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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 on the Indigenous Land Corporation’s Finance, Legal and Investment Committee, Trustee Director of CBA Group Super, 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. He represented the Australian hotel industry in Atlanta (U.S.) to gain experience for the hospitality industry in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. 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 and was the first woman to represent the Northern Territory in Federal Parliament. 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.

Ms Crossin is a current Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, and a Board Member of the Mutitjulu Foundation and St Columba’s College Pty Ltd, Member of the Safer Communities Committee of Wyndham Council and Member of the Advisory Committee on Indigenous Eye Health, University of Melbourne. She is also Chair of the Mawul Rom Course Advisory Committee at Charles Darwin University. Ms Crossin is a former President of Netball NT, Director with Asthma Foundation Victoria and inaugural chair and founder of the NT Working Women’s Centre.

Ms Crossin is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Education. She 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.


Iain Evans - Associate Director

Iain Evans is a Director of Wana Ungkunytja Pty Ltd and Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Service. He is a Director of Citrus Australia, Thoroughbred Racing SA and Crime Stoppers. He is Chairman of Lenswood Cold Stores Cooperative Society Ltd, Chairman of Radio Adelaide and Chairman of Recreation South Australia. Mr Evans was a state Member of Parliament for 21 years in South Australia serving as a Minister for 5 years and Leader and Deputy Leader of the State Liberal party.


Dorethea Randall - Director

Dorethea Randall has strong traditional affiliation and family ties with the Yankunytjnatjara, Pitjantjatjara and Anmetyere people of Central Australia. She has long been an Advocate for Aboriginal people and has always strived to provide opportunities where possible.

Dorethea’s employment background commenced at an early age within the Performing Arts Industry. In NSW, Dorethea is known as a Founding Member of the Dance College NAISDA. Dorethea has experience across many areas which affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People such as Education, Employment and more recently Health.

Currently, Dorethea is a representative on: Wana Ungkunytja, Chair Person; Central Australian Aboriginal Congress - Mutitjulu Community Clinic, Chair Person; Gumlake, Director and NT Tourism Advisory Council, Director. Previous representation includes, Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation and Nyangatjatjara Aboriginal Corporation.


Peter Thomas - Director

Mr Thomas has strong governance and financial skills. He was a Director of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) from 2007 - 2016 where he chaired 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 Managing Director and Chief Executive of the rural services company, Ruralco Holdings Ltd for nine years. 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.