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Gold Coast Eisteddfod Foundation

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Empowering youth of the Gold Coast community in their cultural development


About Us

The Gold Coast Eisteddfod Foundation (GCEF) commenced in 2017 with the charitable purpose of advancing culture by:

  1. Supporting the Gold Coast Eisteddfod (GCE) and
  2. Providing funding of other awards of eligible scholarships, bursaries and prizes.

GCEF is a not-for-profit company with designated gift recipient status (all donations are tax deductible).


Our Directors


What We Do

GCEF seeks to empower cultural youth development through our support of the GCE and by sponsoring local youth through our awards program.

The Gold Coast Eisteddfod Foundation was established to provide financial assistance to performers to support their cultural development.  Cultural performers include individuals, groups, dance studios and/or schools in musical, theatrical, speech and other cultural performances.

Applications are invited from cultural performers residing in the Gold Coast Community.

What cultural performers are funded by GCEF?

GCEF’s purpose is to shape a community where cultural performance continues to thrive.  In support of this GCEF provides financial assistance to cultural performers that relate to one of the following priority areas:

  • Enhancing the technical or other skills of individuals working within industries promoting Cultural Performances by funding educational expenses in an Approved Course
  • Assisting indigenous cultural performers, to enrol in courses promoting Cultural Performances by funding educational expenses in an Approved Course
  • Advancing cultural development for performances associated with GCE.

The Awards program will be announced shortly.


Support Us

The GCEF seeks to attract tax-deductible donations and to raise funds through community fundraising activities to advance culture in the community of the Gold Coast.

To support GCEF and our activities please contact us at [email protected]

Kerry Watson AM




Kerry is the current Chairperson of Gold Coast Eisteddfod Foundation and is a Member of the Bond University Community Council.

Kerry was the previous chair and founding director of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod (previously known as Tropicarnival). Kerry was awarded Gold Coast Citizen of the Year 2010 and the Gold Coast Keys to the City 2011. He has held appointments as Chairman, Australia Tourism Export Council (ATEC), Gold Coast Arts Centre (now HOTA) and Events Management Qld; Deputy Chair, Tourism Events Qld, and a Director of Gold Coast Tourism (Honorary Life Member). He was instrumental in establishing the Quality Inn accommodation group in the Gold Coast, Solomon Islands, Fiji and New Zealand and initiated the international tourism markets out of Japan and S/E Asia to Australia. Kerry has held positions with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, stockbroking, and merchant banking in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mackay, and Sydney and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Dr. Deborah Delaney

Dr Deborah DELANEY

BBus, MCom, PhD, FCA

Associate Professor Deborah Delaney is an active researcher, educator and adjunct with the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation at Griffith University and works with Monash Online in their MBA program. She has held senior leadership positions at the University of Tasmania and Griffith University and has extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant in auditing and financial reporting in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Deborah offers expertise in the areas of corporate governance and financial reporting, as well as working with women to develop their leadership capability. She has published extensively in academic journals in these areas, has been awarded several teaching awards and has been successful in attracting research funding from grant agencies and industry partners. Deborah is a director of the Australian Institute of Intergenerational Practice (AIIP) and of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod Foundation, a member of AICD and is fellow of CAANZ.

Geoff Smith


Geoff has practiced as a lawyer in the City of Gold Coast for over 40 years, a partner, and an in-house corporate lawyer for one of Australia’s largest privately-owned Companies.

He is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the current Chairman of Sports Gold Coast, a non-for-profit company established to harness the support of the local business community in the development, support and promotion of Gold Coast Sport. 

Geoff has a long history supporting Gold Coast community projects and currently sits on the board of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, Connecting Southern Coast and the Gold Coast Innovation Hub. 

Richard Munro

Richard MUNRO

Richard Munro is currently a Director of Alternate Strategies and focuses on assisting business owners identify their strategic succession. 

Richard has been involved in the accounting Industry on the Gold Coast for 30 years and have held numerous volunteer Directorship roles in both professional, sport and Not for Profit organisations including: 

CPA Australia Gold Coast - Gold Coast TAFE - and the Gold Coast Arts Centre now known as HOTA. 

He enjoys contributing his experience to assist with the Gold Coast Eisteddfod Foundation to bring cultural youth development to community members and their families. 

Nick Scott


Nick Scott has spent thirty eight (38) years working in senior roles within the media; much of this time being based on the Gold Coast. He has held the positions of Director, Group General Manager, General Manager and National Sales and Marketing Director. Nick has retired from his full time position with Southern Cross Austereo; operators on the Gold Coast of television brands Southern Cross Ten, 11 and One as well as broadcasting stations 90.9 Sea FM and 92.5 Gold FM. His commitment to the industry has been evidenced by main Board positions with Commercial Radio Australia and membership of national industry bodies overseeing Regional Australia, Research and Sales/Marketing/Codes/Branding.

Nick owns and operates his own Business/Media Consultancy ‘TGM’; consulting to local, national and international organisations.

He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania.

Presently, Nick sits on various local Boards including Bond (University) Business School Advisory, Destination Gold Coast, Gold Coast Eisteddfod (Chair)/Foundation, Gold Coast Academy of Sport, Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards, E/Sports Gold Coast, Gold Coast Community Fund and Regional Development Australia - Gold Coast Chapter (Chair). Nick is an Ambassador for Volunteering Gold Coast. He is a Director and part owner of Great Southern Land Media.

Nick is a resident of Robina and is married to Irene. They have two (2) adult children Thomas and Sarah.

Jacqueline Bojanowski


Jacqueline is the Global PR Manager at the world’s largest direct to consumer bridal brand, Grace Loves Lace.

With more than eight years experience in PR and marketing, Jacqueline has driven widely recognised campaigns and projects for a diverse portfolio of the city’s most recognised brands across major events, tourism, hospitality, retail and more.

Jacqueline also sits on the Executive for YP Gold Coast – a not-for-profit and advocacy based organisation that delivers a robust calendar of high-quality events that help to pave the way for the city’s success and growing professional landscape.

Known in the industry for delivering outside the box campaigns that pack a punch, Jacqueline’s skills span across event management, activations, brand positioning and strategy.

Tim Baumann


Tim Baumann is a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison - Gold Coast where he practises predominately in wills and estates law. He advises other professionals in the medical, legal and corporate/ business fields as well as charities, related corporations and trustee companies. He is a member of the Gold Coast District Law Association and Queensland Law Society.

Tim’s community involvement has included volunteering with the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic and the Self-Representation Service with the District and Supreme Courts. He also served as treasurer on the Management Committee of LawRight (formerly QPILCH) - an independent, not-for-profit organisation coordinating pro bono legal services throughout Queensland.

Born on the Gold Coast, Tim has always had a strong interest in The Performing Arts. As a student nearly two decades ago, he himself participated in a number of Eisteddfods as a natural extension of his involvement in String Orchestras, Choral groups, Plays and Musicals.