Australias North West Tourism Board

    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

    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.

    Chris Mitchell

    Chris has lived in the Kimberley region for over 28 years and has worked in a number of diverse areas.  A current serving Broome Shire Councillor for 19 years. He was the Broome Shire’s representative on the Broome Visitor Centre board for a number of years, and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Savannah Way Board.  He is strong supporter of the Kimberley region and serves on a number of boards and committees.  He is employed as the Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia – Kimberley. 

    Brad Beaumont

    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.

    Charlie Sharpe

    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 Hillier

    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.


    Drew Norrish

    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.

    Andrew Ziems

    Andrew has been involved in the tourism industry since 1983, through Surfers Paradise, Kakadu and Hunter Valley Properties.  Andrew relocated to Sydney working for the Resort Hotel Group, Gazebo Hotel Sydney and as GM for the Southern Cross Hotel and the Norwest International.  On three separate occasions, he took the Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay to become the Best Resort & Wedding Destination in NSW. Andrew went on to become the GM of the Karratha International Hotel and currently holds the position of GM at The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland.

    Tony Friday

    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.

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