29/06/2021 - 14:13

Bain appointed Tourism WA chair

29/06/2021 - 14:13

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Di Bain has been named Tourism WA chair and Anneke Brown and Janelle Marr have been appointed to the board after six members announced their resignations earlier this year.

Bain appointed Tourism WA chair
Di Bain starts her new role on July 1 2021.

Di Bain has been named Tourism WA chair and Anneke Brown and Janelle Marr have been appointed to the organisation's board after six members announced their resignations earlier this year.

Ms Bain, who has been a board member since May 2019, is a councillor at the City of Perth, a board member at Perth Zoo and the former chair of Activate Perth.

She replaces Nathan Harding, who served on the board since 2012 and chair since 2017 and is due to complete his term on June 30 2021.

Board members Tracey Horton, Karen Priest, Valerie Davies, Linda Wayman and John O'Sullivan have also resigned from the board.

Some of the vacant positions have been filled by Anneke Brown and Janelle Marr who start on the board from July 1 2021.

Ms Brown has experience in the tourism and hospitality industry and until recently was the general manager of COMO The Treasury Hotel. She has also held positions with Aman Resorts International and Longitude 131 resort at Uluru.

Ms Marr is the managing director of Step Beyond Strategy and has more than two decades of experience as a corporate strategist and adviser with companies including EY and KPMG.

Icon Tourism Consultants executive director Manny Papadoulis will continue as deputy chair and Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown’s term has also been extended.

Indigenous Business Australia executive director Kia Dowell, whose term is due to end on March 31 2022, also remains on the board.

Tourism Minister David Templeman acknowledged the contribution of former board members made to Tourism WA and the tourism industry, particularly chair Mr Harding.

Mr Templeman said he looked forward to working with the appointees and the Tourism WA team to build on the success of the past and help set the tourism industry on a positive path for the future.

The tourism body is in the process of recruiting a managing director to replace Brodie Carr who resigned from the position in September, citing family reasons.

The role, created in 2018, reports to the Tourism WA chief executive, who is also the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation director general, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation.

Tourism WA was under fire earlier this year for failing to be adequately transparent.

The organisation admitted it was disappointed with its actions after an inquiry by the auditor general found it had provided former tourism minister Paul Papalia with reports on the Hotel Perth campaign had information redacted unnecessarily.

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