Board of Directors
George Venardos was appointed Chairman of both the Company and the Manager in November 2016, having served as a Director since September 2009. George is a Chartered Accountant with more than 35 years’ experience in finance, accounting, insurance and funds management. His former positions include Group Chief Financial Officer of Insurance Australia Group and, for 10 years, Chairman of the Finance and Accounting Committee of the Insurance Council of Australia. George also held the position of Finance Director of Legal & General Group in Australia and was named Insto Magazine’s CFO of the Year for 2003. George holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Finance and Systems from The University of New South Wales. He is also a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Taxation Institute of Australia. He holds a Diploma in Corporate Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. George’s other ASX listed positions include Chairman and non-executive director at IOOF Holdings Limited. George is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Former listed directorships in the last three years: Miclyn Express Offshore Limited and BluGlass Limited
Roger Davis was appointed a Director of the Company in 2008. Roger brings to the Board over 35 years of experience in banking and investment banking in Australia, the US and Japan. Roger is presently Chairman of the Bank of Queensland and a Consulting Director at Rothschild (Australia) Limited and holds non-executive directorships at Argo Investments Limited, Aristocrat Leisure Limited and AIG Australia Limited. Previously, he was Managing Director at Citigroup where he worked for over 20 years and more recently was a Group Managing Director at ANZ Banking Group. Roger’s former directorships include the chairmanship of Esanda, along with directorships of ANZ (New Zealand) Limited, Charter Hall Office Management Limited (the manager for Charter Hall Office REIT), The Trust Company Limited, TIO Limited and Citicorp Securities Inc. in the United States. Roger holds a BEc (Hons) from The University of Sydney and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford. Roger is Chair of the Safety, Sustainability and Environment Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Former listed directorships in the last three years: The Trust Company Limited
Randy Garfield was appointed a Director of both the Manager and the Company in August 2017. During his 43 year travel industry career Mr Garfield spent over 30 years working in senior executive roles specialising in global marketing and sales, sponsorship development and sales operations.
As Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Travel Operations at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, he led the worldwide sales, convention services, resort contact centres and distribution marketing efforts for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, Aulani-a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii and Golden Oak. Throughout his 20+ year Disney career he also served as President of Walt Disney Travel Company, one of the largest tour operators in the USA.
Prior to joining Disney Randy also served as Vice President of Sales for Universal Studios Hollywood starting in 1986 where he helped generate record attendance and trail blazed the launch of Universal Studios Florida by crafting their pre-opening sales plan. He moved to Orlando in summer 1989 as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales/Chief Marketing Officer and led the business through its preopening and launch, and also served in a leadership role on the team which formulated the expansion plan including a second theme park as well as hotels and a massive retail, dining and entertainment complex.
Randy’s current directorships include Deep Blue Communications, Rocky Mountaineer, US Travel Association and Destination Canada.
Previous Board roles include the US Travel Association (Chairman) and Brand USA. Randy is an inductee into the US Travel Hall of Leaders, and has been recognised three times as one of the most extraordinary sales and marketing minds by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International.
Former listed directorships in the last 3 years: None
David Haslingden was appointed a Director of the Company and the Manager in July 2015. David was previously the Chairman and a non-executive director of Nine Entertainment Limited. David owns and operates a network of television production companies in Australia and overseas including Natural History New Zealand and Keshet Australia. He is also a director of US charity WildAid, having been Chairman for the eight years prior to 2015. Previously, David was President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Networks Group and Chief Executive of Fox International Channels. David has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Geographic Channels business. David has sat on a number of industry boards in the United States including the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. David holds a BA and LLB from Sydney University and a LLM from the University of Cambridge. David is Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Safety, Sustainability & Environment Committee. Former listed directorships in the last three years: Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd
Don Morris AO
Don Morris was appointed a Director of both the Company and the Manager in January 2012 and brings to the Board significant experience of advertising, marketing and promotion, particularly for tourism entities. Don was a founding principal of Mojo Australia Advertising, creators of several iconic Australian advertising campaigns, including ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ for Qantas, the Paul Hogan ‘Shrimp on the Barbie’ for Australian tourism and ‘C’mon Aussie C’mon’ for World Series Cricket. Don was the former Chair of both the Australian Tourist Commission and Tourism Queensland. He is a former director of Mojo MDA Group Limited, R M Williams Limited, Harvey World Travel Limited, PMP Limited, the Tourism & Transport Forum, Tourism Asset Holdings Limited, Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited and Port Douglas Reef Resorts Limited. Don was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2002 for services to tourism and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. Don’s current directorships include Fantasea Cruising Pty Limited, Riverside Marine NSW Pty Limited, Ausflag Limited and The Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor in Tourism, Sport, and Hotel Management at Griffith University in 2012. In 2013, he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University, and was appointed Chair of the Advisory Board of the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT). Don is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Former listed directorships in the last three years: None
Melanie Willis was appointed a Director of both the Company and the Manager in July 2015 and brings to the Group significant experience in the global financial, investment banking and professional services sectors. Melanie has had extensive exposure to domestic and international leisure related businesses and is currently a non-executive director of Mantra Group and Pepper Group. Melanie recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer of NRMA Investments where she was responsible for the commercial businesses and overall group strategy. Previously, Melanie held non-executive directorships at Crowe Horwath Australasia Limited, Aevum Limited, Hydro Tasmania and Rhodium Asset Solutions Limited, as well as senior executive positions within Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust Australia. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia, a Masters of Law (Tax) from The University of Melbourne and a Company Director Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition, Melanie has completed a leadership course at Harvard Business School, and is a member of both Chief Executive Women and the Big Issue Women’s Advisory Board. Melanie is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Former listed directorships in the last three years: Crowe Horwath Limited
Simon Kelly was appointed a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of both the Company and the Manager, effective 9 June 2017.
Simon has over 30 years’ experience in strategic, financial and general management with a particular emphasis on growth, sustainability and international business in complex regulatory environments in the entertainment/media, technology, FMCG and manufacturing sectors. He has a strong track record of significantly enhancing operational performance, governance and stakeholder value.
His previous roles include Chief Operating Officer of Nine Entertainment Co. where he oversaw the Company’s restructuring and IPO. He was also Chief Financial Officer and Board Director of ASX listed Aristocrat Leisure Limited and held a number of senior executive roles at ASX listed Goodman Fielder Limited. More recently he led the re-capitalisation of Virgin Australia.
Prior directorships include ASX listed technology company, Intecq, subscription video on demand start up “Stan”, Sky News, ASX listed Clarius Group and literacy e-learning business Intrepica.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class, Honours) in Economics and Accounting, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Former listed directorships in the last three years: Intecq Limited (resigned 16 December 2016)