Board of Commissioners

Established under the Tourism NT Act, Tourism NT is governed by a Board of Commissioners who report to the Minister for Tourism, the Hon Lauren Moss MLA. The main role of the Board is to determine Tourism NT policy and ensure that the organisation performs in a proper and efficient manner.

Michael Bridge Michael Bridge, Chair, Darwin
Director, AirNorth Group

Michael was reappointed as Chair of the Board of Commissioners in February 2017. Michael was CEO of AirNorth for 19 years and remains a Director, having overseen the company's growth from a small charter company to Australia's second oldest continuously operating airline brand. He has years of experience on boards including as chair; some examples include the Regional Aviation Association of Australia and the Aviation Industry Superannuation Trust.

Mick Burns, Darwin
Darwin businessman and owner operator of Porosus PTY LTD

Mick Burns has been in the Territory since 1981, and has been involved in a wide range of industries, businesses and developments. He has successfully owned and operated hotels since 1985, and constructed Crocosaurus Cove in 2009 which he still operates today. He has been the President (NT) and national board member of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) for over 10 years, and is a life member in the NT and nationally. Mick currently owns and operates the Darwin Crocodile Farm, housing approximately 70,000 saltwater crocodiles. He is also Chairman of the Tiwi Bombers football club.

Denis Pierce, Sydney
Director, Linchpin Pty Ltd

As Group Managing Director South Pacific and Managing Director Australia with ATS Pacific, an inbound travel management company, Denis led the company through sustained revenue growth and into a public listing, demonstrating his ability to grow returns from global markets. Denis is a former Board member of the Australian Tourism Export Council, Tourism New South Wales and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

Geoff Weeks, Darwin
General Manager, Halikos Hospitality Pty Ltd

Geoff was appointed General Manager of Halikos Hospitality in 2010, having previously worked at a number of prestigious properties around Australia. Halikos Group is a Territory owned business for over 25 years and is widely recognised for its support with various Territory community groups, charities and sporting clubs. Geoff is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jeff Huyben, Alice Springs
General Manager, Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Jeff manages a portfolio with revenue of $32 million and 225 staff. He was the Chair of Tourism Central Australia for five years and on the Board of the Australian Regional Tourism Board for four years. Jeff has also been on the Chamber of Commerce and Voyages Kings Canyon Resort. In 2015 Jeff won Tourism Central Australia's Industry Achiever award.

Helen Martin, Bremer Island
Managing Director, Banubanu Wilderness Retreat

Helen is the Business Director of Banubanu Wilderness Retreat on Bremer Island off the coast of Nhulunbuy. Ms Martin has sat on the Gove Community Advisory Committee and spent 17 years working in the Commonwealth Government. She chairs the NT Chief Minister's Indigenous Tourism Advisory Council.

Dale McIver, Alice Springs
Director, Alice Event Management and Consultancy

Dale is a born and raised Territorian as has resided in Alice Springs her entire life. She has worked in the tourism industry for over 19 years, starting as a Tour Director for AAT Kings in the late 1990s. She now runs her own small event and management business and is well known amongst the local industry.

Rachel Beaumont-Smith, Darwin
Managing Director, Darwin Harbour Cruises

Rachel has been the managing director and co–owner of Darwin Harbour Cruises since 1998. She co-chairs Tourism Top End, chaired the Business Advisory Council and she sits on the Domestic Commercial Vessel Advisory Committee for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Trish Angus, Darwin
Director, Indigenous Business Australia

Trish is a Jawoyn woman from Katherine. She held senior executive public sector positions in the human services areas of health, housing, local government and community services for more than 20 years. Trish has experience of working in the Australian Defence Force and community controlled organisations, and extensive governance experience, including board and committee memberships across a range of sectors. She is a director of CareFlight and a member of the Top End Hospital Network Governing Council, the Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Council, and the Northern Territory Medicare Local Community Health Committee.

Alastair Shields Alastair Shields, Darwin
Chief Executive Officer, Department of Tourism and Culture

Alastair was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Tourism and Culture in September 2016. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Land Resource Management and has more than 35 years of public sector experience in the Northern Territory.

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