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The City Leaders Forum is a joint initiative between Griffith University and YP Gold Coast showcasing the people in our city, who are driving innovation and change within the business community.

20 August 2019

2019 City Leaders Forum welcomes Mayor Tom Tate to the panel

Since being elected in 2012, Mayor Tom Tate has led the message that the Gold Coast is ‘open for business’, encouraging locals to dream big and embrace change to create a stronger economy and more jobs, while protecting the City’s enviable lifestyle.

With a strong business background, Mayor Tate has supported investment in to the Gold Coast and boosted confidence in the City, in a bid to broaden the Coast’s economic base beyond its cornerstones of tourism and construction. 

We look forward welcoming Mayor Tom Tate and a panel of heavy hitters at the 2019 YP Gold Coast City Leaders Forum, presented by Griffith University, at The Star Gold Coast this September.

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19 August 2019

Meet Paul Jaffar

Paul Jaffar is a born and bred Gold Coaster, passionate city advocate and community pharmacist. After completing his pharmacy studies at James Cook University, Paul returned to the Gold Coast and worked in a number of local chemists.

In 2009 he became a partner in the city’s largest pharmacy group, Chempro Chemists. Paul is now a board member of the group, as well as a representative of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and a member of the Griffith University School of Pharmacy Advisory Committee. 

Outside his various pharmacy commitments, Paul supports local businesses through his role as Vice President of the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce.

He will join a panel of heavy hitters at the 2019 YP Gold Coast City Leaders Forum, presented by Griffith University, at The Star Gold Coast this September.

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19 August 2019

Meet Professor Carolyn Evans

Professor Carolyn Evans commenced her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University in February 2019, leading one of Australia’s fastest-growing and most progressive tertiary institutions, ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

Prior to joining Griffith, Professor Evans was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International) and Deputy Provost (2017-2018) at the University of Melbourne, and Dean and Harrison Moore Professor of Law, University of Melbourne Law School (2011-2017).

Professor Evans has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and held a stipendiary lectureship for two years.  

In 2010, Carolyn was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to allow her to travel as a Visiting Fellow to American and Emory Universities to examine questions of comparative religious freedom.  

We look forward to welcoming Professor Carolyn Evans and a panel of heavy hitters to the 2019 YP Gold Coast City Leaders Forum, presented by Griffith University, at The Star Gold Coast this September.

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31 October 2018

Meet Rachel Hancock

Introducing 2018 City Leaders Forum panellist, Rachel Hancock - incoming editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

Rachel Hancock is the newly-appointed editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin, moving her family to the Coast from Brisbane where she was deputy editor of The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail. She started her career in South Australia, where she held roles including Deputy Editor (Saturday) of The Advertiser and Deputy Editor of Adelaide's Sunday Mail.

She was also the first female editor of one of the country's most quirky and successful tabloids, the NT News, where she quickly learnt crocs were readership gold, but they had to share the spotlight with award-winning investigative journalism.

Join us on Friday 16 November at The Star Gold Coast. Tickets and details for the 2018 City Leaders Forum Luncheon are available here. 

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31 October 2018

Meet Professor Martin Betts

Introducing 2018 City Leaders Forum panellist, Professor Martin Betts - Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Griffith University. 

Professor Martin Betts oversees a diverse and growing engagement agenda at Griffith University spanning student, staff, alumni, donor and industry stakeholders. The University was a major partner of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and between 2014-2016 has trebled its total fundraising income.

In September 2016 the new Be Remarkable positioning campaign for the University was unveiled, signalling a fresh approach to student recruitment and stakeholder engagement. Professor Betts led the creation of interactive Red Zones at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses which have attracted more than 60,000 visitors. He also chairs the University's Equity Committee and is a Male Champion of Change.

Join us on Friday 16 November at The Star Gold Coast. Tickets and details - 2018 City Leaders Forum Luncheon. 

 

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31 October 2018

Meet Ken Petty

Introducing 2018 City Leaders Forum panellist, Ken Petty - Managing Partner at MinterEllison Gold Coast.

