Management Committee

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

Leah Clarke  

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.


Anne McVilly

Port Arthur Historic Authority- Term expires 2018

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.


Tony Clementson

Tourism NT - Term Expires 2019

In May 2017 Tony joined Tourism NT as the Destination Development Manager for the Top End region, based in Darwin and responsible for maximising the impact of the cruise and niche tourism sectors for the region.

Tony will be working closely with  Darwin Port, Darwin Waterfront Corporation, Tourism Top End, City of Darwin and the Tourism industry operators to ensure that the business community is aware of activity and is embracing and maximising the opportunities that the cruise sector brings.

Tony has a 30 years of experience in the tourism industry and has held leadership positions with City Marketing, a Regional Tourist Association, been a Ministerial advisor and has managed a significant commercial tourism business.

Jill Abel  

Jill Abel

Chief Executive Officer

July 2016 to June 2018

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.