“I moved to Townsville when I was 20 to go to James Cook University. I only ever planned on coming up here for a year, but I took a job with Connolly Suthers Lawyers and I’ve been here ever since. I’m now married with four kids and I’m one of the partners at the firm.”
“Developing business and driving economic growth in Townsville is my passion. That’s why I took on the role of chair of the Townsville Business Development Centre.”

“I believe the Centre and the services we provide are critical for our city, even more so in the current economic climate. Everyone needs to be focusing on how we can secure economic growth to allow businesses to flourish and create jobs. TBDC does an excellent job in delivering on that, providing advisory services to so many businesses and giving them the tools to operate and expand.”

“Sharyn and the team are the driving force behind it all. They are very motivated and committed to the cause. The organisation couldn’t achieve what it does without her and them.”

And what does the future hold for TBDC?

“I’d like to see us increase the amount of services we can provide even further and continue to expand our physical capacity. Last year we opened our creative business incubator, The Hive, in the CBD and we now have a new CBD business accelerator space to offer in Sturt St.”

“I’ve really enjoyed the “21 stories from 21 years” – it shows just how much TBDC can help people and give businesses the tools to push forward with their endeavours.”

Brendan brings a wealth of practical and professional experience to TBDC. Having his support as the Chair on the Board is important to the organisation and especially to support the staff who manage and run the Centre. He has a genuine interest in seeing Townsville prosper commercially and taking up a position on the board was a great demonstration of that commitment.

Recently, Brendan developed a series of webinar presentations to deliver to clients of TBDC .They are structured to provide them with practical skills and tools for managing employees, an area of his professional expertise. These have proven to be very popular and extremely well received. They are an invaluable opportunity for small business clients to access critical professional expertise they otherwise wouldn’t.

Brendan and the team of volunteers who sit on the management committee perform a vital role in assisting TBDC to ensure the business community and budding entrepreneurs in Townsville and NQ have a range of support available to them for their commercial aspirations.