Raised in Far North Queensland; a Cowboys 2017 NRL Premiers hopeful and a Queensland Reds tragic, Steve is a Queenslander to his core. In mid 2013, over a ‘few’ red wines Steve and well known Queenslander business leader Jim McKnoulty had a ‘bloody good idea’ to further improve their great state of Queensland – the Queensland Futures Institute. In taking on the founding Chief Executive role, Steve has greatly enjoyed the ride of turning the idea into reality.
Prior to this, as CEO of Australian Canegrowers his office was a plane, spending most of his time travelling to and from exotic (?) locations like Brussels, London, Bangkok, Dar es Salaam, Durbin, Canberra(!), and regional towns up and down the east coast of Australia. Previous to that, he was able to indulge his great passion for property as Queensland Head of the Property Council of Australia. He has also held management positions with the Local Government Association of Queensland; heavily engaged in Local, State and Federal Government policy development.
Steve has successfully led complex, high profile public affairs campaigns, and has extensive experience as a media spokesperson and regularly provides comment on current public policy issues.
Nicole has had a varied and extensive career over 25 years in business, government and charitable sectors. Starting as a property and environment lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills and then various policy and communication roles at the Environmental Protection Agency. She has also been a policy and research manager with the Property Council of Australia and business development manager with ClarkeKann. As the principal of Fuschia Consulting she has produced corporate charity events such as the Brisbane Big City Barbecue for eight years. Nicole has also been an Ambassador of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust since 2010.
Nicole is a “people person” and is passionate about using her varied skill set to helping people and making a difference to QFI.
Anthony brings to the team extensive experience the sciences, business development and relationship management in research and science policy areas. He has a passion for great science and translating that science into commercial and public-good outcomes.
He has worked with CSIRO in Canberra and Brisbane, at the Australian National University and a CRC where his own research focussed on issues which face productive and sustainable farming communities in Australia.
In his previous role as State Manager for CSIRO in Queensland, Anthony worked across CSIRO business units to develop and maintain high-level, productive relationships with state government departments, universities and business to identify and pursue co-location in collaborative precincts and opportunities for CSIRO and partners to address strategic issues to benefit the state and the nation.
As the Head of Science and Strategy, Anthony merges a scientific training with business acumen to identify strategic challenges and opportunities for Queensland.
With a background in innovation, technology and transformation, Karina has spent almost her entire career working with organisations and government departments to develop strategies and solutions for complex business challenges.
As a Partner and National Lead for BDO’s consultancy division, she leads a high performing team of management consultants on multimillion dollar transformation projects across Government, Private and Not for Profit sectors.
With specific skills in Strategy & Transformation, Data Analytics & Insights, and Innovation & Change, Karina brings valuable insight and commentary to the board of QFI.
In additional to QFI, Karina holds positions on multiple boards in the Professional Services, Health and Not for Profit and social sectors.
Sarah was born and bred in Brisbane and is ‘the lawyer’ on the QFI board.
In her day job she has worked in commercial law firms for over 20 years, in a variety of different practice areas including property law, corporate and commercial services, GST and stamp duty (please don’t call her a tax lawyer!) and an enjoyable stint representing native title groups in negotiations with mining and energy companies. She has been a partner at Gadens lawyers for more than 10 years, where she regularly heads up major projects, works as a part of team and draws a lot of complicated diagrams.
In her spare time, Sarah loves visiting art galleries, live music venues, and eating and drinking her way around inner city Brisbane. She likes new and interesting challenges and is proud to support QFI’s objective to make the Sunshine State even better.
Andrew holds the Chair in Business Sustainability and Strategy at the UQ Business School and was previously the Academic Dean and Head of the UQ Business School.
He maintains an active research focus examining the impact of climate change on corporate strategy. He has published over 100 academic articles, books, book chapters and conference papers on topics related to strategic sustainability.
Currently sitting on the boards of CitySmart and The State Library Queensland, also on the Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce, and the Churchie School Council and is the current Chair of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Believing in the importance of connecting academic research with industry , Andrew will continue to assist and further develop relationships with key industry partners throughout 2017.