Ken Petty is a lawyer and the Managing Partner of Minter Ellison Gold Coast, one of the Gold Coast’s largest advisory firms. Ken has over 20 years' experience in solving problems and growing organisations in the corporate and not-for profit sectors.

Ken is passionate about the success of the Gold Coast and been involved in some the city’s biggest projects including the establishment of the Gold Coast Suns, the expansion of the Gold Coast Airport,  Metricon Stadium, the development of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct  and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Ken is a member of the Board of Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce, a director of Saint Stephen’s College and has held a variety of industry roles including roles with Property Council of Australia (Qld Retail Committee) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (former Gold Coast Chair and Deputy Chair).

Ken will join a panel of city experts including Stephen Yarwood, urban futurist and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Gold Coast Bulletin editor Rachel Hancock, Griffith University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Martin Betts and Minter Ellison Gold Coast Managing Partner Ken Petty for a lively interactive discussion, following his keynote.

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31 October 2018

Meet Stephen Yarwood

Introducing 2018 City Leaders Forum keynote speaker and panellist, Stephen Yarwood - urban futurist and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide.

Elected Lord Mayor of Adelaide at 39 years old, Stephen became the youngest Lord Mayor of any Australian capital city in 2010. He oversaw city-shaping projects including implementation of a city-wide Wi-Fi network, Adelaide’s first sister city agreement in 30 years with Qingdao, China, a carbon neutral action plan, and an integrated transport vision that included significant walking and cycling infrastructure.

Now, Stephen consults to cities, states and nations on transformative strategic planning and urban development. He has lectured at several universities in Australia and Asia and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world about innovation in cities. 

The City Leaders Forum was created by YP Gold Coast to showcase the people in our city who are driving innovation and change within the business community. This year, we are introducing a new format for the event which will see urban futurist and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Stephen Yarwood, deliver a keynote address on Embracing Change for a Prosperous Gold Coast.

Stephen’s keynote address will be followed by an interactive panel discussion that discusses how we evolve the Gold Coast’s brand to reflect the dynamic nature of the city, including the following key topics:

  • Every city needs a clear view on what it is today and more importantly, what is it to become. We need clarity of communication and evocative ideas about the future state of the Gold Coast.
  • How can we unify the vision and brand of the Gold Coast to position the city for future success?
  • How can government and industry collaborate on city vision and branding to ensure we all share a common view on the strengths and priorities for the city.

Stephen will join a panel of city experts including Gold Coast Bulletin editor Rachel Hancock, Griffith University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Martin Betts and Minter Ellison Gold Coast Managing Partner Ken Petty for a lively interactive discussion, following his keynote.

Join us on Friday 16 November at The Star Gold Coast. Tickets on sale now for City Leaders Forum Luncheon

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23 October 2018

Future In Focus For City Leaders

Gold Coast business leaders will have the chance to see the city through the eyes of a renowned urban futurist and have their say about evolving the city’s brand at this year’s City Leaders Form, hosted by YP Gold Coast.

The not-to-be-missed event for Gold Coast professionals is taking place on Friday 16 November at The Star Gold Coast, and is set to attract a 400-strong crowd.

Keynote speaker, urban futurist Stephen Yarwood, will give a unique insight into the city’s future, and challenge the audience to embrace change to prosper.

Guests will have the chance to participate in a lively discussion with a panel of city experts, focused on our future vision and brand.

YP Gold Coast President Flynn McFarlane said YP was excited to introduce a new element for this year’s event.

“The City Leaders Forum is our biggest event of the year, and our guests consitently comment that they come away feeling really inspired and motivated,” he said.

“We want to keep people engaged with the event and challenge them to consider new ideas and perspectives, and Stephen’s keynote address is central to that goal.

“We’re really excited to have Stephen on board this year. It’s his job to transform cities and he’s looking at the Gold Coast from an outsider’s perspective, so we’re looking forward to hearing what he has to say.

“This is set to be our biggest and best event yet, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to the 2018 City Leaders Forum.”

Tickets will include a two-course lunch and beverage package, as well as networking opportunities with fellow forward-thinking professionals.

