• Headshot of Amy Gash.

    Amy Gash

    General Manager Brand and Strategy at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

    Amy was awarded the 2022 Young Achiever Award for outstanding contribution to the Queensland Tourism Industry.

  • Headshot of Andrew Hopper.

    Andrew Hopper

    Director-General at Department of Tourism and Sport

    Andrew has an extensive background leading high-performing teams in Australia's tourism, major events, entertainment, sport and cultural industries and internationally to drive visitation and investment.

  • Headshot of Andrew Mahon.

    Andrew Mahon

    Deputy Director-General (Policy, Planning and Investment), Transport and Main Roads

    Andrew sets the future direction of the transport system in Queensland creating and shaping key strategies, policies and plans for an integrated transport system that supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, while driving value for the community and delivering on decarbonisation outcomes.

  • Headshot of Ben Klaassen.

    Ben Klaassen

    Deputy Director-General, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships

    Ben leads the management of Queensland’s parks and forests, including partnerships with First Nations peoples to protect cultural values, support sustainable land use and provide nature-based recreation and ecotourism opportunities.

  • Headshot of Cameron Costello.

    Cameron Costello

    Deputy Chair Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), QTIC Indigenous Working Group and Traditional Owner

    For over 15 years, Cameron has delivered First Nations policies and programs in local and state governments, including the Backing Indigenous Arts Program and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

  • Headshot of David Neal.

    David Neal

    Co-owner of Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach

    Opening Mitchell Grass Retreat, a luxury glamping retreat, was a dream in the making for David and partner Tanya.

  • Headshot of Dominique Lamb.

    Dominique Lamb

    Queensland Small Business Commissioner

    Dominique Lamb is an experienced stakeholder advocate. Previously, as CEO of the National Retail Association (NRA), Dominique advocated on all areas of policy at a federal and state government level.

  • Photo of Dylan Alcott AO smiling.

    Dylan Alcott AO

    Founder of the Dylan Alcott Foundation

    Former Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott AO, is one of the country’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians.

  • Headshot of Geoff Meyer.

    Geoff Meyer

    Managing Director IRONMAN Group Oceania

    After competing in his first triathlon event in 1986, Geoff Meyer caught the thrill of the ‘events world’ and has had some level of involvement since.

  • Portrait of Greg McKinnon.

    Greg McKinnon

    Owner of BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

    Greg is a second-generation caravan park owner of BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, purchased by the McKinnon Family 30 years ago.

  • Headshot of Kirsten Herring.

    Kirsten Herring

    Deputy Director-General, Arts Queensland

    Kirsten oversees the Department’s investment and policy activities in the arts

  • Headshot of Jillian Whiting.

    Jillian Whiting

    Director – Media Potential

    Jillian is a familiar face on Queensland television – with over 25 years' experience as a journalist, newsreader and TV presenter with the Seven and Nine networks.

  • Headshot of Justin McGowan.

    Justin McGowan

    CEO Trade and Investment Queensland

    Justin led the Capability Taskforce, improving Australia’s Foreign and Trade capabilities and was Australia’s Commissioner General to the World Expo in Dubai from 2017 to 2021.

  • Portrait of Lauren Horner smiling.

    Lauren Horner

    Community and Partnerships Manager at Village Roadshow

    Lauren Horner is a Gold Coast-born tourism professional with more than two decades of experience in the industry, both domestically and internationally.

  • Headshot of Mark Olsen.

    Mark Olsen

    CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ)

    Mark is the CEO of Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ), the Destination Management Organisation for the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforests.

  • Portrait of Matthew May smiling.

    Matthew May

    Operations Manager at Paradise Resort Gold Coast

    Matt's passion lies in creating transformational travel opportunities for families in which they can form lasting family memories and deepen family bonds.

  • Headshot of Max Wise.

    Max Wise

    Deputy Director-General (Disability, Seniors and Carers), Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services

    Max Wise has worked for the Queensland Government for over 35 years, including almost 20 years in senior leadership roles.

  • Headshot of Nicki Hutley.

    Nicki Hutley


    Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist with more than 30 years' of broad-based expertise in financial and investment markets and economic consulting.

  • Headshot of Patricia OCallaghan.

    Patricia O’Callaghan

    Chief Executive Officer - Tourism and Events Queensland

    Patricia O'Callaghan is an experienced Chief Executive Officer who has held significant senior executive positions over the past 15 years and is passionate about growing companies and communities and bettering people's lives.

  • Headshot of Stephanie Agnew.

    Stephanie Agnew

    Senior Consultant, Get Skilled Access

    Stephanie is passionate about inclusion and changing dated misconceptions of disability. She has a strong focus on creating accessible travel experiences and increasing employment opportunities for people with disability.

  • Headshot of Stewart Moore.

    Stewart Moore

    Founder and CEO of EarthCheck

    Stewart Moore is the founder and CEO of EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific certification, consulting and advisory group for sustainable destinations and tourism organisations.

  • Headshot of Todd Sampson.

    Todd Sampson

    Award-winning documentary-maker, television presenter and businessperson

    Todd is an adventurer, award-winning documentary maker, television presenter and businessman. The Financial Review and News Limited ranked him as one of the most influential executives in Australia.

Last updated: 08 Dec 2023