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Surfing Queensland appoints Adam Yates CEO

Adam Yates appointed CEO of Surfing Queensland
Adam Yates and Scott Gillies © Surfing Queensland





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Yates supercedes Scott Gillies on the board of directors 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 August, 2014 - Surfing Queensland’s Board of Directors has appointed Adam Yates as its Chief Executive Officer following the announcement from Scott Gillies this week that he has accepted a senior management role with travel company Tropicsurf. Yates comes into the position as part of a structured succession plan implemented by the organisation over the past twelve months. Working at Surfing Queensland for five years as Events Manager, and with a background as a competitive surfer and surf life saver, Adam brings to the role a wealth of experience across several portfolios and will draw on that expertise to drive the organisation forward.

The Board today paid gratitude to Mr Gillies’ achievements at the helm of the Association with President John Charlton admitting that the outgoing CEO has nothing left to achieve in the task. “As we speak Surfing Queensland boasts its strongest position in a 50 year history. Scott has realised unprecedented financial stability for the business whilst responsibly investing in sport development outcomes and long-term strategic visions.

"He has been pivotal to three State Government partnerships stretching 9 years and this partnership has been pivotal to secure funding for Queensland surfers. We as a Board recognise his mature desire to seek new professional challenges beyond the confines of State borders and wish him all the best in this decision.”

“Adam is well qualified to fill Scott’s shoes and has been groomed for this role for some time. It’s with absolute confidence and unanimous support that the Board has appointed Adam as CEO today,” continued Charlton. Yates commented, “I would like to thank the Board of Directors for providing this opportunity and I intend to serve the members and stakeholders of Surfing Queensland to the fullest of my ability and remain committed to upholding the purpose, vision and values of Surfing Queensland.”

After providing almost eight years of service to the sport of surfing in Queensland, Gillies has accepted a business development role with Tropicsurf.  Gillies will be responsible for managing Tropicsurf's rapidly expanding Central American operations and US based business partnerships.

“It is with excitement that I move on from Surfing Queensland,” commented Gillies.  “It has been a privilege to be able to work within a sport and more specifically an organisation that I am truly passionate about. However it’s time for a change so I am extremely energised and optimistic about what lay ahead for me personally.”

Gillies commenced employment with Surfing Queensland as Events Manager in 2007 before being elevated to the role of CEO in 2010.  During his time as CEO, Gillies has overseen all facets of the sport of surfing in Queensland. 

Gillies’ passion has been evident from the grass roots level to major events, the most notable being the Breaka Burleigh Pro WQS and the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro World Tour events. “I have been fortunate enough to oversee major events which have brought the world’s best surfing talent to our shores and have also provided significant benefits to the Queensland economy.”

“During my tenure I believe the most satisfying component of my role has been watching Queensland surfer’s progress from promising junior amateurs into World Tour athletes and there is no greater example of this than World Tour rookies Mitch Crews and Dimity Stoyle who are currently taking on the world’s best on the ASP World Tour,” he continued, “This progression is testament to the development platform which exists in Queensland thanks largely to the hard working staff at Surfing Queensland and the support provided by the national body. I believe that this structure will ensure that the future of Australian surfing is bright.”

Surfing Queensland’s sports development structure encompasses learn to surf through 24 affiliated surf schools, over 40 affiliated Boardriders clubs, surf education and training and surf event management. Gillies explained, adding, “I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their guidance and support, all of Surfing Queensland’s stakeholders from the private and public sector and last but not least I would like to thank the dedicated and hard working staff at Surfing Queensland for their unwavering support throughout my time within the organisation.”

Adam Yates reinforced comments made by Gillies and added “I look forward to working closely with the team at Surfing Queensland to deliver the best possible results for anyone involved with the sport of surfing in Queensland, whether it’s learning to surf, assisting Boardriders Clubs, officiating components or competing, my goal will be to deliver a seamless development pathway for all.”

Ben Whitmore

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