Gerard O’Brien

Gerard joined Noosa Heads SLSC in 2001 as a Nipper parent of four young children.  In the years since, he has held a wide variety of positions at Club, Branch and State level, including 6 years as Club President and 3 years as Sunshine Coast Branch President.  He was elected State President in September 2022.  He is a Life Member of his club and remains an active patrolling member and Surf Sports competitor.

Gerard has enjoyed an extensive Executive career, with more than 30 years in CEO/General Manager roles in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector in Australia and overseas, including 10 years as CEO/MD of an ASX-listed Public Company.  He has a financial management background, featuring a Commerce degree (Griffith) and an MBA from Georgetown University, USA.  He retains business advisory and consulting roles in the Pacific.

Gerard has a history of extensive engagement at Board level with Industry Associations and Not-For-Profits over the course of his career.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Spinal Life Australia, Chair of Spinal Futures Limited and Non-Executive Director of Mobility Healthcare Australia.