The 2015/16 Executive is made up of the following member organisations and their nominated representatives:


Stephen Bradford

Independent Chairman
Term Expires 2017

Stephen Bradford was appointed as Australian Cruise Association's first Independent Chairman in September 2014. Stephen retired as CEO of the Port of Melbourne Corporation (a member of Australian Cruise Association) in December 2013.

Stephen now advises on Ports and logistics. Stephen has broad experience having previously been Chairman of the Australasian Rail Association, Deputy Chairman of the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) and a Director of international marine and ports underwriter Through Transport Mutual in the UK.

He lives in Melbourne and can be contacted on

mob: 0417392248 or email: tarrawanna@yahoo.com.au




Richard Schoonraad  

Richard Schoonraad

Joint Deputy Chairman
Tourism NT - Term expires 2017

Richard is the Manager Cruise Sector Development for Tourism NT, based in Darwin. He has been with Tourism NT since 2006, having held positions in International Marketing, Destination Development,  Marketing Manager for Territory Discoveries, and Assistant Director of the NT Convention Bureau.

Richard has been instrumental in driving various initiatives in the NT to enhance the experiences for visiting cruise ship passengers and crew, as well as advocating the benefits of the cruise sector for the local tour operators and retailers. Richard works closely with the Darwin Port Corporation, Tourism Top End and City of Darwin to ensure the business community is aware of activity in the cruise sector, and is equipped to develop the opportunities this sector brings.

Richard has directed the development of the Northern Territory Cruise Sector Activation Plan, drawn up by a reference group of major stakeholders. He has also worked with various agencies of the NT Government to inform decisions and submissions on the federal legislation environment affecting cruise shipping in Northern Australia.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth. His previous experience includes inbound operations, various roles with Tourism Australia in the US, UK and Europe, and sales and marketing management roles in private enterprise.

Tyler Wood  

Tyler Wood

Joint Deputy Chairman
Bob Wood Cruise Group - Term Expires 2017

With over 12 years’ experience in the travel industry, Tyler, along with his business partner Jay McKenzie, has created Bob Wood Cruise Group, a company dedicated to the implementation and management of professional ground logistics for international cruise lines, as well as working with tourism bodies to implement quality industry standards that cruise lines have come to expect.

A recent addition to the company is the formation of Cruise Guides Australia, created with the objective of bringing a nationwide industry standard to the guiding business focussing on the needs of the international cruise market. Tyler is looking at doing this through collaboration with his cruise line partners, STO’s and the various training and education facilities within Australia.

Prior to forming Bob Wood Cruise Group Tyler worked in the family business alongside his mentor and prior Australian Cruise Association Committee Member Judy Wood.


Thor Elliott

FremantlePorts - Term Expires 2017

Thor is the Trade Development Manager at Fremantle Ports, where he has been employed for 28 years. He has worked in a variety of areas within the port environment and in 1995 became the manager of Fremantle’s Cruise Ship Terminal.

Thor has been pivotal in managing the elements of change to the operational processes to cater for the ever expanding cruise industry. This has facilitated many successful cruise ship operations at the port and terminal.

He has been involved in developing Western Australia’s first strategic plan for cruise shipping and is a member of the Cruise WA Committee. He is also a member of the National Sea Passenger Facilitation Committee which is chaired by Australian Customs.

Thor has a Graduate Certificate in Business.



For further information, download the Management Committee Position Description.