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 and Hospitality, the Hon Natasha Fyles 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, Chair, Darwin
Michael was reappointed as Chair of the Board of Commissioners in September 2019. Michael was CEO of Airnorth for 17 years, 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; these include the Regional Aviation Association of Australia and The Aviation Industry Superannuation Trust. He currently serves on the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and is Chairman and shareholder of international labour-hire group, CGH.
Mick Burns, Darwin
Darwin businessman and owner operator of Porosus Pty Ltd
Mick Burns has lived in the Territory since 1981, with involvement 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. In recognition of his service to AHA he was awarded both national and life membership. Mick owns and operates the Darwin Crocodile Farm, housing approximately 70,000 saltwater crocodiles. He was a previous Chair 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 current Chair of the Australian Tourism Export Council and a former Board member of Tourism New South Wales and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.
Helen Martin, Bremer Island
Managing Director, Banubanu Wilderness Retreat
Helen is the Managing Director of Banubanu Wilderness Retreat on Bremer Island off the coast of Nhulunbuy. Helen has sat on the Gove Community Advisory Committee and spent 17 years working in the Commonwealth Government. Helen is current Chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Committee (former Chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council), Vice Chair for the East Arnhem Land Tourism Association (EALTA executive member), member of the Northern Australia Agenda Advisory Group and member of the Australian and New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF) Indigenous Business Sector Group: Technology, Trade and Investment workstream plus member of the ANZLF Indigenous Tourism workstream group.
Trish Angus, Darwin
Trish was born in Katherine and is of Jawoyn heritage. She held senior executive public sector positions in the areas of health, housing, local government and community services for more than 20 years in the NT. Trish has experience of working in the Australian Defence Force, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, and extensive governance experience, including board and committee memberships across a range of sectors. She is currently a Director of the CareFlight Board and member of their Audit and Risk Committee, a Director of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Board and Chairperson of their Audit and Assurance Committee, Director of the Venture Housing Board, and Member of the NT Heritage Council.
Robert Jennings, Alice Springs
Robert is currently the CEO of Alice Springs Town Council and was previously the CEO of Katherine Town Council for four and a half years. He has served as an executive officer in local government across three states and territories and is a member of the Northern Territory Planning Commission. Prior to this time, Robert worked in the private sector for a national sustainable development company and as a Registered Architect. Robert is also a member of Regional Development Australia NT, is educated as an architect and economist and has an extensive international background. He has a personal commitment to integrity, excellence, innovation and service to the Council and to the Alice Springs community and its region.
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