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TIA Board Elections 2021: Tourism Services and Services to Tourism sector

Primary contacts of TIA member businesses are invited to vote for ONE candidate for their sector. 

 

Tourism Services and Services to Tourism sector

Kristin Dunne, Miles Partnership

Tēnā koe
Ko Moehau te maunga
Ko Tikapa te Moana
Ko Hikutaia te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Ngāti Pū te iwi
Ko Hikutaia te Marae
Ko Kristin Dunne tōku ingoa
Tēnā koutou katoa.

 

Kristin is a fellow of Marketing with a Bachelor of Business Studies who has worked for some of New Zealand’s best brands in senior management and strategic marketing roles.

 

Until July 2021, Kristin was Chief Executive of a regional Destination Management & Marketing Organisation and has first-hand experience in leading, transforming and marketing a destination. She is an experienced tourism practitioner with strengths in destination strategy, regeneration, community engagement, indigenous partnerships, crisis management and insight-led destination marketing.

 

Kristin is passionate about tourism with purpose and helping destinations flourish to the benefit of residents and visitors, whilst being responsible stewards for future generations.

 

Kristin is an affiliative, inclusive leader and her leadership style is enriched with Ngati Pu (Ngati Manu, Hauraki) roots and grounded in strong financial, political and media acumen.

 

Kristin is a certified company director (Institute of Directors). She is a strategic and critical thinker, thought leader, robust decision maker, and influential communicator with strong sector relationships across Aotearoa and internationally.

Jason Hill, Tourism Talent

 

At Tourism Talent we have always been vocal about talent development and changing perceptions of tourism as a career, after all, our tagline is ‘Passion for Change’. 

 

Most would agree, workforce is going to be the industry’s biggest challenge for at least the next five years, and I will keep pushing for change at the TIA board table if elected. After over 25 years in the tourism and education sectors in senior management and governance, I truly have a passion for both. 

 

In standing for the TIA board, I will be focusing on the need to bridge the gap between the tourism education sector and the tourism industry. Our future workforce resides in schools, private training establishments, and tertiary institutions.

 

For tourism to thrive there must be greater industry engagement and alignment with educators to ensure we develop practical career pathways for our youth, and then provide them with employment opportunities.

 

I have had a number of industry governance roles and I am currently a board member of Tourism Bay or Plenty and deputy chair of the AUT Tourism and Hospitality School’s Tourism advisory board.

Claire Huxley, The International Travel College of New Zealand

Originally from the UK, Claire loves to travel (and to talk about travel!) and has a background in international tourism. She has worked for some of Europe’s leading tour operators and direct marketing organisations in managerial roles, and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.  

 

Claire is deeply committed to the success of New Zealand’s airline, travel and tourism sector. Her ‘why’ is to educate, inspire and motivate a diverse range of students to work in this amazing industry. Claire is the Deputy Chair of Quality Tertiary Institute (QTI) and a leading voice in the tertiary education sector.

 

She is an experienced Chief Executive and sales and marketing professional in various business sectors but predominantly in the International Education, NZ education, travel and tourism sector.

 

Claire is a highly effective communicator and excellent relationship builder. She enjoys working with new technologies and learning additional skills, is solutions orientated with an outstanding results history and has the ability to the think laterally and creatively. 

 

Claire live in East Auckland with her husband, two children and a dog. 

 Campbell Mackey, JCM Destination NZ Ltd

Campbell Mackey has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years. Graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Management Studies in 1990, Campbell was the first trainee manager in New Zealand for AP Touring. After stints in their Auckland and Melbourne Head Office, Campbell travelled to the UK where he worked for five years for Globus and Cosmos Tours in their London Office, his final role there being Manager of Hotel Operations.

 

Returning to New Zealand in late 2000, Campbell has worked for several of New Zealand’s leading Inbound Tour Operators including: Southern World NZ Ltd, Southern Crossings NZ Ltd, Magnetic South, and currently JCM Destination NZ Ltd.

 

Campbell has a wide breadth of knowledge of the travel industry in Aotearoa having made travel arrangements for high net worth individuals, foreign speaking leisure groups, and complex incentive groups from all corners of the globe. He has been a delegate on Tourism New Zealand stands at international travel trade shows.

 

With a great passion for the industry, he is keen to be involved in the way forward for Aotearoa when international borders reopen.

 

Campbell is married and has two teenage daughters.

Wendy van Lieshout, Active Adventures

“Despite the challenges of COVID, I truly believe that we have a very bright future. We need to take the right steps now to support one another to recover and grow, sustainably and ethically. I’m super passionate about Aotearoa’s collective tourism future, and I’m standing for the Board to contribute to that journey.”   

Wendy has more than 20 years’ senior executive and governance experience in inbound and outbound tourism, corporate and retail travel, sales and marketing and business development. 

 

She has been the CEO of Active Adventures for two years and now also heads up Austin Adventures in the USA as part of the company’s growing portfolio, adding a valuable global perspective. 

 

Previously she was General Manager Corporate for Helloworld NZ and prior to that General Manager Retail. She was also CEO of World Travellers.             

 

Wendy currently sits on the board of the Tourism Export Council New Zealand (TECNZ) and was previously a Board member of TAANZ (Travel Agents Association of New Zealand) where she worked closely with both IATA (International Air Transport Association) and the APJC (Agency Programme Joint Council).       

Brian Westwood, Angus & Associates

I have been involved in the New Zealand tourism industry since 1997 and during that time held senior positions with RTOs, been the co-owner of Tourism Innovations building New Zealand’s first national tourism database in the early 2000’s, GM of Cabbage Tree Creative focused on developing websites and digital marketing strategies for the tourism sector, GM Marketing for YHA New Zealand and more recently a Senior Consultant with Angus & Associates.

 

Alongside my professional roles I have held the Chair position with Backpacker Youth & Adventure Tourism and been Chair of Hurunui Tourism. I have also been a member of TIA’s Insights Leadership Panel and the Ministry of Tourism’s Research Council.

 

I have spent several years collaborating with international marketers across Europe, North America and Asia building a solid understanding of New Zealand’s high performing place in the global tourism landscape as well as getting to know the industry on a global scale. 

 

I believe very strongly in the value of New Zealand tourism industry, not only the core sectors but also the wide range of industries that enable our industry to perform and adapt in the positive ways it has over recent years.