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New Tourism Australia Board appointments

18 November 2015

New appointments to the Tourism Australia Board of Directors were announced last week by Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP and Minister for Tourism and International Education Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck.

Hayley Baillie, Kate Vale and Francis Wong OAM (pictured left to right) have joined the Tourism Australia Board for a period of three years and current Director Brett Godfrey will step into the Deputy Chair position.

Senator Colbeck said the new members will bring substantial experience and expertise to the Board across marketing, business, technology and corporate governance.

Mr Brett Godfrey was appointed as a director of the Tourism Australia Board in 2010, with his membership renewed in July 2013. Mr Godfrey was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Australia and has a focus on establishing start-up businesses including a strong emphasis on Australian tourism investments.

Ms Hayley Baillie co-founded Baillie Lodges in 2003 with her partner James Baillie. To date, Baillie Lodges has developed three luxury lodges, which have received a number of high profile travel awards.

Ms Kate Vale has had a distinguished career in the technology and digital industries, with more than 17 years' experience across major digital brands, including her current position as Managing Director of Spotify Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Francis Wong OAM boasts a wealth of experience marketing Australia as a tourism and business destination, with a particular focus on Asian inbound tourism. Mr Wong is the founder and Managing Director of Encounter Australia Pty Ltd., one of Australia's leading inbound tourism companies.

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) welcomed the announcement. “It is fantastic to see the calibre of the new board members appointed, all of who will bring significant expertise and experience to the table,” ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said.

View biographies of the Directors on Tourism Australia’s Board.