The QTIC board was established in 2001 and represents a range of sectors across the Queensland tourism and hospitality industry. With diverse backgrounds, our board members are equipped to provide expert guidance to QTIC and the tourism industry.
Shane developed a successful management career working in Brisbane and South Africa before returning to the family business as Managing Director of National Park Pty Limited, the family holding company of O’Reilly’s and Canungra Valley Vineyards Pty Ltd. His formal qualifications include a Business Degree in Human Resource Management and a Diploma of Company Directorship and a Diploma in Directorship of not-for-profit and Government-owned corporations. Shane’s current community and industry association representations include: Director Gold Coast Tourism 2002 to 2006 (membership based nomination), Director of the Queensland Wine Industry Association 2004 to 2008 (membership based nomination), Director of Gondwana Rainforests Reserves Australia 2005 to 2011 – World Heritage Area (Federal appointment), Chairman Australia’s Green Cauldron 2008 to 2010, Director Tourism Queensland 2006 to 2011 (State appointment), Chairman of Canungra Information and Historical Association, and Life member of Natural History Association which oversees the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park. Under Shane’s guidance, the O’Reilly family business has grown from a domestic leisure based accommodation business with 41 rooms to the current 70 rooms in the main Retreat plus the development and subsequent management of 48 Mt Villas, a conference centre and Lost World Spa. The accommodation market is now split between domestic and international leisure as well as conferences. There has been a large investment in facilities for day visitors, including the off mountain development of Canungra Valley Vineyards situated at the bottom of the mountain road to O’Reilly’s. Shane is the father of two small children Grace and Sterling. Shane enjoys bike riding and in 2012 completed the Rockhampton to Brisbane charity ride for Chain Reaction in aid of the Starlight Foundation.
John Sharpe “Sharpey” is behind some of Queensland's most innovative adventure tourism product. As a founder of the Story Bridge Adventure Climb in 2001, Sharpey went on to establish the Riverlife in 2004 at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane’s CBD and later, forged a unique and highly successful partnership with the now internationally acclaimed Indigenous troupe, Riverlife Mirrabooka. Over the past 15 years, Sharpey has continued to design, build and operate several other award-winning companies including Tangatours at Tangalooma Island Resort and P&O Edge adventure parks with P&O's Australian fleet. Sharpey is an energetic and unifying voice for tourism. He leads by example, teaming up with young business partners and demonstrating industry excellence and economic growth through visitor attraction. The diversity of his tourism product is a catalyst for tourism activation. He is committed to digital innovation through Gifting Owl; a worldwide experience gifting platform and investment in Travello and Agunity. As an operator who delivers experiences from the heart of Brisbane to the Gold Coast, in national and marine parks, on the open seas and via the global digital networks, Sharpey understands what it takes to sustain and grow resilient tourism product and is a role model for small business success.
Jonathan Fisher has been a passionate Queenslander for 11 years....firstly as CEO of National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and since 2014 as CEO of The National Trust of Australia ( Qld) based in Brisbane with properties from Currumbin to Cooktown. Jonathan has over thirty years in tourism including managing caravan parks, heritage attractions, lake passenger boats and a steam railway in the English Lake District to Taronga Zoo, Hunter Valley Gardens in NSW to Chair of Australia’s Green Cauldron Working Committee, a Tourism Australia National Landscapes initiative. Previously an active member of Cumbria Tourism, Jonathan also served as a Director of Gold Coast Tourism before moving to Brisbane. A sailor, a runner before the mid-life crisis and now rides a motorbike carefully, bigger than he needs. Passionate about great walks, sustainable destinations and empowering indigenous opportunity, Jonathan looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the QTIC Board.
Cameron is a Quandamooka man from Moreton Bay off the coast of Brisbane in South East Queensland. Cameron is a law graduate from the University of Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure Management. He has worked previously in the legal industry and for more than 15 years in local and state governments delivering Indigenous policies and programs including the Backing Indigenous Arts Program and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Cameron is currently the CEO for the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation – the Native Title Body and cultural heritage body for Moreton Bay including Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) that jointly manages the Naree Budjong Djarra (My Mother Earth) National Park, runs Quandamooka Coast Tourism experiences and the Quandamooka Festival. He is on the Board of Minjerribah Camping, and a representative on the QTIC Indigenous Champions Network, Redland City Councils Tourism Sub Committee, North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy Committee, Queensland Koala Advisory Council and Moreton Bay Foundation Board.
