Our Committee Members

The Gladstone Chamber of Commerce Management Committee is comprised of dedicated members who are all business professionals with a passion for and commitment to the Gladstone Regional Community. Providing their time, energy and expertise to the Chamber in a completely voluntary capacity, these committee members represent a variety of industries and interests, ensuring a diverse and thriving culture.

Management Committee – 2019/2020

Joe Smith

Joe Smith is a Client Manager and Senior Accountant at UHY Haines Norton - formerly Sothertons. Joe has over 20 years experience in the accounting industry. 

Joe moved to Gladstone from Scotland in 2007. Using his Chartered Accountant qualification to see more of the world, Joe decided to stay in Gladstone as he loved it so much!

Joe works with clients ranging from small sole traders through to large international companies and has a passion for helping business owners in the Gladstone region achieve their goals.
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Sarah Hunt
Vice President

Sarah Hunt is a Senior Town Planner and Office Manager for Zone Planning Group, with 9 years experience working in both Local Government and the private sector.

During this time Sarah has been responsible for both the project management and assessment of numerous developments across Queensland including residential master planned estates, mixed use and high-rise residential development, commercial projects and a variety of large industrial developments, along with the project management of CBD urban renewal strategies, placemaking projects and policy drafting. In addition to practicing as a Town Planner, Sarah also holds a Masters in Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development, which allows her to assist both Local Government and Private Sector Organisations to develop resilience against disasters through the development of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Business Continuity Plans. Sarah is committed to using her skills to help Gladstone’s business community navigate their way through the red tape, realise their development goals and encourage economic growth throughout our Region.
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Carissa Gordon

Carissa Gunston is a Client Manager at the local accounting & financial planning firm, GTC Financial.

Carissa has over 15 years’ experience in the accounting profession drawing from her experience working in public practice, as well as her previous roles in motel management and Corporate Services Manager for GAPDL. Carissa loves working in public practice, forming authentic relationships with her clients and helping small to medium businesses to improve profits, increase cash flow and reach their business, personal & financial goals.
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Carl Carter
General Committee Member

Carl, GCCI's Vice-President is a local business manager with 11 years of professional experience across corporate operations. 

Carl, GCCI's Vice-President is a local business manager with 11 years of professional experience and has completed his CPA and university degree in a Bachelor of Business. He’s recently joined CMM after working in media and content creation for 11 years. The majority of this time was in senior executive roles within Australian Provincial Newspapers, including his most recent role as General Manager for APN’s largest region in North and Central Queensland. Carl’s background is in finance and it's this business acumen and approachable nature that has enabled him to form genuine relationships with a variety of clients and brands in regional markets.
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Natalie Petersen
General Committee Member

Bio to come...

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