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Tourism Whitsundays is governed by an Executive Board, consisting of a maximum of 11 directors - 7 elected directors and up to 4 invited directors, representing Island Resorts, Accommodation, Marine, Youth and Tourism Transport sectors, Tourism & Events Queensland, Whitsunday Regional Council, Bowen Tourism & Business and selected invitees.

The current Board members are listed below:

 

 

Chair: Shaun Cawood - Cruise Whitsundays

 
Shaun Cawood

Shaun Cawood has over 20 years senior hospitality and tourism leadership experience across a diverse range of operations including large luxury resorts and hotels, boutique resorts and large cruise ship companies. Shaun’s global career experience includes roles in Fiji, New Zealand, U.S, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean and South Africa.

Currently the General Manager of Cruise Whitsundays, Shaun is responsible for daily management of the diverse marine tourism business.

Shaun has an invested interest in ensuring Whitsunday tourism growth for all businesses and ensuring the region continues to develop and thrive. He is passionate about the Whitsundays with a keen focus for the region to remain innovative and continue to evolve as a world-class tourism destination. 

Shaun’s extensive experience and dealings in major tourism competitor locations to the Whitsundays region such as Fiji and Queenstown, New Zealand ensure he will bring a new perspective from operating in these successful destinations and will ensure a valuable contribution to the Board of Tourism Whitsundays.

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Deputy Chair: Craig Turner

 

 
Craig Turner

Craig Turner has worked in the Tourism Industry for 25 years and has a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities which are present in the Whitsundays. Having held many senior roles across the tourism landscape positions Craig will contribute to the strategic direction of Tourism Whitsundays.

A summary of the positions Craig has held follows:

Current Position: Manager, Marketing and Development – Whitsunday Coast Airport

Previous Positions:

CEO, Tourism Whitsundays | Executive Director, Tourism Whitsundays | Director of Sales and Marketing Fantasea Cruises | Marketing Manager, Tourism Whitsundays | Tourism Manager, Bowen Shire Council | General Manager, Big 4 Airlie Cove Resort

Previous Board Appointments:

Deputy Chair, Tourism Whitsundays | Regional Tourism Organisation’s, Qld Tourism Industry Council Board Representative | Association of Australian Convention Bureau, Board Member | Tourism Bowen, Board Member | Vice President, SKAL Whitsundays | Tourism Queensland, New Zealand Market Advisory Board Member | Bowen Flexi Care Inc, Board Member

Craig has over the past 25 years developed a large industry network which allows for strong advocacy within the broader tourism industry, and at regional, state and federal government levels. If elected to the Board of Tourism Whitsundays, Craig will commit his experience and knowledge for the benefit of all members.

 
 

 

Secretary: Andrew Telford - Macrossan & Amiet Solicitors

 
Andrew Telford

Andrew Telford is the resident Whitsunday director of local law firm, Macrossan & Amiet Solicitors.  Andrew is from a cane farming family and was born and raised in Proserpine. He practised law in Proserpine for many years and has since 2000 had an office in Airlie Beach.

Andrew was admitted as a solicitor in 1991 and has had extensive experience in general practice including general litigation and criminal law. The property boom in the Whitsunday area has caused Andrew to concentrate his practice in commercial areas and in particular property and development. Andrew is married to Rachelle and he has two sons being Jack born in 2005 and Mitchell born in 2007, and one daughter Abby born in 2009.

Andrew is also a committee member of the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce, a founding director of the local Bendigo Community Bank and a trustee of the Macrossan & Amiet Charitable Foundation.

 
 

 

Treasurer: Trevor Rees - Whitsunday Escape

 
 Trevor Rees

Trevor arrived by boat with a young family in 1988. Over the last 29 years he has worked in the marine tourism industry. 17 years ago he was appointed managing director and became part owner of Whitsunday Escape. That business is now one of the premier charter companies in Australia with a fleet of over 40 boats. Trevor has been actively involved with many tourism and community groups over the years, current roles include a member of the Whitsunday Local Marine Advisory Committee, President of the Whitsunday Bareboat Operators Association (WBOA) and a board member of Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO).

