QLD / NT Advisory Board

Chair of QLD State Advisory Board Mark Hodge

General Manager Hotels & Residences, The Star Entertainment Group, Gold Coast


Mark joined Mantra Group in September 2006 as Group General Manager, Mantra Resorts, Hotels & Apartments. Up until most recently (Jan 2021) his role was Senior Vice President Operations, encompassed full operational responsibility across all four brands under the Accor Hotels Apartments & Leases banner across 140 properties and was a member on the groups’ Pacific Executive Committee. This includes the Art Series,Peppers ,Mantra & BreakFree resort & Hotel portfolios.

Since the acquisition of Mantra Group by Accor Hospitality in May 2018, Mark continued his senior leadership role reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Accor Pacific up until January 2021 where he has left to establish his own advisory and consulting business (Principal -Hodge & Co ,Tourism & Hospitality management).

With over 30 years in the tourism and hospitality industry, Mark has applied superior leadership and management skills to drive operations ,accelerates growth and boosts profits within the hospitality and tourism sector .He has extensive experience in hotel operations management including a thorough understanding of both strata and typical hotel ownership models. Mark’s background includes leadership roles at the highest levels that include Chief Executive Officer ,Senior Vice President and Group General Manager across singular and multiple corporate and resort style hotels. He is commercially astute with a strategic approach and recognised as a business driver and a trusted board and C-Suite asset .He excels at transforming and shaping operations to deliver agreed business objectives, confidently lead commercially restructures and acquisitions and consistently deliver improvements in employee sentiment, margins and profit.

Laura Younger (GAICD)

General Manager - Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council and Queensland


Laura has a business background in membership organisations in Australia and Britain. Laura has a Master of Business administration from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Southern Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Laura is the Chair of the Surfers Paradise Alliance; Board member and Chair of the QTIC Associations Council and Deputy President of the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce.

David McCullough

Vice President Operations QLD NT, Accor


As the Vice President of Operations for Accor Queensland and Northern Territory, David has overall responsibility for 32 hotels and resorts with a total of 4,688 rooms and an employee base of over 4,600. 

Originally, from New Zealand, David studied at the Victoria University Management School in Wellington NZ, where he attained a commerce degree in Industrial Relations, Human Resources and Management. David has attained a wealth of commercial Human Resources experience over the past 15+ years working both domestically and internationally (New Zealand, South Africa, the Philippines and the United Kingdom). During this time, David has built a depth of experience in Mergers/Acquisitions, Industrial Relations, Change Management, and Work Health and Safety across various industries, including Entertainment, Telecommunications, Outsourcing, Financial Services, Television and Government.

Since joining Accor in 2018, David has tackled and led many key projects on behalf of the Pacific Executive Team. During this time David also steered numerous business improvement reviews at Accor Vacation Club, played a critical role in the Pacific Taskforce, and provided Operations Support and Project Management throughout the Mantra Integration.
 

Nick uit den Bogaard

Owner, Comfort Resort Blue Pacific


With 36 years experience in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Nick actively enjoys engaging and contributing to the shaping of our industry, to benefit all stakeholders. 

Having owned and managed Comfort Resort Blue Pacific, with his wife Cath, for the past 18 years and having worked in Airline, Coach, Accommodation and Restaurant businesses has given Nick a very broad industry knowledge. Nick has experience in Company and Industry Boards and currently a Director, Company Secretary and Audit Chair on the Mackay Tourism Ltd Board, a position held on and off for 14 years. Nick is also a State Co-op Leader, representing the Qld Franchisees, with Choice Hotels Asia-Pac.  

Amanda Hoolihan

Director of Revenue, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA & NZ – TFE Hotels


As one of two Directors of Revenue for TFE Hotels, Amanda is responsible for maximising top line revenues, optimising hotel performance and building knowledge across 35 hotels (Adina Apartment Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Quincy Hotels, Rendezvous, Collection by TFE Hotels and Travelodge Hotels brands) in 14 different markets.   Backed by more than 15 years of experience in the field, along with substantial operational knowledge, Amanda and her team continually strive to generate above market results across the portfolio. 

Amanda’s career in revenue management started in 2007 at Hilton Brisbane. A passionate all-rounder, Amanda has also worked across banquets, conference sales, front office and reservations which has given her a deep understanding of operations, the various hotel and resort revenue streams and solid cost control.  Despite a deep passion for the industry, Amanda believes that the only thing better than revenue management is farming, and she aspires to own and operate her own winery.

Warren Cullum

Regional Director of Operations, Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim; Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific


With more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Warren Cullum possesses a comprehensive background in hotel and restaurant management. Warren has served as a Regional Director of Operations – QLD, VIC and Fiji for Wyndham Hotel Group since 2017. Prior to this, he was the group’s Area Manager for Queensland. Warren oversees more than 19 properties within the portfolio under four brands including boutique hotels, inner city hotels, resorts, MICE resorts, timeshare resorts, mixed-use and franchised hotels. A member of Wyndham’s South East Asia and Pacific Rim senior leadership team, Warren is passionate about customer experience and team engagement.

Craig Barber

General Manager, Alex Perry Hotels


With a career in the Hospitality and Accommodation industry spanning over 30 years and experience gained in both the domestic and international markets, Craig has been fortunate to work with and learn from some of the industry’s most successful and renowned operators.  

Craig has served as Vice President of the Australian Hotel Association National Accommodation Division on two separate occasions and was a representative to the inaugural National Accommodation Council, before returning full time overseas to a role in the Republic of Maldives managing resort islands. Followed by securing the role as Advisor to the Board of SIMDI Company one of that country’s oldest and largest tourism operators with interests in Resort Islands, Health services, Beverage import and distribution and numerous other related interests.

After returning to Australia and holding various roles, Craig is now General Manager of Alex Perry Hotel and Apartments in Fortitude Valley.

Todd Hunter

General Manager, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia


Todd Hunter is General Manager for Ayers Rock Resort’s flagship property Sails in the Desert hotel and the Lost Camel Hotel. 
 
Todd has over 20 years of strategic hotel operation management experience across the tourism and hospitality sectors in Australia and the Middle East. He has managed full service as well as select-service properties in almost every sector of the business – corporate, leisure, franchised, experienced based destination and remote. He is a zealous advocate for the industry with active involvement in tourism and industry associations.
 

Zac Hope

General Manager, voco Gold Coast


Scott Wilson

Cluster General Manager - Hilton Cairns and DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns


Scott has an extensive background of over 20 year’s multi brand, International hospitality experience.

As an inaugural scholarship recipient which started his early career in Europe, he has both breadth and depth of experience in the full service sector with the major brands Hyatt, IHG and Hilton. His extensive background includes hotel Finance, Operations and Business Development, through the Pacific, Middle East, and for most of his career Asia, before returning to Australia. These have encompassed preopening, open site refurbishment, and conversion rebranding in corporate and leisure properties in both city and resort destinations.

Scott also sits on the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) North Queensland committee.