Board meeting schedule 2019
- February 12 (south)
- April 11 (north)
- June 20 (central)
- August 15 (south)
- October 17 includes Annual General Meeting (north)
- November 29 (central)
Alison Stubbs Chair
Alison has over 25 years experience in the Tasmanian tourism industry working her way through the ranks from adventure tour guide to establishing and managing their family-run ecotourism business, Freycinet Adventures for over 15 years. After moving from the East Coast to Hobart with their family, Alison now manages Sullivans Cove Apartments. Alison has volunteered on the Board of East Coast Tourism since its establishment in 2012 and continues to be a passionate advocate for regional tourism. Alison has always taken an active role in the industry participating in numerous Boards and committees including the Tourism Tasmania Board (2006-2012) and volunteering as a Tourism Awards judge at both a state and national level.Alison is passionate about the importance of developing and delivering an engaging, authentic and sustainable experience to visitors.
Stuart LoonePublic Officer
Stuart comes to the board of East Coast Tourism with over 20 years experience in Tasmania’s creative industries, having worked across the state with several arts organisations including Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania Performs, Tasmanian Regional Arts, Mudlark Theatre, Artology, UTAS and Theatre North. In 2008 he and his wife, Jane, embarked on a research residency to Newfoundland, studying the impact of the cultural economy in regional and remote communities. With a long standing passion for regional Tasmania, at the end of 2013, he was appointed General Manager of Spring Bay Mill, where he has driven its cultural agenda. Stuart now lives in Orford with his wife, Jane and their two young’uns, Theo and Sadie. He loves the East Coast and is proud to be a new member of its vibrant community.
Julia has been a co-owner of Freycinet Marine Farm for the past twelve years and upon its transition to a private company became a director. This is an active managerial role in the business that requires daily interaction with ground level staff and her section manager. Earlier on in Julia’s tourism career she held a variety of positions throughout the adventure end of the spectrum, ranging from cave guide, river guide, driving backpacker buses throughout tropical northern Queensland, and hosting multi-day sea kayak expeditions through the Great Barrier Reef.
Formal qualifications include a Bachelors in Applied Science majoring in recreational planning and management, gained from the University of South Australia, which led to many years of hands on experience with outdoor adventure for school children and disadvantaged youth, and also working for Tasmania’s peak adventure therapy program for at risk youth, called Project Hahn. Julia has also completed a certificate IV in Horticulture and held positions in the horticultural industry ranging from nurseryman for one of Launceston’s better known retail nurseries, to leading a team of up to 20 staff at Forestry Tasmania, engaged in industrial scale plant propagation. Julia is married, has two children aged 11 and 14, and has the ability to balance the needs of a mid-sized business with a love of travel, pottery, quarter horses and maintaining an ever growing garden
Deputy Mayor Jenny Woods is the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council representative on the board. In addition to her roles as Deputy Mayor and her work with the East Coast Tourism Board, Jenny works part-time at the Gala Estate Cellar Door in Cranbrook and is a Celebrant and has officiated at more than 20 wedding ceremonies and a couple of funerals. Jenny arrived on the East Coast at the age of 8 and considers herself a true local. Until recent years her family and working background was within the forest industry. She has three adult children and four young grandchildren. Jenny enjoys public speaking, but her deepest passion is to provide service to her community. In her scant spare time you can find her either in her garden or out fishing (weather permitting).
Glenn McGuinness is the Break O’Day Council representative on the board. Theoretically Glenn is retired after 31 years of owning and operating real estate businesses. This started on the North West Coast with offices in Wynyard and Burnie and was followed by a move to St Helens where he opened a new franchise in 1995. Selling this in 2010, Glenn stayed on as a senior consultant for 4 more years. Prior to his real estate involvement, Glenn was engaged in the mining industry on the West Coast of Tasmania.
Apart from Council roles he is a life member of the St Helens and Districts Chamber of Commerce and involved in the Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival. Just to make life interesting, Glenn is also in his second year of an arts degree majoring in Politics, one of his passions. Glenn is vitally interested in seeing the East Coast reach it’s true tourism potential.
Kyle’s career started in the Royal Australian Air Force in the mid 80’s and from there moved into the travel industry. For the past twenty eight years Kyle held managerial positions with Qantas, Qantas Holidays, Fiji Airways, Globus/Cosmos, Avalon Waterways, Tempo Holidays, Bentours, Hurtigruten and Explore Worldwide.
