chief executive officer
Steve is co-founding director of the Queensland Futures Institute established in 2013, contributing extensive leadership experience across a multitude of industries, including advising and managing city councils and leading complex public policy reform.
A passionate leader and advocate for a better Queensland, Steve currently holds positions as Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Futures Institute, Advisor to Ipswich City Council, and Chair of investLogan.
Through a strong, engaged, and contributing membership of Queensland’s best and brightest economic, business and community leaders, Steve has established QFI as an independent and respected voice, working alongside government to facilitate positive and accelerated change for all Queenslanders.
Steve has previously been Chief Executive of Australian Canegrowers, where he led landmark reforms to the sugar industry’s environmental and productivity programs. Whilst Queensland Head of the Property Council of Australia, he steered one of Queensland’s most influential industry bodies through the Global Financial Crisis, and successfully countered attempts to increase the industry’s tax burden. He has held management positions with the Local Government Association of Queensland, engaging heavily in Local, State and Federal Government policy reform.
An experienced media spokesperson, Steve regularly provides comment on current policy issues, and his wealth and diversity of experience provide a perfect platform to bring professional networks both public and private together to facilitate positive change, and a better Queensland.
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.
With a proven record of developing high performance teams and driving profitable commercial outcomes, Kylie combines over 20 years’ experience across a diverse range of platforms including Business Improvement and Integration, Sales Leadership, Cultural Transformation, Customer Management, Publishing, Marketing and Communications.
A passionate Queenslander, Kylie thrives on negotiating mutually beneficial commercial partnerships, and in her current role with Queensland Futures Institute is committed to enhancing our member value and supporting accelerated public policy reform, facilitating expert opinion and thought-leadership, and encouraging bi-partisan evidence-based consensus in driving Queensland’s economic and societal growth.
Dr Anthony van Herwaarden
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.
Professor Andrew Griffiths
Professor Andrew Griffiths is Executive Dean of The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Dean in December 2016, Professor Griffiths was Dean of the UQ Business School – a world leader in business and management learning, teaching and research – from 2012 to 2016. He was also previously Chair in Business Sustainability and Strategy at the School.
Professor Griffiths holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in politics from Griffith University, and a PhD in strategy from the University of New South Wales.
He is an internationally recognised scholar and maintains an active research program, examining how organisations deal with the impacts of climate change, and how executives and employees can transform organisations to better manage sustainability issues.
During his career, he has published more than 100 academic articles, books, book chapters and conference papers on a range of topics relating to corporate sustainability strategy and climate change.
As an advocate for research and industry partnerships, Professor Griffiths has worked extensively with local and global organisations to apply new knowledge and deliver sustainability assessments, strategies and workshops.
Professor Griffiths chairs the Library Board of Queensland and is a member of the Council of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce.
Kylie Sprott is a business transformation leader, and has experience working across a variety of industries including IT, financial services, engineering, environmental services, manufacturing and legal services.
Kylie has specialist skills in business strategy, human capital, mergers and acquisitions, digital strategy, culture and change management. An expert in culture mapping, Kylie has conducted the due diligence and led the integration of over 25 acquisitions globally.
Kylie is currently the Chief Transformation Officer at QANTM Intellectual Property Ltd and holds board positions with Position Partners and The Oranges Toolkit.
In addition to her work commitments, Kylie is a keen philanthropist and works closely with The Smith Family in the capacity of “Leader of Corporate Champions” and is the Ambassador for the Rainbow House Iligan orphanage in the Philippines.
A well-known and respected communicator, Kylie is an accomplished key note speaker and regularly publishes articles on her blog and linked in.