Executive Discussion Panel

Executive Discussion Panel

Welcome to the 2017 Executive Discussion Panel

The Executive Discussion Panel provides an opportunity for TOUR3009 students to hear issues affecting the Tourism, Events & Hospitality industries and to gain insights into the career journeys of high-level and experienced industry representatives.  The Executive Discussion Panel is made up of Adjunct Professors, high-level industry Executives and CEO's.  It is an intimate forum for students to hear and engage with the high-level industry representatives.  There will be time for students to ask questions and network with the panel.


2017 Executive Discussion Panel Members:

  1. Danielle Duell – People with Purpose
  2. Mark Olsen – Earth Check
  3. Adele Labine-Romain – Deloitte Access Economics
  4. Richard Mulcahy – Lighting Council Australia
  5. Michael Brown – Brown & Associates
  6. Stephen Wicks – Tradewinds Hotel
  7. Jeremy Ryland – Food Specialist


Event Program

9.00am – Pre-event Networking Morning Tea with Panel and Student Volunteers 

9.30am – Student Registration Opens (all students must be seated by 9.45 am)

10.00am – Welcome and Introduction from Karen Hughes and Aliisa Mylonas, UQ Business School

10.15am – Executive Panel to Commence:

  • Executive Panel Members will share their stories of resilience, re-invention and the reality checks taken along their career journey. 
  • Followed by student led Questions & Answers
  • Summary by Dr Sheranne Fairley, UQ Business School
  • Students and Panel networking

12.00pm – Executive Discussion Panel to Conclude


Panel Members Bio's

Danielle Duell - People with Purpose

Danielle Duell

Throughout her career as an entrepreneur, a CEO, company director and consultant, Danielle has worked across a range of industries including education, energy, tourism, arts, water, technology, hospitality, events, construction, farming, conservation, retailing, medical research and corporate governance.

Danielle was the co-founder of Riverlife Adventure Centre. She completed an MBA at Queensland University of Technology in 2009 with concentrations in Strategy and Entrepreneurship and won a scholarship to Harvard Business School to participate in the Women's Leadership Forum - Innovation Strategies for a Changing World in 2011.

From 2010-2014 Danielle worked as the inaugural CEO of Graham (Skroo) Turner’s diverse portfolio of private companies including luxury accommodation group – Spicers Retreats, a collection of award winning restaurants, several day spas, an outdoor adventure park and a selection of sustainable cattle breeding enterprises and nature refuges. 

Danielle has held numerous board and committee roles for organisations such as Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Government’s Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council; she currently serves on the Board of the Queensland Music Festival.

Danielle is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School.  She is also the founder of Australian Harvard Women - a business network and series of events for Australian women who have studied at Harvard Business School.

Her primary business role is as founder and CEO of People With Purpose - a company whose purpose is to equip business to improve the world.  In this capacity, Danielle and her team work with CEO’s, Executive Teams and Boards to develop and implement purpose-led strategy, transformation, innovation, projects, communications and events.  

Mark Olsen - Earth Check 

Mark Olsen

Mark joined EarthCheck in 2008 after working in a number of senior positions at Tourism Queensland, including Regional Director of Destination Management. Mark has extensive experience in strategic planning policy development, industry consultation, project management, and tourism marketing.

EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Since 1987, they have helped businesses, communities, and governments to deliver clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travellers to visit, live, work and play.

Adele Labine-Romain - Deloitte Access Economics

Adele Labine-Romain

Adele is a partner at Deloitte Access Economics’ economic and policy advisory practice, where she leads the firm’s tourism, aviation and hotels business.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Adele held executive roles with Tourism Australia and with industry peak body Tourism & Transport Forum.  

As the former head of strategy at Tourism Australia and member of their executive leadership team, she was responsible for the development and delivery of the organisation’s long-term strategic direction and market framework and led Tourism Australia’s work towards Tourism 2020.  She was also responsible for the agency’s research program, collaborating with all the states and territories to expand the successful Consumer Demand Project.

As Executive Director at the Tourism & Transport Forum, she worked with executives across a broad range of companies and institutions to develop and implement successful advocacy programs resulting in public policy change and deliver strategic initiatives and research-based publications and reports to inform industry and influence decision makers. 

She has been a member of the Tourism Research Advisory Board, the Tourism Forecasting Reference Panel, the Tourism Visa Advisory Group and other industry panels and committees and has contributed to the development of a number of tourism employment plans and other government and industry studies.

Adele has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Business and Tourism and an MBA focused on strategic management.  She is also an adjust professor at UQ Business School.

