Our Team

Dr Paul Sparshott - Chief Executive Officer

Dr Sparshott had an extensive track record in developing, investing, and delivering major infrastructure and building projects both in Australia and internationally.

He has worked in senior roles for some of Australia’s largest infrastructure development and investment companies including Thiess, John Holland, Leighton Asia, and Rest Superannuation Fund.

He has held senior leadership roles across many industry sectors including manufacturing, design and construction, property development, urban planning, finance, and investment. Paul’s specific project development experience includes roads, rail, water and energy infrastructure, defence, ports and airports, hospitals, residential and commercial buildings, resorts and hotels.

Paul’s more recent passion is developing new sustainable towns and communities and he has a PhD on this topic.

E: ceo@advancecairns.com | M: 0405 500 839

Toni Sisson - Economic Development and Policy Manager

Toni joined Advance Cairns in 2020 as Economic Development and Policy Manager to which Toni brings experience of a 20+ year career in the healthcare industry along with skills in organisational planning, project & stakeholder management.

Originally from Mackay, Toni is a passionate supporter for regional Australia and delivering outcomes to those outside the metropolitan centres.

Prior to her current role, Toni worked in cancer care in Australia and Europe before joining Radiation Oncology Queensland (ROQ) – now part of Icon Group.  She was instrumental in establishing cancer care centres in Toowoomba and then discovered the lure of Cairns when she led the team opening Radiation Therapy Services at the Liz Plummer Cancer Centre.

Toni went on to oversee the strategic development, design, construction and operational commissioning services of multiple cancer centres both domestically and internationally.  She led the team at Icon Group to become the first Australian Healthcare company to enter the Chinese market.

Toni has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiation Therapy and a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Project Management.

Taylor Moy - Business Development Manager

Having relocated to Cairns from the Gold Coast in early 2019, Taylor initially joined Advance Cairns in a temporary role, providing EA support to the CEO on an ‘as needed’ basis. Soon after commencing in the role, her attention to detail and positive attitude led to her being awarded the position full-time and she is now a permanent member of the team.

Prior to joining Advance Cairns, Taylor spent four years working in law firms (which included 2 years working in Canberra) and she is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice through Griffith University. She is a keen learner and thoroughly enjoys expanding her education and knowledge in various areas.

Although relatively new to Cairns, Taylor has quickly become passionate about Tropical North Queensland and takes immense pride in being part of a team that actively contributes to the development and progress of the region.

Carol Thompson - Administration Assistant


P.O. Box 3065
Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia


New office location
4/16 Minnie Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia


Phone: +61 (0)7 4080 2900