Management

The RNA management team, led by the Chief Executive, is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation and the implementation of the Association's Strategic Plan.

Please view our RNA organisational chart for more information.

 
Brendan Christou
 
 

Brendan Christou

Chief Executive
BBus QUT MBA Curtin CPA

Brendan Christou was appointed Chief Executive of the RNA in 2012, after serving as Deputy Chief Executive / Chief Operating Officer since 2009. A Certified Practicing Accountant, Mr Christou started at the RNA in 2004 as the association's Financial Controller. His previous experience spans across the retail, engineering and financial services industries. He completed his Master of Business Administration from Curtin University in 2008. Mr Christou is also a board member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), a Director of Brisbane Open House and President of the BDA - The Committee for Brisbane.

 
Andrew Moore
 
 

Andrew Moore

Chief Financial Officer
BCom UQ BEc UQ FCPA MAICD Comm Dec

Andrew Moore joined the RNA in early 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for the association's financial management, procurement, tax and regulatory compliance, insurance, information technology and the commercial aspects of the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project. As a senior executive with over 25 years' experience in financial and commercial management, business development, capital raising, treasury operations and corporate governance, Mr Moore brings a wealth of experience to the RNA. His professional career spans publicly listed and private companies, the not-for-profit sector and government enterprises across a diverse range of industries including events, energy, mining, sport, hospitality and education. Mr Moore is also an active member of the Queensland surf lifesaving community.

 
Veronica Carew
 
 

Veronica Carew

General Manager Communications

Veronica joined the RNA in April 2010, bringing with her 18 years' experience in media and public relations. A strategic corporate communications manager Veronica has 15 years' experience in the not-for-profit sector, at a state and national level, developing strategies and campaigns to promote the interests of agriculture, education and the over 50s in the media. Previously Veronica spent eight years working as a journalist and editor in the Australian print media. In her current role at the RNA, Veronica is responsible for developing and implementing integrated communication strategies across traditional and digital mediums, digital content creation and branding, crisis management and public relations initiatives, media and issues management, and the management of internal and external communications.

• Integrated communication strategies, crisis management and public relations initiatives
• Media and issues management
• Management of internal and external communications
Veronica joined the RNA in April 2010, bringing with her 18 years experience in media and public relations. A strategic corporate communications manager Veronica has 10 years experience in the not-for-profit sector, at a state and national level, developing strategies and campaigns to promote the interests of agriculture, education and the over 50s in the media. Previously Veronica spent eight years working as a journalist and editor in the Australian print med
 
Lloyd Dunn
 
 

Lloyd Dunn

Project Director
BEng (civil) QUT

Lloyd Dunn joined the RNA in February 2010, in the position of Project Development Manager and moved to Project Director - RNA Development in March 2014. Over the past eight years, he has led the Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project team in all aspects of the design and delivery of significant RNA Core assets, as well as managed and coordinated the project development with the development partner, Lendlease. Major milestones of the $2.9 billion regeneration project have included the approval of the masterplan and subsequent relevant Authority coordination, completion of the $59 million Royal International Convention Centre in 2013 and associated Public Realm spaces, the completion of King Street in 2016, the opening of the four and a half star Rydges Hotel in 2016 and the commencement of the world first multi-level cattle pavilion in late 2017. Mr Dunn has an impressive diversified background, with roles including Construction Management, Project Management and Development Management for major organisations including Fletcher Constructions Australia, Multiplex, Project Strategies Australia, Austcorp and Stockland.

 
Stephen Galbraith
 
 

Stephen Galbraith

General Manager, Ekka

Stephen Galbraith joined the RNA in July, 2012, in the newly created position of General Manager, Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) and Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS). He has almost 30 years' experience in the operation and management of events,  tourism and leisure attractions, including Village Roadshow Theme Parks on the Gold Coast and Asia's Sunway Group - CEO of the leisure arm which included theme, water and animal parks such as Sunway Lagoon in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Galbraith has worked throughout Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and the Middle East. His role with the iconic Ekka has been in operation and business strategy management and development, to assist the rejuvenation of Queensland's largest and most loved annual event.

Stephen Galbraith
General Manager, Ekka
Stephen joined the RNA in July 2012 in the newly created position of General Manager, Ekka, bringing experience in the operation and management of tourism and leisure attractions. Stephen has previously worked for Village Roadshow Theme Parks on the Gold Coast and Asia's largest theme park - Sunway Lagoon in Kuala Lumpur. He has held senior roles in large diverse organisations across in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and the Middle East.
 
Jago Coyle
 
 

Jago Coyle

General Manager - Venue Sales and Marketing

Jago Coyle joined the RNA in 2015, bringing a depth of experience from the hotel and events industries, both nationally and internationally. Prior to being appointed to General Manager of Venue Sales and Marketing at the RNA, Mr Coyle was the Director of Sales and Marketing at both the Sofitel and Marriott Hotels in Brisbane, Director of Sales and Marketing at the London Marriott and Executive Apartments West India Quay, Canary Wharf London. He has also had experience as a Deputy General Manager in hotels, a Director of Rooms and Director of Food and Beverage in various hotels, but started his professional life as a chef for eight years.

 
Luke Pearl
 
 

Luke Pearl

General Manager Operations

Luke Pearl joined the RNA in December, 2017, bringing with him a strong depth of experience from the Hotel and Event precinct sectors.  Having worked nationally and internationally over the past 20 years Luke's Executive Management background includes Cluster Director of Revenue for Marriott Hotels UK South, Director of Operations at Tudor Park, a Marriott Hotel and Country Club, General Manager at Village Urban Resort London, General Manager at Stamford Plaza Brisbane and most recently General Manager at Accorhotels Sydney Olympic Park.

 
Barbara Perrott
 
 

Barbara Perrott

General Manager - Human Resources
BCom (HRM) Griffith Qld

Barbara Perrott joined the RNA in December, 2014. In the two years prior to her permanent appointment Ms Perrott provided consulting services to the RNA, assisting with change management strategies and advice. Ms Perrott brings nearly 40 years of experience in the Queensland Public Sector.  She worked at the senior executive level specialising in corporate services management, leading organisational change, organisational development, human resource management and shared corporate services. Immediately prior to the RNA, she provided management consulting services to small/medium organisations aimed at improving leadership, strategy, culture and general management practices.