Future Leaders is an inspiring and empowering networking, information and events group for young business owners and professionals aged 18 – 35 from across all industries. The Future Leaders Initiative provides fresh, innovative opportunities for members to network amongst their peers, establish and develop ongoing business relationships, and to develop their professional and personal skills through education and mentoring programs.

Shelley Burchett

An experienced Project Manager, Shelley is the Assets Manager at Proterra Group. With a strong focus on regional areas, she is driven to help Local Councils understand the condition of their underground infrastructure to make informed data driven decisions to better service their communities.

She recently became a civil wedding celebrant and is on the Committee of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia South West Branch.

Shelley is new to the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, joining after becoming a finalist in the Future Leader category at the 2020 Business Excellence Awards. She is thrilled to be part of the Future Leaders Advisory Group and is excited at the opportunity to share her passion for business and to help support the growth of future leaders in our region.

Jacob Carlile 

Jacob is a businessman and entrepreneur born and bred in Toowoomba and is currently the Director at QLD Hot Property. Jacob is an author having published his first business/self-help book "The Dynamics of Change" in 2019. He has always loved business and helping expand the opportunities available for the emerging and growing businesses led by the future leaders of our region is something he is excited about.

April Lancaster-Smith

April is a young marketing professional in the construction, mining and earthmoving industries and is the current Marketing Manager at Excavation Equipment. She is a hands on leader with the determination to progress and break the mould in a typically male dominated industry. April’s view in philanthropy make her a proactive contributor to the growth of the Toowoomba Community and she is an active member of the Apex Club of South Toowoomba.

April has been a member of Future Leaders since 2010 and welcomes the opportunity to assist our members to continue to pave a way for the future success and growth of the Toowoomba Region.  

Peter Rowe

Peter is currently a senior adviser at Power Tynan, having been with the team for almost 10 years. Peter has been a member of Future Leaders for the past 3-4 years and has excelled greatly out of the networks he has formed and people he's met. Peter is excited to have the opportunity to help continue the Future Leaders movement and assist our Future Leaders in Toowoomba to continue to develop their skills and networks.