Appointments October 2014

Published on
September 11, 2014

Rowland Chairman, Geoff Rodgers and Chief Operating Officer, Kelly Robinson were recently invited to be a judge for the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.

The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards celebrate the achievements of Brisbane business by recognising excellence and the outstanding contributions of the corporate sector to the growth of Brisbane’s economy.

Now in its ninth year, the awards consist of ten categories, and 2014 marks the addition of a new category – Doing Business in Asia – recognising businesses making an outstanding effort in building trade between Brisbane and Asia.

Geoff was a member of the judging panel for the Channel 7 Award for Business Person of the Year and the Award for Young Business Person of the Year, and Kelly the Energex Award for Sustainability in Business and the Clayton Utz Award for Corporate Citizenship.


Rowland Principal Client Director Janet Houen was recently appointed as a Director of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Queensland.

The RSPCA Queensland is the state’s oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of all domestic, farmed and native animals throughout Queensland.

The non-government, community-based charity’s mission statement is simple, but powerful: Helping Animals, Enlightening People, Changing Lives.


Rowland Managing Director Helen Besly was recently appointed to the Board of Governors for the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF).

Since the organisation’s establishment in 1997, QCF has operated as a leading grants provider for more than 100 charities state-wide, including The Women’s Legal Service, The Migrant Centre Organisation Inc and Volunteering Queensland.

Helen will join other notable professionals including the Hon Mike Ahern AO, Dr Betty Byrne Henderson AM and Dr John de Groot to provide strategic direction and guidance.


Rowland Group Manager, Sarah Dixon has been appointed to the board of Teen Rescue Foundation, a national charitable trust established to provide financial support to Australian organisations at the front-line of teen alcohol abuse.

Teen Rescue Foundation is about actively discouraging and reducing harmful alcohol use (and its consequences) among Australian teens.

It is estimated that every week in Australia, one teenager between the ages of 14 and 17 dies as a result of alcohol abuse, and rates of drinking at harmful levels among 12-17 year olds have doubled in the past two decades.