business leaders


Ask questions, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and put your hand up for opportunities. These are the three golden rules Chris Mills has applied to his own career and has led to his current appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Airports Limited.

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Dean Gould

Dean Gould: Narrating the Gold Coast story

Now a vibrant city home to more than 600,000, Chair of Music Advisory Group and Chief Marketing Officer at Southern Cross University Dean Gould says the Gold Coast’s offering has dramatically changed in the last 20 years. Read more
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and wife Ruth

Certainty and confidence: a legacy for the future

A civil engineer by trade, Mayor Tom Tate took a leap into the tourism and hospitality industry in his formative years, quickly carving out a name for himself within the business community. Read more

Rebecca Frizelle: Smashing glass ceilings and kicking goals in business

She’s a pioneer for women in sports, commands one of Queensland’s largest motor vehicle dealers, sits on a number of corporate boards and is a vehement champion of women in leadership roles. Read more
Matt Schneider, Business Leaders

Building a leadership role on the Gold Coast: Matthew Schneider

Urbis Director Matt Schneider admits he didn’t see himself forging a leadership role within the Gold Coast. Read more
Lynne Benzie

Lights, camera, action: How Lynne Benzie went from taking calls to calling the shots

From project-managing Sound Stage 9 and Australia’s largest water tank, spearheading major international blockbusters to fiercely championing the Gold Coast’s film industry, studio juggernaut Lynne Benzie has a self-proclaimed ‘boots on the ground’ approach when it comes to leading Village... Read more
Paul Donovan

Paul Donovan: Shaping the Gold Coast for the next wave of leaders

The Gold Coast is no stranger to Paul Donovan. Many will know Donovan as a tourism heavyweight and staunch advocate for the Gold Coast; one who is not afraid to speak out and champion for the city he holds so... Read more
Geoff Hoggs Star Entertainment Group

Geoff Hogg: How rolling the dice on a temporary gig paved the way for an executive career

As a young man Hogg fantasised of carving out a career as a teacher, joining the police force or as most young boys dream, of becoming a professional sportsperson. A twist of fate instead led Hogg to his current leadership... Read more

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