Former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad appointed chair of Gold Coast’s HOTA board

Former Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has been appointed to drive the Gold Coast’s thriving arts precinct.

Ms Trad, whose political career was cut short at the 2020 State Election when she lost her seat of South Brisbane, has been appointed as the new chairperson of the HOTA board.

The appointment was made by Council CEO Tim Baker under his administrative authority, before being confirmed by Mayor Tom Tate at a press conference a short time ago.


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Ms Trad has been on the board of HOTA since December 2021, but will now take the reigns effective immediately.

Mayor Tate said he was confident the announcement would be welcomed by councillors and the City administration.

“Jackie’s depth of knowledge, as well as her passion for our city and the arts, is exceptional,” the Mayor said.

“I am confident she will lead the board with vigour as we look to position HOTA as a key arts and cultural precinct, both nationally and internationally.

“I look forward to seeing what Jackie and the board can achieve in these formative years for HOTA.”

The Mayor thanked Kate Brennan for her role as acting chair over the past six months.

“Kate will step down from both positions shortly,” Mayor Tate said.

Ms Trad, a former treasurer, will attend her first meeting as chair next month on June 28.