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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 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, 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.

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 July 1, 2017. 

Kevin Brown 

Kevin Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Perth Airport Pty Ltd, the operator of Perth Airport. He has been involved in operational and commercial roles in both hub and regional airports for more than 13 years in the United Kingdom and Australia. Prior to joining Perth Airport in July 2016, Kevin held the position of Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Airports which operates the Cairns and Mackay airports, where he was responsible for implementing a growth strategy for both airports. He also spent nine years with the British Airport Authority, and was Managing Director at Edinburgh International Airport.  Kevin holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Science and is a Chartered Engineer. Mr Brown's term commenced on July 1, 2017.

Valerie Davies

​​Valerie DaviesValerie Davies is the Managing Director of One.2.One Communications Pty Ltd, a consultancy specialising in issues management and corporate 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. Ms Davies is past director of a variety of organisations including 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 led by and with Aboriginal communities. Leaning on over 15 years of world-class leadership development and exposure to global business practices, Kia uses her expertise gained in Australia and the US to work with corporate companies and organisations to strategically build models of cultural connection that lead to business success and leadership development to achieve meaningful community impacts. With experiences including sports marketing in the US, working with a global mining company implementing Native Title Agreements in the East Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia, participating in the W20 Asia Pacific regional consultation and various roles on community and NFP boards, this experience saw her draw on her international business experience and leadership skill set to unpack traditional models of business and community connections to deliver a more culturally informed and led design and implementation process. Kia now works with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients across corporate, government, industry and community sectors implementing fresh, new ways to grow strong connections between corporate companies and Aboriginal groups. Kia has also spent significant time with school, community and corporate audiences in the US, Vanuatu, Turkey, Mexico and across Australia sharing her experience, culture and lessons aimed at using business and leadership to create cultural connection. Her term began April 1, 2018.

Tracey Horton

Tracey Horton 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’s term commenced November 1, 2015. She sits on both the Audit and Risk and Events committees.

Nicole Lockwood

Nicole LockwoodNicole Lockwood is the owner and principal of Lockwood Advisory, which focusses on government, regional development, infrastructure and stakeholder engagement. Ms Lockwood has a career spanning a range of fields including local government, regional economic development, law, events and corporate governance. Ms Lockwood is Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council, Chair of MNG surveying and board member of the Internet of Things Alliance. Until starting her own practice, she was a Director at KPMG, in the areas of public sector and infrastructure, and serves on the boards of Leadership Western Australia, Water Corporation and Infrastructure Australia. Ms Lockwood’s directorships have included the Regional Development Council, Pilbara Development Commission, Western Australian Planning Commission, Horizon Power, Road Freight Transport Industry Council and Shire of Roebourne, where she was president for two years. She has also worked as a lawyer in private practice, at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as Pilbara Community Legal Service’s principal solicitor. Ms Lockwood’s term began on January 1, 2015. She is chair of Tourism WA’s Destination Development Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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 has 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 the past 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.

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 also Executive Director of Titan Digital, NED of Good Samaritan Industries, a member of the Global Advisory Board of inPACT 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. Since that time he 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 November 1, 2015. He sits on both the Events and Strategic Marketing committees.

Linda Wayman

Linda Wayman was most recently General Manager of the Perth division of Southern Cross Media, ASX listed and Australia's largest broadcasting company. This position, held for 15 years, oversaw the very 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. She has also held senior executive roles with the Victorian Government as Director of Marketing and Communications for Small Business Victoria and before that as Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Housing, Planning and Infrastructure. She has substantial experience and success in leading and driving a business in a competitive and changing landscape encompassing areas as diverse as strategy, brand management, business development, marketing including digital marketing, strategic communications, risk management, compliance, HR and financial management. Ms Wayman also worked on the America's Cup for the WA Government.  Linda Wayman started her career as a journalist with West Australian Newspapers and her media background has included leadership roles in radio, newspapers and magazines. She has been awarded the Western Australian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year; been inducted in WA's Women's Hall of Fame and was Advertiser of the Year in 2012. Ms Wayman has recently been on the Board for the Committee for Perth and is currently on the Boards for Venues West and Carers WA.  She is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters Degree in Communications. Ms Wayman's term commenced on July 1, 2017.

Last Reviewed: 2018-04-04