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Chief Executive Officer - Rebecca Brown

Rebecca commenced as Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) in September 2018. In this role, she is also Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Western Australia.  Rebecca has overseen significant changes across JTSI to position the agency as critical to advancing the State Government's key policy agendas, including growing local jobs, diversifying the State's industry base and export potential and continuing to leverage the broader research, science and innovation community to advance outcomes for Western Australia. She was appointed Acting Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet from March 2020 to May 2021 to support the State Government's early response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rebecca returned to her role as Director General of JTSI in June 2021. She has worked across both Federal and State government agencies in a range of senior roles across revenue and economic policy, social policy, resourcing and performance. Rebecca has held senior positions at both WA Treasury and the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet, where she oversaw key reforms between the public and non-profit community sectors. 

Managing Director - Carolyn Turnbull

Carolyn Turnbull is the Managing Director at Tourism WA and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency including the promotion of WA as an incredible tourism destination, working with industry and government to improve access, accommodation and tourism experiences and delivering a world-class events calendar. Carolyn has more than 20 years of international leadership experience in the tourism, hospitality and aviation industry and most recently, she spearheaded the development of the western gateway as Chief Aviation Development Officer at Perth Airport. Carolyn is a graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration Advanced Management Programme and holds an Executive MBA in Hospitality Management through Nanyang Business School, Singapore. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Executive Director - Events - Anna Last

Anna leads the Tourism WA Events Division, which develops, sponsors, markets and promotes a diverse calendar of sporting, cultural, arts and culinary events that showcase Western Australia and give visitors a time-specific reason to visit the State. This includes support for major and regional events through the Tourism WA Major Events fund, Regional Events Program and Regional Events Scheme. Anna joined Tourism WA in 2021, with over a decade of experience in partnerships, media and communications having worked internationally in London, Melbourne and Perth. Most recently, Anna managed the Corporate Partnerships team at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. 

A/Executive Director - Marketing - Melissa Forbes

Melissa and her team focus on implementing our marketing strategy in Australia and our key international markets, leading the WA tourism brand strategy and the development and implementation of destination marketing campaigns.  The division oversees trade partnerships, media buying, brand and creative, digital platforms, data strategy, social content, public relations, famils and management of the 11 global marketing offices.  Melissa has nearly 20 years of brand and marketing experience, leading teams across the government, hospitality and travel sectors, including destination marketing projects at the City of Perth, and public relations at Voyages Hotels and Resorts, based at Ayers Rock.  

Executive Director - Destination Development - Renata Lowe

Renata leads the Destination Development Division, which focuses on the supply-side of tourism, working with the public and private sectors to encourage the development of incredible tourism experiences and destinations that create memorable holidays.  The division is responsible for Aboriginal tourism, workforce development, cruise tourism attraction, policy and planning, destination development and includes a case management team to help significant private sector developments navigate planning approvals. Renata has around 30 years' experience in the tourism industry working in  visitor servicing, marketing and destination development.  She is a past CEO of Australia’s Golden Outback regional tourism organisation, interim CEO of the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council, and was a Tourism Policy Advisor for former State Tourism Ministers. She joined Tourism WA in 2009.

Executive Director - Corporate Services - David Lowe

David leads the Corporate Services team which supports the agency by providing financial services, risk management, human resources management, information management, ICT and procurement/contract services. David has worked in the WA Public Sector for more than 30 years. His career spans roles at Water Corporation, Family and Children's Services, MetroBus and the Public Service Commission.  In 2019, David accepted an expanded role providing corporate services to the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. David joined Tourism WA in 2001.

A/Director - Aviation Development and Policy - Ellis Taylor

Ellis leads the Aviation team, which engages with airlines from around the world to secure and grow air services to Western Australia, and provides affordable airfares on intrastate leisure air routes. He started his career in the aviation industry in 2007 with Jetstar Airways, and later spent over a decade as a reporter and editor for aviation trade publications including Australian Aviation, FlightGlobal and Cirium. Ellis first joined Tourism WA’s Aviation team in 2019 and later worked in air services policy at the Department of Transport, before returning to Tourism WA in June 2022.  

A/Manager - Office of the Managing Director - Ian Johnson

Ian leads the Office of the Managing Director, which incorporates the wider Executive Services team and provides support to the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Management Team.  The Office is responsible for Ministerial liaison, insights, partnerships and stakeholder engagement, corporate hospitality and leads the development of the agency's corporate and operational plans.  Ian has worked in the WA Public Sector for more than 40 years, mostly at Tourism WA in a variety of roles ranging from Public Relations to Marketing, Product and Regional Development, and Executive Services.  Ian also managed the agency's east coast sales team and coordinated the annual Sir David Brand Awards for several years.  From 2010 until late 2021, Ian was on secondment as a policy adviser to successive Tourism Ministers.

Chief Financial Officer - Renato Sansalone 

Renato is responsible for our financial and accounting services and ensuring the agency's compliance with financial matters. Renato has more than 25 years' experience working in finance-related positions within the WA Public Sector. Previous agencies include the Department of Culture and the Arts, where he held Chief Financial Officer roles at the Art Gallery of WA and the WA Museum, the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, and the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. Renato joined Tourism WA in 2012 and is also currently the Chief Finance Officer for the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and the Anzac Day Trust.


Last Reviewed: 2022-10-07