Tourism and Events Queensland - The Official Tourism Site for Queensland


Board, CEO and Management Team

Tourism and Events Queensland's Board members represent the interests of TEQ, a new organisation which brings together Tourism Queensland and Events Queensland. The organisation was established as a statutory body under the Tourism and Events Queensland Act 2012 and is subject to the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and the Statutory Bodies Financial Arrangements Act 1982.

About Our Board Members

Tourism and Events Queensland's Board members come from a range of backgrounds, equipping them to provide expert guidance to Queensland's tourism industry.


Mr Stephen Gregg

Stephen Gregg is currently Chair of Tourism and Events Queensland, Chair of Tropical Tourism North Queensland and a Director of National Park Limited. Mr Gregg was previously the Chair of Queensland Rail. Mr Gregg has held several senior positions in the Queensland tourism industry including CEO of North Queensland Airport Limited where he oversaw the integration and long term growth strategies of the newly privatised Cairns and Mackay Airports. Mr Gregg was previously CEO of Tourism Queensland, CEO of Dreamworld and Whitewater World theme parks on the Gold Coast and Managing Director of the Northern Territory Tourist Commission. Mr Gregg holds a Master of Business Administration at Griffith University, a Diploma from Australian Industry of Company Directors and is a Fellow.

Julieanne Alroe

Ms Julieanne Alroe
Deputy Chairman

Julieanne Alroe was appointed to the position of CEO and Managing Director at BAC in July 2009. In addition to this role, Julieanne currently holds board positions with Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd, Australia TradeCoast, Queensland Theatre Company and her most recent board position in July 2012 with Urban Futures Brisbane. Julieanne Alroe has also been reappointed Vice Chairperson on the Tourism and Events Queensland Board in August 2012. Julieanne also holds the position of Australian Business Arts Foundations Queensland Chapter Chair. Prior to this recent appointment Julieanne developed extensive experience within the aviation industry after holding a number of roles at Sydney Airport Corporation. These roles included executive management positions in the commercial, operations, corporate affairs and planning and infrastructure departments. Previous board appointments include the position of chairman of Airports Coordination Australia Ltd, Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee and International Grammar School in Sydney. Julieanne has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Alan Smith
Owner/Operator Outback Aussie Tours

Alan is a true pioneer of Outback tourism, having grown his business into a successful, highly renowned and internationally recognised operation carrying more than 2000 passengers per year. Alan’s passion for Queensland’s Outback has seen him be very proactive in the industry, acting as a role model for operators of regional tourism ventures and offers mentoring to develop their tourism business. Alan has extensive experience in the events and tourism industry including being the current President of Longreach Regional Tourism Association, President of Central West Outback Queensland Tourism Association, and previous Chairman of Savannah Guides and Director of Outback Queensland Tourism Association.


Anna Guillan
Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing Hayman and Mulpha Hotels Australia

Anna Guillan has a respected career in tourism sales and marketing which spans over 25 years with demonstrated leadership in hotel and resort management, brand development, operations, strategic planning, marketing, distribution and public relations. Anna is a past president of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association and was a Telstra Australian Business Women’s NSW Award finalist. With an MBA in Tourism and Hotel Management and an Alumnus of the year from Southern Cross University, Anna is fully committed to professionalism in the Australian tourism industry. In 2004, Anna was elected to the National Board of the Australian Tourism Export Council and served as Vice Chairman from 2006 until 2010.  Anna currently serves on a number of Advisory boards including Southern Cross University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Tourism Australia Advisory panels. Anna is also committed to community service and is Co-Founder and Director of the NELUNE Foundation, a not for profit charitable organisation providing support and services to underprivileged cancer patients, and independent Board Director of CareFlight, a not for profit organisation providing emergency rapid response and aeromedical retrieval services to the ill and injured.

Garth Prowd

Garth Prowd OAM

Garth Prowd has been involved in event management and sports marketing for almost 30 years and until recently was the owner and Managing Director of USM EVENTS. During Garths tenure as owner of USM EVENTS the company developed and managed some of Australia’s largest and best known multi-sport, triathlon, running and cycling events.  Garth is now widely recognised as one of the pioneers in the development of events based tourism in Australia. Garth has been responsible for the successful delivery of over 750 events across Australia and internationally during his career in event management and is now employed as a consultant in event management, sports marketing, events tourism and media management.  Garth has built a reputation as one of the most experienced, highly respected and knowledgeable event managers and business owners throughout the global events industry. Garth was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2004.  He also received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his services to Australian sport.


