The 2017/18 Executive is made up of the following member organisations and their nominated representatives:


Grant Gilfillan

Port Authority of NSW - Term Expires 2018

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.


Julie O’Brien

Manager, Partnerships   Destinations and Global Partnerships
Tourism and Events Queensland - Term Expires 2018

Julie has over 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry in both the public and private sector.  She is passionate about delivering the best quality Queensland experience to the consumer and has worked in the development of the cruise sector in Queensland for the past few years.

Julie’s strong relationships with key stakeholders within the cruise industry provides TEQ with an in-depth understanding of the market’s current needs and future potential.

Summary of attributes :

Extensive knowledge and experience in the cruise/tourism industry
Thorough understanding of the Queensland tourism industry and particularly the issues, impediments and growth potential of the cruise market sector
Detailed knowledge of the Queensland destinations and products
Established relationships with key stakeholders, including cruise lines, ports, cruise media, inbound tour operators and international itinerary planners
Effective communications and interpersonal skills
Analytical and lateral thinking abilities
Full understanding of regulatory environment around the cruise shipping sector


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.