Board and Executive Leadership

Gold Coast United brings together top business and football talent to create a commercially sustainable, community driven club.

Chairman

Andrew Parkes

Andrew Parkes is a multi-national businessman with business management expertise across various principles and areas.

Andrew was and continues to be a cornerstone within the football community in Australia, particularly within the futsal space, having both established and managed multiple clubs and associations in his twenty years within the sport. A passionate football lover, Andrew’s commitment to growing the game through various programs has seen him develop and administer globally recognised tournaments & clubs, and participate in a number of boards and professional sporting organisations, to continue his investment in the local football scene.

Currently the Chairman of Football Gold Coast and South Queensland Football advisory committee, in addition to his leadership roles here at Gold Coast United, Andrew continues to leave his positive mark on footballing circles through his current and continued involvement over the last decade within the governance space.

In addition to the sporting organisations under his guardianship, Andrew still manages to find time to run a well established and successful Real Estate Company and other International business interests in Asia.

Alongside his football and futsal commitments, Andrew is a devout family man with three children who are involved on multiple levels within the game.

 

Director

Mark Anderson

Mark is a highly successful technology business owner with executive levels of experience in project delivery, sales, people management, financial management and business strategy developed over 30 years. His experience within private and publicly listed enterprises has enabled a broad-based, innovative approach to resolve challenging issues, meeting goals and furthering strategic initiatives.

Mark was a major part of the success and growth of “Supply Chain Consulting”, which in 2005 was listed in BRW as the 20th fastest growing company in Australia and for the period 2005 to 2009 with Oxygen Business Solutions (now UXC Oxygen, a CSC Company).

Mark has considerable international experience, including being part of the Australian High Commission in London and the head of operations for the Asia Pacific Region for HCL Axon. Mark’s early career was as a meteorologist in the Royal Australian Navy, where he saw active service in Somalia – Operation Restore Hope.

Mark has played football since the age of 5 and still continues to play the game he loves today. While in the Royal Australian Navy, Mark was honoured to represent the Australian Services football team. He is passionate about the game and the development of young footballers. Mark has been a player, coach, team manager, supporter and football administrator for over 45 years and currently holds the voluntary position of Secretary of Gold Coast Over 35 Soccer.

 

Director

Richard Watkinson

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and Director with KPMG with 17 years of experience in providing advisory, accounting and assurance services to clients both within Australia and internationally.  KPMG are a leader in the provision of professional services to registered clubs and professional sporting organisations across Australia. As part of KPMG’s National Sports Network, Richard has extensive knowledge of the challenges facing organisations in the sporting industry and offers a range of advisory services to sporting franchises. Richard works with several high profile sporting organisations and clubs on the Gold Coast and Nationally. During his time in the UK, Richard had a lead role in providing professional services dedicated to elite athletes, retired sports professionals, musicians and media personalities.

 

Director

Ryan Alexiou

Ryan brings extensive management experience gained over his fifteen-year career in the construction industry. He is an experienced risk manager with strong commercial acumen and broad experience in a diversified range of industries, including the private sector and state and federal governments.
Ryan is the CEO of neXtrack, an integrated construction health software platform and was a part of the Regional Executive team at Multiplex Constructions, a global construction firm with a turnover in excess of $1b in Qld alone. Ryan is also a Director at ACRS, a global steel certification authority and currently a member of the Audit & Risk and Impartiality Committees.
Ryan has been involved with Football on the Gold Coast for 25 years as a player, referee and coach, and most recently as a board member and Vice-Chair of Football Gold Coast.

 

Director

Rebecca Yang

Rebecca Yang is General Manager for Business Development China for the MiiGroup. Rebecca brings a wealth of connections and reputation in dealing with Chinese investors. Rebecca graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor’s degree in Property Studies and international tourism management. She has worked for major investment and development companies in China and also worked for Mega Harvest International (Brisbane) as a Chinese buyer’s agent. Rebecca has strong connections to business groups in China, and is an experienced translator and an experienced project manager with excellent communication skills.

 

Director

Adam Cain

Adam’s a highly driven business leader and entrepreneur with specific expertise in professional sports leadership acquired over more than 25 years of award-winning success across three continents. In a nutshell, he loves to build and develop winning teams.
Fluent in Japanese and holding a VSI Master’s Degree in Sports Directorship from the University of Salford’s prestigious Sports Business School in Manchester and a Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business from the world-leading Johan Cruyff Institute in Barcelona, Adam brings a deep technical insight, astute financial acumen, high emotional intelligence, 15 years of elite level coaching, strong negotiation skills and key strategic thinking to position the Club as a leader among the local, national and global football communities and within the wider sports industry.

 

Director

Jeff Kemp

Jeff has a long involvement in football on the Gold Coast as president for 15 years and life member of the Mudgeeraba Soccer club, and 6 years as the Chairman and life member of the Board of Football Gold Coast. Jeff is the co-founder and continuing Director of the annual Gold Coast Youth Champions Cup. His 4 children all played representative football for the Gold Coast, with his 2 boys representing Queensland in both football and athletics.
Jeff is an experienced educator with over 40 years of experience as a specialist primary and secondary teacher and guidance counsellor. Jeff’s work with troubled youth was recognised through the award in 2012 of a Churchill Fellowship, which enabled him to undertake international research in the USA, UK and Canada on re-engaging disengaging youth. In 2021 Jeff was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to at-risk youth and youth sports.

 

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