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 spilt 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.
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.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, Bridget has extensive knowledge across all facets of operations ranging from adventure tours, to developing, owning and managing boutique hotels, restaurants and properties in the lucrative Youth Adventure market both on Magnetic Island and in Brisbane’s CBD area. In her current role as Director of Tourism and Events at Townsville Enterprise, Bridget is responsible for leading a team to increase visitor expenditure by promoting the Townsville North Queensland region and to key markets within Queensland, nationally and internationally. Bridget sits on the board of Dance North, is the Chair of the Queensland Regional Tourism Network, holds a position on the Management Committee of Townsville Business Women’s Circle, holds an advisory position on Friends of Museum Tropical Qld and sits on the Regional Engagement Committee for Central Queensland University. Bridget is an MBA Graduate of James Cook University.
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.
Denise Brown is Aviation Business Development Manager – Airline and Retail Management Group for Brisbane Airport Corporation. Denise has enjoyed a wonderful career in the tourism industry spanning 30 years. Most recently, Denise joined Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd (BAC) in the Airline Business Development team. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to secure new routes and new airlines for Brisbane Airport as the major gateway for the Queensland tourism industry. Increasing demand for extra capacity and frequency from existing carriers is a key focus and one of Denise's key strengths of travel distribution. Denise has held many industry facing roles during nine years at Tourism and Events Queensland, including Regional Director Gold Coast and Outback and Aviation and Cruise Director. Prior to TEQ, Denise held national sales and marketing roles with national hotel groups for 17 years. Leadership roles have been Denise’s primary focus with a strong career in building international and domestic leisure visitor numbers.Former board directorships include: ATEC National Board 1998-2004,Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame 2009-2015, and Tourism Australia international advisory group 1998-2000.
Mark is the owner of Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat. Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat is a boutique five star Montville hotel, winner of two Australian Tourism Awards and Queensland Tourism Awards Hall of Fame winner. The business enjoys a mix of domestic and international clientele. He also provides consulting services to the tourism industry through his business TripTick Tourism Consulting. Mark is the Deputy Chair of Sunshine Coast Destination Limited 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, Sunshine Coast Destination Limited 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.
Peter Savoff recently completed over 12 years as General Manager – Hotels, for the Anthony John Group, a highly successful, Queensland based property developer. During this time, Peter led the development and management of the multi-award winning Emporium Hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, with the newest flagship Emporium Hotel recently opened at South Bank in 2018. Peter has more than 25 years' experience in international hotel management, where he has worked extensively in all facets of Operations, Marketing and Business Development. His senior management experience includes many years as a Hotel GM and then as the Area Director of Marketing for InterContinental Hotels Group across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea. Before launching the Emporium Hotels Group, Peter spent 3 years as CEO of McInnes Wilson Lawyers, one of Queensland’s largest law firms, where he was responsible for growing both the business and its profitability. However, the lure to return to the hotel industry and start up a new hotel brand was a challenge too exciting to refuse! Peter launched his management career with a Bachelor of Business (Hotel Management) from Victoria University and later completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of South Australia, followed by a Master of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne. Peter has served as a Board member of Business South Bank for 7 years, the Lord Mayor’s Economic Development Steering Committee, and was on the Board of Tourism and Events Queensland for 3 years (2009-2012). Peter is a QHA Delegate to the National Accommodation Hotel Division, and has also served on the QTIC Board since 2012 and is currently Deputy Chair.
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.
Tourism Whitsundays’ CEO Craig Turner started working in hospitality in 1995, spending eight years working for Fantasea Cruises as operations manager and then as director of sales and marketing. He was also deputy chairman of the Tourism Whitsundays board at this time and, after studying marketing at Monash University, became Tourism Whitsundays’ marketing manager, in 2005. He was then Bowen Shire Council’s tourism manager, before spending two years running Airlie Cove Resort and Van Park. In 2010, Craig set up catering company Chef’s Cuisine, while continuing to run the Bowen Subway Restaurant, which he’d bought in 2003. He then built the Proserpine Subway Restaurant and bought a shopping complex in Bowen, where he set up a Red Rooster. In May 2016, Craig became CEO of Tourism Whitsundays, where he is focussed on increasing visitation, generating increased length of stay and driving visitor spend in region. Craig aims to deliver return on investment for all stakeholders, while adhering to best practice, maintaining professional standards and marketing the region to the world efficiently. His goals are to see Tourism Whitsundays become one of the leading RTOs in Queensland, create enduring commercial success for operators and ensure the environment everyone treasures is maintained.
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.