suzanne long, south-east region
GENERAL MANAGER, NAMBOUR RSL
p: 07 5441 2366
(hold office until 2021
Suzanne is a 27 year veteran of the Club Industry and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Progressing through administration and management roles she took over as General Manager at Nambour in 2009. Suzanne transitioned the Nambour Club from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2018 and has been the primary driving force behind the development of a new Community Club on a Greenfield site at Sippy Downs. Formal studies in Accounting has provided Suzanne in depth financial knowledge and she has intimate knowledge of every facet of the workings of Clubs and the Club industry gained through 27 years of on the job experience. Suzanne is passionate about the club industry and hopes to use her position on the board to help all Clubs, large and small, remain viable and relevant in today’s challenging business environment.
kelvin patch, south-east region
CEO, CABOOLTURE SPORTS CLUB INC
p: 07 5497 9711
(hold office until 2020)
Kelvin commenced his employment in the hospitality industry at the age of eighteen (18) throughout a number of venues in his home town of Tweed Heads. In the year 2000 he ventured north to Queensland and was appointed Secretary Manager of the Blue Fin Fishing Club, in 2004 he was employed as the Secretary Manager of the Caboolture Sports Club and later as the club’s Chief Executive Officer.
He has a business degree obtained at Southern Cross University and a commitment to ensure that the Queensland Community Club sector is united in it’s objective for the provision of each and all disciplines and the wider community.
steven gagel, south-east region
DIRECTOR, BRISBANE RACING CLUB
p: 0414 777 660
(holds office until 2020)
Steve is a Chartered Accountant and Director of Prosperity Advisers Group, with 25 years of experience and has had the opportunity to work on many clients within the hospitality industry; from cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs and associated parties supplying the industry. This work lead to the appointment as Director to the Brisbane Racing Club Limited (“BRC”) in 2013 and subsequent appointment as Chairman of the Finance Governance and Risk Subcommittee in 2014. Steve is actively involved in delivering a $1.2B master plan to release capital to future-proof the BRC to enable the realisation of its constitutional goals.
During the term of his directorship at the BRC, the BRC board has had a challenging time in converting the traditional racing club model into a multi-experience venue with broad income streams, including the recent purchase of Souths Sports Club at Acacia Ridge. Steve considers the role as an honour to serve on the board of a club that has history dating back to 1863 and considers himself a custodian of the club to ensure it survives well into the future. With any dramatic change, as has occurred at the BRC, there are plenty of road blocks and obstacles that must be overcome to achieve the original plan for the good of our members and the industry. Steve is aware that many clubs are under similar pressure to reinvent themselves and brings to the Clubs Queensland board this experience and understanding from a racing background.