Kyle is currently the State Manger for a Mediterranean Wholesale Travel and Cruise Company, Sun Island Tours. In 2008 he made the move to Tasmania and purchased beachside accommodation in Bicheno, Sandpiper Ocean Cottages. In the 9 years he owned Sandpiper he and his partner built the property into Tasmania’s most award winning Standard Accommodation and were admitted into the Hall of Fame. They also won Silver for Best Standard Accommodation at the National Awards. Kyle has served on the Swansea Bicheno Bendigo Bank Board and has been the Chair of Marketing Sub-committee for the East Coast Tourism Board for 4 years.
Annette Hughes brings legal, risk management, governance, communication and strategic skills to the board, as she has been a practicing top tier lawyer since 1990 and partner in top tier commercial law firms on two continents (Sedgwick, in San Francisco, and Allens and Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne). Annette has been involved in management for those firms, and has been a director of Corrs’ support services board as well as a member of its Executive Leadership Team. She is a current director on the board of Freycinet Coast Financial Services (Bicheno and Swansea Community Bank Board), and previously served as a director of the Football Federation Victoria, and as Chair of the Women’s Circus, a not for profit with a large profile supporting women and their communities, using circus as a means to build confidence and support networks—and to entertain. Annette is currently a consultant (and retired partner) at Corrs, and advises some of the most iconic companies in Australia (such as Billabong, DuluxGroup, Décor, and Paspalley) as well as the ACCC. She is also a consultant with Cognicity, facilitating and teaching leading Australian and international organisations and government bodies about unconscious bias and improved decision making. Annette owns and operates an iconic East Coast business, Sandpiper Ocean Cottages, with her husband John and son, Jimmy (13). She is active in the Bicheno community, and is Secretary of the Bicheno Lions Club.
Since graduating from the University of Tasmania in 1994, Angela has worked predominantly as a marketing and research consultant based in Melbourne, with some time spent working in South East Asia. Her last marketing role was as Consumer Insights Manager for Carlton United Breweries (CUB) in Melbourne. She grew up on the East Coast of Tasmania and returned to live and work on the East Coast 5 years ago.
Since returning, Angela has been working as the Executive Officer with Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, and at the same time along with her family developing and managing a small tourism business known as Twamley Farm – a working farm offering boutique accommodation and bespoke events. Her interest in the tourism industry and the opportunities for farm tourism in particular, began while still at university here in Tasmania. Her Sociology Honours thesis was titled “Packaged Authenticity” and examined emerging social trends related to nature and culture based tourism and the implications for Tasmania’s future in tourism. This had a particular focus on opportunities for farm and agri-tourism. So here she is back in Tasmania, 20 plus years later still passionate about the industry and the community in which she lives on the East Coast. She has been a member of the East Coast Tourism Board since 2016.
Chris joined the Board in March 2015, representing the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) as a member of the PWS executive and Regional Manager North. With a background of over 30 years in forestry and park management, including extensive experience in the areas of visitor center management, interpretation and nature based tourism in NSW and Tasmania, Chris is uniquely placed to advise the board on opportunities for nature based tourism activities and associated issues. In his time in Tasmania he has seen an exponential increase in visitation and has been an integral part of the transition within the Parks and Wildlife Service to make the necessary adjustments to policy and management in order to be able to accommodate the changing demands for use of Tasmania’s exceptional natural assets.
He is passionate about meaningful engagement with the Aboriginal community and the sustainable use of Tasmania’s world renowned National Parks and reserves. Chris is also an advisor to the Northern Tasmanian Tourism board.
Mathew Routley is a 6th generation Tasmanian spending much of his youth camping and boating on the waters of Tasmania’s East Coast. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in accounting and marketing, Mathew spent a number of years working for the commercial arm of the BBC in London, BBC Worldwide. His role as commercial manager of BBC Music took him over the world negotiating different music related deals. He then returned his native Tasmania to take over the family business, the Yeltuor retail women’s fashion chain, while raising his young family in Hobart. This he sold after 13 years at the helm. Mathew also owns the Burger Got Soul chain of Burger restaurants in Tasmania, which he started after being inspired by the London burger scene during his time there. With a passion for branding and marketing across different businesses Mathew also took on The Whaler Hotel in Salamanca and opened The Coles Bay Ice Creamery. Along with running his small business portfolio Mathew most enjoys bringing up his children, boating at Freycinet and driving his bulldozer at his farm Riversdale on the East Coast of Tasmania.