State judging is conducted by a panel of industry peers appointed by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council. Judges are selected for their knowledge and experience, and for their willingness to commit time to the Awards process and are convened each year specifically for the Tourism Awards. All judges provide their time and expertise on a volunteer basis. The judging panel for 2013 is:
Michael Geddes (Chair of Judges)
Principal Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Michael has 36 years’ experience in a wide variety of roles in both the public and private sectors. A qualified urban planner and landscape architect, but specific fields of competence include the ability to take a wide-ranging strategic view or detailed approach to projects and problem solving. He has ten years experience with the South Australian Tourism Commission at a management level in tourism infrastructure and development, and prior to that, 20 years experience in the consulting industry with involvement in a wide variety of multi-disciplinary planning, engineering and environmental projects both in SA and interstate. Michael has continued his keen interest in the tourism industry since leaving the SATC and has been involved with the SA Judging Panel for the last 12 years and been on the National Judging Panel for three years.
Christine has spent eleven years in senior roles within the business tourism industry. She held the position of Managing Director of the Perth Convention Bureau until her resignation in July 2011 to move to Adelaide. She has also served on various Boards and committees including Vice President and former Treasurer on the Board of the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB). Committee member - (ATEC) Western Australia branch Australian Tourism Export Commission and the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Tourism Committee. Christine is a member/consultant of Tourism and Hospitality advisory panels for Southern Cross University, Edith Cowan University and Central TAFE Western Australia.
Workforce Learning & Development
Andrew has extensive tourism and international hotel management experience spanning over 25 years. Andrew has held key leadership roles within Hyatt International Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group, implementing human resource, and people developmental strategies that build individual and company capabilities. During this time within International hotels, Andrew achieved numerous state and national awards in the field of workplace training, health and safety and people management.
Senior Business Manager Infrastructure & Investment, Destination Development Group, South Australian Tourism Commission
Mark Blyth has worked with the South Australian Tourism Commission for over 25 years and has extensive experience in a variety of senior management positions in regional, domestic and international consumer marketing. Returning to the SATC after a secondment as Marketing Communications Manager for the Centenary of Federation he has worked in a number of positions within the Destination Development Group of the SATC, including management of the Commission’s Tourism Development Fund infrastructure grants scheme. Mark is currently a Senior Business Manager in the Infrastructure & Investment Group. In addition to working on major public and private tourism infrastructure projects throughout the State, he is also the SATC liaison with the Federal Department for Resources Energy & Tourism which administers the TQUAL and TIRF Grant programs.
Community Foundation Manager, Southern Cross Care
Jenny Daly has over 20 years experience in the tourism, events and leisure industry having undertaken roles such as Public Relations Manager for the SA Tourism Commission, Marketing and Media Manager for the initial three years of the Tour Down Under, Market Development Manager for the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation and Director of the 2010 Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide. In these roles Jenny has been involved in the SA Tourism Awards as the Awards Manager, an awards entrant (and winner) and an awards judge, thereby ensuring that she has experienced the process from all angles.
Tourism & Marketing Consultant – Adelaide City Council
Cate is an experienced tourism professional having been in the industry for over 10 years. Previously she has held positions with the South Australian Tourism Commission, Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, SeaLink Travel Group and is currently at Adelaide City Council. In her current role Cate is responsible for implementing the City of Adelaide Tourism Action Plan, working with key industry stakeholders, marketing the city and the ongoing development of Visitor Information Services. This background has provided Cate with a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience of knowing what customers want and how to manage and develop tourism products and businesses.
Consultant, Wine Industry
Gordon grew up in the Barossa Valley and following service in the Royal Australian Navy returned to the Barossa to play football for his beloved Nuriootpa Tigers. Working at Kaiser Stuhl he became very interested in winemaking and attended Roseworthy College as a mature age student, graduating with a degree in winemaking and marketing. Over the ensuing years Gordon was heavily involved with wine tourism, the lifeblood of many wine regions. The culmination was perhaps as CEO of Palandri Wines in WA where he established a multi award winning Cafe, Cellar Door and Visitors Centre in the heart of Margaret River. In a lead up to that he took several trips through the USA evaluating similar successful tourism centres in the Napa Valley, Sonoma and Oregon wine regions. Returning to South Australia he acts as a consultant within the wine industry.
Business Development Executive, Learning & Development, Business SA
Cindy has worked within the travel industry for many years which was flamed by a personal passion for travel. Having been the previous Manager for Groovy Grape Getaways together with Real Aussie Adventures, a conglomerate of six companies she has experienced many of the State’s wonders first hand. Her experiences took her to Adventure Tours Australia and the involvement in the South Australian Backpackers Association. Cindy is currently working with Business SA her role is to present businesses with solutions to maximise their potential. Cindy has also been on the National Judging Panel for the past 2 years.