Simon is the Chief Executive Officer of Visit Sunshine Coast Ltd. Simon has extensive experience in the tourism industry and has worked at senior levels in the marketing and development of regional tourism destinations such as the Margaret River Region in Western Australia and in Queensland’s Whitsundays. Simon played a founding role with major projects such as the Americas Cup Challenge, Virgin Blue flights into the Whitsunday Coast, the Backpacking Tourism Advisory Group and the Queensland Marine Academy amongst others. Simon has received recognition by industry in winning Regional, State and National awards such as Tour & Transport Operator, Unique Accommodation, Destination Promotion, GWN 7 Top Tourism, RAC Marketing & Business Award (WA) and the Most Significant Contribution to Tourism by an Individual Award for services to the Whitsundays. Simon is a Board member of the Sunshine Coast Major Events Board and the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB). He also sits on the Sunshine Coast Business Awards Management Committee as well as the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance Management Committee. He has also recently joined the Australia China Business Council QLD Tourism Working Group.
Laura has a business background in membership organisations in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She has held the role of General Manager for the national industry body ATHOC, located on the Gold Coast, for the past 10 years, and is currently the Chairperson of the QTIC Association's Council. Laura is an experienced senior manager in service orientated organisations, with expertise in business, operational and strategic planning, and has a track record of success in introducing sound commercial business practices and methods to service focused organisations. She is also Chair of the Surfers Paradise Alliance, Deputy President of the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce, has a Master of Business Administration from Griffith University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark provides consulting services to the tourism industry through his business TripTick Tourism Consulting. Mark is the Deputy Chair of Visit Sunshine Coast and has held this position for the past two years. He is on the Audit and Risk Committee and is Chair of the Digital Committee. Mark holds a Master of Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). Current and recent community and industry representations include: Director, Visit Sunshine Coast 2012-current, Director, Sunshine Coast Business Council 2014-current, Chair, Sunshine Coast Tourism, Sport and Leisure Task force 2014, Member, Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), Secretary, Hinterland Tourism Sunshine Coast 2007-2012, and President, Skal International Sunshine Coast 2011-2013. He is an accomplished director and professional manager with experience in the tourism, service, retail, education and manufacturing sectors with extensive knowledge of marketing, strategic planning, financial management, information technology systems, social media and business administration.
Stuart is a pastoralist from the western area of Quilpie Shire. He is the owner and Manager of Plevna Downs, a grazing enterprise dealing in organic wool, sheep and beef. Stuart served as a Councillor on Quilpie Shire Council from 1997 to 2004, as Deputy Mayor from 2004 to 2008 and was elected Mayor in 2012. He is Chair of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association. In 2008 Stuart founded the non-profit, charitable public company Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd. He is the Chair and a Director on the board. The company was set up to preserve the natural assets of the south west region and educate the public in relation to the amazing paleontological discoveries being made there. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (QUT) and is married to wife Robyn and has two adult children.
Annie Judd was introduced to the many intricacies of small business, as a board member 30 years, representing family business interests in South Australia (manufacturing, agricultural and commercial). She became a partner of "Heroes Props & Places" Perth 1986 (HP & P) working in the media & advertising industries. HP & P most significant contract was working with the “America’s Cup Challenge” Fremantle 1986/87, as public relations consultants for the official regatta artist “Franco Costa”. After HP & P she successfully managed city retail & corporate travel agencies for Flight Centre Limited (FCL) for 6 years. Her final 2 years as Business Development Manager for FCL Corporate Traveller division working closely with a wide range of statewide business entities whilst maintaining strong relationships in all facets of the travel industry. Annie and her husband John Mol moved to Airlie Beach in 2000 purchasing Charter Yachts Australia, (bareboat charter company) and have grown the business to become one of the most respected and successful operators in the industry. As Treasurer of the Whitsunday Bareboat Operators Association (WBOA) she takes a proactive, valued based approach to all matters industry related. She works closely with The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA – TRAC) acknowledging all stakeholders’ responsibilities as custodians of a World Heritage listed Wonder of the World.
Katherine is the General Manager of Bundaberg Tourism and sits on the QTIC Board as a representative for the Queensland RTO Network. With a holistic understanding of regional tourism and business having been heavily involved in the destination development of the Town of 1770 - Agnes Water as President of the LTO, and owner, operator of eco-tourism business, 1770 LARC tours for 17 years. Winning numerous regional and state awards for Cultural and Heritage Tourism, Eco-tourism, Visitor Attraction and the CQ and Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism Champion Award for outstanding contribution to the tourism industry. On behalf of the RTO Network, Katherine has been involved in the development of the Climate Change tourism adaptation and mitigation strategy and the Nature-based tourism strategy. An active member of the regional community in Bundaberg, Katherine is a part of the Reducing Urban Glow in Bundaberg project. This long-term project supports the broad effort to conserve the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the east coast of Australia using smart technology and open data. As well as an active lead on product and experience development initiatives across the destination, encompassing the Southern Great Barrier Reef, culinary tourism and indigenous experiences. Being recognised in the region as a collaborative leader, Katherine has forged strong partnerships across industries and has raised the reputation and awareness of the value of tourism and the contribution the industry brings to the regional economy.