Our Executive Teamfor 2016-2017
Wayne is a retired accountant who spent his entire career in the entertainment industry, managing such events as The Great Moscow Circus and Torvill & Dean on an international basis. Wayne lives in a high-rise unit on the Gold Coast and took an interest in bodies corporate some 30 years ago when he became Chairman of Atlantis West, a 170-residential unit block.
In 2000, he became Chairman of The Phoenician, a resort at Broadbeach with 330 lots including both residential and commercial. Because of complaints of poor returns from owners in the letting pool, he lodged a complaint with the Office of Fair Trading in 2003 that saw the Manager at The Phoenician charged with almost 3,000 breaches of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act.
Wayne has 30 years of dealing with body corporate issues in properties on the Gold Coast. He has made numerous representations, together with other UOAQ colleagues to government departments, the commissioners and the ministers. He is considerably experienced in the prime issues that concern unit owners and willing to pursue the equity he believes they should be entitled to.
Vice-President / Secretary
Ross has tertiary qualifications in Arts and Law, and post-graduate studies. He worked with the ATO for 32 years in the tax technical areas including audits, disputes and litigation, at both the operational and managerial levels. In his later years, he took on senior national roles regarding corporate governance, productivity management, quality assurance and internal fraud control. Ross was awarded a commissioner’s medal in 2000 for his corporate governance initiatives.
Ross has owned and operated his own restaurant, and has over 40 years’ experience with rental property management and refurbishments. For the last 15 years, he and his wife have owned strata properties on the Sunshine Coast; and he has served both as a Committee Member and Treasurer with those complexes.
In 2002, he joined the UOAQ, acting more as an ‘interested observer’ for the first 10 years or so. Then, the Carmel experience convinced him there were significant and widespread problems in strata world; or to use management-style weasel-words “there are many opportunities for improvement”. Ross has taken an increasingly active interest in the UOAQ ever since. He has found his professional background of great assistance when working with Building Members; of particular interest to him are the tricks of the strata insurance world’.
Ross is a strong advocate of:
- “Peer to Peer” networking, especially involving Building Members on a regional basis: the power of one is good, but the power of many is better.
- “Take the message out…don’t just send it.”
- Proper resourcing of the Body Corporate Commissioner’s Office. They are currently funded for just 32 staff. This is totally inadequate: there are more than 46,000 complexes in Queensland with over 454,000 units, with many experiencing major problems which are both endemic and systemic to the industry.
Bob has until recently resided in the large CBD Brisbane complex since inception of the building. He was Chairperson for the first 6 years, then Treasurer and Committee Member for many years out of the 21 years since registration.
Bob has 45 years’ experience as a practising accountant and small business proprietor. Bob is also an ASIC registered investment adviser.
He developed a financial research data base for bodies corporate industry allowing benchmarking/analysis of financial performance of bodies corporate based on audited financial accounts.
Further, Bob developed cash flow management service for body corporates to significantly improve the financial return from bank accounts over the low returns arranged by Body Corporate Managers.
Bob is an advocate for the rights of owners.
Paul has been a member for over 11 years, working on the committee level for 10 years. Paul was involved in class 3 ventilation testing for high rise apartments. (class 2 clarification) and he set up the Treasurers Guild in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
He has been involved as Secretary and Treasurer of this complex for 9.5 years. He worked in BCM area for 12 months and has been MC at unit owner’s seminars both on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Paul holds a certificate IV in Body Corporate Management, a Diploma of Project Management and Certificate IV Business Management. He has been editor of Unit News and Unit News Online for 4 years and active member of the NO campaign in Queensland since 2004.
Paul has also been an active committee member and president for B.A.R.E. introducing savings for unit owners of $9.6 million per year since 2009.
Roger has been a Committee Member for over ten years, been a Secretary for seven years and lived in Carmel by the Sea and other strata titled high rise buildings for the past twenty years.
Roger has a vast body corporate experience and is a member of UOAQ since 1998.
Roger’s body corporate activities include being speaker and/or presenter at public seminars on the Gold Coast. He has drafted and implemented programs/schedules in mixed holiday-let owner-occupied resort, such as facilities maintenance and management.
Roger is active advocate for strata title owners’ rights and control of their assets.
Mike is semi-retired and has served as executive committee member on several bodies corporate for more than 20 years. While maintaining business interests in sustainable energy space he has enjoyed a rewarding career in secondary and tertiary education sector in the fields of information technology, industrial design and engineering – 23 years at the helm of these faculties at Somerset College. Mike holds multiple post-graduate qualifications to Master’s degree in these fields.
Having witnessed first-hand the introduction and development of what he considers to be the greatest rort perpetrated against Queensland unit owners, Management and Letting Rights, Mike is eager to assist where able to expose any deceptive business practice. Queensland unit owners unwittingly lose more than 1 billion dollars annually due to two key practices –
- Unlawful use of Class 2 residential dwelling units for transient and short-term accommodation; and
- Undisclosed commissions taken from unit owners by the operators of this unlawful use of residential units.
Mike actively advocates to raise the voice of unit owners against the conflicted commercial interests of all the parties supported solely on the back of unit owners’ funds.
Gary has been involved with the body corporate sector for almost 15 years and is currently Chair of a small body corporate. Gary has had a career in banking, finance and real estate and holds several tertiary qualifications. He is currently undertaking a post-graduate law degree at the Australian National University.
Gary has wide interests in the body corporate sector, with focus on property developer fiduciary duties in developing and creating new body corporates, energy efficiency for larger body corporates, smarter management of sinking fund plans and capital works, and owner education generally.