In late 2013, over a ‘few’ red wines Steve and well-known Queenslander business identity Jim McKnoulty had a ‘bloody good idea’ to further improve their great State of Queensland – the Queensland Futures Institute.
Steve also Chairs investLogan, an independent company owned by Logan City Council, that aims to contribute to the city’s economic growth, whilst delivering social and community benefits.
Prior to this, as Chief Executive of Australian Canegrowers, he lead landmark reforms to the sugar industry’s environmental and productivity research programs. As Queensland Head of the Property Council of Australia, he was able to indulge in his great passion for property, planning and development. He has also held management positions with the Local Government Association of Queensland; heavily engaged in Local, State and Federal Government policy reform.
Steve has successfully led complex public policy reform initiatives; has extensive experience as a media spokesperson and regularly provides comment on current public policy issues.
His years of experience across a multitude of industries has allowed him to build extensive professional networks throughout various sectors, public and private.
Nicole is a “people person” and is passionate about using her varied skill set to helping people and making a difference to QFI.
Dr Anthony van Herwaarden
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.
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
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, The University of Queensland
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.
CHIEF TRANSFORMATION OFFICER, QANTM
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.