Gerard O'Connell
Business Manager

Born and raised on the Fraser Coast and with a heightened passion for the benefits and assets of our region, Gerard is motivated to play his part to help people of the area and our region grow and prosper.

Gerard has formal qualifications in Accounting , Business Management , Strategic Planning and Development , and Theology.

Gerard has worked and held leadership roles across a range of sectors and industries. Including, but not exclusively, Motor Vehicle, Hospitality, Retail, Education, Recruitment, Local Government and Church and Community services. He has owned, invested in and led a variety of successful businesses always with a key focus on developing and growing the business, recruiting and encouraging good staff and delivering first-class customer or client service. For twelve years Gerard served as an Elected Member of Local Government, culminating with a time as Mayor of the Fraser Coast Council.

Gerard currently serves on a number of boards and committees, such as, The Fraser Coast Community Enterprise Ltd, Hervey Bay RSL and Services Memorial Club Inc., Fraser Burnett Community Connection Ltd. and the University of Queensland Medicine & Rural Clinical School Community Advisory Committee.

He relishes the opportunity to work with and encourage innovators and ideas to prosper and fulfil achievable potential.

He enjoys the challenge of listening and empowering good ideas and offering encouragement with broad experience and knowledge.