Flynn McFarlane - President

Flynn is the co-founder and Managing Director of Stead Lane, a leading Gold Coast digital agency who help clients to reach new customers and grow revenue by providing innovative solutions and ensuring quality return on digital marketing investments. Flynn will continue to ensure YP Gold Coast maintains excellent relationships with its sponsors and external partners.

Jessica Thomas - Vice President

Jessica Thomas is an Associate at OMB and practices in property and commercial law. Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Jessica has strong ties to the community. Her motivation is to maintain relationships and rapport with clients and like-minded professionals, through networking and the delivery of quality legal advice. Jessica is passionate about fostering the city’s young talent and believes the Gold Coast is on the verge of greatness, providing that we embrace change and transformation. So long as the Gold Coast people are united, she believes that we have the opportunity to assist in the development and growth of our city.


Kiel Sinclair - Treasurer

Kiel is the Founder and Managing Director of Dean and Cooper, a leading Gold Coast boutique accounting and bookkeeping business who focus is on providing their clients with the data and resources to effectively run and understand their business.

Having been raised and educated on the Gold Coast, and establishing his own business, Kiel understands the importance of creating, driving and inspiring our next generation of leaders and professionals to develop a shared city agenda.

Kiel is passionate about providing a city wide professional ecosystem which retains locally educated professionals whilst also attracting leaders and businesses from interstate to work and establish their businesses on the Gold Coast.

Mary Grant - Secretary

Mary Grant is an Associate at MinterEllison Gold Coast, working in the area of corporate and commercial law, focusing primarily on business acquisitions and disposals for medium to large aggregators in the childcare and veterinary sectors.

Mary moved from Toowoomba to the Gold Coast in 2010 to study Law & International Relations (Business) at Bond University and has watched the Gold Coast diversify and evolve in only a short space of time.

In her view, it is a really exciting time to be a young professional and individual living and working on the Gold Coast. Mary believes given the rapid growth and transformation of our City, it is integral to our business community to maintain a platform like the YP to bring together like-minded individuals who are passionate about shaping the future of our City and to connect the City leaders of today with the aspiring leaders of tomorrow.

Nicole Bennetts

Nicole is a qualified and registered urban planner passionate about our city. She is currently Senior Planning Advisor to the Director of Planning and Environment at City of Gold Coast.

Previously, Nicole was a founding director of a local planning consultancy firm, experienced in managing large development projects from inception through the approvals phase. Nicole was also previously Director of a small development company.

Nicole is the Queensland Vice President of Planning Institute of Australia. And a committee member of Regional Development Australia Gold Coast chapter.

Martin Garred

Martin is an Associate Director at Urbis, a market-leading firm providing professional services relating to the use, development, investment, design and governance of property, cities and communities.

He is passionate about influencing a culture of high-quality development that responds to the Gold Coast’s unique city lifestyle. Martin achieves this by driving innovation and outcome focused planning solutions into his projects daily.

James Gough - Media Relations

James is a Corporate Affairs Executive at Queensland Airports Limited, managing internal and external communication activities across the QAL Group, which includes Gold Coast Airport. James’ prior experience is in PR consultancy, where he created and managed national PR campaigns for private and publicly listed companies. James attended Bond University, graduating with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence with a major in Public Relations.

Carla Tooma

Carla is a full-time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and, joining the team towards the end of 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. As a born and bred Gold Coaster, Carla is driven by creating more job opportunities for locals and growing and strengthening the Coast’s cultural amenities and offerings.

Giulia Badalotti

Giulia Badalotti is a passionate public relations professional with over six years of experience in the industry, working with locally and internationally recognised travel brands, destinations and attractions, plus a host of events, festivals and corporates. Her expertise lies in helping clients drive visitation to their events, engage stakeholders and raise their personal and business profile through media exposure.

Giulia consults through her business, Puzzle PR, and is completing her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Bond University. Born and bred on the Gold Coast, Giulia is a passionate champion for business, tourism, arts and culture within this vibrant city.

Georgia Linton

Georgia is an account manager at one of the Gold Coast’s leading public relations companies, Ruby Communications. She loves developing out-of-the-box ideas for her clients and using her creative abilities to help brands stand out from the crowd. The city’s friendly and laidback culture is what drew her to the Gold Coast more than eight years ago and she cannot think of a more diverse and exciting place to call home. Georgia is looking forward to seeing the Gold Coast grow and flourish in the coming years.