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Director - Christine Lohman
Director - Dr Patrick Mitchell
Director - Steve Romer
As the former Director for the Gold Coast Office of the Department of State Development and Innovation for more than 19 years, Cr Gilmore was influential in many of the Gold Coast's major economic development projects. She has been a member of numerous boards and committees. Her priorities for the City over the next four years are job creation by stimulating the traditional tourism and construction industries, as well as diversifying the region's industry base with a focus on knowledge based industries.
As a Division 5 resident Cr Gilmore is committed to working hard for her constituents, reducing Council costs to ratepayers, supporting community safety initiatives and building the community capacity within the Division. Two of her priorities are the establishment of a Community Hub in Pacific Pines and the opening to the public of Country Paradise Parklands. Cr Gilmore is Deputy Chair of the Economic and Development Committee, a member of the City Planning Committee and the Governance and Finance Committee.
Tomas Johnsson is the Executive Director Operations of Mantra Group, Australia's second largest hotel operator. He is responsible for the overall operation of 113 hotels and resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Over the past six years with the Mantra Group, Tomas has held positions of Group General Manager Saville and Peppers Hotels and been instrumental in significant organisational growth.
Previously Tomas was the Senior Asset Manager of General Property Trust, responsible for Sheraton Four Points Darling Harbour, Ayers Rock Resort and Voyages group. During his tenure Tomas was involved in the acquisition of P&O resorts and the subsequent strategic integration. He was also responsible for the construction of Longitude 131 post bush fire and Dunk and Bedarra Islands in the wake of Cyclone Larry.
Earlier Tomas was the Regional General Manager Mirvac Hotels Victoria with leadership responsibilities across Hotel Como, Sebel and Quay West brands. Prior experience includes 10 years with Rydges Hotels in senior capacities in most Australian tourism destinations. Tomas was born and educated in Sweden, migrated to Australia in 1990 and is married with two children.
Christine Lohman MBA FPRIA FAICD
Christine Lohman has an extensive background in corporate communication and strategic planning and brings to the Board a high level of marketing communication and corporate governance expertise. She owned and operated one of Queensland’s leading public relations companies which formed part of a national group advising major ASX listed companies and government.
Christine currently serves as a director on the board of The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Foundation and is a member of St Vincents Australia Health Limited Queensland Advisory Committee. Past directorships include Workcover Queensland, St Vincent’s and Holy Spirit Health Limited, Board of Governance for St Pauls, The Brisbane College of Theology, The 1994 World Masters Games, The Office of Economic Development for the City of Brisbane, Tourism Brisbane and several not for profit organisations. Until recently she provided professional counsel to the Board of Gladstone Ports Corporation and served on the Queensland Governments Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone Industry Reference Group.
She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Queensland, has completed the AICD Directors Course, is a Fellow of the Public Relations Industry of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Patrick Mitchell
Patrick has been an artistic director, company manager, production director, community project facilitator, regional audience development specialist, funding panel member, writer and actor with a broad range of Australian theatre companies and arts organisations in many parts of the country. He has been Artistic Director for companies such as the Darwin Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company (Qld), and The Australian Theatre of the Deaf and Freewheels Theatre Company (NSW). He has also worked with the Queensland Arts Council, the South Australian Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, and the Riverina Theatre Company.
Since 2005 Patrick has lectured and taught extensively across the Applied Theatre course at Griffith University in the School of Education and Professional Studies. In 2008 he completed a Master of Arts that explored the usefulness of the arts as a community builder in regional Queensland communities. Titled From Passenger to Driver, this project centred on a case study that brought together a small rural Queensland town, an entrepreneurial local arts council and the Creative Industries. In 2013 he completed a PhD entitled A Place in the Sun: An Exploration of the Theatre Ecology of the Gold Coast of Australia that explores the nature of theatre and performance on the Gold Coast.
At present he combines the challenges of teaching performance skills to students at Griffith University with the inspiring encounters that come from being an independent arts researcher, the great delights that come from being a Judge for the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards and the constant joy of being the fortunate parent of two unaccountably wonderful children.
Steve relocated back to the Gold Coast in early 2014, where he took up his current position as Chief Executive of the Venue Management Association (VMA), the peak industry association for Performing Arts Centres, Convention & Exhibition Centres, Entertainment Arenas, and Sports Stadiums.
He was General Manager of the Sydney Entertainment Centre (2009 – 2013) and responsible for all live music concerts, sporting events, musicals, and family shows. He was Director of Operations at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (2003 – 2009), as well as Chief Executive of the Blacktown International Sports Park (2001 – 2003). Steve spent a decade in the Gold Coast theme park industry where he was Director of Operations at Dreamworld (1996 – 2000), and Show & Entertainment Manager at Sea World (1991 – 1996). He was a Director of the VMA (2002 – 2011), including 3 years as Chairman. He also served as a Director of the International Association of Venue Managers (2008 - 2011), and was a Director of the Talent Development Project (TDP), nurturing the creative talents of students in their entertainment careers.
Steve recently completed the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).