Board of Directors, Surfers Paradise Alliance

Laura Younger, Chairperson

Ms Younger has a background in university facility management in Australia and the UK and is currently General Manager of the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council. She also serves as a Director on the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

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.

Neeraj Chadha, Director

Mr Chadha is the General Manager of the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa and Director of Australia for the group, dual positions he's moved into after five years as the Regional GM for Hilton Hotels in India.

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.