Skip to main content

​​​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 Peter PrendivilleNathan 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. Kia is passionate about working to support the growth of profitable and sustainable organisations that serve a greater social purpose with Aboriginal communities. With more than 15 years’ experience in global business and leadership practices, Kia has spent her career working with organisations in Australia and the US to build models of cultural connection that enable positive impacts within communities. Combining her experiences living in regional Australia with her international sporting career, she has worked in sports marketing and sponsorship in the US, as an Australian ambassador for the University of Texas at Else Paso, implemented Native Title Agreements in the East Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia, participated in the W20 Asia Pacific regional consultation and co-founded a strategic advisory firm serving clients across Australia. Kia's work continues in her current role focusing on designing and implementing strategies to improve the systems and policies designed to facilitate economic independence with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Her term began on April 1, 2018.

Tracey Horton

Tracey Horton AO is the Chairman for Navitas Limited and Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors National Board, a Member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel, ASIC’s Director Advisory Panel and the Council of International Education and the Chair of Council of Presbyterian Ladies’ College. 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 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 currently Chief Executive Officer of Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO), the Peel region's peak tourism body. 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, Karen has gained significant experience working for various regional, state and national destination marketing agencies including Tourism Australia, Tourism Western Australia, New Caledonia Tourism and Australia's South West. 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 Tourism Western Australia’s marketing advisory panel and has served as a Board Director of the Tourism Council Western Australia. 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.

Ian Thubron

Ian ThubronIan Thubron is Founder and Chairman of AsiaStrategies, an advisory firm for brands and companies entering the Asia Pacific region. Ian is a Non Executive Director of Good Samaritan Industries, D’Orsogna Limited and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1987, Mr Thubron began his career with J.P. Morgan in New York as a Corporate Finance Executive. He returned to London and embarked on a 25-year career in the advertising industry with some of the world's largest agencies. In London, Mr Thubron joined Saatchi & Saatchi, moving to Hong Kong in 1991. Duirng his 24 years in Asia, Ian worked in a variety of management and operating roles for Euro RSCG, M&C Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather; and from 2004 until 2015 as Executive Vice President of TBWA\Asia Pacific and President of TBWA\Greater China. Under Mr Thubron's leadership, TBWA grew dramatically across the region, expanding its services from core advertising to include digital marketing, shopper and retail marketing, PR and social media, events and brand experience. In early 2015, Mr Thubron relocated from Hong Kong to Perth and founded AsiaStrategies. Mr Thubron's term commenced on November 1, 2015.

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.

Last Reviewed: 2018-09-11