Ian Gay - Chairman
Ian’s career has been in aviation, recently retiring from Qantas after 45 years. Ian moved to WA in 2000 as the Regional General Manager for the state, overseeing a period of significant growth in route capacity to both the Pilbara and the Kimberley in support of the tourism, resources and community sectors. Prior to 2000 Ian worked in Sydney, New Zealand and South-East Asia in a range of senior commercial roles including sales, marketing, route planning and alliances. Ian is also the Vice Chairman of the Perth Convention Bureau. He has degrees in Economics and English Literature from Macquarie University in NSW.
Justin Wiebrecht – Deputy Chairman
From an early age, Justin worked in a diverse range of hospitality roles. Arriving in the Kimberley, first working in Fitzroy Crossing, which eventually led to management roles in Wyndham, Kununurra, Halls Creek and Broome. He is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Matso's Broome Brewery and from 2008 has marketed all the Kimberley Accommodation properties including Moonlight Bay Suites, Bayside Holiday Apartments, Kimberley Hotel, Hotel Kununurra and the Berkeley River Lodge. Justin serves on a number of boards including the Broome Visitor Centre Board.
Glen Chidlow – Chief Executive Officer
Glen is a long term resident of the North West and during this time has held a variety of roles within the tourism industry, including General Manager of the Bali Hai Resort and Financial Controller of the Cable Beach Club Resort. Prior to this Glen spent 10 years with Ansett Australia, and fulfilled a number of roles across the region, gaining experience in Port Hedland, Broome and Kununurra. Glen holds tertiary qualifications in Business and has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Broome Visitor Centre.
Darren Banfield has been a Broome resident and business owner for over 25 years. Darren (with brother Robert) are the owners of Willie Creek Pearls, which comprises five retail stores in both Broome and Perth, a pearl farm and tourist attraction 38kms out of Broome, a heritage complex in the township of Broome, a coach tour operation and a hospitality outlet. He has served on the Broome Visitor Centre Board for 11 years (including as Chairman), been a committee member of SKAL International Broome for 8 years (including as President) and is currently on the Shire of Broome’s Economic Advisory Group.
Brad is the owner/operator of Discovery Sailing Adventures/Dampier Trailer Boat Hire and Dampier Maritime School. Brad is a board member of the Karratha Visitor Centre and a member of various community based organisations including Past President Karratha Rotary, Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce, Dampier Sea Search and Rescue, Licensee Hampton Harbour Boat and Sail Club. Having a legacy of community involvement Brad brings a sound understanding of local tourism businesses to the Board.
Born in Derby, Charlie’s family has been involved in tourism in the Kimberley since 1968 (Fitzroy Crossing) and at Lake Argyle since 1973. Whilst Charlie is a life-time Kimberley local, he brings a wealth of experience to the board having worked in Europe and the USA, establishing several tourism businesses in New Jersey and Florida. Charlie is the director of Lake Argyle Resort, a member of the Kununurra Visitor Centre and the East Kimberley Marketing Group.
Nerreda is the General Manager of Broome, Kimberley & Beyond representing and selling a vast cross-section of product from the entire region including accommodation, tours, cruises and car hire. Commencing her tourism career in Kununurra in 1991 Nerreda has worked as the Manager of the Broome Visitor Centre, as well as in roles at Australia's North West Tourism including Project Development Manager in the Pilbara and Project Manager. Nerreda worked overseas in various tourism roles and has also worked for Tourism WA as Kimberley Regional Manager based in Kununurra.
As CEO of Mackerel Islands Pty Ltd Drew oversees the operations of the new Onslow Beach Resort, as well as the tourism developments at Thevenard & Direction Islands – part of the Mackerel Islands off the Pilbara Coast. He has experience within the WA tourism industry, both operationally and at an executive level, and has spent five years living in the region developing tourism product & infrastructure, including a large amount of ecologically sustainable infrastructure for Mackerel Islands Pty Ltd. He also has previous experience in the management of a well-established marine tourism business in Europe. Drew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tony is the CEO of the Pilbara Regional Council, which provides both federal advocacy and bureau services to support economic and social development in the Pilbara region. Tony also holds board positions with an Australian corporate advisory firm and a large disability services organisation; and is the Chairperson of a US property investment fund. He holds an MBA from Curtin University, is a Member of the Australian and Singaporean Institutes of Company Directors, and a Fellow of Corporate Directors Australia.
Elsia Archer has lived in the Kimberley for over 50 years and recognises its massive potential. Elsia has served on the Shire of Derby West Kimberley Council for twenty six years, including two years as Deputy Shire President and is in her sixteenth year as Shire President. Elsia currently Chairs the Kimberley Zone of Local governments, Kimberley Zone Representative for State Council – WALGA, a Board Member of the Kimberley Development Commission and Regional Development Australia (Kimberley). With a sound knowledge of the protocols involved in dealing with all tiers of government and the ability to solidly negotiate for the best possible outcomes for our region she has a keen desire to see the region and its people grow and prosper.