Jill Abel

Chief Executive Officer

July 2022 to June 2025

Jill commenced her work in the cruise industry in 1995 when she became a consultant to Hobart Ports (now Tasports) looking after the operational aspects of the cruise ship visits. The position developed to include the Executive Officer role of Cruise Tasmania, marketing the state as a cruise ship destination. Jill worked in this role for ten years until 2005.

Brendan Connell

Brendan Connell


Head of Corporate Relations - Term Expires 2023

Brendan joined the Port of Brisbane in January 2017 and leads the Corporate Relations team in planning and implementing the Port’s external communications initiatives, its interaction with local and regional communities, as well as PBPL’s strategic interaction with customers and Government.

Brendan also played a key role, as part of the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd team, in bringing to life the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, Australia’s newest mega cruise ship facility.


Karlie Cavanagh


Inchcape Shipping Services - Term expires 2023

Karlie has an extensive experience and operational knowledge of Australian Cruise ports and requirements, currently from her last 4 years as part of the Inchcape Shipping Services team in her role as National Cruise Coordinator, accountable for liaison with ports, principals and vendors around the Australian coast.


Kristy Little


Tasports- Term expires 2022

Kristy has more than twelve years’ experience in marketing and business development roles within the Tasmanian tourism industry. This includes her current role as Commercial Manager of Cruise for TasPorts, where she has found her professional passion for the cruise industry during her nine year tenure.

Since joining TasPorts, Kristy has overseen the strategic development of the cruise portfolio for Tasmania’s key cruise ports and has managed the segment through a period of monumental growth for the state.  


Anthony Brent


Abercrombie & Kent - Term Expires 2022

With over 20 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, 15 of those dedicated to cruise, Anthony has passion in developing and delivering services that enhance Australia’s reputation as a world class destination. Having spent several years at sea with Disney Cruise Line, managing tour programs for the Four Seasons in the Maldives, Anthony has worked the last nine years developing Akorn Destination Management Australia and New Zealand’s shoreside operations.


Natalie Godward

Sub Committee Member

Port Authority of NSW - Term expires 2022

A passionate advocate for tourism and regional areas, Natalie is the Cruise Development Manager for Port Authority of NSW looking after cruise visitation into NSW regional ports. 

Natalie is responsible for the development and growth of the Port of Eden, and the expanding of regional NSW port offerings through the Regional Port Development Project.