The Hon Robert Borbidge AO
Robert Edward Borbidge was born in Ararat, Victoria, Australia. In the late 1980s, he was promoted as Minister for Small Business, Communications and Technology. In 1989 he received the portfolio of Tourism, making him Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Tourism. In December 1991, Borbidge became the National Party leader. As National Party leader, he led his party to four elections and became Premier in 1996. He held the premiership office of Queensland from 1996 to 1998. Borbidge is Chairman of a number of business boards and was appointed to Chair the Legacy Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is a Trustee of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. His passion for education sees him a member of the Council of Griffith University, Chair of the Board of Advice for the Institute for Glycomics, a Board member of the Griffith Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Griffith. In 2001, he was awarded a Centenary Medal, in 2004 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Griffith University and in 2006 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
Ross Eastgate is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, University of New South Wales and the Australian Army Command and Staff College. He has been President, Surfers Paradise RSL and the inaugural President of the Gold Coast RSL District. Eastgate is a communication strategist, writer, historian and commentator who previously worked in Australian Regular Army where he had an extensive experience in developing, managing and conducting training. Since then, he has worked in strategic and corporate communications with the Queensland government, Adelaide City Council and Australian Defence Force and has been a columnist and writer with News Limited.
Robert Anthony Brett, MC, psc
Robert Anthony Brett
Bob Brett has over 45 years experience in senior management positions. He began his career in the military, commanding a number of operational units including Special Air Service Regiment and Commando, as well as two combat tours through which he was awarded with the Military Cross for gallantry and leadership. Brett has held various management positions within the tourism industry. While CEO of Gold Coast Tourism, he was appointed Chairman of the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux, the Business Events Council of Australia, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, the Australia Youth Challenge and the Queensland Government Review on Inbound Tourism. Recently, Brett has been the CEO of the JPT Tour Group, Queensland’s largest day and specialty tour operator.
Rod Solomons has a master’s degree in International Economics (Lille University, Northern France), and post-graduate certificate in Strategic Management in Retailing (William & Mary University, USA). For over 20 years he worked with IBM India and Australia for their Software Business, Global Delivery Direct and engaged in other leadership roles. His professional experience also includes ABN Amro, as Commercial Director & Managing Director, and two years at Fujitsu’s Australian Retail Business. Rod is Chairman of Dhanush Operations for Australasia. Rod has set up teams of people especially with respect to new start-ups to achieve long-term shared goals and agreed corporate vision, seeing the big picture while recognising individual steps required to achieve the corporate vision. Solomons is focused on success, holds excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to develop managers and professionals through promoting their own self-sufficiency.