President

Derek Cronin

Derek Cronin is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cronin Litigation Lawyers, a well known firm on the Gold Coast which specialises in commercial litigation, debt recovery, insolvency and dispute resolution. The firm employs ten full time commercial litigation lawyers, making it one of the largest litigation teams on the Gold Coast.
He is currently Chair of the Bond Alumni Advisory Committee, member of Council of Bond University Limited, member of the Bond Law Advisory Committee as well as a Board member and honorary solicitor of BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club. He is also a board member of Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland having been admitted in 1994.
He is currently Chair of the Bond Alumni Advisory Committee, member of Council of Bond University Limited, member of the Bond Law Advisory Committee as well as a Board member and honorary solicitor of BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club. He is also a board member of Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland having been admitted in 1994.
Derek is a former President of Gold Coast Community Care and is a former Committee Member of the Gold Coast Law Association.

Special Responsibilities:
President and Member of the Communications, Marketing and Fundraising Committee

Vice President

Peter Black

Peter Black is a senior lecturer in law at the Queensland University of Technology. He has an B.A./LL.B. (Hons I) from the University of Queensland and an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York. Peter is the President of the Brisbane Pride Festival and also serves on the board of the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Queensland, as well as the Inclusive Brisbane Board (an advisory board to the Brisbane City Council). He has previously been the Chair of Keep Queensland Beautiful and a board member of Keep Australia Beautiful. Peter is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Special Responsibilities:
Vice President and Member of the Communications, Marketing and Fundraising Committee

Secretary

Paula Dewis

Paula is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and a member of the “gar ban djee lum” Indigenous LGBT Brisbane Social Group for several years. Paula is a member of two community organisations – Keriba Mabaigal Torres Strait Islander Corporation a community organisation – protecting, promoting, practising and preserving culture and an affiliated member of the National Council for Women in QLD. Paula worked on the Indigenous LGBT organising committee for the Sydney 2002 Gay Games. Paula has worked across all State and Territories in remote, rural and urban communities in various role and responsibilities in public, private and community sectors in education and training, community capacity building, consulting and engaging with both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. Prior to this she has over 30 years experience in audit and operational management in both State and Federal government processes. Paula has a Diploma of Business Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Paula is a Teacher/Lead Vocational in the Faculty of Nursing, Education and Community Services with 3.5 years experience in TAFE Queensland. Paula has been on many boards and committees in ACT, NSW and QLD and nationally. Paula possesses the following skills – Workshop Facilitation & Planning, Leadership Development, Staff Development, Policy, Administration, Audit and Operational management, Engagement, Community Capacity Building, Accountability, Compliance and Education and Training.

Special Responsibilities:
Board Secretary and Member of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Treasurer

Arron Hartnett

Senior legal officer with the Queensland Government’s Department of Justice and Attorney General. Primarily the role is developing strategic policy (operational policy, legislative instruments and legal advice) for the Queensland Government’s Justice portfolio. I have over four years post-admission experience as a lawyer and over 7 year’s experience in the justice administration sector.
I have a number of years of experience in developing strategic policy for Ministers, senior bureaucrats and judicial officers. I have experience in program management, project management and strategic risk management (developing strategic plans and audit plans/risk registers)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Graduate Diploma Legal Practice, Master of Business (Professional Accounting)

Special Responsibilities:
Treasurer and Member of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Vyvyen Wong

(Northern Region)

Bachelor of Business degree with double major of marketing & tourism management. Currently Project Officer for the UPNG/JCU Twinning Project. Responsible for all logistical needs operationalizing project activities and ensuring involved participants engaged from both countries.
Previous roles held as Marketing Manager, Business Development, Sales & Marketing Executive. Currently volunteer roles are with the Management Committee of Cairns Tropical Pride, Committee member of both the Cairns LGBT Alliance and the Cairns Queer Film Festival.

Special Responsibilities:
Member of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Bernard Gardiner

(Central Region)

Bernard has a Masters in Health Promotion from the University of the Sunshine Coast, and is an Australian Postgraduate Award holder undertaking a PhD within the Living Positive in Queensland Study at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Over the last 30 years he has been involved in various aspects of the global response to HIV, including serving for 3 years as General Manager of the Victorian AIDS Council and Gay Men’s Health Centre. At the international level he worked throughout East and South-East Asia via Australian Red Cross, and for seven years was Global HIV Programme Manager of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies based in Geneva, Switzerland. From that position he also managed the UNAIDS Collaborating Centre on HIV-Related Stigma in partnership with the Global Network of PLHIV.

Special Responsibilities:
Member of the Clinical Governance Subcommittee

Dale Symons

(Brisbane Region)

Dale has worked in the education sector for more than 30 years. After working in schools for many years, Dale has worked at a range of organisations in his capacity as educator and project officer including Family Planning Queensland, University of Queensland School of Medicine (HIV and HCV Education program), and Education Queensland central office in reviewing, designing and administering policy and state-wide program implementation. He now works for the federal government on a National Partnership initiative in consumer and financial literacy.
Dale’s qualifications include Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Education; Diploma of Teaching; Diploma of Community Education and Cert IV in Community Services Work.
In addition to his role as Brisbane member on the QuAC Board (6 years), Dale serves on the AIDS Trust of Australia Board and was formerly chair and general member of the Management Committee for Open Doors Youth Service. He began his association with QuAC as a volunteer in the mid-1990s.

Special Responsibilities: Communications, Marketing and Fundraising Committee Member

Dr. Stuart Aitken

(Southern Region)

Stuart is a specialist sexual health physician. He graduated from Medicine at the University of Queensland, and completed specialist training in 2006. He has worked as Senior Staff Specialist at Gold Coast Sexual Health before commencing private practice.
Qualifications: MBBS, Dip Ven, FAChSHM
He practices in all areas of sexual health, but his special interests are in HIV medicine, PrEP for HIV, gender medicine, herpes infections, skin conditions affecting the genitals and sexually transmissible infections.
Stuart is the author of textbook chapters and journal articles, and is a contributor to several national guidelines. He is committed to medical education, and has taught medical students at University of Queensland, Griffith University and Bond University Medical Schools. He taught in University of Queensland’s postgraduate courses in HIV Medicine and Sexual Health for over ten years. He currently teaches doctors and nurses at True Relationships (formerly Family Planning Queensland) and is a senior lecturer in medicine at Griffith University. He is regularly invited as a speaker at conferences.

Special Responsibilities: Member of the Clinical Governance Committee

Nick Connor

(General Member)

Nick Connor is a gay man living with HIV. He is active in the LGBTI community in north Queensland, having been secretary of Cairns Tropical Pride Inc for five years, secretary of Cairns LGBTI Alliance for two years, and an active and founding member of the peer-based action and support group for people living with HIV, Positive Action Cairns. Nick has been active in a number of other LGBTI community organisations in north Queensland as well as in other parts of Australia.
Nick’s professional background is in education and health promotion. He taught English to speakers of other languages, and communication and study skills in the Learning Centre at the University of NSW for fourteen years. Nick also worked as a self-employed workplace trainer and assessor for two years. From 2008 to 2013 Nick worked as a health promotion officer with QuAC, during which time he served a year on the board of the organisation. He is currently a health promotion coordinator with a Primary Health Network.
Nick is a graduate of the Positive Leadership Development Institute. His qualifications include, Bachelor of Arts (Melb), Certificate in TESOL (UNSW), Cerificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training (WEA), Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice (Murdoch) and Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (JCU).