Previous high profile roles include an interim board member TW and while in the capacity as Chairman of Whitsunday Marketing Development he helped negotiate the split to create the present Tourism Whitsundays. Past business highlights over the years include the winning of multiple tourism awards including the Whitsunday Hall of fame in 2015 and the Australian Tourism Award in 2014. With his own business on an even keel  he has time and energy to give something back to the Whitsundays region which has given him so much. 

 
 

 

Mayor Andrew Willcox - Whitsunday Regional Council

 
Mayor Andrew Willcox

Andrew Willcox was sworn in as the third Mayor of Whitsunday Regional Council on Monday, 4 April 2016.

Born and raised in Bowen, Andrew owned and managed a tomato farm and business before entering local government.  Andrew and his wife Raylene live at Queens Beach, where they have raised their three children.

Andrew was first elected to Council in 2012 as Councillor Division 6, representing the communities of Bowen, Queens Beach, Merinda, Cape Upstart and Guthalungra.

During the 2012-16 term of Council, Andrew held the role of Deputy Mayor from 2013 to 2016 and served on the Audit Committee, Rural Fires Finance Committee, Workplace Health & Safety Committee and the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group.  Andrew also represented Council on several community and business organisations, including Bowen Collinsville Enterprise, North Queensland Bulk Ports' Bowen Wharf Working Group and the Bowen Development and Information Strategy Group.

Andrew is a strong advocate for the Whitsunday Region and is committed to leading a united, cooperative and inclusive local government.

His priorities include supporting economic development and job creation opportunities, delivering the vital infrastructure required to support the region's growing population, and engaging the community to better inform Council's decision making.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys fishing, snow skiing and spending time with his family.

 
 Brett Kapernick

 

Brett Kapernick - Queensland Tourism Industry Council

Brett is the Deputy CEO for Queensland’s peak tourism industry body – QTIC. Joining QTIC in July 2015, Brett has helped drive partnerships for the organisation which now has more than 3000 members.

Brett has significant C-Suite experience and has held senior executive leadership roles over the past 20 years. With strong practical experience in strategic and operational planning, business growth and leadership of large scale transformational change, Brett has a proven record having managed and led large and complex organisations across a diverse range of industry sectors including education, travel and tourism.

Prior to joining QTIC, Brett served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director at the Southbank Institute of Technology. Southbank Institute was established as a Statutory Authority in 2008 and was the first public private partnership in Queensland. Previously he held an executive leadership role within Qantas Airways Ltd.

Brett has and continues to hold roles on a range of state and national advisory committees, boards, and working parties. Currently, Brett represents QTIC on a range of tourism related advisory committees including education & training, digital economy and climate adaption to name a few.

He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and holds qualifications in business with post graduate qualifications in business administration and leadership from the University of Queensland and Mt Eliza Business School.

 
 

 

Glenn Bourke - Hamilton Island Enterprise

 
 Glenn Bourke

Glenn Bourke is the CEO of Hamilton Island and has overseen developments on the Island including Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Hamilton Island Golf Club. Additionally, Glenn led the recovery effort of Hamilton Island in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, ensuring that the Island was able to open within 10 days and that all 1,200 staff remained employed. 
Prior to his role as CEO of Hamilton Island, Glenn worked as Chief Executive of the Volvo Ocean Race and as the Precinct Manager for Sydney East during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In this role, he was responsible for planning, construction and financial control for all Sydney East projects. 

As CEO of Hamilton Island and a past board member of Tourism Whitsundays, Glenn has actively engaged with industry stakeholders and government leaders to profile the Whitsundays. 

Glenn is an Olympic sailor, published author of “Championship Laser Racing” and believes the Whitsundays offers some of the best sailing conditions in the world. 
As a passionate resident of the Whitsundays for 11 years, Glenn is committed to the advancement of the region on a national and international level. 

 

 

 

Jenn Honnery - Bowen Tourism and Business

 
 Jenn Honnery

Jenn Honnery is the Chair for Bowen Tourism and Business, a local tourism organisation with over 200 members. Bowen Tourism and Business operates the Visitor Information Centre at the Big Mango and Visitor Booth on Bowen’s front beach. The organisation showcases its members and the Whitsundays region through visitor services at the Information Centres and through destination marketing in conjunction with Tourism Whitsundays.


