TEQ 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.

TEQ's Board represent the organisation within the Queensland tourism industry.

About Our Board

TEQ's Board come from a range of backgrounds, which equips them to provide expert guidance to TEQ and the tourism industry. 

Mr Bob East

As Chair of TEQ, Bob East has more than 20 years' industry experience. He joined the Mantra Group in 2006 and has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since 2007. 

Bob has been responsible for the consolidation and strengthening of the Mantra Group brands and has developed the Group into one of the leading accommodation providers and marketers in Australasia. 

Bob’s enthusiastic leadership style and vision has seen Mantra Group grow from 41 properties in 2006 to more than 120 properties in 2015. He led the company to a successful ASX listing in June 2014 which culminated in its inclusion into the ASX 200 list in 2015 – its first year as a public company.

Bob holds a Master of Business Administration and currently serves as a Board Member of Tourism Australia, the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), and the Gold Coast Suns Football Club (AFL).

Shoulder shot of Julieanne Alroe, Tourism and Events Queensland Deputy Chair
Ms Julieanne Alroe
Deputy Chair

Deputy Chair Julieanne Alroe was appointed to the position of CEO and Managing Director at Brisbane Airport Corporation Limited in July 2009. Julieanne also currently holds a board position at Infrastructure Australia and Urban Futures Brisbane. She is also a Member of the Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce QLD, is a Queensland State Advisory Council Member for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and is the Inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Council. 

Prior to her appointment at BAC, 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. and Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee. She was also a Board member of Queensland Theatre Company, Australia Trade Coast Ltd. and the International Grammar School Sydney.

Julieanne has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paul Donovan
Mr Paul Donovan

Paul Donovan has been a member of the Gold Coast Tourism Board since 2005 and Chair since 2007.  

Mr Donovan is currently Executive General Manager, Business Development and Marketing, Queensland Airports Limited and was formerly Chief Operating Officer Gold Coast Airport for 10 years. Paul has also been appointed an Adjunct Professor in the Tourism Faculty at Griffith University and is currently a Board member of Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club.

Mr Donovan has held several executive appointments with airlines in Australia and New Zealand, including Qantas General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Island and Commercial Director in New Zealand/Australia for Air New Zealand before becoming General Manager Australia, along with previous senior positions at Ansett Airlines and as an alternate director at Air Pacific. 

Gary Smith
Mr Gary Smith

Gary Smith is the Non-Executive Chairman of Flight Centre Travel Group Limited, Australia's largest travel business, operating under a number of different brands in ten different geographic regions. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Michael Hill International Limited. 

He was the 2001 inaugural Chairman of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) and has been a director of the Kingfisher Bay Resort Group since its inception in 1987. 

In 1996, he formed Tourism Leisure Corporation and is currently its Managing Director. He has also served as Deputy Chair and Board Member of Ecotourism Australia.

He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has over 25 years' experience in the tourism industry in Queensland.

Judith McLean
Professor Judith McLean

Professor Judith McLean is currently Chair Arts Education (QUT Creative Industries/ Education) and Scholar-in-Residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Judith has extensive experience in the performing arts, events and education areas working as an educator, director, executive coach and company director. She has led management and executive leadership programs in corporate settings, including the health, defence, financial, media and public sectors.

Anna Guillan
Ms Anna Guillan

Anna Guillan has more than 25 years’ experience in tourism sales and marketing in hotel and resort management, brand development, operations, strategic planning, marketing, distribution and public relations. Ms Guillan is Regional Director, Sales and Marketing Australia & New Zealand of Kerzner International, and also currently serves on the Board of Tourism Australia. 

Previous experience includes being elected to the National Board of the Australian Tourism Export Council and serving as Vice Chairman from 2006 until 2010 and being a past president of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association. 

Committed to community service, Anna is Co-Founder and Director of the NELUNE Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organisation providing support and services to underprivileged cancer patients, and an independent Board Director of CareFlight, a not-for-profit organisation providing emergency rapid response and aeromedical retrieval services to the ill and injured.

Anna holds an MBA in Tourism and Hotel Management.

Ms Karen Hanna Miller

Karen Hanna Miller’s 22 year broadcast media career has seen her become a leader in television and commercial production. She has been the driving force behind some of Queensland’s favourite television shows including the Great South East, Queensland Weekender, Creek to Coast, Broncos Insider, Maroon Zone, Brisbane’s annual LIVE spectacular, Riverfire as well as countless specials and documentaries for free-to-air Networks, cable and digital.

After 11 years with the Seven Network she established her own video production company, TPD Media, which went on to become one of the most successful video content providers in Queensland. In addition to the company’s broadcast credits, they managed many event productions such as the Australia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), The Lord Mayors Business Awards, Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and the Queensland and Australian Tourism Awards, as well as one-off events like the Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit, Queensland’s successful Commonwealth Games bid and the Global Café in conjunction with the G20 Summit.

Karen now sits at the helm of Oculus Productions as Executive Producer which is part of the Cutting Edge Group and is charged with the task of delivering affordable high quality content and internal communications production for companies, high quality corporate video solutions, short-shelf-life video, event videos and online marketing content. 

Karen also sits on the boards of the Queensland Music Festival and St Joseph’s Nudgee College and previously Chaired the board of Outback Queensland Tourism Association (OQTA). She has served a judge for both Queensland and Australian Tourism Awards and was a finalist in the 2015 Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

Mr Damien Walker

Before joining the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games in February 2016, Damien was Deputy Director-General (DDG) within the Department of Housing and Public Works. Damien has been a DDG within the Queensland Government for over 5 years, holding this position in the former Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, and has been Queensland’s Deputy Coordinator General.

Before leaving Adelaide to live in Queensland, Damien held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government in infrastructure planning and delivery, investment facilitation, contract management and reform implementation. Just prior to his move, Damien led the delivery of major health infrastructure, including the $2 billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital; the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute; and the Glenside Campus Redevelopment.

Damien holds academic qualifications in public policy and planning, and has broad experience, particularly in the economic development and strategic planning arena.

James Dixon
Mr James Dixon

James Dixon co-founded Down Under Tours Australia in 1990 and has extensive industry experience and background in operations, particularly in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.