Ron Kandelaars Media
Since commencing his media career in the late 70s, Ron had been involved in many roles. He wrote, produced and presented Channel Nine’s popular and multi-award winning travel program ‘Postcards’ and contributed to Postcards Australia, which is shown nationally and internationally. Ron also worked as ABC TV’s South Australian political correspondent, chief of staff and news producer. In 2011, Ron won Most Outstanding Contribution by an Individual in the SA Tourism Awards, and South Australian of the Year (Tourism) in the Advantage SA Awards. Currently, Ron is the host of the Adelaide radio station 5AA’s SA Snapshots program and is a public relations consultant and media trainer for a variety of corporate and government clients.
Executive Officer, Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism
With over 25 years’ experience in the tourism industry, Miranda brings a wide range of knowledge to her current position as Regional Tourism Executive Officer for the Fleurieu Peninsula. Originally from Canada, Miranda has expertise in destination marketing, product development and international business & marketing. Since living in South Australia for 4 years, Miranda fully appreciates the natural beauty of the land and coast, the superb quality of the food & wine, a wide range of festival & events and of course the people. She is honoured to be working with a great group of passionate people, to deliver exceptional tourism experiences to all who visit South Australia.
Brooke Liebelt Consulting
Brooke is a passionate, enthusiastic and hardworking business professional with degrees in Management (Marketing) and Arts (International Studies). Having worked in the tourism industry for the past five years in a number of roles at the South Australian Tourism Commission including Regional Marketing, Business Development and International Marketing and more recently working in the resources and energy industry, she brings with her a broad knowledge in both the public and private sectors. Brooke is a team player who focuses on achieving real results on time and on budget.
Business Development Manager & Program Director Bottom Line and Behind Closed Doors
Debra is the Business Development Manager & Program Director for one of SA’s premier management transition and mentoring company’s Bottom Line and Behind Closed Doors. Debra has an impressive background in banking and finance and has enjoyed a highly successful 29-year career in key senior management and leadership roles within the Westpac Group. In her most recent role as the Manager of Westpac’s Women’s Markets Unit in SA/NT, Debra developed expertise in the creation of financial opportunities for women. As a result of her commitment to Women’s Markets during the past ten years, Westpac was recognised as the No. 1 Bank of Choice for Women in SA. As a mother of identical twins Debra enjoys the many challenges of juggling both a career and motherhood.
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Manager, Orlando Wines
Elaine brings with her a wealth of experience in preparing tourism award winning submissions for Russet Ridge Winery, Richmond Grove Winery and Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, so she knows the process from all angels. She has been active in regional tourism for many years, which has included as Chair of Limestone Coast Tourism (2005-6) and Chair of Tourism Barossa (2009 – 2012). Elaine has also been a committee member and then President of the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival (2005-2006) and the Coonawarra Vignerons Cellar Door Events Committee Chair (2004-2006). Elaine understands the time and commitment that tourism businesses put into entering the SA Tourism Awards and strongly believes in the process and benefits it brings for the entrant and the industry.
Owner & Operator, Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage
Sharyn Rogers is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with a Bachelor of Management degree. She is the owner/operator of Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage which provides luxury boutique accommodation, and Milhinch Wines, a small premium wine producer in the Barossa Valley. Since Sharyn’s first involvement in the tourism industry in 2004, Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage has entered and won seven awards in the SA Tourism Awards (Hosted Accommodation and Heritage & Cultural Tourism categories) and has twice entered the SA Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. The business went on to win four Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, and is the 2011 Australian Winner for Hosted Accommodation. Sharyn understands the hard work, time and dedication that tourism businesses put into entering the SA Tourism Awards, but strongly believes that the process benefits both their businesses and the South Australian tourism industry. She is looking forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of the SA Tourism Awards process and great outcomes for participants.
Wine Tourism Australia
Robin is passionate about all things wine and tourism, having spent the past 18 years working to promote the Australian wine industry. Her experience has been gained in a variety of roles which culminated in her previous position as Manager Tourism & Business Development for the Australian wine industry’s peak body, Winemakers’ Federation of Australia. Robin now acts as an independent consultant under the banner Wine Tourism Australia. She maintains active involvement in wine tourism at State and National level through participation on steering committees, regional boards and seminar presentations. A dynamic presenter, she is regularly invited to share her knowledge as a conference speaker or facilitator across Australia and internationally.
Education Manager, TAFE SA
Jenice’s passion is working to improve the lives of others through education and training. As a trained teacher, Jenice has worked for nine years in public and private education before making the transition to the Vocational Education and Training sector. She has been with TAFE SA for 20 years, first as a teacher but now managing a range of programs across the broad Tourism and Interpreting industries. The education and training sector is a challenging industry to be part of but provides wonderful life changing opportunities for many people in our communities, as a start in life to a rewarding career.
**** The number of tourism award nominations received may impact on the number of judges required, as a result, more judges may be appointed over the course of the year