Chief Executive Officer
Grant Hunt commenced as CEO of Voyages in September 2018. Previously he led the company for more than a decade between 1996 and 2006 and returned after an absence of twelve years to a company he says is in his blood. During his absence, Grant was owner of Hunt Tourism Services (HTS) - a specialist advisory service to the experiential tourism and travel sector.
Grant served as Chairman of the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) until August 2018, he is a Non-Executive Director of Discovery Holiday Parks, the largest owner and operator of caravan and camping assets in Australia and was a member of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management until 2018.
He is a past Chairman of both Tourism Tasmania and Tourism Northern Territory, recent Chairman of Sunshine Coast Destination Limited and a past board member of Tourism Australia. Grant has also served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Government Iconic Sites Taskforce and was a member of the Department of Climate Change/CSIRO Stakeholder Group.
Chief Commercial Officer
Mark has significant CFO and Company Secretarial experience within ASX Listed companies and has successfully completed a range of corporate transactions including corporate restructuring, floating companies on ASX (IPO), private equity investments, and securing large project finance facilities and working capital funding.
Mark has detailed hospitality experience with over 10 years’ in professional practice serving a number of hospitality clients from both a corporate finance, internal audit and external audit perspective. Mark specialises in mergers and acquisitions, due diligence investigations, business valuations, financial modelling, business and strategic planning, feasibility studies, financial restructuring and capital raisings.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ray Stone commenced with Voyages in November 2010 following a career in hospitality, sales and marketing of more than 35 years spanning responsibilities across the UK, Europe, US, Asia and Australia. Most recently Ray spent 14 years with Accor Asia Pacific, 6 years as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. Ray also held roles Director of Sales and Marketing and Vice President Corporate Marketing roles with Westin Hotels in the United States and held senior positions within Hilton and Shangri-La hotels.
During his time at Voyages Ray has lead the Field of Light Uluru project, which launched to much acclaim in April 2016. The fundamental objective, for Ayers Rock Resort to become the leading Indigenous tourism operator in Australia, is very much behind his energy, drive and determination.
Chief Operations Officer
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. He is very proud of what the Voyages team has achieved since in terms of Indigenous employment and development, improvements to facilities and guest services as well as financial performance of Ayers Rock Resort.
Chief People and Performance Officer
Kerrynne joined Voyages in May 2018. Kerrynne has extensive professional experience and qualifications in public affairs, business and management and governance.
An Arrernte woman, born and raised in Central Australia, she has held senior leadership roles in large global and Australian private and publicly listed companies in the media, professional consulting, tertiary and oil and gas sectors.
In corporate, not for profit and voluntary roles she has focussed on human resources, regulatory compliance, strategy and performance improvement, ethics and Indigenous employment and procurement.
Chief Infrastructure Officer
David White joined Voyages as Chief Infrastructure Officer in October 2018 and has over 30 years’ experience in hospitality, property management and development. David is no stranger to the Voyages business and has previously held the positions at Ayers Rock Resort as Director of Operations and Resort General Manager from 1996 to 2002.
He has held Senior and Executive Management positions in property, development, master planned communities and hospitality operations with Queensland Airport Limited, Nifsan Pty Ltd, Sanctuary Resort, Glades Residential Golf and Spa and Sheraton Mirage Resorts.
David was previously on the Boards of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kings Canyon Resort and Central Australia Tourism.