team clubs queensland

The Clubs Queensland team is a group of highly skilled professionals who love what they do and who work tirelessly to ensure member’s needs are not only met, but exceeded! In addition they ensure the ‘community club’ message and issues of relevance are continually profiled with local, state, and federal politicians and governments, both via bureaucrats and directly.  Issues management and information provision is also integral to the full suite of member services provided on a daily basis.

doug flockhart

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Doug is the CEO of Clubs Queensland, which was formed in 1977.  He has over 27 years in leadership positions as an owner-operator, consultant, and senior Management Executive in the Tourism, Retail, Property and Hospitality (Restaurant, Hotel, Club) sectors, with a focus on innovation, implementation, professionalism, communication and relationships.  He is a past board member of the Qld Governments Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing  ‘Queensland Gaming Commission’ and the Queensland Department of Primary Industry – Food and Fibre Sciences Division, Centre for Food Technology. Born in Brisbane, he is married with two children and has a passion for many things including flying.  Doug holds a Private Pilots license with a Command Instrument Rating and he has been flying since the age of sixteen.

amy coady

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER Amy is responsible for managing relationships with Clubs Queensland's associate members. She joined Clubs Queensland in 2008, after having spent a few years living in London where she worked in marketing and communications roles and of course travelled extensively throughout Europe and North America. She also holds a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Marketing from Queensland University of Technology. Away from work, Amy enjoys running around after her toddler, hitting the gym and a good coffee.

ana gillespie

ADMINISTRATION OFFICER
Ana joined Clubs Queensland in 2007 after  time out from the workforce to spend time with her children, now busy teenagers. Ana has a qualification in Business Administration  and over 24 years of experience in administrative and organisational coordination. Born in Argentina, Ana came to Australia over 38 years ago and speaks Spanish and Italian. Ana loves going to the markets in the early hours of the morning, followed by an ocean swim at the Sunshine Coast, and she also likes to spend time with her budgie Rex who is a chatter box.

bob cordwell

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & ADVERTISING MANAGER
Bob joined Clubs Queensland in December 2009 after working for 5 years as a BDM for Aruze Gaming servicing clubs and hotels from Brisbane to Rockhampton/Emerald. Previously having a long association in the media working for such organisations as Australian Provincial Newspapers as Marketing/Circulation Manager where he worked on the re branding of The Sunshine Coast Daily and its 7 free weekly publications, FPC magazines where he relaunched the Noosa Weekender and 34 years on News Limited publications, starting as a 14yo on The Brisbane Telegraph then transferring to The Courier Mail, 17 of those years on Quest Community Newspapers. In his spare time Bob enjoys boating and fishing. 

colleen ocafrain

EVENTS AND SALES DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Colleen brings 20 years of event and sales development experience to Clubs Queensland. With a Bachelor of International Business in her bag she went travelling and fell in love with events working for Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London. This set a certain level of expectation and she has since worked for other 5 star hotels such as Sheraton and Marriott and more recently with the 4.5 star boutique Hotel Urban in Spring Hill as Head of the Events Department. Colleen is married to a Frenchman and lived in France for seven years working for Quiksilver in their European head office both in customer service and on large public televised surf events like the WCT in France and Spain and the Masters in Hawaii as well as Tony Hawk skate events in the UK.

daniel nipperess

WORKPLACE RELATIONS & COMPLIANCE MANAGER
Daniel comes to Clubs Queensland having spent a number of years practising as a solicitor in the workplace relations field for a national top-teir law firm. Daniel has particular expertise in advising on dismissals, workplace discrimination and work health and safety matters (including bullying and harassment). Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business from QUT and a Graduate Diploma a Legal Practice from the College of Law.  Daniel is a solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia. Having grown up in Brisbane, Daniel is an avid Brisbane Broncos supporter   In his spare time, Daniel enjoys getting to the beach, playing music, engaging in the odd culinary challenge in the kitchen and producing a selection of home brewed craft ales.

emma nicholson

WORKPLACE RELATIONS & COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Emma is a qualified lawyer and will add a further depth of experience and capability to the Team. Emma has a strong history of taking on community leadership roles and volunteer activities and has a keen interest in a number of sports, travel and camping.  Emma grew up in the Pioneer Valley, a rural area outside of Mackay, where her parents still run a cattle property and was most recently working as a Graduate Lawyer in the challenging area of family law in Townsville.

