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

Di Bain – Chair

Chairman Nathan Harding

Di Bain is a marketing and communications professional with more than two decades experience in the sector. Ms Bain holds a number of non-executive board roles in both Government and non-profit sectors and is a Councillor at the City of Perth. Following on from a decade long career with the ABC, Ms Bain moved into the commercial sphere founding media and marketing agency Bain Media. The full service firm focussed on developing creative marketing campaigns and provided strategic media advice for a range of businesses from mining to tourism and cyber-security.

Manny Papadoulis - Deputy Chair

Manny Papadoulis - Deputy Chairman

Manny Papadoulis has served on the board since July 2017. He is the current Chair of Australia’s Coral Coast regional tourism organisation and the current Executive Director of Icon Tourism Consulting, which specialises in strategic tourism management. Mr Papadoulis is the past President of the Tourism Council WA, and 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. Mr Papadoulis’ current term commenced on July 1, 2021.

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown joined Perth Airport as Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. He has been involved in operational and commercial roles in both hub and regional airports for more than 15 years. Before joining Perth Airport, Kevin held the position of North Queensland Airports Chief Executive Officer. Kevin also spent nine years with the British Airport Authority and was Managing Director at Edinburgh International Airport. In 2017, he was appointed to the Tourism Western Australia Board. Kevin is also a Board Member for AIMWA and a Council Member for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Western Australia and Freight and Logistics Council of WA.

Anneke Brown

Valerie Davies

Anneke Brown has 25 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, focused on the global luxury hotel industry. Until recently, Ms Brown was the General Manager of the multi-award-winning COMO The Treasury hotel and has held senior positions with Aman Resorts International and the iconic Longitude 131 resort at Uluru.  She is the current Deputy Chair of Women in Tourism & Hospitality WA (WITH WA).  Ms Brown’s term commenced on July 1, 2021.

Kia Dowell

Kia Dowell

Kia is an MBA graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Business. She is the current head of Strategy and Innovation at Indigenous Business Australia, which is the lead Commonwealth agency for Aboriginal economic development. Her work history includes roles as a Senior Advisor implementing Native Title Agreements in the East Kimberley and Pilbara regions of WA. Ms Dowell joined the board on April 1, 2018 and her current term commenced on April 1, 2019.

Janelle Marr

Karen Priest

Janelle Marr has been involved in corporate strategy for over 25 years, spanning foresight, planning, sustainability and business transformation across Asia, Europe and Australia. For the last 14 years she has been the Managing Director of StepBeyond Strategy. She has extensive experience across WA’s business, government, and community sectors, is a Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Fellow Governance Institute of Australia. She currently serves as Councillor of Charles Darwin University and former roles include Councillor Edith Cowan University, Chair Screenwest and Deputy Chair Ability WA. Ms Marr’s term commenced on July 1, 2021. 

Last Reviewed: 2021-08-25