1300SMILES Stadium

Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for the overall corporate governance of Stadiums Queensland. It sets Stadiums Queensland’s strategic direction within the parameters set down by legislation applicable to the organisation and determines the policies and practices that govern its day-to-day operations.

Stadiums Queensland Board Members:



Cathy McGuane (Chair)

Cathy McGuane is the Executive Manager Member Experience for TUH Health Fund and is responsible for leading, developing and implementing strategy for growth, retention, marketing, communications and customer service for the fund. Before joining TUH, Cathy set up and established the Queensland branch for HESTA Superannuation Fund. She was the previous Chair of ASFA Qld and a former board director of ASFA.  Cathy received an ASFA Award in recognition for her contribution to the superannuation industry in Queensland.  She is a Graduate of the AICD.

Cathy is a self-published author of Financial Fitness for Kids books, which sold over 120,000 copies, which focus on helping parents teach their children about money.  Since 2014, she has been a QSuper board committee member of the Product, Services and Advice committee.

Brendan O’Farrell

Brendan is an experienced Board, Investment and Remuneration Committee Member with over 14 years as Director and Deputy Chair, as well as 25 years in Senior Executive Roles from General Manager to Chief Executive Officer. Brendan holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), is a Graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has undertaken various courses in Strategic Management from Wharton Business School and Leading and Building an Innovative Culture from Harvard Business School. His contemporary and innovative leadership capability is integrated with strong governance, strategy and business growth success, while his professional experience has provided an understanding of owning and investing into both private and listed company structures. 


Sharon Finnan-White OAM 

Sharon is a descendant of the Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr language groups from the mid-north coast of NSW. She was a member of the victorious Australian Netball Diamonds World Cup teams in 1991 and 1999, Commonwealth Games team in 1990 and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the sport of netball. Her industry experience spans over three decades, working in the private, public and community sectors, including state government, educational and financial institutions, not for profit organisations, media and sport. 

She is the co-owner of the Institute of Sport, Culture and Leadership Pty Ltd and Sharoma Indigenous Corporation trading as Sport, Culture and Leadership Academy; is currently a member of the Netball Australia First Nations Advisory Committee, Netball Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee; and was a member of the Queensland Sports Ministers Advisory Council.

John Warn 

John is the Chief Executive Officer for Experience Gold Coast - a recently established new entity focused on driving tourism, events, arts and culture, and education outcomes for the City of Gold Coast. John has had an extensive executive and non-executive career across Hospitality, sport, tourism, executive search, business consulting, and in the retail property sector spanning over 25 years. He has held senior roles with global hotel chain Accor as COO, executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, and Westfield (Scentre Group) at Group Executive level. He has worked for other iconic Australian brands including David Jones and Westpac, and earlier in his career worked in investment banking in the UK.

John has held a number of other non-executive roles. Formerly based in Sydney, he is the immediate past Chairman of the NSW Government’s lead tourism agency Destination NSW, and was also the youngest ever Chairman of Cricket NSW, a role he held from early 2013 to June 2018. He also served on the Bradman Foundation as Deputy Chairman from 2019 to 2022.

John completed the esteemed Stanford Executive Program (SEP) at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, in Silicon Valley, California, USA. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, a Fellow of the Customer Service Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Peter Hyland

Peter is one of the Asia-Pacific’s most respected urban land-use strategists. He has led large multidisciplinary teams on projects including city renewal and new city developments, major port and airport master plans, tourism and economic development strategies and major infrastructure related projects.  Peter’s 35-years’ experience spans Australia, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, North America and the Middle East. He has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in urban planning and economics. He is passionate about helping cities and projects achieve great economic outcomes, to underpin the development of vibrant and successful places that benefit developers, investors, users and residents. His ability to marry economic and planning considerations has made him a trusted advisor internationally to major private and public companies and all levels of government.

Peter returned to Brisbane in July 2021 after five years living and working in Singapore as the founding Regional Director of Cistri the international business of Urbis Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest private sector urban planning &design, and economics consultancy. Prior to establishing Cistri in 2016 he was from 2000 the founder and Regional Director, Queensland and a Board Member of Urbis. Peter joined Urbis in 2000 from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he had been a Director of the Global Real Estate Advisory Division.