Board & Management



Master of Engineering Science


Paul has more than 30 years of experience in global business. He was formerly CEO of Aurecon, one of the world’s leading engineering, project delivery, advisory and technical services companies, employing around 7500 people across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and the Americas with offices in 28 countries and projects in 50.
He was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia.
Prior to joining Aurecon from 1994 to 1999 he directed the development of an international business working in Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, China, India, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Pacific Rim.
In May 1999 he joined Aurecon (then Connell Wagner) as an executive before becoming Group Executive Chairman in July 2007 and then CEO of Aurecon in 2009 .

Paul currently holds the following board positions as a Non Executive Director:

  • Pitt and Sherry ( also Chairman)
  • CareGuidance ( also Chairman )
  • Collingwood Football Club Foundation
  • PukaUp
  • CityWide
  • Systemix (also Chairman)
  • St Vincents Health Australia , Strategic Advisory Board
  • Monash University Civil and Environmental Engineering , Strategic Review Panel Member and Steering Group Chairman




Bachelor of Engineering (Mining)

Founder & CEO 

Aaron Trevis is a Mining Engineer and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As Founder and Managing Director, Aaron is the driver of the Surf Lakes™ project. Aaron has a diverse leadership and management background, covering underground coal mining, executive search and national leadership of a large not-for-profit organisation.  As a keen surfer, he has the passion to bring waves to the masses and make surfing a main-stream sport that can be enjoyed in any location.



Ph.D. (Engineering), Bachelor of Engineering, Grad Dip Business

Executive Director 

Chris Hawley has worked as an engineer and project manager across a range of industries; R&D, technology development/start-up, heavy industrial, mining, ports and infrastructure.  His background includes extensive experience in detailed electrical design, as well as auditing, project and contract management.  Chris works regularly with large theme parks and brings current working knowledge of practices and standards relevant to the design and operations of Surf Lakes™. Chris is also the founder of Engenuity Solutions, a specialist engineering firm based on the Gold Coast.



AFSL 390786

Executive Director & Chief Development Officer

Reuben has over 20 years’ experience in the finance, investment and media industries. He founded of Wealth Creator Magazine in 2002, which he later sold in 2005. Then joined Integral Capital Group as a Corporate Advisor until 2010 where he participated in over $200m in corporate transactions. In 2008, Reuben co-founded Wholesale Investor with Steve Torso. Wholesale Investor is a financial media company that promotes private investment opportunities to it’s database of over 16,000 investors. Reuben founded Axstra Capital in 2010, which specialises in private and pre-IPO capital raisings, as well as IPO’s. Since 2010, Axstra has raised over $110m in equity for its clients.




Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)


Malcolm has over a decade of experience in middle and senior management roles with an international sales and marketing company and more than twenty years’ experience in public accounting practice, with 17 as a Principal. He brings to Surf Lakes a wealth of governance and financial experience having been involved either at Board level, tax and accounting advisory or audit roles for numerous businesses, including charities and sporting bodies. He has served as Chairman on various State and National Committees for CPA Australia and currently serves on their Environmental, Social and Governance Centre of Excellence providing CPA Australia and its 150,000 members with advice and direction on current environmental, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance issues. Malcolm has also chaired a number of Finance, Audit & Risk Committees for various organisations. A former Australian player, he serves (in his spare time) as Vice President of Volleyball Australia, a national Olympic organisation responsible for Indoor and Beach Volleyball.



Bachelor of Communications (Journalism)

Media Director

Wayne Dart has been involved in the surf industry since the mid-80s. First, a judge and administrator at local, state, national and international levels Wayne progressed to commentating and announcing at local and national surfing events. In 2000 Wayne become manager of Tracks magazine and numerous divisions including Waves Surfing Magazine, Australian Surf Girl Magazine, Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine, Australian Mountain Bike Magazine, 20/20 BMX Magazine,,, Outdoor Magazine, Australian Skateboarding Magazine and more. In 2005 Wayne joined the ASP International (now WSL – World Surf League) to become Media Director and manager of media distribution for all ASP tour entities, including the World Qualifying Series and Championship Tours. He left ASP in 2007 Wayne to start his own businesses. Today he is the owner of Corporate Wellness Australia Pty Ltd – a leading health provides to large corporations around Australia. He remains a part-time writer for Australian Surf Business Magazine. Throughout his years Wayne has worked with, for and alongside most of the surfing industry’s “big wigs” in a number of capacities and still maintains close relationships with many of the world’s top professional surfers.



LLB (Hons), BCom (Accounting) 2012 Bond University

Legal Counsel

Joel has a broad in-house commercial practice covering a wide range of advisory and dispute resolution work. Joel has extensive experience acting in matters involving complex financial transactions, fraud, foreign investments, infrastructure and mining projects, contractual negotiations and intellectual property protection. Having practised in national and international commercial law firms for years, Joel has been retained by listed entities, major banks, regulators and governments, both domestic and foreign, to act on their behalf. Joel is also regularly called upon to advise clients and directors on governance issues, including their fiduciary duties and obligations under corporations law. The commerciality of Joel’s advice in this area is complemented by his formal qualifications in accounting. Joel has acted and appeared before many courts and tribunals in various jurisdictions, including state superior courts, full federal courts and international arbitrations. He has also participated in many successful commercial mediations.



Master of Engineering (Product Development)

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Kit is a Master’s degree-qualified engineer with specialisation in Product Development. His degree combines the disciplines of mechanical engineering and industrial design, with extension into product innovation and management. Over the past 8 years he has gained experience in several industrial fields (including aircraft, hovercraft, surfboard manufacturing, mineral processing, yacht building), working for manufacturing and construction firms and as a self-employed designer and manufacturer. Kit has worked in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and USA in management and technical capacities.



Master of Marketing and Management

Marketing Coordinator & Investor Relations

Karolina joined Surf Lakes with the dual role of Investor Relations, and Marketing, Events, and Administrative Coordinator. A graduate of a Masters of Marketing and Management form the University of Finance and Administration in the Czech Republic, she brings both creativity and a client-centric approach to her work, coupled with a solid business, and finance acumen. Karolina has over 8 years of experience in the field of marketing, having managed all aspects of advertising and events from development to implementation.



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