The QTIC board was established in 2001 and represents a range of sectors across the Queensland tourism and hospitality industry. With diverse backgrounds, our board members are equipped to provide expert guidance to QTIC and the tourism industry.
QTIC is governed under the Corporations Act and the Corporations Regulations.
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Our Board Members
Elsa D'Alessio is the QTIC Board Chair and an experienced senior leader with significant leadership, commercial, operational and logistics experience in the aviation, tourism and transport industries with a successful track record as a business leader, and commitment to excellence. She has had a successful career at Qantas, most recently as Regional General Manager QLD / NT, Executive General Manager Commercial Qantas Regional Airlines and CEO Sunstate Airlines. With an unblemished track record and an unrelenting focus on results, Elsa was the first female and youngest CEO equivalent of a Qantas Group airline, leading one of the most profitable airlines at the time and achieving outstanding operational results. She recently was also appointed as the first female Chair of Aviation Australia and has her own Tourism and Aviation Strategy consulting business. Elsa has also held Board and Committee roles as follows - Premier of Queensland Business Advisory Council Member; Queensland Futures Institute Corporate Council Member; Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Business Advisory Council Member and Olympic Games QLD Fundraising Advisory Committee Member and Qantas Founders Museum Board Member.
Mark Evans has been in the tourism industry for 30 years. In that time he and his family have brought Paronella Park from a forgotten attraction on a back road, to Queensland’s Number 1 must-do, winning multiple awards for both tourism and business. The business has now broadened to include the Mena Creek Hotel and Mamu Tropical Skywalk, creating a destination south of Cairns. Mark currently serves on the Townsville Enterprise Limited Strategic Advisory Committee for Tourism, and has previously served as a Board Member for Tourism Tropical North Queensland for a total of 13 years. Mark is also an experienced Guest Speaker and has presented throughout Australia and overseas. He has also lead the business in overcoming adversity (two cyclones, GFC, COVID-19). Mark’s business success stems from the ability to innovate and embrace change. This is critical leading up to, and during, these challenging times. Relationships and teamwork have been a key contributor to the success of his businesses, as it is in any venture.
Peter is the Managing Director of the CaPTA Group, which is owned by the Woodward family and operates tours and attractions in the Cairns and Port Douglas region. His family has operated tourism attractions in the region since 1976. The CaPTA Group comprises of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, Rainforestation Nature Park, Tropic Wings Cairns Tours & Charters, Jungle Tours & Trekking, Wildlife Habitat, Wooroonooran Safaris, ABC Sales & Maintenance and Careers Training Centre. As part-owner and Managing Director of Respax - which is a software company that develops booking, manifesting and operational solutions for attractions and tour operators throughout Queensland, Australia and SE Asia, Peter has worked with tourism organisations of all sizes and appreciate the different operational challenges that different business’ experience. Peter is on the committee for Cairns Amateurs Racing on the Reef Carnival and has previously been a director of TTNQ from 2016 to 2020. After attending the University of Queensland and completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), Peter worked in the finance industry before moving back into Tourism.
Nick Ellis is a passionate hotelier, serving on the front line of the tourism industry for more than 20 years. Nick has built a strong reputation as an energetic, active and entrepreneurial thought-leader with a passion for the development and growth of people, product excellence and experience innovation. A born and bred Queenslander, Nick has been fortunate enough to travel Australia, building industry expertise across a wide range of hotels. Nick worked as General Manager for the global brand launch of Accor’s Tribe Hotels. In his current role as Innovation Manager for Spicers Retreats and Scenic Rim Trail, Nick focuses on creating innovative solutions to improve guest experience, as well as transforming business processes for the Queensland operated hotel and experience group. Alongside QTIC, Nick works with the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport as part of the Young Tourism Leaders program and has been a member of the judging panel for the Queensland Tourism Awards since 2020.
Cameron is a Quandamooka man from Moreton Bay off the coast of Brisbane in South East Queensland. Cameron is a law graduate from the University of Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure Management. He has worked previously in the legal industry and for more than 15 years in local and state governments delivering Indigenous policies and programs including the Backing Indigenous Arts Program and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Cameron was formerly the CEO for the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation – the Native Title Body and cultural heritage body for Moreton Bay including Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) that jointly manages the Naree Budjong Djarra (My Mother Earth) National Park, runs Quandamooka Coast Tourism experiences and the Quandamooka Festival. He is Chair of the QTIC Indigenous Working Group, member of the Queensland Koala Advisory Council, member of the Healthy Land & Water Indigenous Advisory Committee and a member of the Arts Queensland First Nations Arts and Cultural Panel.
With over thirteen years’ experience in national and state caravanning industry associations, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Caravan Parks Association of Queensland (CPAQ), Michelle has a strong knowledge of the issues that face industry associations. With a highly engaged membership base, consisting primarily of small operators, Michelle can clearly articulate the issues facing industry businesses, and supports operators by actively advocating for whole-of-tourism programs. For over four years, Michelle has been an active participant of the QTIC Associations Council. Through meeting participation and the development of meaningful relationships with other participants, she understands the importance of the Associations Council to overall QTIC policy discussions, and the benefit of representing a united voice from the Council to the QTIC Board. Along with her understanding of associations governance and finance, Michelle brings a strong regional perspective to the QTIC Board and provides a voice for small tourism businesses across the state.
As CEO, Alison is responsible for leading a diverse team of professionals at the LGAQ, which is the peak body for local government across Queensland. The LGAQ has been advising, supporting and representing local councils since 1896, enabling them to improve their operations and strengthen relationships with their communities. Between 2007-2020, Alison has worked with ASX-100 companies, heading their corporate affairs functions. Alison was Group Executive External Affairs at The Star Entertainment Group, and previously held media and corporate affairs roles at Rio Tinto’s coal and uranium businesses in Australia, Africa, and Canada. Alison has worked in the public and private sectors in ICT, transport, energy, police, and corrective services. She also spent 14 years as a journalist, working in newspapers, radio, and television, before being a senior media advisor in the Queensland Government for two terms. Alison is currently a director on the Peak Services and Queensland Tourism Industry Council boards. Her past board roles have included Chair of the Brisbane Festival (2019-2022).
Tash has worked with passion and genuine determination for the past 16 years in Queensland’s tourism industry. Tash has successfully headed up two Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs), worked at Tourism and Events Queensland and worked across several regions in Queensland. Tash is a proven highly successful hands-on team leader with a genuine understanding of stakeholder needs. Tash knows how to be a voice for Tourism, she led the Whitsundays tourism industry through many crisis from cyclones, marine incidents and then most recently COVID 19, these crisis provided an opportunity to show her personal resilience and ability to work with key stakeholders including government to achieve benchmark results for the region. Tash has a strong and measured successful background in operational management, marketing, events, financial management, publicity, crisis communications, human resources and stakeholder management. It is her approachable and natural leadership style that ensures an open and consultative approach. Now based in southeast Queensland, Tash has joined the team at Shiift to help businesses create great teams, while also consulting on various tourism projects and event delivery through her own company. Tash genuinely understands the issues facing industry and wants to be apart of the solution.