The Board

The Board

Board Members

Chairman - Kerry D. Watson
Deputy Chair - Richard Munro
Director - Patrick Corrigan AM
Director - Cr Jan Grew
Director - Tomas Johnsson

Director - Christine Lohman
- Dr Patrick Mitchell
Director - Steve Romer



Kerry D. Watson
Born and educated in Queensland, Kerry D. Watson began his career in stockbroking and merchant banking before returning to the Gold Coast to establish the Quality Inns Group with the Graham family. Kerry was involved in the commencement of Japanese and Asian tourists to Australia.
After the sale of the Quality Inns Group, Kerry commenced a consulting business through his company, Pacific Global Corporation with clients including Marriott International Australia and the Queensland Government through Events Queensland Gold Coast. Kerry is currently Chairman of Events Queensland Gold Coast (Gold Coast Marathon and Pan Pacific Masters Games) and Gold Coast Tropicarnival Ltd – Gold Coast Eisteddfod, as well as Executive Advisor – Japan for Tourism Australia and an Honorary Life Member of Gold Coast Tourism.
He has previously held positions as Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation (now Tourism Queensland), Chairman of the Inbound Tourism Organisation of Australia (now Australian Tourism Export Council) and Director of the Gold Coast Tourism Bureau and Gold Coast TAFE.

Deputy Chair

Richard Munro  Bus. CPA MAICD
Richard became a member of The Arts Centre Gold Coast Board in 2008 and has been in Public Accounting Practice on the Gold Coast since 1994, including his position as partner at Munro Accountants Gold Coast.
Past roles have included committee positions on various business and sporting organisations including past President of CPA Australia Gold Coast Branch. Most recently Richard became a member of the Board for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma Course covering Corporate Governance.
His experience with working with many South East Queensland businesses and associations brings a background of financial and strategic management to the role of Deputy Chair on the Board of The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
While Richard’s specific interests have generally involved business and sports, his family have participated in a number of Summer Schools at The Arts Centre over the years so he has a strong appreciation for the benefits the arts bring to the community.


Patrick Corrigan AM
Patrick Corrigan has been a Board Director with The Arts Centre Gold Coast since 1996. He began his career in the freight industry in the 60s and by the mid 70s was head of several freight companies which participated in the phenomenal expansion of the freighting industry in both Australia and overseas.
Pat began his love affair with collecting art, and art books in his 30s and his library is recognised as one of the finest private library collections of its type in Australia. Pat says the main thrill of collecting has always been the hunt for, and acquisition of, rare items, rather than possession of them once acquired.
Pat has been donating art to public galleries for many years. His involvement with the industry remains strong. He is a life member of the State Library of Queensland, The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Association of Visual Arts. In 2000 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the arts and holds an honorary doctorate from Bond University. Pat is married to Barbara and they have a daughter and three sons.


Cr Jan Grew

Councillor Jan Grew is an elected member of the City of Gold Coast and has represented Division 11 for 22 years. She is the Chairman of the Economic Development and Major Projects Committee, a member of the Community and Cultural Committee and the Events Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Council of Mayors Economic Advisory Committee and the Regional Mosquito Management Committee. Councillor Grew is a Director of The Arts Centre Gold Coast and was appointed by the State Government to the board of Directors of Screen Queensland.

Councillor Grew has previously held positions as a board member of Gold Coast Tourism, Gold Coast Arts Centre, The Gold Coast Eisteddfod and the Gold Coast Film Fantastic Film Festival.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Film and Television from Bond University and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Tomas Johnsson
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 Member on the Australian Institute of Company Directors Gold Coast Regional Committee, she recently served as a director on the Board of the Good Samaritan Foundation and was a member of St Vincent’s Australia Health Limited Queensland Advisory Committee. Other 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. 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 Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Queensland, has completed the AICD Directors Course and subsequent updates, 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 Romer
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).