Former Sunshine Coast council chief picked to lead new Olympic Games infrastructure Authority

Emma Thomas is the interim CEO of the Olympic Games infrastructure Authority.

Emma Thomas has been appointed to lead the Queensland Government’s Olympic Games Infrastructure Authority.

Thomas recently stepped down as chief executive of Sunshine Coast Regional Council. She will begin her new role on July 1 for an initial period of six months.

The new Authority will operate independently from the government but be subject to public sector accountability.

Former Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk initially ditched plans for an independent body to oversee infrastructure for the Games. But a shake-up by new Premier Steven Miles put the body back in the plans after criticism of cost blowouts.

Announcing the launch of the new body in April, Miles said it was among his priorities on becoming Premier.

“As I said at the time, the Games themselves don’t go for long, but the legacy for our communities will last for generations,” he said.

“If we want to make the most of the opportunity, we need to have all the right people at the table taking a collaborative and cooperative approach.

“With an independent Board, recommended by Games Delivery Partners, to oversee the functions of the Authority, I’m highly confident we will have the best people and right model guiding the way.”