TAA’s Board comprises the following Directors:
Mr Martin Ferguson AM – Chair
Martin Ferguson has a long history of work in tourism policy. Martin was elected as a Member of the Federal Parliament in the seat of Batman and served as a Shadow Minister in a range of portfolios including tourism. On the election of the Rudd Government in 2007 Martin was appointed Minister for Tourism, a role he served in until February 2013. In his time as Minister, he implemented Australia’s 2020 Tourism Strategy, chaired the Tourism Minister’s Council, maintained a strong focus on investment in tourism infrastructure through Tourism Australia and Austrade links, encouraged the development of the Chinese tourism market to Australia and greater employment of Indigenous Australians in the tourism industry.
Martin has an honours degree in economics from Sydney University. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1996 for his contribution to working people.
Mr Peter Burnett – Board Member
Mr Peter Crinis – Board Member
Peter Crinis is one of the longest serving and most experienced General Managers in the Australian hospitality industry.He joined Crown in 1997 as the Rooms Division Manager for Crown Towers and was quickly promoted to General Manager 12 months later.Due to his extensive business knowledge and leadership, Peter was named “Hotelier of the Year” at the 2005 AHA Awards. As the current Chief Operating Officer for Crown Hotels and Food & Beverage, Peter guides new developments and the application of brand and operating standards for the Crown Hotels & Retail group.
Prior to joining Crown, Peter held a number of senior positions with Hyatt International in Australia and overseas and has served on a number of industry Boards.
Mr Robert Dawson – Board Member
Robert Dawson was appointed to his current role as General Manager, Park Hyatt Melbourne and Area Vice President in December 2009 and oversees the operations of the pacific hotels and related functions. Prior to taking up his appointment in Melbourne, Robert held senior management roles with Hyatt over the last 24 years in Perth, Johannesburg, Singapore & London managing a range of Hyatt brands.
Before joining Hyatt hotels, Robert who was educated in England held a number of positions in luxury hotels in Europe and the Caribbean.
Mr Sean Hunt – Board Member
Sean commenced his current role of Area Vice President Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International in late 2016 and continues as a Managing Director of Sheraton on the Park. Sean Hunt has more than 25 years of international experience with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, including assignments in Australia and Asia.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,000 properties in 100 countries and approximately 145,000 employees.
Mr Paul Hutton – Board Member
In February 2015 Paul Hutton was appointed Vice President – Operations, Australasia for Hilton Worldwide. Paul has over 30 years’ experience with Hilton Worldwide beginning his career in 1984 at the Noga Hilton in Switzerland. He then took on various roles at Hiltons in Australia, the UAE, and Egypt before being promoted to the role of General Manager at Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest in 2000. He subsequently took on General Manager and Regional Food and Beverage Director positions in the Middle East, Arabian Gulf, Asia and Australia. Paul was then appointed Regional General Manager for China South in 2011 where he successfully expanded the hotel portfolio in that region.
In his Australasia role Paul is responsible for the growing portfolio of Hilton Worldwide Hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and currently has 22 hotels under his leadership.
Mr David Seargeant – Deputy Chair
David joined Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd ( Formerly Amalgamated Holdings Limited) in February 1988 as Chief Executive of the Hotel Division. He has been recognised as the founder of Rydges Hotels & Resorts, which is currently one of the largest Australian – owned hotel operators with nearly 7000 rooms at locations across Australia, New Zealand, and United Kingdom. The Company recently launched the QT Hotels & Resorts brand with individual design driven properties in Sydney, Gold Coast, Port Douglas, Falls Creek and Canberra and plans for development of properties in Perth and Melbourne. The company also operates the value positioned Atura brand.
David was appointed Group Managing Director of Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd in late 2000. Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd is an Australian listed company with market capitalization in excess of $1.9 Billion. In addition to owning the Hotel brands, and an extensive property portfolio, Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd also operates Cinemas under the Event & BCC brands in Australia and New Zealand and Cinestar in Germany. EHE is the 10th largest cinema operator globally. In addition EHE owns some of Australia’s most iconic assets including the Thredbo Alpine Ski Resorts and Sydney’s State Theatre.
Ms Karin Sheppard – Board Member
Karin Sheppard is IHG’s Chief Operating Officer for Australasia & Japan region.
A member of the Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) Regional Operating Committee, Karin oversees the operations and performance of close to 70 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Japan across brands including the luxury InterContinental Hotels & Resorts; business and meetings focused Crowne Plaza and the midscale Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands – the latter of which launched in the region in April 2016 in Sydney’s Macquarie Park business precinct. She is also responsible for the regional operations teams based in Sydney and Tokyo.
Karin has over 20 years of international experience in commercial functions across a variety of industries, including Technology, Telecommunications and Hospitality.
Over the course of her 15 years with IHG, Karin has held senior commercial roles in Australasia, Europe and the Middle East. Before taking on her current role, she was Chief Commercial Officer for Asia, Middle East & Africa based in Singapore, where she led key commercial functions including Brand Management, Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management
Karin was based in London for three years prior to that as Vice President, Brand Management for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. During her time in Europe she represented IHG on several IHG Owner Association Boards.
Karin holds a Masters Degree in International Business Administration with Modern Languages, from Aarhus School of Business, Denmark.
Mr Bradley Woods – Board Member
Bradley Woods is recognized as one of Australia’s leading political advocates for the hotel, tourism and hospitality industry. Bradley is the CEO of the Australian Hotels Association WA and the TAA National Executive Director for Government and Parliamentary Affairs. Bradley has over 25 years’ experience in the Federal and State government relations and advocacy and has specialised in the hotel, hospitality and tourism sector since 1993. As TAA National Executive Director for Government and Parliamentary Affairs, Bradley is responsible for co-ordinating Federal Government advocacy and engagement on national policy issues affecting the hotel and accommodation sector.