Exec appointments: Spiro farewells Gadens

Paul Spiro has ended a long career at Gadens and handed over to Jim Demack; the TSBE boss has walked after just a few months and G8’s chair has moved aside for a Woolies exec and more in this week’s executive and board appointments.

Sep 29, 2023, updated Sep 29, 2023
Paul Spiro, National and Queensland Chairman of Gadens.

Paul Spiro, National and Queensland Chairman of Gadens.

Spiro announces time’s up

Law firm Gadens announced Paul Spiro had retired as of September 3o as a partner after 36 years with the firm, the last 23 as managing partner/chairman of the Brisbane office.

Gadens said Sprio was instrumental in shaping Gadens’ culture of creativity and continuing the firm’s commitment to the arts. He has overseen a period of significant growth in Gadens’ revenue, people and clients, and continued Gadens’ focus on innovation and thought leadership.

He would continue as a consultant, working closely with the partners and executive team to continue to support and grow the firm.

The new chair will be Jim Demack, who, together with Shantal Read, as Brisbane office partner, will provide leadership to the firm as we continue to grow and thrive.

Domino’s director resigns

Domino’s said Doreen Huber would not stand for re-election as a director at the November 1 AGM.

The company said it had no current intentions to appoint a replacement.

TSBE boss resigns

The Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise is looking for a new chief executive after Greg Bowden resigned this week after only a few months in the job.

TSBE chair John McVeigh said April Cavanagh, the former national head of agribusiness at Suncorp Bank and a non-executive director of TSBE since 2018, would step in as our CEO for the next six months.

“We have full confidence in April’s ability to guide us through this transition period and continue to lead our organisation effectively,” McVeigh said.

G8 appoints ex Woolies exec

Education group G8 has announced that David Foster would retire as chair and Debra Singh would take on the role.

Foster will stay as a director until May to assist with the transition.

Singh was previously the CEO of Fantastic Holdings, and Group CEO of Greenlit Brands and had senior leadership roles at Woolworths.

She is still on the board of Shaver Shop and the Kids Cancer Project.

RFG’s new director

Retail Food Group has announced the appointment of Jacinta Caithness as a non-executive director.

She has more than 20 years of experience in the retail sector and developed the franchise strategy for Boost Juice and Salsa at Retail Zoo.

She will stand for election by shareholders at RFG’s AGM later this year.

Australian Mines finds a CEO

Australian Mines has appointed Andrew Nesbitt as its chief executive officer.

The company said Nesbitt had 25 years of experience in the resources sector having worked for De Beers and Goldfields.

He was also CEO of Resource Mining Corporation.

First Super appoints timber boss

First Super has appointed Mick Stephens as an associate director.

Stephens is the Timber Queensland chief executive and a director of Forestry Australia. He was also deputy administrator of Norfolk Island.

CFB picks up Emerson

The Committee for Brisbane has appointed former LNP MP Scott Emerson to its advisory council.

Emerson is currently a business consultant but has also worked in talkback radio and as a print and TV journalist. As a former Queensland Government Minister, he held the portfolio of Minister for Transport and Main Roads and the key finance role of Treasurer spokesperson in Opposition.

Hydro adds to management

Jason Manttan has been appointed to Queensland Hydro.

His new role will be as senior manager for industry engagement. He previously worked for Inland Rail.

PPK loses director

Commercialisation company PPK has revealed that Tony McDonald would not be standing for re-election as a non-executive director at its AGM.

New CMO for Impedimed

Medical technology company Impedimed has appointed oncologist Steven Chen as its chief medical officer.

His previous experience included a CMO role with Avelas Biosciences and chief of breast surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Centre.

Indigenous role at Screen Qld

Screen Queensland has announced Torres Strait Islander woman Danielle Ah Boo as the agency’s first Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, a new leadership role created to uplift First Nations voices across the state’s screen sector.

Scott takes on Energy Qld

Energy Queensland has moved Peter Scott from acting chief executive to a permanent position at the top of Energy Queensland.

Chair Sarah Zeljko said Scott was “an absolute standout with his knowledge, leadership style and most importantly his vision to take the business forward to new heights, as we face such an exciting time of transformation within the energy sector”.

“If there is anyone up for taking on the huge responsibility to successfully navigate our businesses through this, it’s most certainly Peter.”

Five for tourism board

Five new board members have been welcomed onto the Tourism Whitsundays Board.
Four of which were elected: Nathan Fleming of Ocean Rafting, Sue Watson owner of Pinnacles Airlie Beach,
Phil Browne of Whitsundays Sailing Adventures and Nicole Graham owner of Iconic Whitsunday Adventures
and one invited member, Carly Povey of Bonza Airlines.





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