Event details

Date: Friday 16 November 2018
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm start
Location: The Star Gold Coast Pavilion Marquee
Cost: Limited release of early bird tickets available for $139 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10 | Price increases to $149 per person from 1 November
Parking: Venue parking is available and the G:Link stops outside The Star
RSVP: Early bird release on sale until 31 October | Final ticket release closes 9 November

Who is Stephen Yarwood?

Stephen became the youngest Lord Mayor of any Australian capital city at 39.

After a political career that saw him oversee city-shaping projects like the implementation of a city-wide Wi-Fi network, Adelaide’s first sister city agreement in 30 years with Qingdao, China, and a carbon neutral action plan, Stephen become a consultant to cities, states and nations on transformative strategic planning and urban development.

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14 November 2017

Q&A with Billy and Jackie Cross

What do you love about the Gold Coast?
What isn’t there to love about the Gold Coast! It’s one of the most spectacular places in the world to live. Its young and energetic, it’s beautiful and powerful. We have community world-class events, fantastic development, great leadership - the Gold Coast of 2017 really is offering something for everyone.

Do you think the Gold Coast has potential to become a global city? If so, what is holding us back right now?
Well we are already a young global city, and with the Comm Games literally around the corner – there is no reason why we can’t use this opportunity as a catalytic springboard onto the world stage. It’s really what we do AFTER the games that is important to us as locals. This is an exciting time to live on the GC.

In your travels, what have you seen done in other cities that you believe could work well on the Gold Coast?
We are big fans of showcasing our assets. We would like to see some controlled beach commercialization. The beach dining model adopted in Europe is spectacular – and it would be massively appealing if we could emulate a similar concept. We need to cater to the changing face of the Gold Coast. If we want to be taken seriously, then we need to up our game. It’s not good enough to rest on what got us to this point – it’s time to evolve!

What is your grand vision for the Gold Coast? What do you want it to look like in 20 years?
We hope that the momentum from the last 10 years will continue. It’s important that our young people stay on the Gold Coast. We are a young community, and we need to engage & empower the youth.

What is the biggest challenge facing the Gold Coast? And do you have a solution?
We have an identity crisis – we’re not considered a serious player. We need to protect and support our city’s image.

What advice would you give today’s young professionals and future leaders of the city?
Be invested! And remember that ‘No’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘Never’. Be prepared to dig deep – because that’s where the real results are.

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13 November 2017

Q&A with Paul Burton

What do you love about the Gold Coast?
It’s so different to any of the cities I grew up in or visited when I lived in Europe. For a while I thought the Gold Coast should try to be more like some of those old cities, but of course it shouldn’t. The Gold Coast is a great city in its own right and is framed by spectacular natural environments that most other cities would give their right arm for.

Do you think the Gold Coast has potential to become a global city? If so, what is holding us back right now?
Look, I’m an academic, we like our definitions and so I think about what it means to be a global city. Broadly speaking it refers to big cities that are part of a global network of centres of economic power and influence. Could the Gold Coast become one of these cities…anything is possible. But should it aspire to become one? I’m not so sure because becoming a global city often comes at a price: housing becomes seriously expensive, congestion can become intolerable and the environment may be damaged beyond repair. The more important question is: can we get bigger and better without losing the things that we all love about the city?

In your travels, what have you seen done in other cities that you believe could work well on the Gold Coast?
My favourite cities are full of great places, places where walking around is a pleasure and where you can get between these places easily without a car. When you visit great cities you buy a travel card, you don’t rent a car.

What is your grand vision for the Gold Coast? What do you want it to look like in 20 years?
If we insist on the highest standards of good urban design and planning, our city won’t look dramatically different in twenty years’ time. It will be a nicer place full of nicer places and more of us will live here, but we will have grown smartly and thoughtfully.

What is the biggest challenge facing the Gold Coast? And do you have a solution?
Taking a relatively short-term view of what we need to do fix our current problems, which can limit our capacity to grow smartly in the long term. We can do more to support our politicians in taking a longer term view.

What advice would you give today’s young professionals and future leaders of the city?
Take a long view, but think seriously about what you do today because it will shape that future. Other than that, don’t pay too much attention to us oldies!
Paul Burton.…probably in the last quarter of my life, but sometimes feel I’m still 21

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