Gary Smith
Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Life Member

Gary is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has over 25 years experience in the tourism industry in Queensland, operating businesses during that period in many parts of the State. Gary is a Non-Executive Director of Flight Centre Limited, Australia's largest travel retailer employing over 12000 people globally and operating in ten countries. Gary has actively been involved, at director level, in the Kingfisher Bay Resort project since its inception in 1987. This included the full project development phase and he has, since the resort's opening in July 1992, guided the establishment of the resort as a leader in the field of ecotourism. In 1996, Gary formed Tourism Leisure Corporation and is currently its Managing Director. Gary was the inaugural Chairman of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) upon its formation in 2001 retiring from that role in 2007. He was awarded Life Membership of QTIC in 2011 for services to Queensland's Tourism industry. He has also served as Deputy Chair and Board Member of Ecotourism Australia.

Ian Gillespie

Ian Gillespie

Ian Gillespie is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited (RACQ).  He is a highly experienced corporate executive with a background in law.  He is an accomplished company director with experience in private, public and listed companies. Ian is a director of RACQ Insurance Limited and a director of the RACQ Foundation.  He is a director of Australian Motoring Services Pty Ltd (AMS) and a director of Club Assist Corporation Pty Ltd (CAC).  He is also a director of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) and a director of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS). Ian’s qualifications are BA; DipLaws (BAB); FAIM; MAICD; CCEO.  Ian received the 2008 AIM Professional Manager of the Year Award for Queensland.  He is a keen sailor and rugby union supporter.

James Corvan

James Corvan

James is one of Australia’s most experienced regional tourism practitioners having successfully marketed and developed a number of destinations across Australia.  He gained widespread tourism experience in his early days working for domestic and international airlines and in the cruise sector.  His key strengths lie in his ability to build successful partnerships across organisations and individuals in order to maximise successful outcomes with a minimum of resources. James has managed regional tourism organisations in Queensland and the Northern Territory and was a board member on the Brisbane Marketing, Sunshine Coast Tourism and Tourism Whitsundays.  He also spent ten years in executive positions at Tourism Queensland heading up the Destination Marketing and Destination Management areas. He was part of the team that developed the highly successful “Where Else but Queensland” campaign. James has also worked in private enterprise running a hotel in Outback Queensland and heading up the sales and marketing team at Dreamworld and Whitewater World.  He has been recognised for his service to regional tourism by the Australian Regional Tourism Network.


Dr Judith McLean
Adjunct Professor, Creative Industries QUT

Dr. Judith McLean has extensive experience in the Performing Arts, Education and Health sectors. Her responsibilities include: Chair Southern Cross Soloists (2010 -); Company Director, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (ASPA) (2009-); Inaugural Chair Major Brisbane Festival (2003-2007); Chair, Queensland Theatre Company (2000-2003); Chair, Queensland Minister for Justice and the Arts Cultural Advisory Council (1999-2002); Member, Theatre Board & Promoting the Value of the Arts (PVA) Strategy, Australia Council (2000-2002); Member, Steering Committee, Review of the Program of Assistance - QLD Parliamentary Inquiry (2000). Judith has recently been appointed as a Professor in a joint role shared by QUT Creative Industries and QPAC. She also works as leadership coach and consultant and has published in the areas of aesthetic education and the nature of collaboration in the development of successful teams. Her research interests include leadership and aesthetics, arts and cultural policy, neuroscience and emotionality in the corporate world. She also works with Queensland Health facilitating workshops for senior staff on strategic direction as well as teaching leadership studies (MBA, Complex Project Management, Canberra) for the Australian Defence Force.


Libby Marshall

Libby Marshall is a senior executive and recognised business leader with more than 24 years’ experience in the disciplines of marketing, communications, engagement programs (employee and stakeholder), business development, corporate and public affairs with more than 15 years’ experience managing and leading teams with more than eight years in senior project management positions. Libby’s career has included senior positions within tourism, sports marketing, heavy industry and transport. In 2010, Libby transitioned her career to organisational capability specialising in recruitment. Libby’s current role is to lead the divisions of Public Sector and Sales, Marketing and Communications for Hudson Global Resources.

