Gold Coast Leaders inspires leading companies. It achieves this through the provision of knowledge, networks, and capital.
Gold Coast Leaders assists companies to achieve sustainable growth, manage succession planning and evaluate entry and exit strategies for
Using this experience and its networks, Gold Coast Leaders operates a range of initiatives designed to benefit companies at different stages
These initiatives include:
Gold Coast Leaders has a vision that includes:
- Assisting growth companies to become national and international market leaders;
- Developing and enhance the leadership skills of Founders, Directors and Executives;
- Developing greater link to local, national and international capital markets;
- Surrounding growth companies with Business, Industry and Government leaders.
Gold Coast Leaders has a nationally recognised Advisory Board, consisting of leading Australian executive and non-executive directors to
assist in developing the ongoing strategic direction of the Gold Coast Leaders network.
The Advisory Board includes
Derek Cronin was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and has practiced in commercial litigation, debt recovery, insolvency and dispute
resolution for more than 20 years. Formerly a partner of a firm of a large commercial litigation practice in Brisbane, he returned to the
Gold Coast and established Cronin Litigation in January 2006. Derek believes that it is important to recognise the high level of service
clients require, and he prides himself in being available to service clients’ needs whenever they are required.
Qualifications & Memberships
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
Member of the Queensland Law Society
Member of the Southport Yacht Club
Member of the Bond Alumni
Member of the Old Southportonians Associations
Lynda is a private client Investment Adviser for Morgans. Her career spans 10 years in Tourism, 10 in Government and over 15 in
Finance covering more than 30 years experience in Management & Business Analysis positions. She is currently Chairman of 2 Boards and
former member of the Business Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth Games Bid for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In her spare time she is a Judge and Official for Surf Life Saving QLD and volunteer MC for not-for-profit organisations including AICC &
Founders Forum. Lynda is also partner of Southern Light Global and Finance Producer for Official Treaty Co-Productions between Australia and
Tom Pickett holds a Law Degree from Bond University, along with a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment. Mr Pickett
has experience in a range of sectors including mining exploration, law, tourism and hotels, having held executive appointments in these
areas for both ASX listed and private companies. Mr Pickett is currently the Executive Chairman of Cannindah Resources and has held
numerous board positions on other ASX listed companies over the past 15 years. His experience in the management of exploration activity
across a number of projects in North Queensland for both gold and copper is a valuable asset to Cannindah Resources Limited.
Judy has extensive work experience in education and in government. She had a 22-year political career in the Queensland Parliament.
For 12 of those years she served in high level ministerial positions as Minister of Police and Corrections and Sport, Minister for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Minister for Fair Trading, Families, Disabilities and Womens Policy. Her achievements included:
Leading the reform of the Committee system of the Queensland Parliament
Overseeing the delivery of new prisons, police stations, stadiums
Introducing groundbreaking laws to limit the supply into Aboriginal communities
Leading three parliamentary Trade Delegations to Asia, Europe and North America
Judy also holds a number of appointments in community organisations and is Griffith University Business School Alumnus of the Year.
Murray has over 35 years of diverse national and international business experience. Murray began his career as an accountant in
Perth. He founded Retail Food Group Limited (ASX:RFG) and led its global expansion. He is the current Chair of BPS Technology.
Murray’s current board roles include:
Chairman of Management Resource Solutions Plc
Chairman of Barrack Street Investments Ltd
Director of Global Masters Fund Ltd
Member Gold Coast Light Rail Business Advisory Board
Councillor at Southern Cross University
Director of Tasmania Magnesite NL
Trustee of Currumbin Wildlife Foundation
Chairman of the Bartercard Charity Foundation
Jim has greater than thirty-five years’ experience in sales, marketing and business development. He has worked with chemical,
laboratory distribution, in-vitro diagnostics and medical devices companies and has held senior management and board positions in Australia
and internationally. Jim was a co-founder of three successful companies – Techlab Enterprises, Pacific Diagnostics (sold to Baxter, a
Fortune 500 company), and Panbio Ltd (ASX: PBO, sold to NYSE listed Inverness Medical now Alere).
He has been a Company Director for over thirty years presently serving on five boards, and has held board positions with technology
companies in early stage, and during commercialisation and growth. For the past twelve years Jim has been an active early stage venture
investor and was a foundation Director of Brisbane Angels Group Ltd.
Catherine is a highly successful senior executive who has made significant contributions to organisations and communities. Catherine
has initiated a number of successful communities, sport, business and academic partnerships contributing to exceptional educational and
business outcomes. Her current board roles include:
Board of Somerset College
Redlands City Council Economics
Harvard Women’s Leadership board
Catherine is also a National judge in the Telstra Business Women’s Award and the Director of Innovation, Industry and Employability at