About Us

About Us

Queensland Leaders inspires leading companies. It achieves this through the provision of knowledge, networks, and capital.

Queensland Leaders assists companies to achieve sustainable growth, manage succession planning and evaluate entry and exit strategies for their business.

Using this experience and its networks, Queensland Leaders operates a range of initiatives designed to benefit companies at different stages of growth.

These initiatives include:

Queensland Leaders has a vision that includes:

  • Assisting growth companies to become national and international market leaders;
  • Developing and enhance the leadership skills of Founders, Directors and Executives;
  • Developing greater link to local, national and international capital markets;
  • Surrounding growth companies with Business, Industry and Government leaders.

Advisory Board

Queensland Leaders has a nationally recognised Advisory Board, consisting of leading executive and non-executive directors to assist in developing the ongoing strategic direction of the network and aide in the growth and development of Members. This Advisory Board includes:

John Allpass

John Allpass has had a 25-year career as a non-executive director.  He served on the board of various companies including Envestra Limited where he was Chairman for 12 years.  John has also served as a director of Macquarie Bank Limited, Bupa Australia Group, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Queensland Investment Corporation, and as Chairman of Macquarie Life Limited and Hamilton Island Limited. He also holds a number of appointments in community organisations.


Vivienne Anthon

Vivienne is an experienced management consultant, professional facilitator and mentor to women in business. She was formerly CEO of the Australian Institute of Management and has held executive positions in private education, professional services firms and not for profits. Vivienne works with private companies to create the conditions and conversations in which people will contribute their best. She sits on a number of Boards including the Victorian Leaders Advisory Board and is Deputy Chair the La Boite Theatre Company. Vivienne holds a Bachelor of Law from ANU, a Graduate Diploma in Education from QUT and an MBA with Distinction from Griffith University.

Hon. Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Sallyanne started her career as a journalist and went on to become Lord Mayor of Brisbane and Special Representative for South East Asia for the Queensland Government. Sallyanne now holds several non-executive director roles for local and national organisations and companies. She was recently appointed as Chairman of the Museum of Brisbane.

Peter Birtles

Peter Birtles joined Super Retail Group in April 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed as Managing Director in January 2006. Over the last eight years he has overseen the reinvigoration of the Supercheap Auto business, the development of the BCF Boating, Camping, Fishing business, the launch of the Goldcross Cycles business, the acquisition of the Ray’s Outdoors business, the launch of the new FCO Fishing Camping and Outdoors business in New Zealand and the acquisition of Rebel Sport Group. During this time, Group sales have grown from $500 million to just over $2 billion. Peter was named 2013 CEO of the Year by The Australian's Deal Magazine.

Prior to joining Super Retail Group, Peter spent 12 years working with The Boots Company in the United Kingdom and Australia in a variety of senior finance, operations and information technology roles. Peter is a Chartered Accountant who started his career working with Coopers & Lybrand.

Stephen Copplin

Stephen started his working career as an accountant and CPA. After senior executive positions with Philips and News Corporation. Stephen took on the challenge of a startup that supplied business software to the Media industry that grew to become an international industry leader. After successfully exiting that company Stephen commenced his continuing career as an angel investor, professional company director, coach and mentor to companies in a variety of industries. Stephen was the founding CEO of I.lab, The Creative Industries Precinct accelerator and was part of the group that founded Brisbane Angels. He is the facilitator of Future Leaders in Queensland.

Hon. Keith De Lacy

Keith De Lacy is one of Queensland’s best known company directors and public figures. He is Queensland President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is on the National Board. He remains a non-executive Director/Chairman of a number of public companies. Keith was Treasurer of Queensland from 1989 to 1996. In recognition of his services to Australia, particularly regional Queensland, he has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), two Honorary Doctorates, the University of Queensland Gatton Gold Medal, and the Centenary Medal. His book Blood Stains the Wattle was published in 2002.

James Paulsen

James started his career with Corporation Builders and worked his way up to Executive Director. He also founded Enterprise Angels, one of the first business angel networks in Australia. In 2006, he founded Queensland Leaders, an initiative to work with Queensland’s leading private companies to assist them become national or international market leaders. James studied accounting at QUT and then completed an MBA from Bond University.

Ian Runge

Ian Runge is a mining engineer and economist and the founder of Runge Pincock Minarco Limited (prev:RungeLimited) – one of the worlds largest mining technology services companies – a company he started in 1977. RungePincockMinarco Limited undertakes mine planning and develops computer software which is used in numerous mines throughout the world. Ian Runge was the original designer and developer of software programs for mine scheduling, budgeting, and equipment selection which are now industry standards throughout the world. He has personally been involved in the evaluation of, and development of mines throughout Australia, Africa, and the Americas, and in the economic evaluation of scores of other mines and projects.

However, Ian Runge is probably best known for his contributions in economics. He has written and had published more than 25 papers and two books on the subject. His best known book and one of the world’s biggest selling mining textbooks is titled Mining Economics and Strategy and was published in 1998. The second book, published in 2000 is an economics reference book entitled Capital and Uncertainty, and examines how large economic decisions such as the decision to start up a new mine, are made. Ian Runge is also the author of the section: Economic Principles for Decision Making in the recently published “SME Mining Engineering Handbook .

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Queensland Leaders selects leading growth companies to become Members. Up to 25 Executive Leaders and 16 Future Leaders are selected each year.