Steve Scanlan

Chief Executive Officer

Recon Solutions

Steve Scanlan is an experienced recruitment leader with over 10 years’ experience specialising in the IT sector, and has been responsible for running the operations of a number of leading recruitment consultancies in London, Brisbane and Sydney.

Steve focusses on fostering relationships with both clients and candidates within Queensland and across Australia. He brings a broad experience and expertise in Consulting and recruitment as well as connection with some of Australia’s most influential Business leaders for consultation and value adding for all our clients.

Steve facilitates the CIO (Chief Information Officer) Forum in Brisbane that has over 160 members. He has also launched replica events in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Steve also has 6 years’ experience in writing salary surveys and is recognised as a thought leader for the Queensland and Australian market.

Other key achievements include;

  • Nominated as well as being a finalist in ‘The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ 2015,
  • Awarded the Young Entrepreneur for Professional Services, 2016
  • Lecturer Queensland International Business Academy; 2012 – Present (4 years) Brisbane, Australia; Prepare and deliver on behalf of Queensland Industry Business Advisory (QIBA) to recent university graduates of varied Industry backgrounds,
  • Invited and now attending the Harvard Business School participating on executive leadership course (President and Owners of Business that meet the qualification mark set by Harvard) for 3 terms over 3 years.
Dr Paul Wilson

Dr Paul Wilson

General Manager 

TAFE Brisbane

Dr Paul Wilson is the General Manager of TAFE, Brisbane.  He has a background in the Royal New Zealand Navy where he served for twenty years as an electronics and communications technician, weapons engineering officer and later a Lieutenant Commander.

He has almost 24 years of experience in tertiary education in roles from lecturer to head of school and faculty dean, through to CEO roles. He has had responsibility for program areas ranging from trades through to degrees in nursing and design.  During his time in leadership roles he has been responsible for all aspects of educational delivery, including the development of New Zealand’s first three-year engineering degree, and extensive organisational change management.

He joined the TAFE Queensland Executive on 1 July 2014 from Community College Gippsland in Victoria where he was Chief Executive Officer from January 2012.  Prior to this experience in Australia he held executive management positions with Tai Poutini Polytechnic as Chief Executive Officer and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology as Deputy CEO and Faculty Dean in New Zealand.

He has trade, technician, and degree level qualifications in engineering and in 2015 completed his Doctorate of Business Administration.  He has completed courses in teaching (NZ equivalent to TAFE) and in 2005/6 completed the USA based Chair Academy Global Leadership program offered out of the Netherlands.

His aim in his current role is to ensure that TAFE Queensland Brisbane is an effective and efficient part of TAFE Queensland and continues to provide high-quality education to its many and varied students.

Ahmed Sokarno

Chief Executive Officer


Ahmed Sokarno is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vocational Education, Training and Employment Australia Limited (VETEA). VETEA provides educational and professional employment services for the life of your career, from school, progressing through vocational education and training into a career or direct to higher education. VETEA offers exceptional employment consultation, career-planning and ongoing skills development.

Recently Mr. Sokarno has been elected as Chairman of Australian Federation of Ethnic Communities (AFEC) Limited and a Director of Ethnic Community Council of Queensland (ECCQ). Mr. Sokarno is the funder and the Chief Executive Officer International Vocational Association of Queensland (IVAQ) Limited.

Ahmed is also the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Institute of Sport (QIS) Limited and Sydney Institute of Sport (SIS) Limited. Away from business operation Mr. Sokarno is a co-partner of Alliance Legal and Immigration Services and Advance Tax and Accounts.

Mr. Sokarno worked for six years as the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Capital Finance Limited. Earlier and for ten years Mr. Sokarno was the Editor-in- Chief for the only and first Australian Arabic daily newspaper and the Chairman of Ethnic Media Council of Australia for four years. Formerly he is a national football player and National and International football coach for three National Teams in the Middle East and Australia.

Mr. Sokarno holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education, Advance Certificate of Football Coaching, Diploma in Sport Coaching, Diploma of Sports Development, Diploma of Sports and Recreation, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Finance, Certificate IV in Real Estate, Diploma of Management and accredited football coach by Asian Football Confederation.