Richard Mulcahy - Lighting Council Australia

Richard Mulcahy

A CEO and former Parliamentarian who has held five Chief Executive Officer appointments (with over three decades of experience in Employer Associations), a senior advisory role with a former Premier of Victoria, a leadership role in the parliamentary sphere, advisory roles with two foreign governments and a leadership role in the tourism industry

Experienced in the role as CEO and as a leader, as well as liaising at executive levels and managing multiple stakeholders. An accomplished leader, who possesses a demonstrated ability to motivate and persuade, with demonstrated financial management and marketing expertise.

Richard was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Council Australia in January 2017.  It is the Peak Industry Body for Australia’s 100 lighting companies.  He is charged with the task of modernising and restructuring the entity, introducing improved governance and systems, establishing a Parliamentary engagement programme and a marketing programme for the purpose of generating additional revenue streams

Michael Brown - Brown & Associates

Michael Brown

Michael Brown has extensive experience in the corporate and elite sports management sectors.

Michael resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 and the National Rugby League Chief Commercial Officer mid-2016 to return to Melbourne.  Michael has established Michael Brown and Associates providing superior outcomes in change management, transitioning, project and stakeholder management.

Currently CEO of Kardinia Park Stadium which is Australia’s Premier Regional Sport Stadium with a capacity of 40,000 and home to the Geelong Football Club in the AFL.

He was formerly CEO of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, reporting to a high-profile Board led by Frank Lowy.  The Asian Cup was an outstanding success by any measure.  Over 650,000 people attended the 32 matches in January 2015, with nine sell outs across five host cities. Prior to joining AC2015 Michael was Deputy CEO/General Manager of Cricket at Cricket Australia for 10 years.

 He has extensive corporate governance experience and has been on Boards of many not for profit organisations.

Born in England, Michael moved to Australia in 1967.  He is married to Jill and has two adult children. 

Michael’s career began in teaching/administration, followed by a three-year period at North Melbourne Football Club as Football Manager from 1990-1992.  In 1992 Michael joined Tobin Brothers, Australia’s largest family-owned funeral company, where he gained valuable management skills at one of Australia’s largest and most respected funeral businesses. 

He was then approached to take over the role of Chief Executive at the Hawthorn Football Club.

From 1998 to 2002 Michael took the Hawthorn Football Club from a revenue base of $11 million to $30 million and grew the staff from 20 people to more than 60.  During this time, Michael oversaw some major initiatives for the Club, successfully negotiating with the AFL for Hawthorn to move from Waverley Park to its new home at the MCG in 1999 and negotiated with the Tasmanian Government securing AFL matches in Launceston, significantly increasing its sponsorship value and Tasmanian membership base.

In 2002 Michael took on the role of General Manager/Deputy CEO with Cricket Australia.  In this role, Michael was responsible for managing the day-to-day cricket activities of Cricket Australia, including overseeing the operation and contracting of all Australian men’s and women’s cricketers and teams and the national umpiring panel, international and domestic cricket programming, security and anti-corruption issues.

His responsibilities also covered the management of the rules and regulations of Australian cricket and Cricket Australia’s relationships with the Federal and State Governments and ministerial departments.

Michael was Director of Cricket for the Champions League Twenty20 – an annual international tournament involving teams from Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, England, the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Active in his local community, Michael is an Adjunct Professor at University of Queensland, Justice of the Peace and was a keen footballer and cricketer, playing more than 150 VFA games with Williamstown and Brunswick. He was a member of Williamstown’s 1976 Premiership team. 

Stephen Wicks - Tradewinds Hotel

Stephen Wicks

Stephen Wicks has recently joined the Prendiville Hotel Group as General Manager of the Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia. Prior to his new appointment, Stephen was CEO of the Western Australian Turf Club (WATC). Stephen has held senior management roles that have involved hotel and event operations, marketing and media, property development, corporate travel, facility and grounds management, government relations, and wagering operations.

While WA-born, Stephen’s career has seen him work in Sydney, Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Margaret River and Perth. Stephen holds an MBA (Exec) from UNSW, and is an Adjunct Professor at UQ Business School.

Jeremy Ryland - Food Specialist

Jeremy Ryland

Jeremy Ryland is a passionate food professional with more than 35 years’ experience in the Australian food industry. Jeremy has a unique combination of scientific, operations and marketing skills and has a degree in Food Technology, an MBA in Marketing and a Master of Arts in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu, Academie D’Art Culinaire de Paris.

Jeremy has worked in research, manufacturing, hospitality and marketing. He has his own consultancy business that develops new restaurants and provides audit/review services to hospitality groups like the ALH Group.

Jeremy is passionate about good food, good wine and the importance that food plays in our history, culture, social lives and health. He writes on food and gastronomy for the press and has appeared on both radio and television, promoting food science, good food and commensality.

Jeremy is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business & Tourism at the University of Queensland, a qualified judge for the RAS, RNA, RASV and GDA, and a part-time restaurant reviewer and critic.

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jeremy-ryland

Web: www.thefoodmakers.com


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