Economic Futures Board appointed to help achieve regional goals
  • Thursday 22 May 2014

Six key Australian business leaders have joined Mayor Mark Jamieson on the region’s new Economic Futures Board.
The board will provide expert advice to guide the implementation of the Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 – and help ensure that the region achieves the strong economic goals that have been set in that strategy.
Mayor Mark Jamieson, who chairs the Futures Board, said the board members contributed the right balance of skills, expertise and networks to help the region’s economy grow and prosper.
“It’s an exciting time for our region – council is working towards a sustainable economy and we have some outstanding business leaders on board to help us achieve this goal,” Mayor Jamieson said.
 “The work of this advisory board will guide the transition to, and help build the identity of, the new economy of the Sunshine Coast.
“The board has strong expertise in foreign and domestic commercial markets, finance and investment strategy, as well as in industry innovation, overseas market development, education and commercial communication – and all members have a connection with the Sunshine Coast.”
The board is comprised of:
• Mayor Mark Jamieson (Chair and ex officio member)
• Mr Robert Jones, Queensland Chairman, KPMG
• Ms Jude Munro, Co-owner and Director, Jude Munro and Associates and former Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane City Council
• Ms Katie Bickford, Strategic Business Development Advisor, John Holland Group
• Mr Andrew Pitcher, Senior Vice President of Financial Services and Head of Strategic Industries, SAP in Asia
• Mr David Foster, Director, Seaside Consulting and former Chief Executive Officer, Suncorp Bank
• Mr Adrian Johnston, Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions Dynamics, Asia

At today’s first meeting, the new board will review progress with the implementation of the region’s economic development strategy and determine its priorities for the year ahead, Mayor Jamieson said.
“I congratulate my fellow members on their appointment and thank them for their commitment to the future of our region.”
“I know that the region will be well supported by a board of this calibre”.
The Sunshine Coast Economic Futures Board has a two year term and will meet quarterly.