Cassandra Heilbronn

Senior Associate – Minter Ellison 

President of Women Lawyers Association of Qld

Cassandra is a Senior Associate in the Insurance and Corporate Risk practice group at MinterEllison.

Her experience is in sports law and general insurance matters, which includes liability claims, sponsorship and image rights agreements, player management issues, D&O and board governance matters.

Cassandra is a keynote speaker on sports law related issues within her practice area. She also presents on gender equality issues in the legal profession and sports industry, and is a commentator on the topic.

She holds the position of President of Women Lawyers Association of Qld and coaches u9 boys football at Toowong FC (where she is a player). Cassandra was previously a Director of Squash Australia.

In 2017, Cassandra was named in the Top 20 under 40 in Queensland Business Monthly. She has been named in the 2017 Who’s Who List of Australian Women after first being named in 2015.

Sean Ryan CEO Kitchen

Sean Ryan


New Breed Co

Sean is an incredibly dynamic and energetic leader who likes to challenge, inspire and push his team to drive and deliver world best solutions and service.

As a Director of Newbreedco. and experienced CEO, Sean is looking at this new venture as an exciting opportunity to ‘shake up and truly transform industries.’

Sean has been a Director of several companies including Go2Health and Stradbroke Capital.

He is also active in peak bodies such as the Valley Chamber of Commerce, QLD Future Institute, Premiers Business Council and he is a longstanding member of AICD.

A key element of Sean’s success as a ‘creative disruptor’ is his strong media background, with 10 years as General Manager of Nova 106.9 and more recently, State Director of NewsCorp.

James Henderson

Managing Partner

HLB Mann Judd

James is a respected business strategist who is involved with his client’s business from both an operational and a strategic business perspective.

With an extensive range of expert skills and knowledge across a multitude of industries, James enjoys the challenge of creating a balance between adhering to compliance regulations and enhancing business performance. His years of commercial experience, and real understanding of the key issues, empower him with the ability to think outside the square.

James specialises across a broad range of industries including property and construction, hospitality, professional services, transport, financial services institutions, wholesale, and retail. He is involved with several peak bodies that represent these industries and is often invited to attend specific educational programs.

Kristin Devitt

Managing Director


Kristin Devitt is the Managing Director of KDPR and is committed to delivering the best corporate and consumer marketing communications throughout Brisbane and Australia. She has forged a successful career spanning more than 20 years in a variety of roles including broadcast journalism and communications strategy.

Since founding KDPR in 2003, Kristin has become a trusted advisor to leaders in business, government and professions on all aspects of communication.

Kristin is also passionate about causes close to her heart. She is a champion for change, particularly on the subject of gender equality, and is an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of women.

When she’s not in the office, Kristin contributes to other Australian organisations through her Board and Committee roles with Women in Media Queensland, La Boite Theatre Company, the National Board of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and Australia-Israel Chamber of commerce Qld.

John Lazarou


The Coffee Club

John Lazarou is one of three Founders of The Coffee Club Group, Australia’s largest home-grown franchise cafe group. The Coffee Club’s first store opened in Brisbane’s CBD at Eagle Street Pier on 2 November 1989. Together with his partners, Emmanuel Drivas and Emmanuel Kokoris, they have successfully taken the original concept of The Coffee Club and turned it into an iconic Australian household name which has grown to more than 400 stores across 9 countries, with upwards of 40 million dedicated customers.

John is well known for his passion for marketing, public relations and helping others and enjoys pursuing philanthropic and spokesperson opportunities for many causes.

The Coffee Club’s charity and community spirit is etched in the brand’s proud heritage and is proud to support a number of worthy organisations including the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Cancer Council, Fire Fighters Calendar which raises funds for Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital Burns unit and many more.

John is also well known throughout Australia as a public figure with a flair that has helped to establish The Coffee Club brand.

John continues to work in the Group from day to day, with a special interest in marketing and provides valuable publicity & public relations insight and support.