COTA Queensland is overseen by an active Board whose members represent different areas within the non-profit and corporate sectors.

Peter Howells, Chair
Neale Condon, Deputy Chair
Maree McMahon, Chair Finance & Risk Committee
Margaret Sugden, Chair Policy Committee
Stephen Ring, Director
Robyn Robinson, Director
Prof. Linda Rosenman, Director
Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive/ Secretary


Peter Howells is an independent business consultant specialising in providing HR advice and project support to clients ranging from the corporate to the public sector and across a range of industries including professional services, finance and resources. He has held senior HR roles for over 20 years. He has lead HR teams in the Retail Banking and Funds Management sectors developing solutions and resolving issues to support high performing workplaces. He has been actively involved in industry and professional bodies such as the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Financial Institutions Remuneration Group (FIRG). Peter was Chairman of the FIRG management committee from 2006 to 2009. Peter embarked on his career in HR after studying psychology and anthropology at the University of Queensland. He also obtained an MBA from Griffith University. Peter is a Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Professional, Australian Human Resources Institute.


Neale is an experienced Company Director, CEO and General Manager.

He is a certified Transition Planning Consultant, and also consults in corporate governance.  Neale has worked mainly in the services sector and held specific responsibilities for Finance, Strategy and Corporate Governance. Neale has held senior leadership roles in non-profit companies in Health and Aged Care. In his role as Director of Finance & Corporate Services with Holy Spirit Hospital he was a key contributor to the successful planning, construction, commissioning and management of the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital in Brisbane. Neale is a former Director of Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre Pty Ltd. He is also on the Board of Insurance & Membership Services Limited. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Business and Law, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

MAREE McMAHON (BBus, FAICD, FCPA), Chair Finance & Risk Committee

Maree is an experienced senior finance leader with over 25 years leading finance teams in Queensland-based ASX listed companies.  The majority of that time had been spent with the Suncorp Group, where her most recent role was as an Executive Manager within the Suncorp Business Services CFO Division with responsibilities spanning not only a broad range of financial services but also business continuity planning, risk management, policy development and managing multiple service providers for the Finance Shared Services and Financial Control related functions.  Maree currently fulfils a full time Executive Leadership role as General Manager Corporate Services at Open Minds Australia Limited, a Not for Profit organisation that provides mental health, disability and employment services.  Throughout her career, Maree has also been an active member of CPA Australia, currently serving on the Queensland Divisional Council and Executive Committee as the Queensland Divisional President for 2016.  Maree brings skills in financial governance, financial reporting, business process improvement, integration and change management, strategic management accounting, strategic planning and implementation, risk management, customer shared service delivery, contract governance and systems design.

MARGARET SUDGEN, Chair Policy Committee

Margaret retired in 2011, as Managing Director, Investment Services at QIC, which is one of Australia’s largest institutional fund managers with a blend of public and private sector clients. She has extensive experience in strategic and tactical planning and thinking, relationship and change management, advocacy and support, and direction of product management, performance measurement and marketing strategies. Margaret is also Chair of the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF) Management Company and a Governor on the QCF Board of Governors. QCF is renowned as one of Queensland’s leading charitable organisations bringing together community, business, education and government leaders to further philanthropic causes across the State. Margaret has her Masters of Applied Finance and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Stephen has more than 20 years experience in finance and management in the commercial sector in a range of industries including banking and investment advisory, agriculture, construction supplies, real estate, travel, water infrastructure and marine.

A chartered accountant, Stephen currently operates a consulting business SMR Consulting.

With a strong background from the accounting profession, Stephen’s managerial experience has been gained primarily in strategic and senior management positions and encompasses all areas of financial management, from strategic financial re-organisation, change management to business modelling and business strategy.

Internationally, Stephen has worked in Papua New Guinea as Head of Finance for Westpac Bank and General Manager of Westpac Travel and has undertaken industry feasibility assessments in Africa.

Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Robyn worked in an executive role within a large Queensland Government Owned Corporation for 15 years. She has an extensive background in IT management, business performance improvement and managing organizational change. She brings well-proven strategy development, risk management and business management skills. Robyn is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has qualifications in science and IT, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research. In addition to her role on the board at COTA Queensland, Robyn is President of the Redlands District Committee on the Ageing, Chair of the Redland Seniors Network and a director of the Donald Simpson Community Centre.


Emeritus Professor Linda Rosenman returned to Queensland in 2013 after being Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at Victoria University Melbourne. Prior to this she spent twenty years at The University of Queensland, the last ten years as foundation Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.  She has been a professor at the University of Queensland since 1987 and is currently an Emeritus Professor there and an adjunct professor at Victoria University. She has served as the President and Deputy President of UQ’s Academic Board and Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy at UQ.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Social Work from University of Sydney, an MSW from University of Illinois and a PhD in Economics and Social Policy  from Washington University St Louis and is a graduate of AICD.  She has researched, published and presented widely on economic security, superannuation and ageing and on financial abuse and aged care and on intergenerational commitments with a particular focus upon older women.

Linda has a long history of engagement within and beyond the university and is committed to the importance of education to social justice and equity. She has served on and chaired a large number of Boards, Commissions and ministerial advisory councils across the education and human services sectors. She was awarded an Australian Centenary medal for her services to education and the community.

MARK TUCKER-EVANS, Chief Executive/Secretary

Mark Tucker-Evans was appointed Executive Director in June 2001 and previously held CEO roles with research, media, industry and professional associations in NSW and Queensland and is a former Assistant Commissioner, Health Quality & Complaints Commission.

Representing COTA Queensland, Mark Chairs, the Vision for Brighton Phase 2 Steering Committee and Co-Chairs the 500 Lives 500 Homes Aged Care Working Group..

Mark also represents COTA Queensland on  the Community Services Partnership Forum; CRE End of Life Expert Advisory Committee; Metro North Hospital and Health Services Community Board Advisory Committee; Queensland Health Statewide Older Person’s Health Clinical Network; Queensland Health Older Person’s Statewide Health Service Plan Project Steering Committee; Statewide Information, Education and Training (SIET) Roundtable; and  TMR Stakeholders Consultative Committee.

Mark is also Chair, Health Consumers Queensland; Chair, QH Health Consumers Collaborative; Chair Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS); a director of ACOSS; Check UP Australia (formerly General Practice Queensland);  Institute of Health Communities Australia and Executive Member, Queensland Clinical Senate.


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