“YP Gold Coast is excited to announce a new committee ahead of the seventh annual City Leaders Forum, consisting of a group of accomplished and driven young professionals, dedicated to ensuring the future success of the city.

With a strong focus on growing the city’s professional culture, the new committee will be responsible for delivering a calendar of networking events that connect, inspire, and motivate future city leaders, and provide opportunities for mentorship and business development.

The new committee will continute to promote projects that develop the smart growth of the city, on behalf of its highly engaged, thousands-strong membership base.

Former YP Vice President, town planner and Director of Civity Martin Garred has assumed the role of president, following the departure of long-serving president, lawyer and Director of McTaggart Grant Lawyers, Mary Grant who led the group’s success for almost four years.

Martin is joined on the group’s executive committee by:

The Star Entertainment Group marketing executive Lauren Thompson as co-vice president; Serving alongside YP treasurer and co- vice president Matthew Dodds who works as head of intelligence and analytics at PKF Gold Coast; and Cronin Miller Litigation solicitor Cleopatra Jackson will remain as the committee’s secretary. Sabio integrated marketing and communications agency account director Jacqueline Bojanowski, Rose Litigation solicitor Ania Salehirad, Morgans financial planner James Fulton-Kennedy, and CEO of prmpt. R&D consulting firm Joshua Lumley has been reappointed to the committee.

Long standing committee member and My GC presenter Carla Tooma has stepped down, while Hilton Surfers Paradise marketing and communications manager Karleigh Pearson has been newly appointed to support the committee’s ongoing marketing efforts.

YP Gold Coast president Martin Garred said he was proud to lead a team of driven Gold Coast professionals who are passionate problem solvers, and progressive thinkers, driven to ensure the future success of the city.

“I’m looking forward to working with our committee to continue driving events and advocacy work that supports the success of the city,” he said.

“It’s great to have a committee that are all passionate about the Gold Coast and seeing it continue to thrive, which is obvious in how many members have continued in their roles as part of YP Gold Coast.

“We have become known for consistently delivering high-quality events that connect driven professionals and look forward to continuing this in the years to come.”

It comes as the refreshed committee is set to deliver the seventh annual City Leaders Forum – the organisation’s hallmark event that unites industry heavy-hitters, engaging them in conversation that sparks debate and drives change within the business community.

This year’s theme will explore the topic of the Gold Coast – A Growing City, focusing on the key factors the city relies on to ensure it continues to mature and establish itself as Australia’s favourite playground and one of the most exciting cities to work, live and play in.”

Author: Martin Garred