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​​​Tourism WA is governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed under the Western Australian Tourism Commission Act 1983 ​and can include up to 10 members. ​The Board is responsible for the outcomes of Tourism WA; it sets the strategic direction of the agency and goals for management. 

Nathan Harding – Chairman

Chairman Nathan HardingNathan Harding is Group Managing Director of Discover Australia Holidays, one of Australia’s largest inbound travel wholesalers. Mr Harding has combined his technology, marketing and business skills to drive his family-owned company’s success over the past 20 years.  Discover Australia is a leader in digital marketing and distribution, develops its advanced travel technology in-house and incorporates the Discover West Holidays and HolidayMax brands. Mr Harding has served on the national Board of Directors of the peak industry body representing Australia’s $40 billion tourism sector, the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), and is ATEC’s immediate past national Deputy Chairman. Mr Harding has held Global Product Marketing roles at international hi-tech companies, including a major UK semiconductor manufacturer. He has an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from University College, Cardiff and post-graduate qualifications in Marketing along with postgraduate studies in Applied Finance and Investment. Mr Harding’s term on the Tourism WA Board began on July 1, 2012. He became Chairman on July 1, 2017.

Manny Papadoulis - Deputy Chairman

Manny Papadoulis is an experienced tourism operator and destination marketer who has spent most of his career in the tourism industry. He is a past President of the Tourism Council WA, a position he held for six years, as well as Chairman of Australia’s Coral Coast regional tourism organisation and Executive Director of boutique consulting firm Icon Tourism Consulting. ITC specialises in strategic tourism management. Mr Papadoulis is known for being a passionate advocate, director, advisor, mentor and consultant in the Australian tourism industry for more than 30 years. As a leader in the hospitality and tourism industries, he is well connected throughout the tourism business worlds of Australia, Europe and South-East Asia. Mr Papadoulis worked at CSR Sugar as a Marketing Executive before joining his family tourism business, Feature Tours, in 1985. Feature Tours (1973-2004) pioneered many successful tourism packages in Perth and regional WA, which are still being operated today. Mr Papadoulis has served as Deputy Chair of the Perth Convention Bureau, President of the Australian Tourism Export Council (WA), and the Bus and Coach Association of WA, and was a director of the WA Symphony Orchestra and the Hellenic Community of WA. He is also the author of the book ‘Tourism Marketing Essentials’, released in 2014.  Mr Papadoulis’ term commenced on 1 July 2017.

Kevin Brown 

Kevin Brown commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer of Perth Airport in July 2016. Mr Brown has been involved in operational and commercial roles in both hub and regional airports for more than 18 years in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining Perth Airport, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Airports, which operates Cairns and Mackay airports, where he was responsible for implementing growth strategies. Mr Brown also spent nine years with the British Airport Authority, and was Managing Director at Edinburgh International Airport. He is also a Council Member for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia and Freight and Logistics Council of WA. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also has an Honours degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, an MBA and Masters degree in eBusiness as well as being a Chartered Engineer. Mr Brown’s term commenced on 1 July 2017.

Valerie Davies

​​Valerie DaviesValerie Davies is a professional company director with broad experience across the spectrum of government Boards, public and private companies, and community organisations. She currently serves on the Boards of ASX-listed Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited (one of Australia’s premier entertainment technology, hospitality, tourism and leisure companies) and Cedar Woods Properties Limited.  Past non-executive directorships include HBF, Tourism Australia, Screenwest, Gold Corporation, Iluka Resources Limited, Integrated Group Limited, ASG, Relationships Australia, Youth Focus and Fremantle Hospital and Health Service. Aside from the boardroom Ms Davies’ career spans more than 30 years across a range of industries including media, marketing and television production.  A specialist provider of communications and strategic issues management services, she has worked at the highest level with numerous tier 1 national and international business organisations addressing the complexities of issues management, communications, coaching and mentoring. Her significant skillset of communications insight and intelligence is widely acknowledged in relation to her own independent consultancy as well as in the Boardroom of the many diverse companies in which she has been, and is, a non-executive director. Ms Davies is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year (WA) and a past Vice-President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (WA). Her term commenced on 1 July 2013.

Kia Dowell

Kia is an advocate for Indigenous and regional economic development that delivers long term, measurable and sustainable results. Over the past 15 years, Kia's focus has been on leveraging corporate, philanthropic, NGO and government sectors to deliver impacts that support Aboriginal people, regional communities and organisations in achieving their aspirations.  As an MBA graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Business, Kia looks for opportunities that leverage the assets of communities, challenge the status quo and deliver collaborative solutions. Her experiences in Australia and the US as a professional athlete, a Senior Advisor implementing Native Title Agreements in the East Kimberley and Pilbara regions of WA, a participant in the W20 Asia Pacific regional consultation group, a member of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Advisory Committee for the Australian Human Rights Commission and as Chairperson of Gelganyem Limited, represent the areas she is most passionate about. Kia works for Indigenous Business Australia, a Commonwealth Statutory entity with a focus on Indigenous economic development, self-sufficiency and financial inclusion. Her most recent and ambitious role is becoming a mum to her daughter Lila. She is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of WA. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala.  Ms Dowell’s term began on 1 April 2018. 

