The Hon. Rob Borbidge AO


Mr Borbidge retired from the Queensland Parliament in 2001 after serving over 20 years as MP for Surfers Paradise. He was the 35th Premier of Queensland from 1996 to 1998. After leaving Parliament he became involved in a number of private and public companies and has a close association with Griffith University. In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal, in 2004 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Griffith University and in 2006 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Mr Borbidge serves as Chairman on the Study Gold Coast Management Committee. He was also Chair of the Embracing 2018 Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth Games.


Alfred Slogrove

Chief Executive Officer, Study Gold Coast

Alfred Slogrove is the Chief Executive Officer of Study Gold Coast. He has spent over 13 years as an industry leader and a passionate Gold Coaster, where he has accomplished a wide variety of achievements including State and National Awards for his leadership in the industry. Prior to his role at Study Gold Coast, Alfred was the Director of Business Development at TAFE Queensland and spent five and a half years developing industry relationships and partnerships with the likes of Gold Coast Health, Advance Queensland, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and many more. He has a very strong understanding of both national and international education policies both at a federal and state government level.

Holding a Bachelor of Business Management, Alfred’s leadership and entrepreneurial skills has allowed him to develop and implement a national ‘Payment Gateway’ to support a scholarship fund that has supported over 2,000 statewide scholarships to students. These scholarships are offered statewide and have supported students from various backgrounds to start a new career path.


Lynda White


Head of Finance & Governance, Study Gold Coast  

Lynda White is the Head of Finance and Governance and Committee Secretary of Study Gold Coast, the peak industry and city marketing body for the Gold Coast’s education and training sector.

Holding qualifications in Public Administration, Business Studies and professional qualifications with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, Lynda is also an associate member of the Governance Institute of Australia. Lynda is a former Director of Corporate Services at The Arts Centre Gold Coast (HOTA) and General Manager Corporate Services for the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism, based at Griffith University. Lynda has over 24 years local government experience, specialising in Public Administration, Human Resources, Finance and Contract Management.


Paul Salter


Head of Business, St. Hilda’s School

Paul Salter is currently the Head of Business at St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast, managing the operational and financial aspects of the school. Paul is a senior executive with extensive experience in managing medium to large, multifaceted organisations in a range of industries including education, sport, local government and private sector utilities.

Professor Sarah Todd

Committee Member

Vice President Global, Griffith University

Professor Sarah Todd commenced at Griffith as Pro Vice Chancellor (International) - now Vice President (Global), having previously been at the University of Otago in New Zealand, as Vice President (Global). Professor Todd has executive level leadership, management and budgetary control over Griffith International, which incorporates three areas: the International Office, the Griffith English Language Institute and the International Business Development Unit. Professor Todd represents Griffith University while sitting as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.


Karen Dickinson

Committee Member

General Manager, TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region

Karen Dickinson is the General Manager of TAFE Queensland's Gold Coast region. Prior to this Karen was Managing Director of the Kimberley Training Institute (KTI), part of the TAFE network in Western Australia, for over seven years.

Karen has extensive executive level experience in public sector management across health, employment services and vocational education and training. Prior to commencing in the Kimberley, Karen worked in senior positions for the Australian Government in Darwin and with the WA Health Department. Karen has a Masters in Health Services Management, a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing). Karen is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and represents TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region while sitting as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.


Professor Adam Shoemaker

committee member

Vice Chancellor, Southern Cross University

Professor Adam Shoemaker is the Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University. He has held senior leadership roles at a number of other Australian universities including Academic Provost at Griffith University, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at Monash University and Dean of Arts at the Australian National University.

Professor Shoemaker holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University and a PhD from the Australian National University. He chaired the Advisory Board of Monash University Publishing and was on the Advisory Board of Campus Review. He is a former Director of Open Universities Australia, a trustee of the Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Professor Shoemaker represents Southern Cross University while sitting as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.


Councillor brooke patterson

Committee Member

Councillor Division 6, City of Gold Coast

Brooke Patterson is a strong advocate for the city and its residents. Prior to becoming councillor, Brooke had a twenty year international career in financial services. She has studied at QUT, Sydney Law School and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. During her time in Hong Kong, Brooke was on the Board of AustCham Hong Kong, and Chair of its Advocacy committee on behalf of Australian industry. Brooke is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Bill AdLer

Committee Member

CEO and Co-Principal of Imagine Education Australia Pty Ltd

Over a 19 year career in secondary education Bill has held positions of responsibility including Head of Department, Director of International Programs and Head of School. In 2003 Bill started his own school, Imagine Education Australia. Imagine offers a variety of ESL, high school and post secondary courses to 1,700 students from all over the world. Imagine Education also owns and operates two fully licensed Early Learning Centres on the same campus, which cater for local children and their parents. Bill is an elected member representative on the Committee.


Cheryl Jolliffe

Committee Member

Executive Director, Future Students - Bond University

Cheryl Jolliffe is Executive Director of the Future Students portfolio at Bond University, which includes strategic oversight of Bond International, Domestic Recruitment, and the Marketing and Customer Experience teams. Cheryl has more than 15 years’ experience in the international education sector, having previously worked in senior roles at both The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. Cheryl has a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership and a Bachelor of Mass Communication. Cheryl represents Bond University while sitting as a Committee Member with Study Gold Coast.

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