- Last updated:
- 27 Feb 2020
Sunshine Coast Council's vision for the Sunshine Coast Major Events Strategy 2018-2027 is for the region to be recognised as the premier regional events destination in Australia - where major events deliver maximum results. The Sunshine Coast Events Board was established to help achieve this goal.
Role of the Board
The Board’s role is to:
- support the region’s investment in existing major events
- identify other possible sources of sponsorship funding
- secure new major events for the region
- oversee implementation of the Sunshine Coast Major Events Strategy.
The Board comprises regional leaders who represent a wide range of foremost experience in various professions, the events industry, including a generous breadth of sporting, artistic and cultural areas.
Chair – Maya Gurry
Maya’s successful PR and Marketing career spans more than two decades and three continents including the likes of Marks & Spencer and Volkswagen South Africa. She is currently a director of Fresh PR & Marketing which has managed a diverse range of local and national accounts including, McNab, Estia Health, Hall Contracting, Wishlist, Sunshine Coast Business Council and Sunshine Plaza Lend Lease.
Deputy Chair – Brenda La Porte
Brenda has extensive experience in the business of sport including the creation of Cricket Australia's Big Bash League. She is currently a board member of Tourism Events Queensland, Non-Executive Director on the board of Athletics Australia and Chair of the Local Organising Committee for IAAF World Cross Country Championships Bathurst 2021. Brenda held the role of General Manager Planning and Strategy for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and also as part of the Organising Committee for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She has been a Senior Advisor to the Australian International Sporting Events Secretariat and was formerly a Partner in global consulting firm Accenture.
Kim McCosker is the founder of 4 Ingredients, a formidable Australian publishing house. 4 Ingredients owns the rights to all 37 cookbooks, tens of thousands of recipes, images, videos, manuscripts and databases with the reach of millions. It is the publisher of cookbooks, e-books, apps and developer of a various range of kitchenware and has recently produced its own TV Show - The Easiest Cooking Show Ever! 4 Ingredients has grown to become one of the most recognised and trusted food brands in Australia; with a reported 1 in seven homes owning a 4 Ingredients cookbook.
Committed to community, Kim sits on the Sunshine Coast Major Events Board, was part of the Sunshine Coast Council's Biosphere Nomination Community Reference Group, was awarded the Sunshine Coast's Most Outstanding Business Woman of the Year, 2011 and Griffith University's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017. But of all, Kim's proudest achievements are her family, a wonderful husband and three beautiful boys who are her biggest supporters.
Over the past five years Scott has been the brains behind some notable hospitality brands such as Junk Restaurant, Hello Harry and Donut Boyz. Recently Scott was integral in forming the Ocean Street Precinct Association which coordinates the popular Ocean Street Entertainment Precinct which he holds the position of President. Additionally, Scott is a member of the board of Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce along with being the Maroochydore region’s representative on the Regional Sub-Committee for Visit Sunshine Coast.
Paul has extensive business expertise specialising in marketing, events, business management, consultancy and finance. He has run his own company for over 35 years and is also a Director of several other companies. Paul has developed many major events locally and internationally, including sport, entertainment, cultural and special one-off events such as the Ian Healy Testimonial Match, Grand Opening of the Sunshine Plaza and Michael Crawford in Concert. Paul also serves on the Board of The Events Centre Caloundra.
John Williams is the Chief Executive of Eon Group, heading up Mix FM and Sea FM on the Sunshine Coast. John has spent the majority of his career in the media industry, starting as a teenager ‘on air’ on the Fraser Coast, before moving to Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney. John has been on the beautiful Sunshine Coast for the past 11 years.
In radio John has done everything. After starting his career on the air he moved quickly into programming and management, eventually running radio stations in Sydney and Brisbane. Before his move to the Sunshine Coast John headed up a National media sales office, managing 350 staff across Australia. As CEO of Mix and Sea FM John takes his community responsibility very seriously. In the past year the two stations, guided by John, have raised more than $1 million for various local charities. John serves on a number of sporting committees and community boards and is a director of government board Wishlist, the Sunshine Coast Health Service Foundation. In his spare time John has worked on fund raising events for Sunny Kids, Compass Institute and Steps Charity.
David Ryan (Visit Sunshine Coast Chairman)
David has an extensive background in commercial and investment banking and operational business management. He has over 20 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director including First American Title Insurance Company of Australia Pty Limited, First Mortgage Services Pty Limited and Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd, and formerly with Virgin Blue Holdings Limited, Hamilton Island Limited and Lend Lease Corporation Limited.
Simon Latchford (Visit Sunshine Coast representative)
Over the past 15 years Simon has played a lead role influencing and implementing positive change at regional, state and national level, having operated both in the private and government sectors. Appointed CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast in 2016, Simon is a highly successful fundraiser and sponsorship hunter, and has played a senior role in the marketing and strategic development of leading destinations such as the Whitsunday’s, regional Victoria and the Margaret River Region in Western Australia. Simon also sits on the board of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux dedicated to marketing the Sunshine Coast as a premier business event destination to domestic and international markets.
Cr Jason O'Pray
Jason is the Sunshine Coast Division 8 Councillor. Born on the Sunshine Coast and part of a family who has resided in the region for three generations, Jason has been heavily involved in community activities and sport his entire life. A life member of the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, rewarded through his many outstanding achievements in national and international Surf Life Saving. Jason's portfolio includes Economic Development, with his sector of responsibility and interest being Tourism, Events and Sport. Jason has been a long time executive member of the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
During the financial year 2018-2019 the Board considered 27 major event sponsorship applications: 23 were supported and subsequently endorsed by Council with 15 of the 23 being contracted across multiple years.
For more information, please download a copy of the Sunshine Coast Events Board 2018-2019 Annual Report.