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 18 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 a Director 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.


carolyn madsen

executive officer and committee secretary, study gold coast

Carolyn Madsen is the Executive Officer and Committee Secretary of Study Gold Coast, the peak industry and city marketing body for the Gold Coast’s education and training sector.

Holding a Certificate in Governance Practice, Carolyn has over 20 years’ experience in quality management and executive administration in the legal profession. Prior to joining Study Gold Coast Carolyn worked for a well-known Sydney law firm where she was responsible for maintaining ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Accreditation, office management, relationship building and conflict resolution.


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


Vice President Global, Griffith University

Professor Sarah Todd commenced at Griffith as Pro Vice Chancellor (International) - now Vice President (Global), in 2013, having previously been with the University of Otago in New Zealand.  As Vice President (Global), Professor Todd lead's Griffith's internationalisation activities, and has executive level leadership, management and budgetary control over Griffith International, which incorporates the: International Office, Griffith English Language Institute, International Business Development Unit, and the Tourism Confucius Institute. Professor Todd represents Griffith University while sitting as a Deputy Chair 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.


dean gould

committee member

Chief Marketing Officer, Southern Cross University

Dean Gould is a marketing and media professional with three decades of experience across the diverse sectors of higher education, tourism, and media. His role of Chief Marketing Officer at Southern Cross University includes responsibility for brand strategy, marketing, media, communications, student recruitment and outreach, design, digital, sponsorships, partnerships, alumni, and philanthropy.

Dean was previously Director of the Office of Marketing and Communications at Griffith University and Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategy at Destination Gold Coast. For more than 20 years, he was a journalist and editor, working internationally before serving as Gold Coast Bulletin editor until 2011. Dean has an MBA from Central Queensland University and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Queensland. He is Chair of the Gold Coast Music Advisory Group, life member and coach at Broadbeach United Soccer Club, former State Committee and Gold Coast Chair of White Ribbon Australia and was a nominee for Gold Coast Citizen of the Year in 2019.


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.