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Corporate Overview

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has a strong commitment to social responsibility. All profits are reinvested in the Indigenous Land Corporation's (ILC) Indigenous training and development across Australia.

Board of Directors


Richard (Rick) Allert AO - Chairman

Mr Rick Allert is a Chartered Accountant with many years of experience in the corporate sector.  He is Chairman of AMP Superannuation Limited, N.M. Superannuation Proprietary Limited and Kakadu Tourism and a Director of Genesee & Wyoming Inc and its Australian subsidiary, Genesee & Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd, Indigenous Business Australia, Chairman of James Morrison Academy of Music Pty Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Cavill Power Products and a Director of Wirra Wirra Wines. 

Rick’s previous appointments include chairing of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited, Tourism Australia, Coles Myer Ltd and Coles Group Limited, Southcorp Limited, AustralAsia Railway Corporation, Voyages Hotels and Resorts Pty Ltd, and the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia Inc. and Director of AMP Limited and AMP Bank Limited.

In 2011, Rick was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Champion of Entrepreneurship Award, Central Region, for his long record of outstanding entrepreneurial achievement and contribution to the community.

Rick was awarded a member of the Order of Australia (1997) particularly for his work with the National Heart Foundation; a Centenary Medal (2003) for service to rail, business and taxation; and an officer of the Order of Australia (2008) for leadership in corporate social responsibility.


Ian Ward-Ambler - Deputy Chair

Mr Ward-Ambler Chairs the Mutitjulu Foundation, serves as Chair or the Indigenous Land Corporation’s Finance, Legal and Investment Committee, is vice Chair of ANROWS, and an Executive Coach. He is a Member of the Trinity College Board, and Chair of the Indigenous Program Steering Committee at Melbourne Grammar School and an Advisory Board Member, Indigenous Leadership, Excellence and Achievement Program (ILEAP) at Melbourne University.

Patricia (Trish) Angus PSM - Director

Ms Trish Angus is a Jawoyn woman and grew up in her home town of Katherine in the Northern Territory. She has experience and specialist knowledge in strategic policy, legislation, reporting and program and project development, along with operational and customer support.

Trish held senior executive public sector positions in the human services areas of health, housing, local government and community services for more than 20 years. She has experience of working in the Australian Defence Force, community controlled health organisations, and extensive governance experience, including board and committee memberships across a range of sectors.

Trish holds a Masters of Tropical/Public Health and has completed a public sector Executive Development Program and the Executive Fellows Program of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Trish retired from full time work in early 2012 and since then has taken up a range of governance roles.

She is a Director of CareFlight, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Top End Health Services (TEHS) Boards and a member on the Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Council. Trish is a member of the Audit and Risk Committees of CareFlight and IBA and the Finance Risk and Audit and Health Outcomes Committees of TEHS.

George Bedwani - Director

Mr Bedwani has extensive international corporate hotel and hospitality experience including as General Manager of the Hotel InterContinental (Sydney), Group General Manager of Accor’s Darling Harbour hotels and General Manager of Cypress Lakes Resort (including the Golf Club and Elysia Health Retreat and Golden Door).  Mr Bedwani was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Transmetro Corporation Limited, an ASX listed company which operates the Metro Hotels chain. Metro Hotels manages a portfolio of 14 hotels and apartments as well as the Dugong Beach Resort on Groote Eylandt on behalf of the Anandilyakwa traditional owners.

Mr Bedwani has been appointed as a hospitality advisor for Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) and Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW.  Mr Bedwani is a member of the AHA/TAA Northern Territory National Board. Mr Bedwani was an attaché for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.


Owen Cole - Director

Mr Cole has been active in Indigenous affairs for over 30 years.  Mr Cole is based in Alice Springs and has strong links to local Indigenous communities. He is currently Managing Director of Yeperenye Pty Ltd which has significant business interests in Central Australia.


Patricia Crossin - Director

Ms Trish Crossin is a former Senator in the Federal Parliament of Australia. She was the first woman to represent the Northern Territory and was she was elected to the Senate in 1998, a position she held for 15 years. She was Chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee, Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and a Member of the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee and she also held the position of Deputy Whip.

Trish has extensive knowledge of the public and private sectors and direct government experience with a proven ability to identify goals and achieve sustainable and successful change. Her areas of expertise include comprehensive knowledge of the challenges of rural and remote Australia, government relations, education funding and policy and a commitment to gender equality and women’s policy and development.

Ms Crossin is a current Director and former President of Netball NT, Chair of the Mawul Rom Course Advisory Committee at Charles Darwin University, Director with Asthma Foundation of Victoria and St Columba’s College Pty Ltd. Ms Crossin is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Education.


Peter Thomas - Director

Mr Thomas has strong governance and financial skills.  He has been a Director of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) since 2007 where he chairs the Finance, Investment and Performance Committee. He was a Director of The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education from 2010 to 2016, where he chaired the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

In addition, Peter holds or has held a number of Directorships of non-profit organisations, including The Museum of Contemporary Art, KTF (The Kokoda Track Foundation) and The Bluearth Foundation. He was a partner with KPMG for 25 years. He chairs the Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Audit and Risk Management Committee.


John Maher - Director

Mr John Maher has been CEO of the Indigenous Land Corporation since 1 June 2016. Prior to heading up the ILC Group, John was Chief Executive of the Livestock Biosecurity Network. He previously led rural services company, Ruralco Holdings Ltd for nine years as Managing Director and Chief Executive. During this time Ruralco was one of Australia’s fastest growing and highest returning agribusinesses, expanding its market capitalisation to $300 million.

Prior to Ruralco, John was an executive at Wesfarmers Ltd for 10 years. He has an honours degree in Agricultural Science from Sydney University, an MBA from AGSM, studied global agribusiness at Harvard Business School, completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD Business School in France and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also served on a number of boards and industry organisations including Landmark, Agfarm, LiveCorp, AuctionsPlus and Autism Awareness Australia.