Staff

Evan Hall

Evan is an economist with extensive experience in federal and state advocacy. A recognised tourism industry leader, Evan joined Tourism Council WA in May 2011 following five years at the Tourism & Transport Forum as National Policy Director.

Evan was previously an elected official with the Community & Public Sector Union, directing federal advocacy campaigns on immigration, customs and quarantine issues and in the commercial broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.

Since undertaking work experience at the Council in 2005 as part of a Bachelor’s Degree, Emma has held various positions within the Council.  Moving to Broome in 2008 to continue her studies, she worked with tourism operator Cable Beach Club Resort, followed by a Marketing and Sales position at Broome and The Kimberley Holidays and a Finance and Administration position at the Department of Fisheries. On completing a Bachelor of Environmental Science, specialising in Indigenous Studies and Tourism, Emma returned to Perth in March 2010 to resume a position on the Accreditation Team. Emma now manages the Industry Development team and is responsible for the implementation for a range of projects.

Leslee is an award-winning and experienced communications professional, specialising in media relations, writing and copy editing, and social media management. Her previous roles include Communications Officer for an agricultural advocacy group and journalist for a major regional newspaper, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from UWA as well as a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Curtin University.

Julia Tolj joined the Tourism Council WA in 2013, with many years experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Primarily in sales and marketing within hotels, her previous employers include Accor and Intercontinental Hotels in Perth and Sydney. She has most recently spent several years lecturing at in Tourism and Events at Central Institute of Technology.

Jessica began part time work as an Industry Advisor for Tourism Council WA in 2012 as she completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Curtin University with majors in Marketing, Tourism and Event Management. She has now been working with the Council for just over four years within the Industry Development team and is involved in the delivery of our various programs. Jessica has developed a passion for digital marketing in this time and particularly enjoys assisting members with their online presence. Jessica has also worked in a range of industries which have each contributed to her experience in management, sales, hospitality and marketing.

Rebecca began work experience with Tourism Council WA in 2015 after she had completed her Bachelor of Tourism Management at Edith Cowan University with a minor in Marketing. Rebecca became an industry advisor in July 2016. Rebecca has an extensive background in customer service, having worked in retail and events for more than 10 years.

Julie has been successfully managing the Awards program since 2007 after years of working in the events management industry. Her role includes Awards administration, nominations, entrant support, coordination of the judging panel as well as organising the Gala Dinner.

Marketing Strategist and Managing Director of One Eighty Marketing, Kristy Bailey has more than 15 years’ experience in strategic marketing, communications and PR within the Tourism industry. Kristy holds a range of qualifications including a Diploma in Tourism and a Post Graduate Marketing Certificate and is currently completing her Masters in Marketing.  She has represented businesses from all aspects of the tourism industry including retail and wholesale travel companies, conference and incentive houses, cruise operators, tour operators and luxury resorts. Lecturing Tourism with Challenger Institute, Kristy also has assisted in the personal development and education of young Australians entering the tourism industry.

Kym’s background is all about small business, tourism, and marketing – topics that she is very passionate about.  Kym has had a diverse career history that includes being a qualified dive master, tour guide, business owner, board member, communications manager and business advisor.  She was recently employed by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), where she advised clients on issues ranging from business start up to growth, specialising in tourism and marketing. Kym was also responsible for writing workshop content and developing custom resources for the small business sector. In January 2015, Kym started Business Steps which specialises in developing custom tools, resources and practical training packages for small and not-so-small businesses.

Michelle has been engaged in the hospitality industry since 1994. During that time, she has fulfilled roles in Food and Beverage management, Front Office management and hospitality training. During her time as Starwood Preferred Loyalty Guest Manager/Executive Club Lounge Manager, she entered into the world of a private RTO, delivering hospitality training from 2002-2004. In 2005, she accepted the position of Training Manager, WA/NT for the Accor Group. Realising her passion for training and balancing a family, she opened her own business in 2009 – contracting to award-winning businesses within the Perth region and is still operating in this area.

Amy Johnston is the owner of Wanderlust Communications, a public relations and social media consultancy based in Perth. Amy is an experienced communications professional with a strong background in integrated public relations. Since relocating to Western Australia from the UK in 2011, Amy has worked as the Marketing Manager for a large recreation centre and as General Manager for a large regional Visitor Centre where she honed her tourism marketing skills. In 2014 Amy won the Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Administration Employee of the Year Award and the GWN7 Golden I Award for Visitor Centre Leadership.

Coffey & Tea Managing Director Meg Coffey is not only renowned as one of Perth’s leading hospitality and tourism marketers, but is also the state’s ‘digital darling’. A dynamo media commentator and public speaker, Meg is well and truly leading the charge in all things social media marketing in WA. Her penchant and skill for social is evident in her award-winning client work but also in her passion project: #SMPerth: Social Media Perth, the city’s go to source for the latest news in the digital space and a community for those to learn and share.

Sally has worked in senior roles in the tourism, hospitality and event management industries in Western Australia and the United Kingdom. She was a founding director of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Association, Executive Officer of Tourism Council Western Australia and National Manager of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program Ltd. Sally was instrumental in the development, and national roll out, of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program.

Sally has worked for the Sheraton Group Perth, the Esplanade Fremantle, Grande Forte Oxfordshire and Pinkerton Events in the UK and Scotland. She has lectured at Curtin University in Tourism Marketing and is an Aussie Host trainer.

Sally was the international award winner of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Face of the Future and has been a tourism representative on numerous advisory boards and committees for DPAW, PATA, Rottnest Island, Tourism WA, WAITOC, WA Hospitality and Tourism Industry Training Council, Disability Services and Department of Consumer and Employment Protection.