Sunshine Coast Events Board
  • Last updated:
  • 02 Dec 2021

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

  • 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.

Board members

The Board comprises of regional leaders who represent a wide range of experience in various professions such as the events industry, sporting, artistic and cultural industries.

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 established Fresh PR & Marketing, a full-service consultancy, in 2004 offering strategic advice, content creation, branding delivery and issues management. Her strategic approach has seen the award-winning consultancy grow from strength to strength delivering marketing and PR campaigns across a diverse range of industries. Fresh has worked with local and national brands including McNab, Estia Health, Hall Contracting, Suncare, Travis Schultz & Partners, North Queensland Bulk Ports, 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 and formerly Vice President of Athletics Australia. 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 a Partner in global consulting firm Accenture.

Kim McCosker

Kim McCosker is the founder of 4 Ingredients, an Australian publishing house. 4 Ingredients owns the rights to 40 cookbooks, 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 range of kitchenware and TV Shows. 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 Events Board, was part of the Sunshine Coast Council's Biosphere Nomination Community Reference Group, and was awarded the Sunshine Coast's Most Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2011, and Griffith University's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.

Scott Hoskins

Over the past seven years Scott has been the brains behind some notable hospitality brands across Australia, most notably Junk Restaurant which currently has 2 existing locations and a further location set to open in Sippy Downs in 2022. Scott was part of the original team who revitalized the Ocean Street precinct which is regarded as the premier entertainment precinct on the Sunshine Coast. He continues to be a thought leader in the hospitality industry and has been integral in assisting the industry navigate through the COVOD19 period. 

Paul Smith

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.  He has developed many major events locally and internationally, including sport, entertainment, cultural & 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

John is the Chief Executive of the Eon Group, heading up 92.7 MIX FM and 91.9 Sea FM on the Sunshine Coast. John has spent most of his career in the media industry, starting ‘on air’ on the Fraser Coast, before moving to Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney. John has been on the beautiful Sunshine Coast for the past 13 years.  As CEO of 92.7 MIX and 91.9 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 several sporting committees and community boards and is a director of government board Wishlist and Sunshine Coast Broadcasting.

David Ryan

David is the chairman of Visit Sunshine Coast. He 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, Transurban Limited and Lend Lease Corporation Limited.

Cr Jason O'Pray

Cr 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. Cr Jason's Economy portfolio includes Economic Development, Innovation, Tourism, Events and Sport. Cr Jason has been a long time executive member of the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame.

Cr Terry Landsberg

Cr Terry is the Sunshine Coast Division 2 Councillor.  Moving to the Sunshine Coast in the late 1980s, Cr Terry has been a local business owner for over 20 years and has established himself within the Caloundra community recognising the real need for community-based action. His love for surfing has led Cr Terry to win an Australian Masters Title. For three years he was a team leader for Rosies helping the homeless and has assisted with organising the PA Bendall Memorial Surf Competition which won Sunshine Coast event of the year in 2017. With responsibility for the Economy Portfolio, which he shares with Cr Jason O’Pray, Cr Terry contributes to the areas of Economic Development, Innovation, Tourism, Events and Sport across the whole Sunshine Coast, making use of both his small business owner experience and his passion for healthy active lifestyles.

Achievements

During the financial year  2020/21  the Board considered 31 major event sponsorship applications, 30 of which were supported and subsequently endorsed by Council, with 11 of the 30 being contracted across multiple years.

For more information, please download a copy of the Sunshine Coast Events Board Annual Report 2020/21[5967KB].

Previous Annual Reports:

Sunshine Coast Events Board Annual Report 2019/20[4869KB]

Sunshine Coast Events Board Annual Report 2018/19[4188KB]

Sunshine Coast Events Board Annual Report 2017/18[3010KB]

Sunshine Coast Events Board Annual Report 2016/17[2929KB]

Sunshine Coast Events Board Annual Report 2015/16[8224KB]

Sunshine Coast Events Board Annual Report 2014/15[2344KB]

Sunshine Coast Events Board Report 2014 (6 months)[3023KB]

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