jason salecich

RELATIONSHIP/OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Jason has an exemplar background in the community club industry, with his most recent role running a group of three successful clubs – Cazalys (300 gaming machines), Trinity Beach (82 gaming machines), and South Cairns Sports (60 gaming machines).  Prior to his 10-year stint in the Cairns market, he also spent three years as General Manager at the Moranbah Community Workers Club west of Mackay. In addition, he has spent a short period on the Board of Clubs Queensland while also being a long-standing member of the clubs advisory group.

kerri hutchison

ACCOUNTS OFFICER
Kerri assists with the financial administration and keeps the financial records including accounts payable and accounts receivable. Kerri has 27 years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping and joined the Clubs Qld team in June 2008, returning to work after 4 years caring for her family. Kerri loves the gym, weekends at the kids’ soccer and dance, and an adrenalin rush – motor bike rides, parachuting, hot air ballooning, and quad biking.

laura bos

COMMUNICATIONS & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS MANAGER
Laura began her 25-year career in clubs, ‘cutting her teeth’ as part of the start-up management team at QE11 Sports Club. Since those days, Laura has built on this early membership marketing experience and curated a solid career as a strategic marketing, communications and stakeholder manager across a number of industries including financial services, primary industries, community services and social justice.  Laura is looking forward to working with clubs and government to advance the important issues that affect our sector, and apply her extensive experience to support her marketing colleagues out in clubs. “It’s a competitive market out there and it will get more challenging. I’m more than happy to share my experiences and support our members to try new initiatives – sometimes just a sounding board is all that is needed!’ As one of the early female managers in this industry, Laura also has a passion for developing and supporting her female colleagues who are in leadership roles and encouraging more women to develop a career in clubs. ‘I grew up in the industry in NSW and came of age with it in Queensland. It feels good to be home – the industry is in my blood.’ Laura is married to Berend, has 3 teenage offspring and loves live music, wonderful food in great company and a bloody good belly laugh!

madelyn jones

EVENTS & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Madelyn joins the team at Clubs Queensland as the Event & Partnerships Manager to head up the annual AHG Expo while Amy Coady takes maternity leave. Madelyn has a range of experience in events, most recently heading up Inaugural Inside Retail Expo earlier this year in Sydney. As well as events, Madelyn loves building industry relationships with her warm and bubbly nature.  Whilst Queensland is home for Madelyn, she has spent the last three years in Sydney advancing her career in Event Management and is now back in her home town to be closer to family. She’s a competitive netball player with a passion for all sports, including touch football and surfing, all the while still enjoying a glass of wine on the weekends. 

melissa moulton

WORKPLACE RELATIONS & COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Melissa Harris joins the team at Clubs Queensland after having been an Associate at the Fair Work Commission where she worked closely with the Commission’s members.  Melissa moved to Brisbane in 2011 from Darwin to complete her legal studies at Griffith University and is  a qualified lawyer. In her free time, Melissa enjoys exploring the variety of food, culture and entertainment that Brisbane has to offer, barracking for the Western Bulldogs and baking. 

rowan todd

SENIOR ACCOUNTS OFFICER
Rowan assists in the financial management of Clubs Queensland, including financial records, budgets and reporting.  He joined Clubs Qld in August 2009, having previously worked in two Brisbane accounting firms and also as a financial accountant for St Vincent’s and Holy Spirit Health.  Away from work, Rowan enjoys running and enters marathons and half marathons.  He also enjoys watching cricket and football and spending time with his family and their pet dog.

sacha finley

SENIOR DESIGN & PRODUCTION MANAGER
Sacha is Clubs Queensland’s very own in house graphic designer with experience across a vast range of mediums including video, audio, animation, graphic and web design. Having completed degrees in animation and design at Griffith University, Sacha is able to utilise her broad skill set and corporate experience to enhance Clubs Queensland’s creative presence, predominantly via the Club Insight publication and event collateral. Sacha is a discerning grazer with a love for good food, shopping and most of all - gadgets.

wayne moffatt

RELATIONSHIP/OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Wayne’s has many years and experience at Club Pine Rivers, his role with Clubs Queensland will be to deliver ‘specialist’ operational experience, that will assist club managers/directors across the state, for example via, Operational/management advice & support, Assistance with restructures, Master planning & club projects, Strategic planning, Temporary/emergency assistance - i.e. locum club manager, P&L, gaming, labour, and procurement assistance, Trouble shooting, Mobile help desk, etc. Pleasingly this role adds to the already extensive benefits, that are available as part of the Clubs Queensland membership offer.