Management Committee


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


Christine Cole


Tourism Western Australia - Term expires 2020



Anne McVilly

Port Arthur Historic Authority- Term expires 2020

Anne has almost 20 years’ experience in the Tasmanian tourism and cruise industry and 10 in Information Technology. Anne also holds an International Travel Agents licence which provides for an extensive knowledge of on line bookings and distribution.

Anne is currently the Director of Tourism Operations at Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority (PAHSMA). PAHSMA operates Port Arthur, Coal Mines and Cascades Female Factory Historic Sites which are 3 of the eleven historic places that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.

PAHSMA are key stakeholders in the cruise sector via dual roles as an emerging cruise destination and as popular shore excursion program components. Anne oversees everything tourism for the sites including cruise development; visitor services; food & beverage; retail; guiding; new product development and visitor satisfaction. 

Anne has demonstrated experience in the cruise sector - in the development of new products and shore excursion itineraries; working with inbound, wholesale, retail and online travel partners; organising meet and greet programs; engagement of local community, retail & tourism sectors; customs and quarantine operations and development of volunteer programs.


Jay McKenzie

Bob Wood Cruise Group - Term expires 2019

With over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry, Jay, along with her business partner Tyler Wood, has created Bob Wood Cruise Group, a company dedicated to the implementation and management of professional ground logistics for international and domestic cruise lines, as well as working with tourism bodies to implement quality industry standards that cruise lines have come to expect.
To further support the industry Jay and Tyler have established Guides Australia, created with the objective of bringing a nationwide industry standard to the guiding business focusing on the needs of the international cruise market. 

Jay is doing this through collaboration with her cruise line partners, STO’s and the various training and education facilities within Australia.
Prior to forming Bob Wood Cruise Group Jay lived in New Zealand where she owned and operated her own retail travel agency.


Scott Lovett

Tourism NT - Term Expires 2019


Jill Abel  

Jill Abel

Chief Executive Officer

July 2018 to June 2022

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.

In February of 2005 Jill was appointed General Manager of Australian Cruise Association, the peak industry marketing body and in 2015 appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Australian Cruise Association is responsible for the marketing of Australia and the Pacific to the cruise ship industry.

Jill manages the marketing initiatives of the member based organisation that includes international sales missions, attendance at international cruise events, website development, membership development and representation, brochure production and media.

Jill is responsible for the management of the Economic Impact Study, presented annually, identifying the benefits of the Australian Cruise Ship Industry. Jill represents Australian Cruise Association on a range of Federal Government working committees working with the whole of industry to address current and future issues and is also the secretary of the organisation.

Jill has a Diploma of Business (Tourism) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


For further information, download the Management Committee Position Description.