Stuart Lennox (Chairman)
Stuart Lennox is the Chair of Destination Southern Tasmania after being nominated to the Board in 2016, and elected in 2017. His tourism consultancy provides advice to industry and Government agencies. Stuart spent ten years as Director of Visitor Services with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), during this time he project managed the development of the Three Capes Track. The project highlights the role signature tourism experiences can play in increasing visitation to regional communities in a sustainable manner. Prior to working for PWS, Stuart developed a strong understanding of the needs of the industry whilst working in various roles in Tourism Tasmania, including Marketing Manager, special interest and niche tourism, Manager of Training and Development and nature based tourism. He has been a regional (Southern Stars) State (TICT) and National awards and site judge. A strong believer in Tasmania, in tourism in Tasmania and of the critical role regional tourism can play in building stronger communities, Stuart brings with him a passion and wealth of experience to guide and support Destination Southern Tasmania. When he is lucky he gets to ride his long board at his home break, Mays Point. When the seas are quiet he rides, walks, dives and climbs to some of the most beautiful places on the Earth, all here in Tasmania!
Tom Wootton (Deputy Chairman)
Tom is a passionate Tasmanian, with 15 years of professional marketing experience across a range of industries. He is qualified lawyer, but opted for a ‘less boring’ career in marketing and has since worked in London and Melbourne with some of the biggest brands in the world. Tom returned to his home state in 2014 with his wife Ellanor, intent on marketing his favourite brand of all: Tasmania. He has worked with a range of tourism businesses including Pumphouse Point, Tourism Industry Council Tasmania and RACT Destinations, but is now the Sales and Marketing Manager for Federal Group’s tourism portfolio working across The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Saffire Freycinet and MACq 01 Hotel. Tom is also a director on the board of Destination Southern Tasmania, member of Skal International and a father to 18-month old Frank.
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Daniel Aitken is the Marketing Manager for the Museum of Old and New Art.
Daniel’s role across the Mona organisation extends from the Museum to Moorilla Winery, and across Mona Foma and Dark Mofo festivals. His experience and skills centre around strategic planning, creative business solutions, brand development and research/data-driven marketing.
As a Tasmanian-born marketer, Daniel is passionate about the Tasmanian tourism industry and bringing more people to experience what our state offers. Through his time with Mona, dating back to before it’s opening, he has seen the shape of the Tourism industry change dramatically from within Tasmania’s largest draw card and is passionate about helping to build the industry by working together with other tourism and business operators and leveraging from each other’s experience and skills.
Vin Barron was Chief Executive of the Tasmanian Convention Bureau (TCB) from 1993 until 2008. He was previously Executive Director of the Hobart Chamber of Commerce and State Director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce for eight years.
In May 2011, he became the convenor/chairman of various industry working groups having as their objective the establishment of a new regional tourism organisation for Southern Tasmania.
He was a founding Director of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania and currently represents DST on the TICT Board. Vin is a Director of Cricket Tasmania with committee responsibilities which include marketing, promoting major events, Blundstone Arena venue operations and the Tasmanian Cricket Museum.
Dave has always had hospitality in his blood, carrying his first restaurant plate at 14 years old Quigley’s in Launceston. In 1993, he worked for the Sheraton Corporation after leaving school but it was not long before he owned his own business. He ran his first hotel as licensee at the age of 20 and purchased his first hotel in 1999.
Dave’s passion for the tourism sector saw him move to Bruny Island in 2005 where he developed the award winning Explorers Cottages. He purchased Hotel Bruny in 2011, with the restaurant expanding to a thriving hub for visitors and local community members. Dave has most recently developed Bruny Island Cider, the first and only commercial cider to showcase Bruny Island apples. His Bruny Island Café opened in late July and he soon to launch Bruny Island Lodge.
University of Tasmania
Dr. Anne Hardy is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania and the Director of the Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd). She is a specialist in tribal marketing, the drive tourism and recreational vehicle market and issues related to sustainability. Her research has been conducted both in Australia and overseas, including in Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Anne is particularly interested in collaborative research that forms two way linkages between the university and the broader tourism industry.
Toni is a marketing professional with 20 years’ experience in Australia and overseas. The last eight years have been in the tourism industry with Tourism Tasmania, Hobart Airport and now as Head of Marketing with Lark Distillery. She has a strong background in the development and delivery of new brands and is highly skilled in developing communication and marketing strategies.
Toni is passionate about Tasmania and the growth of tourism and development and hopes to contribute to that growth by helping drive Destination Southern Tasmania.
Tim Parsons is a sixth generation Tasmanian farmer and owner of Curringa Farm – a beautiful 750 acre sheep and cropping farm at Hamilton in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.
In recent years Tim and his wife Jane have become significant players in the Tasmanian tourism industry, offering hosted accommodation and farm tours which are extremely popular with visitors from South East Asia, partly as a result of Tim’s extensive travels to Asia over the past eight years. In 2016, Curringa has added five new luxury cottages and a new visitors reception centre is underway to cope with the growing demand.
Tim is passionate about tourism in Tasmania and his 20 years of experience in the industry enables him to contribute to issues at state and regional levels to provide outcomes for local communities.
STCA Representative (City of Hobart)
Tim is the Group Manager Executive and Economic Development with the City of Hobart. He has been with the City of Hobart for 16 years, building up a unique understanding of how the City operates. He has responsibility for the areas of Economic Development, City Strategy and Performance, International Relations and the Office of the Lord Mayor. Tim started his professional career as lawyer in Hobart before moving to the West Coast of Tasmania to work for a community organisation focussed on small business start-up and economic development. It was here that Tim first developed an understanding of Tourism and its importance to communities and the State as a whole. During his time at Council, Tim oversaw the transition of the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre into Council’s operation and continues to have an active role in the City’s Tourism strategies.
Tim is a former director of the Australian Cruise Association, as well as Director and past President of the Rotary Club of Hobart.
Ken brings a wealth of experience to the DST board, having been in the tourism industry for more than 35 years. Ken has a strong history in hotel management having owned, developed operated and managed a huge variety of hotels both in Tasmania and mainland Australia. Ken maintains private interests in hotels around Tasmania. Ken is currently the manager of the Forestry Tasmania enterprise Tahune Forest Airwalk.