Board & CEO

Jan McCormick
Chief Executive Officer

Jan leads Major Events Gold Coast with over 40 years’ experience in the events industry. In her recent position at Broadbeach Alliance, Jan drove success through her transformational leadership, positioning the organisation as a leader in festival delivery on the Gold Coast, Queensland and throughout Australia.

Notable achievements during her leadership of the Alliance included the extraordinary growth and positioning of the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival and the development of Groundwater Country Music Festival as Major Events for the State and City of Gold Coast, forming strong national and international reputations with an unprecedented return on investment for the Gold Coast. Prior to her role at Broadbeach Alliance, Jan sat as Director of Operations of her own highly successful Business Events and Concert Production Company, McCormick International.

Jan leads with authenticity and is known as a straight shooter who delivers – every time. Her strong reputation spans a wide range of stakeholders, including all levels of local and state governments, the media, TEQ, tourism and business events leaders in the city.

With a proven track record for success and exceptional knowledge of the music and event industry, Jan possesses the specific capabilities required to drive a long-term direction for Major Events Gold Coast.

Darryl Kelly
Chair

Darryl Kelly is the current Director of Titans Rugby League Pty Ltd.

With a Bachelor of Economics (ANU) and 46 years’ experience in business including the concrete and quarry industry, finance, property development and management, beef cattle, telecommunications, sports administration and event management, Darryl brings an overwhelming wealth of business acumen and passion to his role as Chair of the MEGC Board.

The former Chair of Broadbeach Alliance Ltd (prior to its amalgamation with MEGC) has served on a number of other boards and committees, many located in his home town of Wagga Wagga such as; member of Telstra Country Wide Advisory Board. 2003 to 2007; former Chairman of Wagga Rugby League 2002 to 2012; former Committee Member of Rural Universities Action Group (formed to establish a university of excellence in the City of Wagga Wagga); former member Wagga Wagga City Council Economic Advisory Committee; Patron of Ronald McDonald House Wagga Wagga; Patron Wagga Rugby League; 2009 NRL Volunteer of the Year

Michael Coe
Director

Michael Coe is the Regional General Manager for Accor Hotels, one of Australia’s largest hotel chains.

Michael possesses a broad cross-section of experience in Tourism having managed and developed ecotourism, tourism transport, marine-based tourism, and accommodation product for over 25 years.

As a keen advocate of tourism Michael has sat on numerous Boards including Director on the National Board for the Hotel Motel & Accommodation Association Inc (HMAA inc.), Director of Surfers Paradise Alliance Ltd prior to its amalgamation with MEGC, Board member and TNQ Zone Chair for HMAA Queensland, Chair of Port Douglas Daintree Tourism Ltd and Director of Tourism Tropical North Queensland. Michael is also a past Queensland Tourism Award Judge.

Michael holds a Company Director’s diploma with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently sits in a role as Regional General Manager for Accor Apartment & Leases overseeing the company’s portfolio of 28 properties between Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast.

In addition to his Board Director role, Michael is also Chair of Major Events Gold Coast's Audit Committee.

Jackie Cross
Director

Jackie Cross is Director of Queensland’s biggest outdoor event & festival company Cross Promotions International.

With a background in media & marketing, Jackie sits at the creative head of the Gold Coast based company, that she owns with husband Billy Cross. With entertainment running through their veins, and brands that span 2 continents, Jackie’s real passion lies in SE Queensland.

With a reputation that was built on their cultivation of the nightlife landscape of South East Queensland, Cross Promotions stood at the helm of a nightclub empire, with 9 trading clubs in Surfers Paradise. By 2001, the Cross team had managed to reshape the Surfers Paradise nightclub scene with a collection of venues that attracted celebrities and locals alike.

A natural progression ultimately saw an opportunity to establish an outdoor festival market in Queensland. The move into outdoor events saw the Gold Coast play host to one of Australia’s first & biggest outdoor events SummaFieldDayze – a 35,000 strong music festival held on the Broadwater. It was this festival that catapulted the Cross team into luring more events to SE Queensland.

In March 2018, Cross forged a partnership with The Star Entertainment Group, opening the prestigious Nineteen at The Star. A world-class rooftop restaurant and lounge bar venue, and hero feature of The Star Gold Coasts redevelopment.

In addition, Jackie owns and runs the most high-profile Australian entertainment act in Las Vegas, Australia’s Thunder from Down Under. This Australian entertainment export has enjoyed 25 years on the Las Vegas strip, and in 2019 MGM Resorts extended their residency in an unprecedented 10-year contract.

Jackie currently runs the largest bar operations consultancy in Queensland, specializing in outdoor events and festivals. The current portfolio includes Brisbane RiverStage, The Falls Festival (Byron Bay), Schoolies & Sandtunes. In addition, Cross Promotions consults to V8 Supercars and worked on City of Gold Coasts X-Cat Grand Prix.

