Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Williams was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia in April 2014, having joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in 2011.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with an extensive hospitality and tourism background spanning finance, investment, development, strategy and operations. Andrew has held senior roles in several leading international hotel companies in Australia and overseas, including Accor and Carlson Hotels. Prior to joining Voyages, Andrew was Executive Director, Investments & Strategy at Istithmar Hotels, based in Dubai.
Chief Financial Officer
Gary Lopez is an experienced hospitality executive with over 30 years of experience in the industry, across Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Gary has held a variety of senior positions in finance, corporate administration and business development within diversified property owning and hotel management companies.
Prior to joining Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia in July 2014, Gary held the position of Vice President with the Jumeirah Group in Dubai where he was based for seven years. Before moving to Dubai Gary was Director of Corporate Services with the listed Australian based entertainment, hospitality and leisure company, Amalgamated Holdings Limited. He also held corporate positions with Rydges Hotels and Resorts and Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation. Gary is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Executive General Manager - Sales, Marketing and Distribution
Ray Stone’s career in hospitality, sales and marketing began in London and spans more than 35 years with Hilton, Westin, Shangri-La and Accor, where he held Director of Sales and Marketing and Vice President Corporate Marketing roles with Westin Hotels in the United States.
Ray worked for Accor, for 14 years in the Asia Pacific Region, six based in Sydney as Exec GM Sales and Marketing, Pacific Region and eight years as Senior VP Sales and Marketing - Asia-Pacific Region, before taking on the role of Executive General Manager - Sales, Marketing and Distribution for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia in 2011.
Executive General Manager - Operations
Manfred Pieper originally from Germany, started his hotel career nearly 5 decades ago. After completing an apprenticeship and acquiring a degree in Hotel Management, Manfred worked for a number of years in individual deluxe properties before joining Hilton International. He worked for Hilton International in various operational positions including a six year tenure as Vice President Operations. Hotels were located in 12 different countries spread over four different continents.
Manfred joined Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia in 2011, as Executive General Manager - Operations.
Executive General Manager - Human Resources
Kay has extensive experience across a broad spectrum of industries, in affecting change by working with senior executives, department leaders, management teams and individuals. Her core competencies include leadership development, organisational change, cultural transformation and vision and strategy setting.
As a trusted advisor, and experienced results-driven professional, Kay is one of those leading professionals in her field, who has expertise in leadership development and coaching with a strong belief in collaboration to gain great commercial success, productivity and engagement throughout a workforce.
Drawing on over 20 years’ working within Executive level roles with well-known brands on an international scale she is someone who has worked with organisations and their people to engage and cultivate productive people strategies and to align these to the greater organisational goals. She has walked the talk reinvigorating and reengaging teams across many industries.
Bob Harvey PSM
Executive General Manager - Indigenous Employment and Training
Bob Harvey has over 20 years’ experience in developing, delivering and administering Indigenous employment and training programs including as Group Manager of Indigenous Economic Development at the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
In his previous role as Director, Major Employment Projects with the Indigenous Land Corporation, Bob led the establishment of the National Indigenous Training Academy at Ayers Rock Resort in 2011 and has overseen the implementation and delivery of Voyages’ Indigenous training and employment strategy.