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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 the immediate 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.  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. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, Mr Papadoulis joined 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 began on July 1, 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 15 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 (BAA), 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. Mr Brown’s term on the Tourism WA Board began on July 1, 2017.

Valerie Davies

​​Valerie DaviesValerie Davies is a company director with more than two decades’ experience across public, private and government entities. She is also a coach and advisor providing issues management and strategic communications advice. Ms Davies is a former winner of Telstra Businesswoman of the Year for Western Australia and a past vice-president of the Australian Institute of Company Directors WA Division. Currently, she serves on the Board of 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, Iluka Resources Limited, Integrated Group Limited, Gold Corporation, Amcon Solutions Group, Relationships Australia, Youth Focus and Fremantle Hospital and Health Service. Aside from her Board work, Ms Davies’ career spans more than 30 years across a spectrum of industries including media, marketing and television production.  Her term began on July 1, 2013.

Kia Dowell

Kia is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala. Combining her love for economic development, her culture and sustainable practices over the past 15 years’ Kia's focus has been on leveraging corporate, philanthropic, NGO and government sectors to deliver outcomes that support Aboriginal people, communities and organisations in achieving their aspirations. As an MBA graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Business, Kia looks for opportunities that  challenge the status quo and deliver new ways of thinking about problems. 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 Western Australia, 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 are examples of the breadth of knowledge she brings with her. Kia's work continues in her current role for the Commonwealth Government with a focus on Indigenous economic development where she designs and implements strategies that improve the systems and policies that facilitate economic independence with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her most recent and ambitious role is becoming a mum to her daughter Lila. Her term began on April 1, 2018.

Tracey Horton

Tracey Horton AO is a Director of Nearmap Limited, Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors National Board, Non-Executive Director of the GPT Group, Chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and a Member 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 Limited, SKILLED Group and Automotive Holdings Group; not-for-profit organisations Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fashion Council WA and Edge Employment Solutions; State and Federal Government organisations Australian Treasury Advisory Council (Canberra), Western Australian Museum and WA Museum Foundation, and Water Corporation; and private companies Cullen Wines and D’Orsogna Ltd.  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 November 1, 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.  Ms Priest has 30 years' experience in tourism and hospitality, having held a number of diverse senior management roles in marketing, business development and communications in Western Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.  Born in England and raised in Africa, 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.  Karen is the recipient of the 2012 Australian Hotels Association (Western Australia) Executive Level Manager Award.  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. Karen has an extensive network of contacts within tourism, media and the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas.  She is passionate about tourism marketing and is highly regarded by the industry as an expert in her field. Ms Priest's term commenced on July 1, 2017.

Linda Wayman

Linda Wayman is the Principal of Wayman Advisory which advises business and government agencies on strategic communications and marketing with a focus on Reputation and Brand building and management. As well as Tourism WA, Ms Wayman is on the Boards of VenuesWest and Carers WA. Ms Wayman’s executive career has encompassed media and marketing, corporate communications, government and tourism. Most recently she led 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 has been awarded the Western Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year, inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and was Advertiser of the Year in 2012. She is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters degree in Communications. In the past, she has been on the Boards of the Committee for Perth, the State Library Foundation (chair) and Football West. Ms Wayman’s term commenced on July 1, 2017. 

Di Bain

Headshot_Di Bain resized.jpgDi Bain is a seasoned 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 developed marketing strategies and delivered cross-platform brand campaigns for high profile clients in government, property development, cyber security and tourism. Di is the Chair of Activate Perth which champions renewal and vibrancy in the City of Perth. She is also on the Advisory Board of wellness firm Nüut. 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 West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) 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 May 14, 2019.

Last Reviewed: 2020-01-16