Board of Directors, Surfers Paradise Alliance

Laura Younger, Chairperson

Laura has a business background in membership organisations in Australia and Britain. Laura has a Master of Business Administration from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Southern Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Laura is the General Manager for Australian Timeshare and General Manager QLD for the Accommodation Association of Australia, Board member and Chair of the QTIC Associations Council and Deputy President of the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce.

Lex Bell, Director

Mr Bell OAM received a Master of Laws from Bond University and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland before becoming a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Lex was also a Councillor with The Council of the City of Gold Coast from 1985–2001, including a period as mayor 1988–1994. He was also a chancellor with the Anglican Catholic Church.

Gary Baildon, Director

Councillor Gary Baildon AM is the elected representative for Division 7 (Surfers Paradise) on the Council of the City of Gold Coast. A semi-retired businessman with experience in retailing, wholesaling and advertising.  He has over 14 years as a Councillor with the Council of the City of Gold Coast including three terms as Mayor.

Leschen Smaller, Director

Ms Smaller has held numerous senior accounting and finance positions throughout Australia, including an appointment as the first female Director of WMS Chartered Accountants.

Paul Callander, Director

Paul Callander is the General Manager, Commercial Operations for Ardent Leisure Theme Parks. His position encompasses the role of General Manager of SkyPoint Observation Deck & SkyPoint Climb. Over the past 20 years, Mr Callander has held various senior roles across some of Australia's most premium tourism operations.

Tania Cowey, Director

Ms Cowey is the McDonald's licensee for McDonalds Cavill Surfers Paradise and Niecon Broadbeach and the Media lead for Gold Coast Licencees.  Ms Cowey has held the roles of Franchise Manager and McOpco Manager with McDonalds as well as holding positions on a variety of committees in the Licensee Community.

Michael Coe, Director