RDA Sunshine Coast welcomes new Chair

Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast welcomes Professor Max Standage as its newly appointed Chair.

Prof. Standage, who was Chair of RDA Logan and Redlands since 2009, has held several senior management and leadership positions at Griffith University as a Dean, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Provost with responsibilities for the Health and Science Academic Groups, and the Quality and Community Partnership portfolios.

Iqbal Singh, Prof Max Standage, Michelle Hamer and Russell Mason

Prof. Standage has particular interests in strategic planning of university campuses, commercialisation of university research, knowledge precincts, the development of knowledge intensive industries and the role of universities in community engagement and social inclusion.

He has led a number of new initiatives including the establishment of the Logan and Gold Coast campuses and the initial planning for the Griffith Medical, Dental and Oral Health, and Pharmacy Schools.

Prof. Standage said his roles as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Provost had required close engagement with development and planning issues, extensive interactions with government agencies and community partnerships.

Prof. Standage has been actively involved in numerous advisory and board roles including:

  • Director, Gold Coast Innovation Centre since 2007
  • Member of REDAB/Gold Coast Business Advisory Council since 2004
  • Director, Logan Economic Development Board, 2006 – 2008
  • Director, CRC Water Quality, 2002 – 2006
  • Director, Distributed Systems CRC, 2003 – 2006
  • Director, Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation Ltd, 1998 – 2006

Prof. Standage said that he was greatly excited by the prospect of working with the RDA Sunshine Coast Committee, community leaders and the wider community towards achieving greater recognition by the Federal and State governments of the infrastructure, economic and social development issues that will advance the wellbeing and prosperity of the Sunshine Coast.

He was the first Griffith University staff member of an Australian Research Committee discipline panel, the Physical Sciences Panel (1992-1994), and the Chair of the Instrumentation and Scientific Instruments Priority Panel (1993-1994).

RDA Sunshine Coast provides strategic and targeted responses to local issues. It facilitates regional leadership and resilience by building partnerships between governments, regional development organisations, the private sector and regional stakeholders.

RDA Sunshine Coast is a not-for-profit community organisation led by local government, business and community leaders. Committee members are all volunteers and have been ministerially appointed.

–  ENDS –

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