The 2018/19 Executive is made up of the following member organisations and their nominated representatives:


Grant Gilfillan

Port Authority of NSW - Term Expires 2020

With the amalgamation of Sydney, Newcastle and Port Kembla port corporations in July 2014, Grant Gilfillan became Chief Executive Officer and Director of Port Authority of New South Wales. He had previously been Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Ports Corporation (from 2008) and Newcastle Port Corporation (from 2013).

Before joining Sydney Ports Corporation in 2008, Grant worked in Africa, the Middle East and Europe (Romania) as a Senior Vice President, Managing Director and General Manager for DP World. Prior to this he served as Director of Operations for P&O Ports, Australia and New Zealand and as Managing Director of CSX World Terminals in Australia. Prior to that Grant was a mining engineer and mine manager in the NSW Hunter Valley and the north-west of Western Australia.




Martin Bidgood

Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services - Term Expires 2019

After obtaining a BA(Hons) degree in International Hospitality Management from Bournemouth University in 1999, Martin embarked on a career in the tourism industry, working for a variety of London based tour operators in both operations and product focused roles before joining Aragon Tours, a leading shore excursion provider within the UK cruise market.

Following the acquisition of Aragon Tours in 2009, Martin was appointed as Regional Director UK & Ireland – overseeing all operations throughout the region. In March 2011, Martin relocated to Sydney to assume the role of Regional Director Australia, where he drives business growth in one of the world’s fastest growing cruise regions.

Martin was born in London and is married to his wife Sarah and has two young children, Evie and Harry.



Thor Elliott

FremantlePorts - Term Expires 2019

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.