Business leaders to go head-to-head at YPGC’s City Leaders Forum

A group of business leaders who will play an instrumental role in the city’s economic progress has been assembled for the second annual City Leaders Forum, which will be hosted by Young Professionals Gold Coast next month.

On November 11 the panelists will take to the stage at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to debate the future direction of the Gold Coast – in particular the projects necessary to keep the economic momentum initiated by the 2018 Commonwealth Games continuing after the event.

Confirmed to join the panel at the forum this year is CEO of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Mark Peters, who will share insights to how the Games presents “a decade worth of opportunity for the city”. He will be joined by CEO of Mantra Group Bob East and COO of Gold Coast Airport Marion Charlton who will be representing two ‘front line’ companies that will play a major role in the visitor experience during the Games. While Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University Professor Ian O’Connor and Director of Burleigh Brewing Company Peta Fielding round out the panel of industry experts.


YP Gold Coast President Sean Braybrook said the City Leaders Forum sought to promote healthy and positive debate around key economic opportunities for the city. “We’ve assembled what we consider to be a group of experts in their respective fields,” he said. “These are people who will play an instrumental role in the success of the Games and who can share valuable insights to maximise opportunities presented by the event and how we leverage the city’s international exposure in this time.

“But this is about outcomes as much as it is about discussion. We are looking to establish policy outline from the forum which will guide our advocacy going forward.”

Mr Braybrook said the core aim of the City Leaders Forum was to unite the Gold Coast’s established business community with up and coming city leaders. “We want to create a multi-generational voice for positive change,” he said.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the forum was an excellent platform for business leaders to share experiences and impart knowledge to the people who will lead the city in the future. “But more importantly it’s an opportunity for young professionals to play a role in shaping the city,” she said. “Working together is so important – as generations we need to combine our efforts, and this is a fantastic platform for that.”

The City Leaders Forum will be held on Friday, November 11 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets are $135 per person or $1,300 for a table of 10.  For more information and to book visit