Australia's North West Tourism Board - 2017/18
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.
Darren Banfield – Deputy Chairman
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.
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.
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.
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, and Hotel Kununurra.
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.
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.
Monica Chetty is Director Strategic Partnerships at Pardoo Beef Corporation. She is also Managing Director of Magenta Capital, a boutique investment advisory firm with over a decade of experience in investment attraction, international marketing and facilitation based in Western Australia. An accomplished strategist spanning hospitality, tourism, trade and investment with experience working with Australian and Asia Pacific markets, Monica brings a wealth of international specialist expertise to Australia’s North West Tourism. An excellent marketeer and commercially astute, Monica has specialist knowledge of niche tourism offerings including eco-tourism, glamping and experiences relating to outback tourism. Her rich multi-cultural background brings an inclusive approach to and understanding of diversity and cultural exchange, attributes which are highly sought after in the ever-changing Asia Pacific landscape.
Sonja Mitchell has been involved in the aviation and tourism industries in Western Australia for 27 years, firstly as a Commercial Pilot (ATPL) and progressing through to roles of Operations Manager, General Manager and CEO. She was awarded the “Individual Award for Excellence” Australia’s North West Tourism 2006, recognising a personal contribution to the development of the Kimberley tourism industry. Sonja has held numerous director positions including the West Australian Tourism Commission, South West Development Commission and Tourism Council WA (current). Since 2007 Sonja has specialised in consulting in business development and marketing in the aviation and tourism industries. The businesses she currently represents as Sales and Marketing Manager are; HeliSpirit, Aviair, Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge, Bungle Bungle Guided Tours, Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments.