The Management Team

Richard Munro

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Munro is an accomplished executive with an in depth understanding of the accommodation industry. Richard has worked in the accommodation industry for over 35 years in operational roles for major brands such as Sheraton, Southern Pacific Hotels, Christmas Island Casino, The Star, Accommodation Association of Australia and the Cronulla Sharks.

Well known to industry leaders, Richard was the Accommodation Association of Australia’s CEO for nearly nine years, participating in Senate inquiries, representing industry on government taskforces, advocating for better outcomes as he grew the profile of the sector to media, government, and key tourism bodies.

Most recently Richard has been leading and transforming the Coral Sea Resort in North Queensland as well as leading the amalgamation process of the two peak bodies of the accommodation sectors, the Australian Hotels Association and the Accommodation Association.

Richard is a strategic thinker with a commercial outlook which resonates well with the membership of the Accommodation Association.

Cass Champion

Chief Operating Officer

Cass is a strong leader, with a proven reputation for removing obstacles and making things happen. Cass is a highly analytical and enthusiastic change agent with a proven track record for increasing efficiencies, implementing processes, with a demonstrated ability to scrutinize technical and operational data to guide senior-level strategic corporate initiatives. 

Cass has held senior management positions across the hospitality and education sector as these industries need to work more cohesively together. Cass is also Secretariat for the National Advisory Board of Employment and oversees all Advisory Boards conducted by the Accommodation Association. 

Before being appointed as COO of the Accommodation Association Cass owned a Training Organisation with a national footprint, catering for the training needs within the hospitality sector and numerous other industries. Cass holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Hotel Management and all relevant vocational training qualifications ensuring our members have the highest quality training networks available to them.

A family girl foremost, with two beautiful children and a one-eyed Hawthorn supporter, who also enjoys tennis, horse racing, golf and a fine wine.

Bassel Tallal

National General Manager for Advocacy and Public Policy

Bassel is passionate about achieving positive change in our community through good public policy outcomes. A highly skilled stakeholder engagement specialist with a specialty in advocacy and campaigns, Bassel brings a decade of experience in politics advising senior Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, and senior executives.

As the National General Manager for Advocacy and Public Policy, Bassel has a passion for the accommodation sector and the people that work so hard within it. He has responsibility for identifying and influencing emerging trends, risks and opportunities in the Government and regulatory landscape and assisting the many members of the accommodation sector that keeps the Australian economy buzzing. 

Bassel is a highly experienced Corporate Affairs and Government Affairs advisor who enjoys specialist skills and experience in advocacy and campaigns and has previously worked for the Deputy Leader in the Australian Senate, the Federal Communications Minister, the Deputy Parliamentary Labor leader and most recently the Shadow Minister for National Reconstruction, Employment, Skills and Small Business.

Immediately prior to his current role, Bassel also served in the Special Projects function at respected accounting firm Smith Feutrill in response to the challenges posed by the most recent Covid-19 Victorian Lockdown.

Noel Teskey

National Manager Industrial Relations and Membership Services

Noel joined the Workplace Relations team in October 2006 and brought with him a wealth of management knowledge and experience.  Previously, Noel managed large and small enterprises, and owned and operated a number of small businesses. 

He provides members with pragmatic advice on a wide range of workplace relations matters, including award interpretations, workplace agreements, workplace health & safety, workers’ compensation legislation, dispute resolution and employers’ superannuation contributions.   He undertakes compliance audits, and conducts seminars and workshops throughout Australia. 

Noel holds a business degree majoring in Accountancy and Marketing, and a graduate certificate in HRM, majoring in Industrial Relations.