Our Committee

The Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast Incorporated committee was initially created in June 2009 and incorporated in January 2010. It consists of up to 11 members with an executive team that includes the Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and CEO:

Tony Riddle


Tony is a professional entrepreneur with a reputation for getting things done and has enjoyed success in developing and growing numerous diverse businesses within Australia. Tony is a keen property investor, particularly in the commercial sector, while also working enthusiastically in startup businesses. Tony holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from QUT, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Ian Young

Deputy Chair

Ian is a Maxillofacial Surgeon based on the Sunshine Coast for 19 years. He completed his first degree as a dentist at the University of Queensland, then trained and lived in London for eight years before returning to Australia to complete his medical degree. Ian is a partner of an Australian-based business that manufactures medical and dental equipment which is distributed in Europe and Australasia. He is also a partner in a company that owns and operates nine dental practices in Queensland.

Glenn Ferguson


Glenn is an experienced commercial and corporate lawyer with almost 25 years’ experience. He is the Managing Director of Ferguson Cannon Lawyers and is renowned both nationally and internationally for his technical expertise. He is a Founding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand College of Notaries. He was the inaugural Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is the Chair of the College of Law Queensland and a National Governor.

Brook Kitson


Brook holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil-RPEQ) and manages Cardno Sunshine Coast. He is also Project Coordinator (DSDIP) and Project Director for some of the largest master-planned communities in Australia, including the Sunshine Coast’s new Maroochydore City Centre. Brook is passionate about the region and its economic development and has served on the Urban Development Institute of Australia committee for 12 years. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, mentors at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast and is Chair and co-founder of The Core and co-founding partner of CoreEd, an extra-curricular program that inspires students to take an entrepreneurial path by teaching them to create new technology.

Cameron Hall

Cameron is the Managing Director of Hall Contracting Pty Ltd, a third generation family dredging and construction business established on the Sunshine Coast in 1946. Cameron has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) and has worked in engineering consulting, risk management and recruitment for large corporates in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America before returning to the family business on the Sunshine Coast in 2005. He is a member of the Foundation Board of The University of Sunshine Coast and is an advocate for its growth.

Prof Birgit Lohmann

Birgit is the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of the Sunshine Coast. She has had academic and management roles at the Australian National University, Murdoch University, Griffith University and the University of Adelaide. Birgit also previously served in several leadership roles including Head of the School of Science and Director of the Centre for Quantum Dynamics at Griffith University, and Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Quality) at the University of Adelaide. She is a graduate of the University of Adelaide (Honours degree in Physics), and of Flinders University (Ph D in Atomic Physics).

Michael Whittaker

(Ex Officio Member)

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Council. He has more than 20 years’ experience in senior and chief executive level roles in state and local government. Michael has been a CEO of four councils in NSW and Western Australia, as well as Deputy General Manager of the City of Sydney Council. Michael has overseen large capital works programs and was involved in the development of major commercial precincts and infrastructure projects, such as the Macquarie Park CBD and Green Square Urban Renewal Projects.

Brett De Chastel

(Ex Officio Member)

Brett is the Chief Executive Officer of Noosa Shire Council. He has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Business Administration. Brett is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Local Government Managers Australia. For several years, Brett was Chairperson of United Synergies – a large not for profit organisation providing community services on the Sunshine Coast. He has also successfully run his own small business providing boutique consultancy services to local governments across Queensland.

Considering whether to join the RDA Committee/Board?

  • Talk to our RDA Committee Chair or CEO and find out about the priorities for our region, how we are working to find solutions, the commitment required of Committee members and how you could contribute your skills and experience.
  • Look at the RDA Sunshine Coast Regional Roadmap to see where your skills and experience match the priorities of the region.
  • Talk to other RDA Committee members about what to expect should you be appointed to the committee.
  • Indicate to the RDA Committee Chair that you are interested in being considered for Committee membership and the skills you consider you would bring to the position.

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For additional information or if you have queries about completing the Expression of Interest form  please call the Helpline 1800 505 938 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEDST) or email rdaeoi@infrastructure.gov.au.