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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.
Michael Issenberg is currently the Chairman of Tourism Australia, the Government agency responsible for promoting Australia as a business and leisure travel destination, a Director of TFE Hotels and a Director of the Star Entertainment Group, one of the leading Casino and Integrated Resort operators in Australia.
Michael is one of the most respected leaders in tourism and hospitality, with a reputation for operational excellence and the highest integrity.
Jeffrey Ellison AM
Jeffrey Ellison is the Chairman of the Kelsian Group Limited. Prior to this (until January 2020) he was the CEO and MD of the SeaLink Travel Group (now part of the Kelsian Group), a position he held since early 1997.
Jeff is a Chartered Accountant, joining SeaLink following eight years in private practice. Kelsian Group is an ASX 200 listed company and operates in the tourism and transport industries. As of June 2021, Kelsian transports over 207 million customers per annum, with operations in all states of Australia, in Singapore and London.
As the Managing Director Phillipa is responsible for driving Tourism Australia’s strategies to create sustainable international demand for Australia’s tourism experiences and working with the tourism industry to support the sector’s recovery from the impacts of the events of 2020.
Phillipa first joined Tourism Australia in February 2017 as Executive General Manager International, to lead the organisation’s international operations for Asia, the Americas, Europe and New Zealand as well as Global Distribution and Partnerships.
Annabel Dolphin is currently Executive Director of award-winning regional travel agency Helloworld Mackay, Mt Pleasant and Townsville. She is an experienced non-executive director with over 20 years specialising in strategic human resources, organisational design, and culture change across a diverse range of sectors, including travel and tourism.
Annabel has a passion for the not-for-profit and mutual sector and is currently President of the Saints Netball Club Mackay Inc, and Director of RACQ Group Ltd including its subsidiaries.
Ian Horne is a leading advocate for the hotel, hospitality, and tourism industry, having been the CEO of the Australian Hotels Association (SA) on two occasions for a total of thirty-one years. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Adelaide University and completed an Executive Education program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
John Hart, OAM
John Hart is currently the Executive Chair for the Australian Chamber – Tourism, the peak national body of tourism organisations in Australia. John has spent over 30 years working in the tourism and hospitality industry in operational, human resources and industrial relations roles. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in business law and a Master of Business Law and was awarded an Order of Australia medal for services to tourism in 2021.
Penny is Chair of the Herald & Weekly Times and News Corp Australia’s Community Ambassador.
Penny is Chair of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, Deputy Chair of The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Chair of The National Portrait Gallery, and Board Member of Tech Mahindra. She is also on the Advisory Boards of Visy and the St George Foundation.
Georgina is an Executive who has extensive and diverse experience in the corporate sector with a focus on governance, government, business, and the performing arts. As Deputy Chair of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee, Board Trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Chair of the Queensland Arts Ministers’ First Nations Arts and Cultures Panel, Georgina brings first-hand professional experience. A strategic leader, Georgina’s two-world view underpins her success in Executive, Board Member and Advisor appointments.
Linda is a Non-Executive Director with more than 25 years’ experience. She is currently the chair of Carers WA, and on the boards Carers Australia and Tennis West; and most recently she was on the boards of Tourism WA and Venues West. Her previous board experience includes the Committee for Perth, the State Library of WA Foundation (chair), Rally Australia and Football West.