Tracey Horton

Tracey Horton AO is a Non-Executive Director of GPT, Nearmap and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors National Board, Chair of the Australian Industry Skills Council and an Acting President of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel. Ms Horton’s previous executive roles include the Reserve Bank of Australia and Bain & Company, with her most recent executive role as Dean of the University of Western Australia’s Business School, where she was awarded the lifetime title of Emeritus Professor. Ms Horton’s past directorships include publicly listed companies Navitas (Chair), SKILLED Group and Automotive Holdings Group; not-for-profit organisations CCI (WA) (President), Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fashion Council WA (Chair) and Edge Employment Solutions; State and Federal Government organisations Australian Treasury Advisory Council (Canberra), Council for International Education, Western Australian Museum and WA Museum Foundation (Chair), and Water Corporation (Deputy Chair); and private companies Cullen Wines and D’Orsogna Ltd (Chair).  Ms Horton was recognised for distinguished service to business and business education, and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017.  Ms Horton’s term commenced on 1 November 2015.

Karen Priest

Karen Priest is the Principal of Smart Tourism, a boutique marketing consultancy which provides strategic solutions and advice to the tourism industry.  In addition, she is Co-Director of Tourism Talent Australia, a tourism recruitment and development consultancy which operates across Australia and New Zealand. Ms Priest has over 30 years' experience in tourism and hospitality, having held several diverse senior management roles in marketing, business development and communications in Western Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. She has gained significant experience working for various regional, state and national destination marketing agencies, including Tourism Australia, Tourism Western Australia, New Caledonia Tourism, Australia's South West and Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation. She has also worked in private enterprise in hotel management roles, the wine industry and the caravan and camping sector. She has previously served on various boards and committees including the Perth Convention Bureau, the WA Branch of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Bibbulmun Track. She previously sat on the marketing advisory panel for Tourism Western Australia and has served as a Board Director of the Tourism Council Western Australia (TCWA), Western Australia's peak tourism industry body, for four years.  She has an extensive network of contacts within tourism, media and the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas.  She is passionate about tourism development and marketing and is highly regarded by the industry as an expert and leader in her field. Ms Priest's term commenced on 1 July 2017.

Linda Wayman

Linda Wayman is the Principal of Wayman Advisory which advises business and government agencies on economic development; strategic communications and stakeholder engagement; marketing with a focus on building Brands; and reputational risk and management. Ms Wayman is an experienced Non-Executive Director and is currently on the Boards of VenuesWest, Carers WA (Chair) and Carers Australia. Ms Wayman has held senior roles in both the private and public sectors and her executive career has spanned business development and management, media, corporate communications, government and tourism. Her executive roles have including heading up the Perth division of Southern Cross Austereo, Australia’s largest broadcaster where she oversaw the successful radio stations mix94.5 and hit92.9 and their digital assets. Ms Wayman was previously General Manager of Eventscorp, part of the Western Australian Tourism Commission and the WA Government’s agency which attracted and managed major events for the State. She has also held senior executive roles with the Victorian Government in corporate communications, marketing and public affairs and her media career has spanned newspapers, magazines and radio. Ms Wayman has had extensive experience and success in the commercialisation of digital disruption and transformational change of organisations, and in leading and driving a business in a competitive and changing landscape. In her diverse roles in both government and business, she has built high performance teams and fostered cultures of creativity and collaboration. As recognition of her business and leadership achievements, Ms Wayman was Western Australia’s Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2003, was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and was WA’s Advertiser of the Year in 2012. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters degree in Communications. Ms Wayman’s term commenced on 1 July 2017.

Di Bain

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Di Bain is a marketer and journalist with 20 years experience in the communications industry. Following her career with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Di established her own successful marketing agency, Bain Media. Di and her team developed marketing strategies and delivered cross-platform brand campaigns for high profile clients in government, property development, cyber security and tourism. Di is a Board Member of the Perth Zoo and she Chair's Activate Perth which champions renewal and vibrancy in the City of Perth. As a keen supporter of the Arts, Di has been a Director of Perth's contemporary dance company Co3 and her business has earned producer credits for the Australian motion picture ‘Blue Dog’ and the documentary film ‘Yagan’. She is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Di is also an aviator, holding fixed wing and helicopter pilot licences. Ms Bain's term commenced on 14 May 2019.

John O'Sullivan

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John O'Sullivan has more than 20 years of experience in senior travel, tourism, media, sport and entertainment roles. He is currently chief executive of the ASX-listed Experience Co - one of Australia's leading adventure tourism companies, and is former Managing Director of Tourism Australia where he was responsible for the commercial and strategic direction of the business. In Mr O’Sullivan’s five years at Tourism Australia, he oversaw a period of record growth in international visitor arrivals and in particular strengthened efforts in China, India and the USA. During his time, Tourism Australia’s ‘Crocodile Dundee’ campaign starring Chris Hemsworth, also put Australia front of mind for travelers worldwide when it premiered at the American Superbowl in 2018 and went on to become a viral sensation. He has held senior roles at Fox Sports Australia, Football Federation Australia and Events Queensland, and sits on the boards of Experience Co and the Super Netball competition. Mr O'Sullivan’s term began on July 1, 2020. 

Last Reviewed: 2020-07-01