Jenn moved to Bowen with her family 11 years ago and has a great passion for the seaside town, beautiful beaches and fringing reef. She has spent over 15 years working in communication design and marketing, with a focus on small tourism business and community projects. Jenn also owns and manages Queensland’s largest certified organic mango orchard, Organic Pride, and is excited about the bright future for agri-tourism within our region.

 



 

Judy Porter - Shiift

 

 Judy-Porter

Judy Porter has been a 25 yr long-time local working in the Tourism, Mining Recruitment, Training, and Coaching sectors. Judy was Caretaker CEO when Tourism Whitsundays (formerly WMDL) was deregulated; playing a key role in splitting the WMDL entity into Tourism Whitsundays and Whitsunday Economic Development. Judy’s company, Shiift, provides Leadership Development coaching, programs and workshops to local, regional, and state-wide small to medium businesses; she is passionate about empowering people to reach greater potentials.

Judy has combined 15 years as a Director / Owner of the Reserve Group (employing 70-250 employees) with 4 years of Behavioural Psychology to bring a broad strength of knowledge to any position of responsibility she undertakes. Current and previous positions of responsibility include: Secretary of Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce (3 yrs), Chairperson of Whitsunday Crisis & Counselling Service (2 yrs), member of Women In Business.

 



 

Julie Telford - Red Cat Adventures 

 
 Allen Grundy

Airlie Beach has been home since arriving as a backpacker in 2004.  Julies and her husband, Asher found Airlie to be an ideal place to raise their three children.    

Red Cat Adventures was born in 2011 when they purchased our first tourism vessel.  Over the past 9 years they have created a successful and dynamic business employing awesome and talented locals.   Julie and Asher also operate and manage Paradise Cove, an exclusive boutique resort in Woodwark Bay. Together they continue to invest in the town (even during COVID-19) and recently purchased Wisdom Café in Airlie Beach. 

Julie attributes her success to regular acknowledgment by their industry peers and in 2018 and 2019, where they were delighted to win consecutive Gold at the Australian Tourism Awards. 

Julie loves showcasing The Whitsundays and was honoured to represent their products and region during Tourism Australia’s Youth and Adventure Roadshow and Queensland on Tour in UK & Europe (2019).

Julie believes her strategic thinking, energy and drive, passion for the region, together with her extensive experience in media, journalism and marketing, will be an asset to the Tourism Whitsundays Board

 
 

 

Matt Boileau - Hamilton Island Enterprises 

 
 Matt Boileau

With 30yrs experience in the hospitality industry, the majority of which has been in regional resort management, I can bring many ideas and lessons gained from years of working and operating leisure hotels in remote locations. I have been based in the Whitsundays for the last 20yrs and now call it home, living on Hamilton Island with my wife and our two children. I have managed all hotels on the island and am currently the General Manager of the Reef View Hotel (5 years) and just recently acquired Conventions as part of my remit.  Being the two juggernauts of the island in terms of occupancy requirements, these two entities are sensitive to macro and micro economic and tourism trends and as such I work very closely with the Sales and Marketing team to fill the hotel and our conference venues 365 days per year.

During my time in the Whitsundays I’ve built good relationships with many local operators and believe that I have a sound understanding of the challenges across all businesses. I’d like to be more involved in the mechanics of how we utilise our many assets and resources for the betterment of our community as well as explore what more can be achieved through our collective efforts to improve visitation to the Whitsundays. 

 
 

 

Toni Ward - Whitsunday Jetski Tours

 
 Toni Ward

Toni Ward is a long-term Whitsunday resident who has owned and operated several successful Whitsunday tourism and local businesses since 1991.  Along with her husband, Steve, they established and developed Daydream Island Watersports before launching multi award winning Whitsunday Jetski Tours in 2010, which operates four daily adventure tours from Airlie Beach.

Toni’s success in business comes from her passion for the Whitsunday tourism industry, along with her skills in working within all areas of the daily operations, particularly marketing, administration, finance and product development, all of which ensure Toni is a valuable contributor as a Tourism Whitsundays board member. 

 
 
 
 
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