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Our board

Find out about Tourism Australia's board members and the role of the board.


Tourism Australia is governed by a Board of Directors who report to the Federal Minister for Tourism. The main role of the Board is to determine Tourism Australia policy and ensure that the organisation performs in a proper and efficient manner.

 

Anthony South, Chair

Tony South was appointed Chair of Tourism Australia in September 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant with a long career in accounting, management, property brokerage and consulting, mostly in the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors. He is a former director of Campus Living Funds Management Limited and currently on the Board of CAMS Limited (the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport), and the Advisory Board of Quest Apartment Hotels Group. Tony joined Tourism Australia’s Board in July 2014 after relocating from Singapore.

 

Andrew Fairley AM, Deputy Chair

Andrew Fairley has a distinguished association with ecotourism, conservation, parks and resort management over many years and significant international tourism experience. In addition to his Board position with Tourism Australia, Andrew is Chair of Parks Victoria. Andrew is Chairman of Equipsuper, an industry superannuation fund which manages $7.5 billion in assets for the energy and water sector. He is regarded as one of Australia's leading superannuation lawyers and practises as a solicitor with Hall & Wilcox. He is a former director of Turtle Island Fiji, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World. He has been awarded a number of prestigious accolades in the tourism sector including the 2006 Australian Travel Innovators Award from Travel + Leisure Magazine. He has a long involvement with the philanthropic sector, and is Chair of the Luke Batty Foundation and the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation. Andrew joined Tourism Australia’s board in July 2014 and remains a director.

 

Andrea Staines, Director

Ms Staines is an accomplished Non-Executive Director with experience on a range of listed, government, private and not-for-profit companies in the infrastructure, transport, logistics and retail service arenas. Ms Staines is a former CEO of Australian Airlines, a Qantas subsidiary flying between Asia and Australia, which she co-launched in 2002. This role saw Ms Staines become Australia’s first female CEO of a scheduled passenger airline. During this time, she was also a member of the Qantas Executive Committee. Prior to this Ms Staines was the first female General Manager of Global Pricing & Inventory at Qantas, where she led innovative interventions to optimise Qantas revenue. She has also held various financial roles with American Airlines at its Dallas headquarters. Ms Staines is currently on the boards of SeaLink Travel, QIC, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and Uniting Care Queensland. Ms Staines has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.Econs from the University of Queensland. Ms Staines’ extensive experience in the commercial aviation industry will bring invaluable industry knowledge and experience to the Tourism Australia Board. Ms Staines was appointed to Tourism Australia’s board in May 2016.

 

Bob East, Director

Mr East has more than 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry, currently serving as the CEO of the Mantra Group. Mr East’s experience includes serving on the boards of the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Limited, Tourism Accommodation Australia and Gold Coast Football Club. Mr East is also Chairman of Tourism Events Queensland. He has helped shape the Mantra Group into the second-largest, Australian-based hotel company, making it a leading accommodation provider within Australasia. He has extensive experience in the accommodation sector, previously holding senior management roles with the Mirvac portfolio and the Daiyko Group. Mr East was appointed to Tourism Australia’s board in May 2016.

 

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director

As Managing Director of the nation’s global tourism marketing agency, John is responsible for driving Tourism Australia’s strategies to increase demand for Australia’s tourism experiences and help to grow the sector to more than $115 billion by the end of the decade as part of the Tourism 2020 strategy.

John joined Tourism Australia in March 2014. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Fox Sports. John has also held executive positions with Events Queensland (Chief Executive) and Football Federation Australia (Chief Commercial Officer), as well as with the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee. John has over 20 years’ experience in sports marketing, event management and media across Australia, the UK and the Middle East.

 

Hayley Baillie, Director

Hayley Baillie co-founded Baillie Lodges in 2003 with a vision to develop a new Australian premium boutique portfolio of contemporary luxury lodge experiences. To date, Baillie Lodges has developed three luxury lodges in standout locations of unique natural significance; Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, Longitude 131 at Uluru Kata Tjuta and Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island. All three properties appeal to the discerning global traveller and are recognised as setting new benchmarks for experiential travel. In 2013, Hayley joined the Tourism Australia Food and Wine advisory board which was instrumental in driving the current Restaurant Australia marketing campaign. Hayley is proud to be a founding patron of the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders. Hayley was appointed to Tourism Australia's board in November 2015.

 

Anna Guillan, Director

With a respected career in tourism sales and marketing, Anna Guillan is the Australia and New Zealand Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Kerzner International, a global operator of luxury resorts. An Alumnus of the year, and with an MBA in Tourism & Hotel Management, Anna served as Vice Chair of the Australian Tourism Export Council and was acknowledged with their Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award in 2013. Anna currently serves on the board of Tourism and Events Queensland, and is also a Non-Executive Director of aeromedical retrieval service CareFlight and Co-Founder and Director of cancer support group, The NELUNE Foundation.

 

Kate Vale, Director

Kate Vale has had a distinguished career in the technology and digital industries, with almost two decades experience across major digital brands, including her current position as Managing Director of Spotify Australia and New Zealand. Formerly, Kate was Head of YouTube Australia and New Zealand, as well as the first in-region employee for Google as the Head of Sales and Operations Australia and New Zealand. She has strong business expertise, having co-founded and directed Loopster Media in 2010. Kate is currently a Director of Tourism Tasmania, and a former Council Member of Make-A-Wish Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University. Kate was appointed to Tourism Australia’s board in November 2015 and remains a director.

 

Francis Wong OAM, Director

Francis Wong OAM is the Managing Director of Encounter Australia Pty Ltd. He has been a champion of Asian-Australian tourism engagement for more than 30 years and has held a number of industry leadership roles including Chair of the Australian Tourism Export Council’s Asian Advisory Panel. In 2014, he received ATEC’s inaugural Captain Trevor Haworth Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Tourism. On Australia Day 2014, he received the Order of Australia for his services to business and community and was also awarded South Australia’s Most Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Tourism. Francis sits on a number of industry and not-for-profit boards including his role as Chair of the Council for International Trade and Commerce SA. Francis was appointed to Tourism Australia’s board in October 2015 and remains a director.