Our Staff

ADAM YATES

Chief Executive Officer

Adam joined the Surfing Queensland team in early 2010 as Surfing Queensland’s Events Manager. Adam has become an integral component of the management structure of the organisation. Prior to commencing with Surfing Queensland Adam held a number of roles in sales and account management after his business degree in 2003. Adam’s portfolio has been vast and included the organisation and activation of over 30 events each year, ranging from grassroots programs through to the sport’s elite level. Along with all State based events and programs, Adam’s main focus was the event management of the prestigious WSL Quiksilver & Roxy Pro World Tour events. Adam was also the event organiser and contest director for the WSL Burleigh Pro World Qualifying Series event. Adam is an avid surfer and waterman and has also surfed in elite level surfing competitions.

Adam was appointed CEO of Surfing Queensland in mid 2014 by the Board of Directors who recognised Adam’s commitment and thorough knowledge of the organisation. He is passionate about the sport of surfing and his mandate is to provide the very best opportunities for anyone who wants to be involved at any level within the sport

 

ALAN BIGGS

General Manager

During the last 20 years Alan has held General Manager and CFO roles across a diverse range of industries as well as 3 years in Local Government as the CEO for the Shire of Shark Bay. (Alan was the first person in Western Australia to be appointed the Chief Executive Officer of a Local Government from private enterprise, which required Ministerial Approval). His experience spans across many industries and his leadership skills come from managing companies with turnover in excess of $100 million and significant staff levels (450). Alan’s formal qualifications (3) include a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy), Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Diploma in Technical Analysis.

 

DEV LAHEY

Event Manager

Dev commenced his role with Surfing Queensland in 2014 as Events & Communications Coordinator after completing a Bachelor of Business in 2013 and has since been heavily immersed in the successful activation of events across all levels, from grass roots through to Surfing Queensland’s flagship events – The Quiksilver & Roxy Pro. Having stepped up to take on the role of Event Manager in 2017, Dev now oversees the organisation’s entire event portfolio as well as servicing sponsors and corporate partners to ensure all deliverables are met.

With his profound involvement in Surf Life Saving, Dev’s experience and managerial skills in surf sports has proven to be an important asset in the activation of the 30 plus events on the Surfing Queensland calendar. 

 

MADELEINE STOREY

Office & Events Administrator

Madeleine joined the Surfing Queensland team in early 2017 as the Office and Events Administrator. Maddie’s role at Surfing Queensland is to ensure the smooth operation of the office, in conjunction with events administration. Surfing Queensland is an ideal fit for Maddie as she has an avid passion for both the ocean and the sports management industry.

Prior to commencing with Surfing Queensland, Maddie has had a range of experience in events in particular within the sporting industry. She previously held a position as a sports administration coordinator, where she gained valuable experience in both events and marketing.  In addition to this, Maddie has completed two internships with in the events industry. Maddie is finishing off her bachelor of business majoring in marketing and public relations externally. This knowledge coupled with her previous experience has already assisted in her smooth transition into this role.

 

JOHN ANDREWS   

Communications Manager

John is the newest member of the Surfing Queensland Events Team and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table in marketing and media.

John completed a Bachelor of Business in 2014 majoring in Marketing before working at a local marketing agency on the Gold Coast where he managed a broad range of clients including global sporting brands. This experience combined with a strong passion for surfing has assisted in the successful promotion of Surfing Queensland and it’s events throughout 2017.

 

HAMISH WHILLANS

Accounts Administration

Hamish joined the Surfing Queensland team mid year in 2017 as a member of the accounts department. Before commencing his role with Surfing Queensland, Hamish graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Commerce double majoring in Finance and Marketing and has spent years working in the surf industry.  His previous experience has helped his successful transition to Surfing Queensland where he assists the General Manager in managing accounts, providing financial reports and overseeing the companies income and expenditures.   

Hamish has a strong passion for the sport of surfing. Growing up surfing in Burleigh Heads and competing in Surfing Queensland events as well as Pro Juniors, Hamish has previously represented the State at the Australian Titles as a grom.  

 

STEPHANIE ELLERY

Partnerships Manager

Steph joined the team in mid-2016 and is responsible for overseeing all partnerships that are formed with Surfing Queensland. Whether it be Government Funding, Sponsorships or Grants, Steph ensures all our partners’ deliverables are being met and working on a daily basis to see where Surfing Queensland and our partners can find opportunity for growth.

Prior to working for Surfing Queensland, Steph graduated from Griffith University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Communications and has had several years’ experience working for large scale events both nationally and internationally. Her roles varying from Public Relations, Project/Events Manager, Marketing and Events Manager and Athlete Management.