Liz Ward  

Liz Ward


Liz Ward is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in digital tourism marketing and distribution, often being asked to commentate on the topic.  Liz has a strong reputation for innovative technology strategy development and successful project implementation.  Liz took up the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) in August 2004 and previously held senior management positions in Tourism Queensland for 12 years including Director of e-Marketing.  Liz has led the development of multiple iterations of ATDW’s forward business and digital strategy.  Most recently Liz has supported its shareholders through a major evolution of the business to embrace a community approach and decentralised distribution strategy that will provide further benefit to the Australian tourism industry. Liz has played a key role in the design and development of the National Online Strategy for Tourism (a Tourism 2020 initiative) and has a long list of successful digital marketing innovations and implementations to her credit.  Liz has commercial board experience having been a Director of the Queenslanders Credit Union Board since 2001 and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee since 2006.  Liz holds an Advanced Diploma in Business from University of Southern Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.


Paul Donovan

With more than 35 years’ experience in aviation and tourism, Paul has held several executive appointments with airlines in Australia and New Zealand. These roles included the NSW Regional Director for Ansett encompassing the total Revenue and Airport Operations in New South Wales; and Ansett Global Director of Sales including Hayman Island and international operations. During this time, Paul also chaired most of Ansett Airlines revenue related businesses which included Traveland and Show Travel. At Qantas, Paul was the General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands which included Noumea, Tahiti and Fiji and was an alternate Director at Air Pacific for then Managing Director James Strong. Paul joined Air New Zealand in 2001 as Commercial Director in NZ/Australia then as General Manager Australia and re-established the structure, the brand and all distribution relationships in the Australian market which were previously within the Ansett structure. In his current role with Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd, Paul is responsible for the general management of the day-to-day operations of Gold Coast Airport. Since joining the team in 2005, he has overseen several key projects for Gold Coast Airport delivering a runway extension, a $100 million terminal redevelopment, a long term car park and the 2011 airport master plan. In 2012 Paul oversaw the expansion of Tower Road which also included an increased fuel facility holding and additional apron parking. Going forward there is the implementation of the ILS (Instrument Landing System) as well as terminal and apron changes to facilitate the current growth Gold Coast Airport is experiencing. Paul is also involved in attracting and growing airline partnerships to the Airport. Paul has been a member of the Gold Coast Tourism Board for seven years and is in his sixth year as Chair.  Paul is a Director on the Tourism and Events Queensland Board. Paul is married with ten-year-old twins.

Phillip Di Bella

Phillip Di Bella

Phillip is the Founder and Managing Director of Di Bella Coffee, Australia’s largest and most awarded specialty coffee company.  In just 10 years Phillip turned minimal capital ($5,000) into a thriving enterprise and a leader in one of the most competitive and saturated environments.  The company’s growth has been impressive with recent expansion into the Asian markets; offices in India and Shanghai and more recently New Zealand. Creating a fully integrated specialty coffee company that also operates in the specialty instant and energy categories with TORQ Natural Instant Coffee and Espresso Kick a ready to drink coffee as well as introducing refillable pods to counter the pod monopoly. In 2011 Phillip was appointed Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University and awarded the University’s Outstanding Alumni of the Year. Phillip is a Director of Brisbane Marketing, Chairman of the Queen Street Mall Advisory Board, Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Richard Eden

Dr Richard Eden Director-General, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

Dr Richard Eden joined the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) at its inception, as the next step in a long and distinguished career in the public sector. He has represented the Queensland Government on a multitude of State and Australian Government boards and committees and is a sought-after public speaker. In his previous role as Associate Director-General, at the Department of Education and Training, Richard was responsible for leadership in strategic investment, business transformation and educational reform, as well as the day-to-day provision of efficient and effective operational service delivery. He is the architect of the highly-successful SmartClassroom strategy - a comprehensive vision to harness technology, and seamlessly integrate it into all aspects of education and schooling. He sees innovation through technology as one of the key foundations needed to build strength and resilience in the tourism and small business sectors. As well as being a current Tourism and Events Queensland Board member, Richard has been appointed to the Events Queensland Board and sees great opportunities through these partnerships and working with industry and small business to revitalise tourism in the State

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