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

I have been a member of the Visitor Centres WA Committee for the last four years. In 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, I was invited to act as Tourism Policy Advisor for previous Tourism Ministers.

From 2007 to 2009, I researched, developed and implemented Tourism WA’s Workforce Development Strategic Plan managing a range of projects; highlights included the successful delivery of an Aboriginal Employment Initiative and my appointment to four Industry Advisory Boards by key tourism and hospitality education providers in Western Australia. In 2009/10, I Chaired the National Visitor Safety Program Committee.

Prior to starting my career at Tourism WA (in 2000), I was Director Sales and marketing for Bali Hai Cruises for more than 8 years and based in Bali.

In September 2012, I was appointed to my current role – to manage the implementation of the Western Australian Cruise Shipping Strategy 2012-2020 in partnership with a wide range of industry and Government stakeholders.


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.


Karlie Cavanagh

Inchcape Shipping Services - Term expires 2021

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.  With direct on-site familiarity and experience of all key cruise locations in Australia and many of the less known, her role is focused on maximising the experience of both guests and vessels and crew within Australia.

Her value on the committee is further supported by her historical employment at Sydney Port Corporation, and prior as a Master on Captain Cook Cruises at Sydney Harbour.  With a true passion for the cruise industry and attention to detail, it is felt that her direct involvement with the ACA will provide a strong operational knowledge resource, and practical capability to support and develop the cruise industry in Australia.


Scott Lovett

Tourism NT - Term Expires 2021

Scott Lovett is the Executive General Manager – Industry Development for Tourism NT.  Working as part of the Department of Tourism and Culture, he leads a multi-disciplinary team heading investment attraction, aviation, destination planning, research and enterprise development across the NT.  A passionate advocate for regional development, Scott has also held senior roles within the Department of the Chief Minister and Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

Prior to joining the public sector Scott held senior roles in Convention Centres, Stadia, Event Production Houses and Hotels across Australia.  He is a current board member of the NT Major Events Company, the statutory company responsible for delivering some of the NT’s best known and loved events.  He is also a past board member at Desert Knowledge Australia, the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux and meetings Events Australia.

Scott was raised in regional Queensland and Adelaide from where he holds formal qualifications in Tourism and Hospitality from the globally renowned Regency Hotel School.

Natalie Godward  

Natalie Godward

Port Authority of NSW - Term expires 2021

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.  This project included scoping of the NSW coastline to identify ports with maritime capability to accept cruise, working with communities, local stakeholders and tourism bodies to build cruise ready destination experiences and working with cruise lines and ground handlers to build awareness and build visitation to these regional ports.  The Regional Port Development project also feeds into the NSW Government’s Cruise Development Plan and actions to build cruise visitation to regional ports.  

Natalie also sits on the board of Destination Southern NSW, tasked with supporting the Southern region’s tourism development. And prior to joining Port Authority, Natalie discovered the best of the region and how to engage visitors in her role at Sapphire Coast Tourism.  Natalie has also owned a small business, volunteered for many events and committees, worked in corporate roles with Fairfax Digital and McCann Erickson and travelled the world, although not nearly enough if you ask her. 

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.