Jackie is a member of the National Breast Cancer Foundations Speakers Bureau, and mother to two sons Joshua & Nicholas.

Peta Fielding
Director

Peta Fielding is the CEO and Director of Burleigh Brewing Company, which she co-founded with her master brewer husband, Brennan Fielding, in 2006.

After being awarded the inaugural Bond University Law School Scholarship, Peta practised law at Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks in Melbourne from 1993-1996.

She then worked for two years in Japan with the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games Organising Committee in a variety of areas including team liaison, technology, broadcast, volunteer recruitment and training. Following the Games until 2001, Peta was the Assistant to the Consul-General at the Australian Consulate-General in Hawaii.

Since 2006 Peta has successfully steered Burleigh Brewing Company’s fortunes through testing economic cycles. She directed the business establishment, finances and operations and continues to manage the company’s unique product and brand development. Peta is passionate about the Gold Coast and actively pursues opportunities for Burleigh Brewing to engage with the local community – residents and visitors alike.

In 2013 Burleigh Brewing Company was named the Queensland Telstra Business of the Year and in 2014 the company earned the title of Gold Coast Business of the Year. Peta is the former Chair of the Australian Craft Beer Industry Association (now the Independent Brewers Association) and is a Board Director of Destination Gold Coast. Peta served a seven-year term as a director of the Bond University Council and was previously Chair of the Bond University Alumni Advisory Board. Peta is currently a Director of Placemakers* Gold Coast and served as Board Member of GOLDOC for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Geoff Hogg
Director

Geoff has more than 20 years of operational casino experience at a senior executive level. He was appointed to his current position on 1 July 2020.

Prior to this, Geoff had group-wide responsibility for operations at The Star Sydney, The Star Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre and Treasury Brisbane. He was also Managing Director Queensland for The Star Entertainment Group for over 10 years.

In addition to his Board Director role at Major Events Gold Coast, Geoff is an active participant in the Queensland business community and in particular, the tourism and entertainment industry. He is a member of the Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee and a Director on the National Retail Association.

Greg Jenke
Director

Greg Jenke is the national Director of Travel for Treatment with global health care company, Ramsay Health Care, Australia’s largest operator of private hospitals.

Greg is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Prior to his current role, Greg was the CEO of John Flynn Hospital. In addition, Greg served as Chair to the Connecting Southern Gold Coast Board of Directors prior to its amalgamation with MEGC.

In Greg’s current role he is responsible for working with the Strategy and Innovation Team to explore new international travel for treatment opportunities.

Skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Clinical Research, Medical Education, Medical Devices, and Strategic Planning, he is a strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Deakin University.

Clark J. Kirby
Director

After completing a Bachelor of Information Technology and Master’s Degree in Finance, Clark joined UBS Investment Bank as an Associate Director in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Clark joined Village Roadshow Limited as Director of Strategy in 2009 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2012. In 2017 Clark was assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Theme Parks (VRTP), in addition, Executive Chairman of VRTP.

On 1 January 2020, Clark was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Village Roadshow Limited, while still retaining his role as CEO and Executive Chairman of VRTP.

Clark is on the Board of Destination Gold Coast, Major Events Gold Coast, a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) and holds charitable positions on the board of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and My Room Children’s Cancer Charity in Melbourne. In addition to his Director role with MEGC, Clark is also a member of MEGC’s Audit Committee.

Clark lives on the Gold Coast with his wife Sara and their three daughters Estelle, Eloise and Nina.

Jessica Norris
Director

Jessica Norris is Executive Director of Ailier, a Gold Coast boutique law firm.

Jessica is highly regarded as a savvy commercial lawyer having negotiated hundreds of commercial contracts, primarily in an in-house capacity.

She was the Legal Manager for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Legal Counsel for the 2018 Invictus Games. For nearly four years Jess worked in-house at Toll Transport’s Mining Division.

Jessica’s extensive background and experience in the legal services industry saw her named winner of the Sports and Entertainment Team of the Year at the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards and In-House Lawyer of the Year at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

In addition to her Director role with MEGC, Jessica is also a member of MEGC’s Audit Committee.

Mark Peters (OAM)
Director

Mark has long championed Australia's profile on the international stage, as a competitive sporting nation and host destination for major events.

Mark served as the CEO of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Company (GOLDOC), a position he accepted after leading the successful Bid Company. Before that, he was the CEO of the Australian Sports Commission for almost 10 years, President of the Australian Baseball Federation and Executive Member of the International Baseball Federation.

His extensive portfolio of leadership and management experience covers tourism, events and organisational governance and structure. He has also represented and captained Australia in baseball.

Mark was recently awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday 2020 Honours for his service to sports administration.

In addition to his Board Director role, Mark is also Chair of Major Events Gold Coast's Events Committee.

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