Our Steering Committee

 

 Brian Weir, Canberra Region Tourism Awards judge Brian Weir, Chair
Brian is a lecturer in the Tourism Program at the University of Canberra. He has been an ACT, NSW and National Tourism Awards Judge, as well as an executive member of the National Capital Attractions Association, National Secretary of Ecotourism Australia, and a member of the ACT Tourism Industry Advisory Council.  He has worked extensively in business development and economic policy for the ACT Government, as well as heading the Government’s Tourism Policy, and Nature Based Tourism development, units for several years.
 Craig Whelan, Canberra Region Tourism Awards judge Craig Whelan
Craig is the President of the National Capital Attraction Association (NCAA). The NCAA has more than 45 members representing tourism attractions, tourism businesses and events in the ACT and surrounding region, ranging from the large national attractions to the smaller privately owned businesses. Craig has been an active NCAA executive member for over six years and is a leading change advocate for the ACT tourism industry. Craig is passionate about improving the industry through development initiatives like the 2016 Canberra Region Tourism Awards and promoting accreditation. As President of NCAA, Craig is a director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council.Craig is also the Senior Executive Manager at Questacon, responsible for all centre operations at its Parkes facility. Craig plays a leading executive role in the management and development of the customer experience at Questacon. As a passionate advocate of tourism, he seeks to develop Questacon business products that support its mission and develops new tourism experiences through collaborations with the wider ACT tourism economy.
 Peter Barclay, Canberra Region Tourism Awards judge Peter Barclay OAM
Peter has been involved with the hospitality and tourism industry for over 20 years. He was a partner in establishing the City Walk Hotel at 2 Mort Street Canberra City in 1995 and went on to open King O’Malley’s Irish Pub in 2000. King O’Malley’s has received many industry awards and has been inducted into the Australian Hotels Association’s Hall of Fame for both ‘Outstanding Community Service’ and ‘Best Marketed Establishment’. In 2001 the Australian Hotel Association recognised Peter Barclay as its inaugural ‘Member of the Year’ and also presented him with ‘John Press Award’ for outstanding contribution to the ACT hospitality and tourism industry. In 2013 King O’Malley’s was presented with the ‘Canberra Centenary Award’ by the Australian Hotels Association. Peter Barclay represents King O’Malley’s on the following associations: Australian Hotel Association ACT, National Capital Attractions Association, SKAL and the Canberra Business Council. Peter has served as Chair of the Exhibition Park Corporation Board.
 David Barker, Canberra Region Tourism Awards judge David Barker
David is the Industry Development Manager at VisitCanberra and is responsible for overseeing the Canberra Region Tourism Awards on behalf of VisitCanberra. His career in the tourism industry spans over 25 years with a variety of roles which showcase the wonderful opportunities that tourism can present. Highlights include managing guest relations on a live aboard dive boat in Cairns, tour leading adventure expeditions through four continents, marketing and logistics manager of Tanzanian safari camps, managing his own eco-tourism mobile camping safari business in Tanzania and destination management in Cape York Peninsula. David has been a judge of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards for the last two years of the program.
 Jo Broad, Canberra Region Tourism Awards judge Jo Broad
Jo is the General Manager of Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Branch, where she has worked since March 2016. Prior to the AHA, Jo worked for over 10 years in various marketing and sponsorship management roles in both Sydney and Melbourne. She has worked with major brands such as Telstra and Coca-Cola doing major product launches, events and sponsorship negotiations. Jo combines her marketing and management experience and a love for the hospitality and tourism sectors in her role at the AHA. Jo is passionate about the industry, particularly in the ACT, where hospitality and tourism are so critical to the overall economy.
 Nic Crowther, Deputy Chair of Judges of the Canberra Region Tourism Awards Nic Crowther, Deputy Chair of Judges
Nic is a proud Canberran who writes with a passion for the city. As the editor-at-large for Feed Media, Nic has a love of food and wine, as well as politics and mass media. When not examining contentious ideas or interrogating and parodying the big issues of the day, Nic can be found enjoying a meal at any of Canberra’s dining establishments.
 John Leyshon, Canberra Region Tourism Awards judge John Leyshon
John is the President of the Canberra District Wine Industry Association; sits on the Executive of the NSW Wine Industry Association; and is a member of the Economic Development Committee of the Yass Valley Council. John is also a winemaker and partner in Mallaluka Wines, a boutique winery in the Canberra District. John spent forty years in secondary education and organised and conducted countless adventure tours, both nationally and internationally, for senior secondary students. He has travelled (privately) to many of the premium wine regions in Australia, France and Italy. John has a keen appreciation of the value of the wine industry to tourism. He is very optimistic about the future of the wine industry in the Canberra District and is keen to align that with tourism and the businesses associated with it. John currently works as an Associate Dean in the faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra.
 2016 Chair of Judges in Canberra Region Tourism Awards Marylou Pooley, Chair of Judges
Marylou has been a national judge for many years and is well equipped to head up the Judging Panel. Marylou retired from the Australian War Memorial (AWM) as Head of Communications and Marketing in 2014. She was responsible for all aspects of integrated marketing communications. Marylou encouraged and worked with the Memorial team to enter the Tourism Awards, resulting in Hall of Fame status for the Memorial. She was a member of the National Capital Attractions Association for many years as well as a member of the ACT Tourism Events Assistance Panel and represented the AWM on the Canberra Business Council’s Art, Sport and Tourism group. Marylou holds a Dip.Ed. and a Master of Tourism Management from the University of Canberra. In 2008, she was recognised by the tourism industry for her outstanding contribution and in 2013, she was acknowledged by her peers receiving the President’s Award – Australian Marketing Institute.
 Jo Verden, Canberra Region Tourism Awards judge Jo Verden
Jo is the Deputy Director at VisitCanberra and is responsible for overseeing the development of the VisitCanberra annual business plan, in line with the ACT Strategic Priorities, the national Tourism 2020 Framework and ACT Tourism 2020 Strategy. She has almost 20 years experience in venue, event and project management and tourism management across both private and public sectors in NSW, VIC and the ACT. Jo has firsthand experience when it comes to the Tourism Awards, having prepared a number of submissions in the past including the 2011 National Tourism Award winning submission for Floriade 2010 Imagination: where will yours take you?
  Gwenyth Macnamara, Canberra Region Tourism Awards Coordinator
Joining the Canberra Region Tourism Awards team as Coordinator in mid 2016, Gwen has brought to the role her project and event management experience as well as her enjoyment of supporting local businesses and their products. Gwen’s background in commercial art galleries and investment art lead her to work in a number of Sydney galleries and to establish a new office in Queensland for one of Australia’s leading fine art auction houses. More recently and after returning from a couple of years living and studying in London, she managed the public programs and events at a well-established, local arts organisation. Gwen holds a Master of Arts degree with merit (Curatorship and Modern Art), a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts), from the University of Sydney and has studied at the University of London’s Central St Martins College of Art and Design.