Our Committee

Community Plus+ Queensland is governed by a skills-based committee drawn from local communities. With diverse skills and experiences, this dedicated group steer our strategic direction and greatly contribute to the work and mission of Community Plus+.

Susan Allan
CP+ President

Susan’s greatest joy is to see other lives lifted and her best tool for this is developmental practice – working with others on areas of mutual importance. Susan joined the CP+ MC in 2016 following involvement with Community Plus’ Annerley work. Trained as a Social Worker, Susan Allan has worked for over 25 years in a variety of direct practice and management roles in four countries, across four regions of the world. The constant – a community development approach and seeking impact that will lift the lives of the most vulnerable. In 2016 Susan founded a community development agency, LIFT Enterprises, as a vehicle to continue this work. Susan lives locally in Moorooka on Brisbane’s inner south-side.

Bec Langdon
CP+ Vice-President

With enthusiasm to achieve great outcomes, Bec searches for mutually beneficial solutions by not taking ‘No’ for an answer. Bec displays high energy in every engagement whether its personal, professional or charitable. Within 12 months of working for Datacom, Bec had built a $2 million business through her network. Her commitment to community is demonstrated by active involvement as a Pyjama Angel, Boarders Breakfast volunteer, ABCN Mentor to students and Habitat for Humanity building homes (India 2010 and Vietnam 2011). With a keen interest in investment, Bec is working towards building a diversified portfolio which demonstrates her ability to make decisions and build growth. With solid business acumen across many verticals, ICT expertise and a vast network, Bec brings the proven commitment of success and support to any organisation.

Carmel Tower
CP+ Treasurer

Carmel is a Financial and Office Administrator working in a disability organisation in North Brisbane. Other positions she has held are Chair of a disability organisation,  Treasurer of a National Disability Board, and involved in a local community organisation as Treasurer. Carmel has spent many years working in the community sector with people who are marginalised and experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has a Diploma in Business and Administration’ majoring in financial administration. Her hobbies are walking, running, tennis, bike riding and movies.

Bob Spiers
CP+ Secretary

Bob has a farming and environmental background and lives in Highgate Hill. He retired from the Queensland Public Service in 2012 after 18 years as a Senior Executive in the environment and natural resource management areas of professional work. Bob now teaches at the University of Queensland and provides specialist assistance to the Regional NRM Groups engaged in climate change risk and vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning. Bob joined the Management Committee of Community Plus+ in 2012 and has a special interest in strategy and sustainability. He has Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Applied Science and was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1995.

Jane Holden
CP+ Committee Member

Jane is passionate about building relationships, capacity and connections to develop vibrant, sustainable and inclusive communities.  Jane has over 20 years of experience in managing complex multi-stakeholder projects. As a skilled manager and accredited broker with the Partnership Brokers Association, Jane has facilitated meaningful and purposeful engagement helping to deliver on a wide range of projects and initiatives. In her current role with CitySmart, Brisbane’s sustainability agency, she is managing the pilot Flood Resilient Homes Program.  

 Jane was awarded from Griffith University a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management and Organisational Change; and Marketing.  Having spent her earliest years living in Yeronga, and now settled in West End, Jane was excited to join the Community Plus Management Committee in 2018. You can find information on Jane at her LinkedIn profile here.

Kath Chown
CP+ Committee Member

Kath has been involved with Community Plus+ since 2014 when she helped to form the Annerley-Stephens History Group, The Annerley Trader’s Association, and in 2015, the Annerley Community Service. She has sat on the Management Committee since 2017 and brings a knowledge of event management, social media, community development and residential property. Kath was part of the small team of business owners who started the Annerley Junction market events in 2013 which have continued in June and December each year since. Kath has lived in the local area for almost a decade and believes equality, engagement and environment are the most important factors in building a thriving community.

Marilyn Trad
CP+ Committee Member

Marilyn has been a member of Community Plus+ for 3 years and a Management Committee member for 2 years. She has lived and worked in the West End area for most of her life. Marilyn has been a member of a number of community groups and committees – most notably as president of the West End State School P&C and Fiesta organising committee. As well as the Community Plus+ Management Committee, Marilyn currently sits on the Mater Human Research Ethics Committee. Marilyn loves a community event especially while helping to fundraise simultaneously. She is passionate about equality for all, a clean start at any stage of life but in particular good education opportunities for children of all ages.

Norbert Vogel
CP+ Committee Member

Norbert brings a strong management capability, having had extensive experience in executive leadership roles in two of Australia’s largest companies (BHP and Telstra) in diverse fields including organisational development, scientific research, marketing, strategic planning and production management. Norbert has been Director of the Australian Knowledge Management Group, a consulting organisation specialising in organisational performance assessment and measurement. Through this work, Norbert has gained specific expertise in consulting to government, university, vocational education and training and natural resource management sectors. Norbert has been the principal consultant for the development of organisational evaluation processes within these sectors in recent years. Through his networks, Norbert is recognised internationally as a leading figure in developing the Australian Business Excellence Framework and in establishing the Australian Business Excellence Awards.

 

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Pauline Peel
CP+ Committee Member

Pauline joined our committee in 2014 and took up the role of Chair in 2015. Pauline brings more than 25 years experience in senior roles in the private, public and community sectors. Her roles have covered social and cultural development and in more recent times Indigenous Affairs, and she remains passionate about these areas as critical to the fabric of people’s lives.

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Regina Hamilton
CP+ Committee Member

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Susanne Cooper
CP+ Committee Member

Susanne has lived in Yeronga for 25 years with her family, and is active in several community groups. She has been involved with Community Plus+ for the past nine years, principally through the strategic partnership with Jacobs (formerly SKM), a global engineering and major projects consulting company located in South Brisbane. Susanne has led the development of this very successful partnership since 2009.  Susanne is also a board member for National Parks Association of Queensland. She is passionate about the environment, good urban design that encourages vibrant, connected communities, fairness, and equality for all. Susanne can often be seen walking or cycling around the local area.