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.
Brett has had a 25-year career in the aviation industry, initially holding senior finance positions in small airlines, moving to flag carriers and culminating in conceptualising, establishing and leading, Virgin Australia for its first 10 years. The airline was and remains headquartered in Brisbane. Brett retired as its Founding Chief Executive in May of 2010. He remains a Board member of publicly listed Canadian airline, Westjet Ltd, The Australian Rugby Foundation and Auckland Airport Ltd and stepped down as Deputy Chair of Tourism Australia in June of last year. He has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his service to tourism and aviation; has been recognised as the Australian Chief Executive of the Year by the Customer Service Institute of Australia and the Outstanding Chartered Accountant in Business by the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Since departing Virgin he has established and leads an investment fund that focuses on software start-ups along with a portfolio of tourism assets including Queensland’s Makepeace Island, in partnership with Sir Richard Branson and a portfolio of hotels, lodges and historic properties in Tasmania and Victoria. His direct ownership interests include the Tasmanian Walking Company, which is the only operator entrusted to date to build and operate its own lodges in Australia’s National Parks / World Heritage Areas offering multi day guided walking journeys to connect them. He is currently developing two new trekking lodges in the Three Capes National Park, in south-east Tasmania.
CEO and Managing Director
Brisbane Airport Corporation
Julieanne Alroe has been at the helm of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) since 1 July 2009. With more than 30 years in the aviation industry, she is one of only a handful of women in the world to run a privatised airport. In addition to this role, Julieanne currently holds board positions with Tourism and Events Queensland (Deputy Chair), Infrastructure Australia Board 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), is the Inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Council and a member of the Brisbane Infrastructure Council (BIC).
Ms Alroe has extensive experience in commercial airport management and operations, infrastructure management, business and airport planning, corporate affairs, airport scheduling and slot management, security, passenger facilitation, terminal management and airport IT systems.
As CEO and Managing Director she oversees BAC’s four primary business units: Aeronautical, Retail, Property and Car Parking. She also manages a lease area of 2,700 hectares, the largest site of any major capital city airport.
Prior to joining BAC she worked at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport for over 25 years in various senior management and operational roles including General Manager Infrastructure and Planning for the Sydney Airports Corporation Ltd, responsible for planning, construction, procurement and facilities management at Sydney Airport. Previous board appointments include the position of chairman of Airports Coordination Australia Ltd, International Grammar School in Sydney, Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee, Australia Trade Coast Ltd and The Queensland Theatre Company.
Co-Managing Director and Founder
Down Under Tours Australia
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.
James currently serves as President of the Far North Queensland Tour Operators Association, is a Board Member of Cairns Access Community Housing, and Committee Member of Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)’s Transformation Consultative Committee. James is also a Committee Member of the Alliance for Sustainable Tourism. He is an honorary life member of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, where he was formerly Deputy Chair.
James was formerly a Board member of Australian Tourism Export Council, and Advance Cairns.
Executive General Manager Business Development and Marketing
Queensland Airports Limited
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 Chairman of Canford Group Advisory Committee and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Tourism Faculty at Griffith University and Patron 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.
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.
In June 2017, Anna was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as a Member in the General Division for significant service to the Australian tourism industry, and to the community through support for social welfare and health organisations.
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.
Judith is Lead Facilitator for the Australia Council Arts leaders’ program, and she also delivers corporate leadership programs for the Queensland Ambulance Service.
Judith has extensive experience in the performing arts, events and education areas working as an educator, director, executive coach and company director. Over the past 20 years she has led management and executive leadership programs in corporate settings, including the health, defence, finance, media and public sectors.
Tourism Leisure Corporation
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.
Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
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 five 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.