Executive Team

Heidi Cooper, CEO

Heidi Cooper is the CCIQ CEO and joined the organisation in February 2022.  

Heidi has dedicated her career to the advancement of business and is a passionate advocate for the strategic growth of Queensland. 

With more than 20 years’ experience in law, corporate affairs and policy making, Heidi is focused on driving business growth, creating jobs, leading industry reform, implementing sustainable business practices and fostering community relationships.   She has held senior executive roles at major ASX companies, including Origin Energy and Transurban, and has also held board positions across a range of sectors including infrastructure, energy, education and training, agriculture, and not-for-profit.

Heidi is committed to the evolution of sustainable business practices and was selected to attend Harvard University’s inaugural program on Climate Change and Energy and the Global Rapid Switch Program at Princeton University. It is these global perspectives that will drive CCIQ’s strategic focus on a sustainably led economic transformation for businesses across Queensland.

Heidi is currently a member of the Jobs Queensland Board and Brisbane Festival Giving Committee.  She also has a longstanding commitment to community and not-for-profit initiatives and is currently a member of the St Margaret’s Foundation Board and the St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace School Advisory Council. 

It's this collective experience and dedication that Heidi draws on in her role to ensure CCIQ is the voice of business and drives the best outcomes for business in Queensland.

Ken Leung, GM Finance and Operations

Ken Leung is CCIQ's General Manager - Finance, previously having held the role of Financial Controller for CCIQ. Originally from New Zealand, Ken re-located to Brisbane from Wellington in 2004 and worked in various financial and accounting roles before commencing with CCIQ in 2007 as the Finance Manager.

A qualified chartered accountant, Ken has over 20 years of financial, accounting and operational experience. He commenced his career as an auditor with Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) and has subsequently undertaken a variety of roles in New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia, in both private and public sector organisations and in a range of industries including housing, banking, and financial services.

Karen Fitzgibbons, GM Commercial Operations

Karen Fitzgibbons joined CCIQ in June 2012 in the role of General Manager Membership & Alliances.

Karen brings to CCIQ a wealth of experience, having previously held senior management positions within membership based organisations for the previous 12 years. Karen has demonstrated success in membership recruitment and retention initiatives within various professional associations.

Karen has previously worked in similar roles within the accounting sector and most recently with AMA Queensland, and has been instrumental in developing member benefits and sponsorship programs to strengthen the value proposition available to members. Karen’s prior experience has involved the delivery of member benefits and services to members located throughout Queensland with a strong focus on ensuring members needs in both Regional and Metro regions are met.

Jason Wales, GM People and Culture

Jason Wales has worked for companies such as BHP Billiton, Liebherr Australia, and Spotless Group in senior HR management positions. Jason holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management from Central Queensland University receiving a scholarship from Rio Tinto Hail Creek Mine; as well as a Masters of Employment Relations from Griffith University. With 10 years’ experience Jason is committed to supporting CCIQ’s SMEs through all HR/IR issues and understands the difficulties faced when managing staff on a day-to-day basis.

Peter Collyns, GM Innovation and Strategic Partnerships

Peter is passionate about the importance of connectivity, collaboration and innovation across businesses, communities and industries in Queensland to deliver better outcomes.

He brings a broad range of experience gained in roles in government, small business, hospitality and aviation to CCIQ.

Throughout his career he has focussed on delivering exceptional customer experiences, enabling business to function more efficiently and effectively and developing partnerships to drive clear beneficial outcomes.

During his aviation career, Peter worked successfully across membership services, partnership programs, channel distribution, B2B commercial roles, operations and regional management.

Originally from the UK, Peter has lived in Queensland since 2011 after moving to Australia in 2007.

Sebastian Cox, GM Membership

Sebastian is CCIQ’s General Manager – Membership and joined the organisation in May 2022.

A Queenslander at heart, Sebastian grew up in regional Queensland before relocating to Brisbane to commence his early career in business.

A highly qualified and competent senior leader Sebastian has worked for organisations such as RSL Queensland, Bupa Australia, Study Group, Arowana and General Electric specialising in member experience and retention, revenue growth, and operational efficiency.

With exceptional negotiation and relationship building skills, Sebastian is instrumental at building highly effective acquisition, retention, and operational efficiency frameworks.

Sebastian has represented large multinational organisations through to driving and supporting the build out, growth and operational scale of small family-owned businesses.  

Sebastian has also operated as a successful sole trader guiding small to medium businesses through change, reach, and significant growth ambitions. 

With a proven instinct to best understand what industry, business, and people need to succeed in ever changing environments Sebastian brings a wealth of knowledge and capability to support CCIQ's ever growing business community. 

Sebastian is a proud and passionate leader with a noted sense of ownership, always guiding his teams from the front to deliver cost-effective approaches to exceed business, financial, and stakeholder expectations.